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DeLonghi Espresso Machine Review: A Fan Favorite for Shots of Espresso

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Espresso makes the modern world go round. The very machinery of the nine-to-five that has kept industry, and therefore the economy, up and running has hot, pressurized caffeine in its veins. However, today that industriousness has taken a less centralized form, allowing many of us to work from home. Our craving for espresso has not lessened just because we're in the home office. In fact, our DeLonghi espresso machine review reveals that the home espresso revolution is just taking off.

The modern home barista has many options when it comes to outfitting their home office or kitchen with a state-of-the-art espresso factory. The mystique which once only Starbucks and local coffee chains maintained can be purchased and brought into your homestead. It turns out that no degree or highly specialized training is required to fill your kitchen with the delightfully umami aroma of espresso.

The internet abounds with options for ways to make espresso. Not all are created
equally. That is why we composed our DeLonghi espresso machine review. DeLonghi has been a forerunner in the espresso machine market for some time now; but are their products all they are cracked up to be?

We have set out to answer this question as we dive in depth with our DeLonghi espresso machine review. By the end, you will have a criteria for evaluating home espresso machines as well as the knowledge of which models we consider the best home espresso machines around.

Comparison Table

What Is the DeLonghi Espresso Machine?

DeLonghi espresso machines have long been considered the “crema” of the crop (if you'll excuse our coffee pun). Their products create a completely customizable experience when creating your espresso drinks. They are all designed to be easy to clean, which can really become a hassle with other models.

We love the DeLonghi design philosophy, and nearly all their machines look great as countertop displays. This design philosophy is more than merely aesthetic, their products work wonderfully as well. Many models are even more compact than their competition, meaning that you receive a fully functioning barista station without having to convert your entire kitchen counter into a coffee bar.

Programmable features allows the user to perfectly tailor their machine to their espresso preferences. All the models we evaluated in our DeLonghi espresso machine review included at least a 1-year warranty. This greatly eases the worry of purchasing a machine from the internet. Perhaps our favorite feature of the DeLonghi espresso machines was that they delighted both beginners and experienced baristas alike.

DeLonghi Espresso Machine Review: Product Specs

For our DeLonghi espresso machine review, we picked the DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine as the baseline. Why? In terms of its technical specifications, it strikes us an ideal “top shelf” DeLonghi model.

The DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine takes 1150 watts of input. It can contain 60 ounces or, and it can separately hold 7.10 ounces of beans. In terms of its physical dimensions, the De'Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker measures 17" x 13" x 18." This is a bit chunky. However, those dimensions still mean that it can fit into most everyone's kitchen. Simply find a nook and you've got yourself a functional cafe in your place of breakfast.

The DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine also goes far beyond the call of duty when it comes to features, and in our DeLonghi espresso machine review process we could find no other competitor that outclassed it in this regard.

What are these features? For one, the Magnifica Super-Automatic can hold up to 14 cups of coffee in its reservoir. That means that instead of refilling the machine every cup, you only have to refill it every fifteenth cup. Not only will the caffeine make you more efficient, but the caffeine machine itself will save you time. Additionally, the Magnifica Super-Automatic comes with an essential steam wand and two types of one-touch recipes to get your espresso drink going quickly.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare:

  • Breville BES870XL Barista Express
  • Gaggia Brera 59101
  • DeLonghi EC155
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De'Longhi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super Automatic Espresso & Coffee...
  • Patented "Cappuccino System" frother that mixes steam and milk to create a rich, creamy froth
  • Easy-to-use rotary and push button control panel with programmable menu settings and beans container capacity is 8.8...
  • Grinds beans instantly with the patented, compact and easy-to-clean "Direct-to-Brew" system. Use your favorite coffee...

