Summary: (review written Novemeber 2009) My Delonghi DCG49 was purchased about 4 years ago, used it for a few months, then put it in storage. I fired it up today for the first time since then, and soon remembered why I put it away... As noted in other reviews: * the unit needs to be shaken to get the beans flowing to the grinder * the unit gets clogged, often.
Summary: I blame myself for buying for the low price. The grind is inconsistent, and the high-pitched squeal it emits is not what I want to hear first thing in the morning. Only this morning I was thinking that I'll go back to letting the coffee shop grind my beans until I can purchase a better grinder. Note: My brother owns a coffee shop and I am spoiled--this grinder my be just fine for some people.
Summary: I wanted a reasonably priced unit that would make espresso grind without heating and thus ruining the flavor. This one is a bit difficult to use. You have to hold down the button to keep it going, and if you like fine-ground coffee, that means holding it down for a long time. It's also a bit messy. I get grounds on the counter. However, for the very low price, the espresso grind is fine and the flavor holds, rather than becoming heated as with the other type of grinding.
Summary: Bought the unit in May 2006 and by October 2006 it sopped working. I could hear a screw (?) rattling around in the base. Spoke with the Customer Service at DeLonghi who advised me the unit is no longer manufactured, but still under warranty. Too bad I didn't know that *before* I bought it. They want me to mail it to a service station for repairs. LOL!
Summary: This grinder being my first, I don't have much comparison data. At first, the grinder seemed to do its job fairly well. Frequently, the grinder would make this jammed-sound, which could often be fixed with some firm tapping. Eventually, the grinder just jammed and stopped working. Since it's a burr grinder, it's hard to get to the actual grinder to clean it out without soaking the whole thing in water, which the instructions advise you not to do.
Summary: I tried, I really tried to like this grinder. But after weeks of frustrating shaking, clogging & more grounds spilled on the counter than in my coffee filter, I gave up and bought...a manual grinder! I may expend more energy in the grinding, but none in the clean up the DeLonghi DCG49 required.
Summary: I was disappointed with this grinder after the first use. It operated slowly, always seemed to choke under load, and just felt generally cheap. The lid shape and receptor container are awkward, as is pushing the side button. The unit broke down internally after a few months of normal use, about 4-5 times per week. Tossing the corded brick to the trash can felt satisfying.
Summary: The review that mentions shaking the beans is correct. It is quite messy as well. All the interlocks can sometimes prevent the operation of it. Removing the top burr to clean it is difficult. The part I don't like is the space that leads from the burr wheels to the storage chamber constantly clogs if you use beans that have any visable oil to them. I like that kind of coffee. If you use mostly light roasted dry beans, it may be OK.