Whether you’ve developed a taste for delicious espresso beverages and you want to start brewing them for yourself at home or you want to save money by leaving the daily coffee shop habit behind without giving up your favorite coffee drinks, there’s a De’Longhi coffee and espresso machine that’s right for you. This comprehensive buying guide covers everything you need to know in order to choose the coffee and espresso machine that suits your preferences.
Automatic Coffee and Espresso/Cappuccino Machines
For those looking for the easiest, most convenient espresso-making experience, an automatic machine that takes care of virtually everything – from start to finish – is an ideal choice.
There’s nothing like the smell of freshly ground coffee, but that doesn’t mean you have to do the grinding yourself. Automatic machines are designed with integrated stainless steel burr grinders that grind coffee beans automatically at the time of brewing, providing the perfect aroma and flavor. For the very best espresso drinks, look for tubeless grinder systems, as they grind just the right amount of coffee beans for the beverage being brewed, making for a fresh, aromatic cup every time.
With a De’Longhi automatic espresso/cappuccino machine, you can sip your favorite espresso drink every morning, whether you’re relaxing on the weekend or rushing to get out the door to start your busy workday. Turn it on and in less than 60 seconds the machine will be heated to the perfect brewing temperature to craft your beverage of choice.
Offering a diverse coffee menu, an automatic machine can whip up a range of authentic beverages, including classic espresso. To indulge in a creamy latte at the touch of a button, choose an automatic machine with a patented De’Longhi detachable milk frothing system, which can be kept conveniently in the refrigerator between uses. The integrated milk system produces steamed milk for café latte and thick, frothy milk for cappuccino and latte macchiato.
Want a machine that remembers your go-to beverage just like your coffee shop barista? Look for an automatic machine with programmable functions for customizing beverage size, coffee strength, milk consistency and more.
Cleaning an automatic coffee and espresso machine is easy, too. There’s no need to worry about sending the machine to a service center to maintain or lubricate any parts because the machine has an easily removable brew unit that just requires a monthly rinse and a milk system that is completely dishwasher safe. When it needs to be descaled or cleaned, a De’Longhi automatic espresso/cappuccino machine will let you know.
Good: De'Longhi Magnifica Fully Automatic Espresso and Cappuccino Machine
Better: Eletta Automatic Espresso Machine, Cappuccino Maker
Best: PrimaDonnaS Deluxe Automatic Espresso Machine, Cappuccino Maker with LatteCrema System
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Manual Espresso / Cappuccino Machines
If you’ve ever thought about becoming a barista, you’ll love a manual espresso/cappuccino machine. You’ll be able to create delicious, authentic espresso beverages exactly the way you like them with a machine that offers full manual control over the experience, from grinding your own coffee beans to tamping the coffee grinds to steaming the milk. If you’re a coffee connoisseur who loves sophisticated coffee beverages, but you’re on a budget, a manual espresso/cappuccino machine may be right for you, too.
Not interested in grinding your own coffee? You can always choose your favorite ground coffee or use convenient Easy Serve Espresso (E.S.E.) pods to make the perfect cup with a manual De’Longhi machine and eliminate the hassle of grinding and tamping your own coffee.
You’ll also find manual machines that offer other convenient features such as automatic flow stop, which takes the guesswork out of preparing a single or double shot of espresso. Manual machines that have a self-priming function are always ready to use so you won’t have to wait around for the machine to start up, heat up and prepare to make your drink. When your espresso or latte is ready, clean-up is made even easier with removable drip trays and water tanks and other detachable machine components.
Are you new to making espresso and cappuccino and are wary about brewing your first cup? Every De’Longhi manual espresso/cappuccino machine offers easy-to-follow instructions and user-friendly control panels that’ll not only help you prepare a delicious, foamy cappuccino but engage you in the process of making coffee so you can become a professional barista right in your own home. Designed with a compact footprint and offered in a variety of different colors, a manual espresso/cappuccino machine from De’Longhi will make a great addition to your kitchen countertop, and to your daily coffee-drinking routine.
Good: EC155M Manual Espresso/Cappuccino Maker
Better: ECP3420 Manual Espresso Machine
Best: Dedica Deluxe Manual Espresso/Cappuccino Machine
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All-in-One / Combination Coffee and Espresso Machines
You love your regular morning coffee, but sometimes, you’d like a more refined espresso beverage or want to serve something special to your guests. A De’Longhi all-in-one or combination machine lets you make your drip coffee as well as the perfect espresso, cappuccino or latte.