Ease of Use

Assembly Time

Design Quality

Warranty

Pros

  • Holds plenty of water and beans
  • Cappuccino mode
  • Slick, all-silver design

Cons

  • Can be much pricier than other options on this list
  • Does weigh over 30 pounds

Breville BES870XL Barista Express

Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless...
  • The Breville Barista Express delivers third wave specialty coffee at home using the 4 keys formula and is part of the...
  • DOSE CONTROL GRINDING: Integrated precision conical burr grinder grinds on demand to deliver the right amount of freshly...
  • OPTIMAL WATER PRESSURE: Low pressure pre-infusion gradually increases pressure at the start and helps ensure all the...

This machine is made to get your coffee to you quickly! The Breville has a thermo-coil system, meaning it makes hot water faster than the competitors. However, it cannot do everything at one, so the switch between brewing and steaming is a bit of a downer.

If you need the gourmet experience, then this might be the coffee maker for you. It maintains water at exactly the temperature for perfect extraction of superior taste, every time.

It also includes a grinder, so there is no need to have yet another machine on your counter, taking up space, just to grind your beans. The Breville also has many settings, so if you want to customize your experience, you can definitely do it with this machine.

Ease of Use

Assembly Time

Design Quality 

Warranty

Pros

  • Grinder included
  • Specific water temp maintained
  • Sleek design

Cons

  • Not the most economical

Gaggia Brera 59101

Gaggia Brera Super Automatic Espresso Machine in Silver. Pannarello...
  • FROTHING FOR MILK BEVERAGES: Pannarello wand frothing for cappuccinos & lattes. Wand doubles as a hot water dispenser...
  • EASY ACCESS: The dregs drawer, drip tray, and water tank are all within reach and accessible from the front of the...
  • USER-FRIENDLY DISPLAY: Push-button controls and an LED display with illuminated icons make for an easy and intuitive...

Another great choice for a home espresso machine on our Delonghi espresso machine review, the Gaggia Brera has features to suit anyone. It includes a grinder where you can design your own bean size! From sand grains to pebbles, this grinder can make just the size you want for your cuppa.

It also allows for the user to design the shot size, so if you need more caffeine than the average bear, then look no further for a home espresso machine.

The Gaggia also includes its own steaming wand, so no need for that extra machine! Mark that off your list and simplify your life. This machine has superior technology to reduce the transition time between jobs. This is essential, because we all know that microwave minutes are the longest.

Ease of Use

Assembly Time

Design Quality

Warranty

Pros

  • Milk frother included
  • Grinder included
  • Lots of bean settings
  • Lots of cup settings

Cons

  • Not the absolute cheapest out there
  • Not as many features as more expensive machines

DeLonghi EC155

DeLonghi EC155 15 Bar Espresso and Cappuccino Machine
  • EVERY CUP TO YOUR LIKING: 15-bar professional pressure assures quality results every time, and adjustable controls allow...
  • BREW LIKE A PRO: Whatever your preference – single or double espresso, cappuccino or latte – the machine brews...
  • YOUR FOAM, YOUR WAY: A manual frother mixes steam and milk to create a rich, creamy froth for evenly textured drinks –...

For our DeLonghi espresso machine review we had to include the classic Delonghi EC155 due to its top notch qualities. This little gunner is ready at a moment's notice to make some really great beans into even better espresso!

Coming in under budget and above expectations, the EC155 has more than enough to satisfy the average consumer. 

With this model, you will end up making most of the changeovers, tap downs, and prepping yourself, but this is not a bad thing. You will end up completing these tasks with any semi-automatic machine on the market. While you do most of the work yourself, the product is great. It has a steam wand so you can make hot chocolate, a cappuccino, latte, or mocha!

The machine does not include a grinder, so you will need to purchase an additional machine or buy only pre-ground beans. This reduces the freshness, but is only a concern for some. The EC155 is perfect if you are looking mostly for simple espresso and not the full-fledged coffee machine experience. 

