Summary: I really like this espresso machine. It does a great job at a great price. I have had others over the last 25+ years, and this is as good as the best of them, and better than most. My only problem is a design issue. The wand is on the left side, where the filter handle lines up.
Summary: First of all, please temper your expectations: this is a $90 espresso machine, not a Jura $4,000 top-of-the-line. So some compromises need to be made. Nevertheless, the DeLonghi EC220 is a very decent home espresso maker. Unless you're an ultra coffee snob, you will not regret making the buy.
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: 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.