Rather than searching for separate coffee machines to make different beverages, an all-in-one De’Longhi coffee machine allows you to make them all with a single compact machine that easily integrates with your other kitchen countertop appliances.
Get drip coffee ready before your busy workday with a 24-hour digital timer and wake up to the fresh smell of coffee every morning. All-in-one machines featuring illuminated dials and buttons and convenient brewing instructions are simple to use.
When you’re in the mood for a sophisticated espresso beverage, simply turn to the espresso system. Just like manual espresso/cappuccino machines, most all-in-one machines let you create your favorite espresso beverages exactly the way you like them thanks to a hands-on brewing process. To create high-quality authentic espresso drinks, look for an all-in-one machine that uses a 15-bar high-pressure pump instead of steam.
For rich, creamy lattes or cappuccinos, all-in-one machines make it easy to steam and froth milk, just like most dedicated espresso/cappuccino machines.
Cleaning up an all-in-one coffee and espresso/cappuccino machine is a breeze thanks to a number of removable machine components, from the water reservoir to the crema filter holder.
Become a master espresso maker while staying true to your love of classic drip coffee with a De’Longhi all-in-one or combination coffee and espresso/cappuccino machine.
Good: BCC330T Combination Machine
Best: BCO430 Combination Machine
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A De’Longhi Coffee and Espresso Machine for Everyone
De’Longhi coffee and espresso machines offer you delicious, barista-quality coffee beverages right in your own kitchen, no matter your budget or how involved in the brewing process you want to be. If your current coffee maker is underperforming or doesn’t meet your refined coffee tastes, it might be time to upgrade to a De’Longhi automatic, manual or all-in-one machine. You’ll be able to create authentic beverages, from espressos to café lattes and cappuccinos – no barista experience required.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of beverages can a De’Longhi coffee and espresso machine make?
Depending on the model you choose, De’Longhi machines are capable of creating drip coffee as well as espresso beverages, such as lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos and more. Most machines can also prepare hot water for teas, Americanos, and other infusions.
Will an espresso machine fit on my countertop?
Many De’Longhi machines, including manual espresso machines, which tend to have the most compact footprint, and fully automatic machines that take care of the entire brewing process, are designed with slim dimensions and space-saving features. An all-in-one machine allows you to brew drip coffee as well as prepare espresso and cappuccino beverages without cluttering your countertop with separate coffee makers.
Are De’Longhi coffee and espresso machines easy to use?
Coffee prep instructions for De’Longhi espresso machines are easy to follow, plus most machines offer user-friendly features and controls that allow anyone to get café quality results –no barista experience required. Some machines offer an auto shut-off feature so you don’t have to worry about powering off the machine if you’re heading out the door. With fully automatic machines, your espresso beverage can be brewed to perfection with a simple touch of a button.
What should I look for if I want authentic espresso?
If you’re a coffee connoisseur, or an aspiring one, look for a De’Longhi coffee and espresso machine with Thermoblock technology and a 15-bar high-pressure pump. Because espresso drinks require consistent temperatures and pushing hot water through coffee grounds at high pressure, these features work to produce authentic, fresh Italian espresso with thick, flavorful crema.
How often will I need to clean an espresso machine?
It’s important to clean your espresso machine several times a year to keep it running smoothly so you can enjoy fresh cups of espresso for years to come. Several De’Longhi automatic espresso machines self-rinse before and after being used, which makes the cleaning process even easier. Plus, many of the components of De’Longhi coffee and espresso machines are easy to take apart and remove for convenient cleaning and maintenance. Many parts are also dishwasher safe.
Can I customize my beverage settings?
Whether you live off of fresh morning coffee or look forward to enjoying a creamy latte every evening, you can program several De’Longhi coffee machines to remember your specific taste and style preferences. From coffee strength to beverage size to additional milk texture options, you can personalize your perfect cup with a De’Longhi coffee and espresso machine.
Will I find a De’Longhi espresso machine that fits my budget?
You will discover that a variety of De’Longhi coffee and espresso machines are quite affordable while also providing the coffee-making capabilities you’re looking for. Every De’Longhi machine is built to help you get the most out of your brewing experience at a price you can afford.