Ease of Use

Assembly Time

Design Quality

Warranty

Pros

  • Includes milk frother
  • Good design quality
  • Reasonable price

Cons

  • No grinder included
  • List EleHas a few more steps than you might likement

Conclusion

When it comes down to making your kitchen into a home cafe, there is no better option for your budget than the De'Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker. While it lacks some of the bells and whistles that come along with the DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine, it is only a fraction of the cost and still gives you amazing flavor.

That is not to say that additional features provided by the Magnifica Super-Automatic won't eventually pay for themselves. However, when it comes to having quality coffee ready in your kitchen, you cannot go wrong with the De'Longhi EC155.


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Instant Pot Ultra Review: A Pressure Cooker to Save You Time and Energy

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The Instant Pot line of electric pressure cookers has seen a huge surge in popularity in recent years, and it's no wonder. These miraculous devices can cook delicious, healthy meals in record time thanks to their simple set-it-and-forget-it operation. They also doubling as slow cookers, yogurt-makers, rice-cookers, and more. If you're in the market for an all-in-one kitchen device, an electric pressure cooker might just be your best bet.
 
In this Instant Pot Ultra review, we will take a look at the latest iteration of the Instant Pot, comparing and contrasting it with electric pressure cookers from other brands. Which one will come out on top? Find out in this Instant Pot Ultra review.

What Is Instant Pot Ultra?

The Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1 is the newest electric pressure cooker from Instant Pot, one of the most popular electric pressure cooker brands on the market. The 10-in-1 in the name means just what you'd think: this device does the work of 10 difference kitchen appliances in one convenient package. In this Instant Pot Ultra review, we will compare its features, price, and ease-of-use with three other popular electric pressure cookers.

Product Specs

The Instant Pot Ultra features a six-quart pot, a larger digital display than previous models, and the ability to easily create near-unlimited programs with a few quick taps. The "Ultra" in Instant Pot Ultra refers to his function, which lets users preset specific temperatures and cooking times. The 10 functions include pressure cooking of course, but also sauteing, warming, sterilizing, rice-cooking, yogurt-making, slow-cooking, cake-making, egg-cooking, and steaming.

The Instant Pot Ultra has replaced the buttons of previous models with a larger display that requires users to cycle through options. This can make changing cooking functions and other tasks a little more time-consuming than on other electric pressure cookers. There are improvements elsewhere, though. The steam release valve has been significantly upgraded; it now automatically closes when the lid is locked into place. If you want to release it there's now a steam release button, which means no more manually flipping the release valve open and almost scalding your hand.

This new Instant Pot also has a host of great safety features for those who are still nervous about using pressure cookers. An anti-clog vent keeps food from blocking the release valve, a safety lock for the lid ensures it cannot be opened when pressurized, and a pressure sensor keeps the pressure in a safe range. In this Instant Pot Ultra review, we discovered that these and other safety features were enough to make this an easy, low-stress device to use.

For this Instant Pot Ultra review, we found the device to be a little bit bulky at 33 x 31.8 x 31.8 cm for the popular 6-quart model, which means it might not fit in all cabinets with ease. That's a small price to pay when replacing so many individual kitchen appliances with a single machine, though.

How It Compares

For our Instant Pot Ultra review, we picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

  • Farberware Digital Pressure Cooker
  • Farberware Digital Pressure Cooker
  • Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD

Instant Pot Ultra

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  • Ease of Use
  • Features
  • Design Quality
  • Warranty

The Instant Pot Ultra comes with a one-year limited warranty. While it's far from the worst warranty we'll see in this Instant Pot Ultra review, people who use it almost every day might wish for a slightly better offering.

Pros

  • 10 cooking functions in one device
  • New pressure release valve will be a favorite among Instant Pot aficionados
  • 11 different safety features

Cons

  • On the expensive side
  • Warranty could be better

​Farberware Digital Pressure Cooker

farberware 7-1 programmable pressure cooker
  • Brand New in box. The product ships with all relevant accessories

The Faberware Digital Pressure Cooker is a 7-in-1 device that's among the more affordable electric pressure cookers on the market. In addition to pressure cooking, its functions include sauteing, cooking rice and risotto, steaming, slow-cooking, and cooking dry beans. It also builds up pressure faster than many competing devices, though it takes a long time to release pressure naturally. It's not as full-featured as the Instant Pot Ultra and only comes in a 6-quart model, but if you're looking for a good electric pressure cooker on a budget you've found it in Farberware's product.

