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DeLonghi EC155 Espresso and Cappuccino Maker

The DeLonghi EC155 packs an impressive punch for a low-cost espresso machine, say experts and owners. It's simple to use, compatible with either fresh grounds or pods, and produces great-tasting espresso, cappuccino or latte. Reviewers particularly praise its self-priming feature and great frothing. Owners love the small footprint, modern, attractive styling and ability to pull eight consecutive shots in a fairly short time frame.

Pros

  • Compact
  • Uses ground coffee or ESE pods
  • Excellent crema

Cons

  • Limited clearance under steam wand
  • May shake and rattle when brewing
  • Durability complaints

Breaking it down

Performance

Rich espresso; thick crema. Reviewers say the DeLonghi EC155 makes a really good cup of espresso for such an inexpensive, compact machine, although, as Brian Bennett at CNET notes, it won't be of the same quality as the very expensive machines. Still, he was impressed with the EC155's frothing ability, and said the milk foam markedly improved the taste of the espresso shots. Most owners agree, saying the foam, or "crema" is very thick and that the EC155's foaming ability is their favorite feature of the machine. The DeLonghi is versatile and can be used both by those who like pods 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. The consensus of most users is that you can't beat the price for performance. In one professional roundup, the DeLonghi earns an Excellent score for taste and a Very Good rating for its frothing ability.

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. The EC155 can use ground coffee or ESE (Easy Serve Espresso) pods.

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.

Specs

  • Machine type: Pump
  • Moveable steam wand: Yes
  • Removable water tank: Yes
  • Cup warmer: No
  • Accepts coffee pods: Yes
  • Weight (pounds): 8.4
  • Warranty: 1 year

Sources

1. CNET
Brian Bennett, Sept. 12, 2015

Brian Bennett gives the DeLonghi EC155 a thorough overview that includes extensive, well-documented testing. Ultimately, he awards it 3 stars out of 5, saying it lacks the power to pull excellent espresso shots, however, he also concludes that it's, "compact, affordable and makes very tasty espresso-based drinks paired with steamed milk."

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2017

The DeLonghi EC155 is one of the top-selling semi-automatic espresso machines at Amazon.com, with an overall rating of 3.8 stars out of 5 in nearly 4,750 reviews. The vast majority love it, saying it makes good espresso and is very easy to use. Most of the complaints we spotted are due to issues with durability; others downgrade it because only small mugs fit underneath.

Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of January 2017

More than 190 owners comment on the DeLonghi EC155, giving it an overall rating of 4.2 stars out of 5. Most say it's simple to use, makes great espresso and is a good value. There are some scattered durability complaints.

Contributors to WholeLatteLove.com, As of January 2017

The DeLonghi EC155 gets an overall rating of about 4 stars out of 5 in nearly 15 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.

Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

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 particular roundup is extremely limited in scope, however, making this less useful than most ConsumerReports.org testing.

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