DeLonghi EC860 Espresso Maker Review

De’Longhi EC860 Espresso Maker Review

Nothing wakes up your mind and body like a shot of caffeine first thing in the must be those antioxidants that boost your immune system that have us clamoring to our favorite coffee shop with want and lust in our eyes...waiting patiently (or not so patiently) for our morning fix.

But what if you could get that fix in the comfort of your home? .Well, the fine folks over at DeLonghi have made that possible once again with the De'Longhi EC860 Espresso Maker with Automatic Cappuccino System to allow you to enjoy authentic Italian barista-quality drinks at home.

You can now enjoy your favorite coffee, be it a cappuccino, latte or espresso, with the touch of a button...avoiding those long lines at your local coffee spot...and the best part...wait for it is... you can have your morning joe in your pj's (optional)!

De'Longhi EC860 Espresso Maker

So what is all the fuss about you ask? Well lets dive in and take a closer look at the DeLonghi EC860 Espresso machine.  

Features and Benefits of De'Longhi EC860 Espresso Maker

Out of the box this DeLonghi espresso machine is much smaller than it’s cousin the ESAM3300 Magnifica. Weighing in at 15.4 pounds and measuring 10.6 x 12.2 x 12 inches. 

Whats more, this automatic espresso machine won’t belch out your average bitter tasting coffee. What's the big secret? Well, it lays in the exquisite design and features. Lets check them out below:

Automatic Cappuccino System: The EC860 allows you to make your favorite cuppa with just the touch of a button. You can select from the various drink options available and whip out a frothy beverage instantly.

Detachable Steam Wand: This machine has a detachable steam wand that functions to froth the milk for an espresso and can be detached to make a cappuccino, with the Automatic Cappuccino System.

Electric Cup Warmer: The EC860 is equipped with an electric cup warmer that heats up you cup while your coffee gets prepared. This preserves taste and gives you the best coffee experience.

Efficient Water Filter: Calcium deposits in tap water can adversely affect your coffee machines performance and longevity. However, the EC860's efficient water filter sieves these impurities to prevent damage to your machine and give you a better tasting beverage.

Flow and Temperature Control: If you like your coffee a specific way, De’Longhi’s EC860 lets you choose the amount of coffee and temperature of water that goes into your coffee. This gives you a perfect blend, suited to your taste, every time.

Detachable Drip Tray and Cup Stand: The drip tray prevents any milk, water or coffee from spilling on to the kitchen counter while the cup stand holds your cups and can also be removed to accommodate a taller glass.

De'Longhi EC860 Espresso Maker

What We Liked (Pros) of DeLonghi EC860 Espresso Maker

  • Portafilter has two inserts for ground coffee and one for easy serving espresso pods.
  • Comes with a measuring scoop, descaler, milk and water containers and tamp.
  • Patented Automatic Cappuccino System.
  • Energy saving option for energy efficiency.

What We Didn't Like (Cons) of DeLonghi EC860 Espresso Maker

So, where does this espresso maker fall short?

  • It cannot handle cups taller than 4 inches. The most comfortably fitted sizes are 3-3 1/2 inches. Which in turn, can prove problematic if you are in the mood for a latte or just a tall cup of coffee. 
  • The second concern of users is that the filters may pose a problem with certain grinds of coffee. Others said that it doesn't work well with fine ground coffee. 
  • Many users reported that the milk container needs extra care as any impact could lead to spillage.
  • Another espresso drinker said that this machine needs to be kept very clean to work properly. 

Customer Scores and Reviews

The De'Longhi EC860 Espresso Maker holds an average rating of 4 stars over the possible 5. Therefore, indicating high overall user satisfaction.

Out of 50 odd reviews, the majority ranged between 4 and 5, while 4% - 6% were in the 3 - 1 star bracket.

Quick and efficient performance

Majority of the users find the DeLonghi espresso maker easy to set up and use (no skills needed). One user reported that it heats up quickly (60 seconds) from standby and has good control overall. Another said it is hassle free and could replace regular coffeemaker.

Satisfactory output

Users generally are satisfied with the output of the automatic frother, which fills a 10 oz cup completely and provides long-lasting froth for cappuccino. 

Value for size and money

One customer reported "Decent semi automatic machine for a reasonable price. Semi automatic retains your control over the coffee quantity and pressing aspects." One user commented that it is good for beginners, while another said it is a pretty quiet machine.

Pro Tips for The De'Longhi EC860 Espresso Maker

  • The steam wand is detachable to lend more versatility to the machine. It froths the milk for an espresso drink or hot chocolate, but can be detached to be replaced with the Automatic Cappuccino System.
  • The cup warmer can be turned on and off with a designated button.
  • You can use the steam wand to make hot tea.
  • Cold brew coffee just the way you want before hitting bed at night. No need to wait for ice from the refrigerator.
  • It is a good idea to make the espresso machine handle warm up first. The same goes for the cups; you would need to preheat them.

VIDEO: How to Make a Cappuccino in Your De'Longhi EC 860 Coffee Machine

Warranty and Support

The machine carries a standard one year warranty. There is online support available, or you can call customer service at 1 (888) 335-6644

Bottom Line

This De'Longhi Coffee Espresso Maker is a good investment if you are looking to replace your regular coffee maker and want to dabble in the world of cappuccino making. With the ability to accommodate ground or pod coffee, you get the best of both worlds.

Although, some customer reviews did report performance related issues, the reports varied from user to user...a major chunk of the user reviews find the DeLonghi a wise purchase because the advantages outweigh whatever issues they encountered while using the espresso machine.

Happy Brewing!

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