  • Ease of Use
  • Features
  • Design Quality
  • Warranty

Farberware offers a lifetime limited warranty on all of its products; it doesn't get much better than that.

Pros

  • Great value for the price
  • Excellent warranty

Cons

  • Lacks the bells and whistles of its pricier competitors
  • Manual is not very helpful

​Fagor Lux Multi-Cooker

Fagor LUX Multi-Cooker, 6 quart, Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow...
  • Pressure cooking on both high and low options up to 99 minutes. Slow Cooking high or low options up to 10 hours
  • Keep warm function up to 12 hours and Time Delay function up to 6 hours
  • Cook a variety of meals in this all-in one machine from meats, grains, desserts and even yogurt

The Fagor Lux Multi-Cooker comes in at a similar price to the Instant Pot Ultra, so how does it stack up? It's a six-quart cooker with four main modes: pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, and yogurt maker. In addition to these four functions, it can also steam, saute, and keep food warm.

It lacks some of the higher-end functions of the Instant Pot Ultra like dedicated settings for beans and soup but is of similarly high build quality. The one thing it has an edge over the Instant Pot on is ease of use: its controls are simple to understand and even simpler to use.

  • Ease of Use
  • Features
  • Design Quality
  • Warranty

Fagor provides a limited warranty of 10 years for this product; far superior to Instant Pot's meager one-year warranty.

Pros

  • Easy to use with a clear, thorough manual
  • Excellent warranty

Cons

  • Less full-featured than the Instant Pot Ultra for a similar price

​Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD

Aroma Housewares 2-8-Cups (Cooked) Digital Cool-Touch Rice Grain...
  • Multi-Functional Use – Whether you're in the mood for a hearty jambalaya, steamed veggies and rice, or even a...
  • User-Friendly Programming – Easy-to-use with 4 preset digital functions and automatic Keep Warm mode when the cooking...
  • Nutritious & Delicious – The built-in Steam function allows for nutrient-rich meals to be prepared above while rice,...

The Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD is a budget device designed mostly for cooking rice and steaming vegetables and seafood. It's smaller than the other cookers in this Instant Pot Ultra review, able to hold between two and eight cups of rice. There's also a steam tray included that can sit above the rice so users can cook rice and steam something else at the same time. While it's not full-featured by any means, it is a bargain and is especially good for individual users who like to plan their meals, cooking multiple things at once.

  • Ease of Use
  • Features
  • Design Quality
  • Warranty

Aroma offers a one-year limited warranty on this appliance, which is quite good given the initial cost of it.

Pros

  • Great price
  • Can cook rice and steam other foods at the same time

Cons

  • Limited functionality
  • Small size

Instant Pot Ultra Review | Conclusion

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When we stack the Instant Pot Ultra up against a range of similar competitors, it becomes clear that Instant Pot's latest iteration is a cut above. It has several functions, including the ability to make yogurt, a dedicated setting for beans, and more than most other electric pressure cookers. It has the most safety features out of any of the products on this list, making it a good pick for those who are hesitant to dive into the electric pressure cooker fad given older pressure cookers' safety issues. It even has a brand new pressure release mechanism that sets it apart from previous iterations of the Instant Pot.

Its only downside is that it's a little more complicated to use than the other electric pressure cookers featured in this review. That's due to both its wealth of functions and the slightly convoluted nature of its new, larger digital display.

Still, when stacked up against other similar appliances, it clearly comes out on top. It might be a little on the pricey side, but if you've been eyeing an electric pressure cooker that can replace your slow cooker, rice cooker, and other devices, the Instant Pot Ultra is the one for you.