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Delonghi EC5 review

 
Design
4.0


 
Value for money
4.0


 
Quality
5.0


 
Features
4.0


 
Total Score
4.3
4.3/10


User Rating
3 total ratings

 


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Posted March 6, 2015 by

The DeLonghi EC5 is among the cheapest semi-automatic espresso machines on the market. This makes this machine ideal if you are planning to start brewing espresso-style coffee at home or if you are looking for a machine that can make you a nice cup of espresso coffee occasionally.

However, if you are more serious about your espresso brewing plans, then you should look for more advanced machines that brew the coffee at a higher steam pressure than the EC5 does.

We rate the Delonghi EC5 a 4.3 out of 10.

 

Delonghi EC5 at a Glance

Heat up time: 120 sec.

Delonghi EC5 heat up time

22 out of 50 semi automatic coffee maker in the survey is faster than the DeLonghi EC5. See the complete heat up time survey.

Energy consumption: 800 Watts

Delonghi EC5 energy consumption

The unit uses 800 Watts and none of the semi automatic espresso machines in the survey uses less Watts. See the complete energy survey result.

Price: 40 Dollars

Delonghi EC5 price

The DeLonghi EC5 cost $40 and none of the semi automatic espresso machines costs less than this unit.See the complete price survey result.

Water tank: 33 onces

Delonghi EC5 water tank size

20% of all semi automatic espresso machines in the survey has a smaller water tank than the DeLonghi EC5. See the complete water tank survey result.

Weight: 6 pounds

Delonghi EC5 weight

None  of 50 semi automatic espresso machines are lighter than the DeLonghi EC5. See the complete weight tank survey result.

Size

Delonghi EC5 size

50% of the  units in the survey are bigger. See the complete size survey result.

 

Design

DeLonghi is known for making some of the prettiest espresso machines on the market, but the EC5 is not among them. The design is just not very harmonious. One example is the very dominant safety cap that is on top of the unit.
We recognize that is has a practical and safety function, but from an aesthetic point of view, it is just not that appealing. From a functional point of view, the design is however quite practical. The machine is made so that the primary functions are accessible and easy to manage.
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Price

Value for money

The machine is priced at around $40, and this makes it among the cheapest espresso machines on the market. The biggest drawback of the unit is that it is steam based and the machine is not commercial grade. The brewing pressure is not around the 17–19 bar pressure that is required for optimal espresso brewing, so the coffee quality is not as high as it could be with other espresso machines.

It is a plus that the machine comes equipped with a swivel jet frothier, which makes it possible to make drinks with steamed milk, such a cappuccino. This is not a normal feature at this price range.

Compared to the competition

The DeLonghi EC5 is one of the cheapest semi-automatic espresso machines on the market. Capresso makes three different models that are all in the same price range, and you might want to have a look at them too. The Capresso 303.01 is among the bestselling models and is the machine that comes closest to the EC5 in terms of features. Price-wise, you might what to have a look at the Bene Case BC-99152. If you what to spend a little more on you espresso machine, then we recommend looking into their bestselling machine, the DeLonghi EC155.

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  • Bene Casa BC 99152 Value for money 3 out of 10

 

Quality

The machine is equipped with a steam pressurized safety cap, which is a safety feature that ensures that you cannot start the steaming process if the water container is not sealed correctly.

Compared to the competition in the same price range, this unit stands out because it can make two espressos simultaneously, and some people might find that quite convenient.

The machine comes with a heat-resistant glass carafe, and that is not normal at this price range. Other quality features that are worth mentioning are the indicator lights and theremovable drip tray.

 

Features

  • Can make two espressos simultaneously
  • Steam pressurized safty cap
  • Heat resistant 8.5 glass carafe
  • Removable drip tray
  • Indicator lights
  • Swivel jet frother
  • Steam based brewing

Benchmarks

Benchmarked against 50 semi automatic espresso machines

Overall score 4.3 out of 10
Bestseller 12 out of 50
Price level $40 90% less than the average price
Weight 6 pounds 60% less than the average weight
Size 8,14,12 inches 10% bigger than average
Water tank size 33 ounces 30% smaller than the average size
Heat up time 120 seconds 10% faster that average
Energy comsumption 800 W 45% less than the average consumption

You can find more information on the complete analysis and its assumptions here.

Video review

 

Delonghi EC5 review sum up

Positive

    1. Compact size
    2. Low price
    3. Carafe inclued

Negative

    1. Steam based brewing
    2. Can not brew into tall glasses
    3. Low energy consumption

Current price

DeLonghi EC5 Steam-Driven 4-Cup Espresso and Coffee Maker, Black

 

 


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