delonghi espresso cappuccino maker logoDeLonghi is a great company that makes varied and useful espresso machines for the caffeine lover who doesn’t want to leave their house to get their daily fix. One of the most helpful things about this particular manufacture is their helpful and effective helpline. It’s unlikely you’ll need to call them, but it’s nice to know you have a safety net.

If you’ve been reading our site you’ll know we previously reviewed Saeco Espresso Machines where we talked about what to look for when buying an espresso machine so if you want to know more about that, you can click on the link.

Before we get into the reviews in our quest to discover the best DeLonghi espresso machine, let’s quickly look at what makes a good espresso in the first place, and how the Delohnghi helps you get there.


Brand & ModelWeightConstructionOur RatingPrice
DeLonghi ESAM3300 28.5 lbs.Plastic & Stainless Steel
DeLonghi EC680M9.3 lbs.Stainless Steel
DeLonghi ECAM22110SB24.3 lbs.Plastic & Stainless Steel
De’Longhi ECP363011.8 lbs.Plastic & Stainless Steel
DeLonghi EC702 13.4 lbs.Plastic & Stainless Steel

What Makes a Good Espresso?

There are a few essential elements to what makes a good espresso:

1. The Water

Anything you brew in water needs good quality water. The water should be clean, fresh and filtered. The water tank also needs to be clean and free of residue or else it help affect the taste of the water which will affect the taste of the espresso.

Delonghi EC680M2. The Grind

The quality of bean, ground, or pod will affect the taste of your espresso. The majority of the DeLonghi espresso machines we reviewed accept all three versions of beans so you will be able to practice with different flavors or if you live in house with people who have different taste from you, you both can have your preferred coffee with the machine you choose.

3. The Strength

All of these DeLonghi espresso machines have a single or double shot of espresso so you can adjust it to how strong you like your espressos. You should also check for brew strength, in case you prefer your espressos weaker than most or stronger than most.

4. The Temperature

To make a really good espresso the water needs to be heated to at least 195 degrees Fahrenheit, preferably closer to 205 degrees. The hot water will help the coffee brew better but the temperature if all up to personal preference. Luckily, each espresso machine on our list has a temperature control setting.

5. Tamping

Tamping makes it easy for coffee and water to interact because it restricts the flow of water, as with everything, you should experiment to find how restricted you like your coffee for your espresso. Quick note: Not all of the DeLonghi espresso machines we reviewed come with a tamper.

6. The Time

The amount of time it takes to brew an espresso will depend on all the factors above but the optimal average time should be around 25-40 seconds.

Now that we know what we are looking for in a perfectly pulled espresso shot, let’s compare the various machines, examine how their unique features stack up and figure out which DeLonghi espresso machine is best for your home.


DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine

DeLonghi ESAM3300 Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine

Dimensions: 11 inches x 15 inches x 14 inches
Weight: 28.5 pounds

compare delonghi espresso machines This product from DeLonghi is incredible for many reasons. It’s manual attached wand steamer makes it easy to froth and warm the milk for whichever drinks you want. Yes, drinks. This espresso machine also gives you the option to make cappuccinos and lattes, and it remembers your preferred drink order. No need to reset the controls everyday.

Even if you had to reset the settings everyday, you probably wouldn’t mind. The control is an easy to use and read dial and in right in the font so you don’t need to reaching around the back to flip a hard to reach switch in the mornings. One of the best things about the DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine is it’s precise consistency to brew the perfect cup every time and it’s option between single and double shot of espresso to fit your taste. It’s rapid cappuccino system, 60 ounce water tank and 7 ounce bean keeper means that it can brew multiple cups of cappuccino in a short period of time, perfect if you love to host parties.

The DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine is super-automatic so you have very little to think about when using this product. It does everything from grinding, tamping and extracting with just the touch of a button. It’s cup warming and cup height adjustment features just make this product more of a great catch.

Pros

  • It’s easy to use
  • It’s easy to clean
  • It’s consistent
  • It has single or double shot option
  • It grinds, tamps and extracts automatically

Cons

  • It doesn’t work well with oily beans

DeLonghi EC680M DEDICA 15-Bar Pump Espresso Machine

Delonghi EC680M DEDICA 15-Bar Pump Espresso Machine


Dimensions: 13 inches x 5.9 inches x 13 inches
Weight: 9.3 pounds

With a weight of less than ten pounds, this product is the lightest on our list of DeLonghi espresso machine reviews. The small size only adds to how great this machine is since it takes up very little counter space. It has a light up control panel so you can easily see what you’re doing even before the sun is up and if getting up that early causes you to forget to turn off your espresso machine, don’t worry, it will automatically go into standby mode after a period of inactivity. It’s self-priming feature means it’s always ready to go when you need it to be, and it only takes forty seconds to brew.

Delonghi EC680M reviewIt’s versatile, accepting beans, pre-ground and single serving pods so you can make your espresso, your way, even down to how frothed you want your drink. The manual steamer gives you complete control over your milk, also this machine comes with an amazing tamper to compress your beans. The pressure is 15 bar professional grade so you know that it’s going to be a good, tasty cup that holds up sip after sip each morning.

One of the best things about the DeLonghi EC680M DEDICA 15-Bar Pump Espresso Machine is it’s alarm that lets you know that the machine needs to be descaled, don’t worry it’s not an annoying buzzing noise, it’s just a blinking orange light near the base.

