Summary: I was using a mr coffee espresso maker. But this machine is great. What a cup of joe. And the frother is unbeatable. Just a little on the noisy side. When making multiple cups, after frothing use an empty container and dispense some hot water into it to cool down the water temp for brewing much quiker. Wouldnt trade it for anything. Dehlonghi has an unbeatable reputation, and now I see why.
Summary: I bought this espresso maker in 01/2006, since then I have repaired it once under warranty. It is by far the best coffee maker I have owned, both me and my wife are coffee aficionados so this machine gets a daily workout. It's easy to clean and maintain and makes a great espresso.
Summary: I bought this machine in 2006 after an almost-endless trawl through the internet reading owners' reviews - after all, we are talking about the search for the perfect expresso here! The coffee quality is indeed great. The only misgivings I would have about using it are that the knobs have no user markings, which means that if there are several people in the house using the machine, it is impossible to select the previously-selected individual settings.
Summary: It's fast and convenient. Machine does everything for you. Instructional DVD was very helpful. User friendly. Any one could learn to use this machine. Saving money on lattes since I make them at home now. Only bad thing is the machine is very noisy.
Summary: THIS IS WAY TOO MUCH MONEY FOR A DISREPUTABLE MANUFACTURER THAT DOESN'T STAND BEHIND ITS PRODUCT! Although they are superb machines if they are functioning (and the espresso IS wonderful!), DeLonghi WILL USE ANY EXCUSE NOT TO HONOR THE WARRANTY IF ANYTHING GOES WRONG! Here's my experience: When I ordered my coffee/espresso machine from DeLonghi, it was "backordered" and took over a month to ship. A little over 10 months after I received it, it broke! NO MORE FUNCTIONING!
Summary: Great machine. The bypass one-spoon coffee is always weaker than the main bean hopper, so watch out and make sure you grind extra-fine. The froth wand can be better, so I took off the exterior tube and only use the skinnier one - much better. Recommend!
Summary: After my 2nd Melitta thermal mill and brew plastic cap broke, and I found out it was discontinued, I went in search of an automatic espresso/coffee machine. I prefer the fresh ground flavor and the only option for a grind and brew that works with a thermal carafe is the very expensive Capresso. That price range brought me close enough to investigate other options. My friend has the Saeco Magik he bought at Costco which was sub one thousand, but still pretty expensive.
Summary: Had been considering purchasing an automatic espresso machine for a while, after reading so many positive comments and checking out the company website, I took the plunge. At first glance, the machine is a bit intimidating but I watched the cd and reviewed the manual, and the rest is history. Both my husband and I have been using our Magnifica daily. It's easy to clean and produces a wonderful coffee. And best of all, it's super fast.
Summary: Since I got the adjustments refined (after about 6-8 pulls), it's been making beautiful, three-layered espresso. Plenty of steam for the milk. If you know what you're doing with an espresso machine, you could do a lot worse. I worked at Starbucks for about 2 years, so I think I have a handle on it- although based on that, I'm sure some people would beg to differ:) A few complaints and comments- one is that the steam wand has a very limited range of motion, and is rather...