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Delonghi EC155 Espresso and Cappuccino Maker Review

Est. $100
Reviewed
October 2014
by ConsumerSearch

Best cheap espresso machine

Pros
  • Compact
  • Uses ground coffee or ESE pods
  • Excellent crema
Cons
  • Limited clearance under steam wand
  • Some say it brews too fast
  • Durability complaints

Bottom line

Reviewers say the DeLonghi EC155 offers a lot of value at a low price, producing a great-tasting espresso that can rival some coffee-shop brews. It's versatile too, making excellent cappuccino and latte in addition to espresso. It's attractive and modern-looking, with a small footprint that those without a lot of counter space appreciate. However, we saw a few durability complaints, as well as some comments that the resulting brew is unsatisfactory. All-in-all, this is a better choice for beginners or those who aren't super picky rather than true coffeephiles.

Breaking it down

Performance

Rich espresso, but crema gets mixed reviews. Reviewer say the DeLonghi EC155 makes a really good cup of espresso in an inexpensive, compact machine. The DeLonghi is versatile and can be used by both pod users and those who prefer to grind their own beans for more customization. This pump-driven model has 15 bars of pressure and a 35-ounce water tank for pulling eight to 10 consecutive shots. Most say the foam, or "crema" is very thick and note that the foaming ability is their favorite feature of the machine. The consensus of most users is that you can't beat the price for performance. In one professional roundup, the DeLonghi earns "excellent" scores for taste and a "very good" rating for its frothing ability. A few users complain at Amazon.com that this machine brews too quickly to produce the proper flavor and crema.

Ease of use

Design flaws aren't deal-breakers. Although the EC155 has a few imperfections, users say they're minor, especially in this price range. The space under the steam wand is limited, so this espresso machine can't accommodate larger mugs for cappuccinos and lattes, and the frothing wand is poorly positioned, owners say, making it difficult to fit a steaming pitcher underneath. However, most users find ways around these problems, saying you can't find a better machine at this price. Both professional and owner reviews say the DeLonghi EC155 is easy to disassemble for cleaning thanks to a removable water tank. It's also simple to operate, with an intuitive dial for turning the machine on or off, and selecting between brew and steam functions.

Appearance/durability

Stylish and modern, but durability issues. Reviewers say the DeLonghi EC155 is well constructed even though its outer housing is made primarily of plastic instead of the stainless steel used in more expensive machines. The heating unit is made of stainless steel, however, and boasts 1,000 watts of power. We saw some complaints of durability, mostly that the unit broke very quickly or started to run slowly after just a few months of use, but we also saw reports from users who have had this unit for years and it's still going strong. What owners do agree on is the DeLonghi is an attractive machine and that its modern design looks stylish on a kitchen countertop. Its small footprint is also much appreciated by owners.

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Our Sources

1. Amazon.com

The DeLonghi EC155 is the #1 Best Seller in Semi-Automatic Espresso Machines with an overall rating of 3.8 stars out of 5. Many love it, saying it makes good espresso and is very easy to use. There are quite a few durability complaints and quite a few say they don't like that only small mugs fit underneath.

Review: De'Longhi EC155 15 Bar Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2014

2. Viewpoints.com

Nearly 75 owners comment on the DeLonghi EC155, giving it an overall average rating of 86 out of 100. Most say it's simple to use, makes great espresso and is a good value. It gets its best reviews for durability; lower scores for ease of use and cleaning.

Review: DeLonghi Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Machine EC155 Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of October 2014

3. Whole Latte Love

The DeLonghi EC155 gets an overall rating of about 4 stars out of 5 in around a dozen reviews. Reviews at this site are highly detailed, and the espresso machine gets a thorough overview by editors as well. Most love it, saying it's a good entry level espresso maker, but it get durability complaints as well as complaints of water dripping out too fast to saturate the grounds.

Review: DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Machine, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of October 2014

4. ConsumerReports.org

The DeLonghi EC155 is one of five espresso machines rated in this coffee-maker roundup at ConsumerReports.org. Editors rate each model on taste, convenience and frothing ability. This is an older report, however, and most of the other espresso makers tested are now discontinued.

Review: Espresso Maker Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

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