Summary: Same internals as the EC155, but looks ten times better and has the headroom for a regular sized mug, the EC155 does not. Biggest issue with these machines are the baskets are just way too small and you are relegated to making tiny little baby lattes. To address this problem, I spent $6 on a Mr.
Summary: I've just got mine today from Macy's on sale for $83.99 + Tax. I've been working with different machines and was quite happy with quality of espresso I've had, but DeLonghi EC220CD made for me really delicious, outstanding coffee!
Summary: I've been an avid coffee drinker for decades. Recently I eliminated dairy from my diet, so Half and Half is no longer my morning friend. A good cup of coffee has been hard to come by ever since. In an effort to put some oomph back into my mornings, I decided to buy a new Espresso maker.
Summary: We bought one of these 3 years ago and it is going strong. We use it for multiple rounds of morning espresso on weekends and days off. It functions just as it did when new, and seems to only require an annual de-scaling (I run white vinegar through it).
Summary: Another reviewer who gave the EC220 a one star review needed to be more patient. At start up the machine is completely dry so the priming system needs time to fill. Make certain the water container is fully seated to open the valve.