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Delonghi EC 155 - Karen Pederson's Review
Posted: April 10, 2009, 1:11pm
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Arrow The Delonghi EC 155 has 10 Reviews
Arrow The Delonghi EC 155 has been rated 6.34 overall by our member reviewers
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Jack Otter 7.66
Dan Healy 6.67
Karen Pederson 6.00
Jill Hampton 4.00
Denis DuBois 2.50

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.4
Manufacturer: Delonghi (Made in China) Quality: 8
Average Price: $100.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $100.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Macy's Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 month Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Just starting Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned:
Bottom Line: You'd be hard pressed to find a better barista substitute for your buck.
Positive Product Points

Easy to learn
Easy to clean
Produces quality espresso
Great-looking
Small, fits anywhere

Negative Product Points

Steamer moderately powerful
A bit noisy
Built-in, not stand-alone tamper
Not all accessories included

Detailed Commentary

This is my first espresso machine. I didn't want to spend a lot of money -- it's supposed to save me money in the long run -- but I feared on my budget I'd end up with a substandard latte, not suitable for drinking. This Delonghi machine exceeded my expectations! I was pleasantly surprised by the quality drinks I was able to produce on only my second or third try. The manual provides thorough, illustrated step-by-step instructions, perfect for first-timers. After just one month, I feel I've perfected my favorite morning concoction (vanilla double lattes), and I'm ready to start learning latte art.

Because I've not invested in a grinder, I took the advice of another coffee geek that owns this model, and used Illy espresso grind. Good call. I have not tried the ESE pods. If you are wanting to use the pods, I'd first make sure the ESE pods are widely available in your area.

I do wish it had come with more accessories. A 12-ounce frothing pitcher is recommended for this model, but I couldn't find anything smaller than a 20-ounce pitcher. I bought a Kreps 20-ounce pitcher at Bed Bath and Beyond, as it was wide and squat, short enough to fit this small machine. I also had to purchase espresso cups (it doesn't come with a shot glass). While you are picking these items up, you might want to get small kitchen towels to wipe down the machine after each use.

I will be interested to see how it stands up over time. I am most concerned about the water tank valve. You have to remove the water tank to completely empty the standing water, and I wonder whether the valve will continue to hold its seal after months of repeat use.

Buying Experience

My purchase began with the receipt of a Macy's gift card, so I was limited to the machines they carried. The sales clerk was friendly, but she admitted she didn't know much about espresso machines. So I took down the model numbers of the three least expensive machines - the Krups Steam Espresso Machine ($60), this Delonghi EC 155 ($100), and the Breville Cafe Modena ($200). After reading reviews here and on other sites, I became conviced that the best value was the Delonghi.

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