Pros

  • It has professional pressure
  • It’s self-priming
  • It has single or double shot option
  • It’s light-weight
  • It’s small in size
  • It let’s you know when it need to be descaled

Cons

  • The steamer isn’t always hot
  • Most of it’s parts cannot be ordered if they break

DeLonghi ECAM22110SB Compact Automatic Cappuccino, Latte and Espresso Machine

DeLonghi ECAM22110SB Compact Automatic Cappuccino, Latte and Espresso Machine

Dimensions: 17 inches x 9.4 inches x 13.8 inches
Weight: 24.3 pounds

This machine is the only one in this DeLonghi espresso machine review that has a water filter built-in and an energy saving switch. It’s single boiler unit also works to cut down on energy expenditure. It’s easy to use with a clear, easy to read dial on the front and easy to program your drink order into, it even remembers your preferred cup size so you won’t have to re-enter that every morning.

DeLonghi ECAM22110SB reviewThe DeLonghi ECAM22110SB Compact Automatic Cappuccino, Latte and Espresso Machine has a button to time-release water to saturate coffee grounds slowly to extract a better and richer flavor. This model has five different brewing strengths so you could further expand and try out different flavors and strengths using this espresso machine.

This machine has great consistency for each drink you brew and the machine keeps itself at optimal temperature for brewing your coffee. The temperature settings on this model go higher than most on the market. The cup warmer makes sure to heat your glass so that your drink doesn’t cool down once you put in your milk for steaming.

Pros

  • It’s very energy efficient
  • It has single or double shot option
  • It’s consistent
  • It has a high temperature range

Cons

  • It’s not very good for tamping
  • It doesn’t work well with oily beans

DeLonghi ECP3630 15 Bar Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Machine

De'Longhi ECP3630 15 Bar Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Machine

Dimensions: 9.6 inches x 7.2 inches x 11.9 inches
Weight: 11.8 pounds

This is another excellent product from our DeLonghi espresso machine review. It makes espressos, cappuccinos, and lattes with 15 bar professional pressure. It works with coffee beans, pre-ground beans and single serving pods. I always find it great when an espresso machine works with different kinds of beans, it makes it easier to try new things and make what your guests like.

De'Longhi ECP3630 reviewTamping with the De’Longhi ECP3630 15 Bar Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Machine is difficult, but you just need to find what way works for you. It may take a few times to get it where you want it but the machine produces a very good espresso even if the tamping isn’t what you’re looking for.

One of the absolute best things about this product is it’s easy to view water levels in it’s 37-ounce water tank. It’s clear and easy to remove for cleaning. Like some of the others in this DeLonghi espresso machine review, it reminds warm, ready to brew, and has an adjustable cup size feature. I am so glad that that is a common feature on these espresso machines, life is about choices and that includes the choice to have a bigger espresso if you want it.

Pros

  • It’s easy to remove water tank
  • It has single or double shot option
  • It’s self-priming
  • It’s easy to clean
  • It’s easy to view water levels

Cons

  • It’s hard to tamp
  • It takes a few times to find your preferences

DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker

DeLonghi-EC702

Dimensions: 11 inches x 9.1 inches x 11.6 inches
Weight: 13.4 pounds

This is a self-priming espresso machine which is a great feature because it means you don’t have to run the pump with water after a period of no use, it primes itself making your wait for your morning espresso even shorter. The DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker has a 15 bar professional grade pressure for a strong stream every time. This espresso machine is also so easy to use and understand. Perfect for anyone looking to buy a good quality espresso machine at a good price.

DeLonghi EC702 reviewThe DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker is great for entertaining guests, it can make multiple drinks in a row and can be used with beans, pre-ground coffee and the single serving pod. So your friends and family can have whatever kind of espresso they prefer. This espresso machine has a 44 ounce water tank that is easy to remove to refill and clean.

Unfortunately, this machine does not automatically stop so have to stay by it and stop it manually, the brewing time isn’t long so it won’t be a long wait. The DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker also lacks the adjustable cup height feature but it’s adjustable controls and easy to clean design makes up for that. Like all the others on this DeLonghi espresso machine review it has a manual milk steamer attached so your espresso gets the perfect froth.

Pros

  • It’s easy to clean
  • It has single or double shot option
  • It has professional pressure
  • It’s self-priming
  • It’s easy to remove water tank
  • It can make multiple drinks quickly

Cons

  • It does not let you adjust the cup size
  • It does not automatically stop

Conclusion

Making the decision to an espresso machine requires a lot of research. Hopefully, if you already know what kind of espressos you like it will be easier to look at the features detailed above and pick the best fit for you. The DeLonghi espresso machine reviews we did gives you a lot of information on each of these five products, hopefully enough information that you have decided which of the espresso machines you will be making room for on your kitchen counter.

Thanks to these espresso machines small, compact designs you won’t even have to clear off that much room for them. They will sit proudly on kitchen counter, ready to be used every morning, looking gorgeous, for a good number of years.

If you want your espresso machine to last a long time with regular use you’ll have to remember to take care of your machine, clean it and descale regularly. I hope your at home DeLonghi espresso machine helps to improve your life.

Remy Bernard

Owner and Editor at Miss Mamie's Cupcakes
A baker, chef and writer, Remy started missmamiescupakes.com as a way to deepen and spread her passion for making delicious food.