Excerpt: I bought the Delonghi EC270 15-Bar Pump Espresso Machine as a gift to myself. My husband thought I was crazy for paying such a high price for an Espresso Machine, but I love Espresso! When it first arrived i was so excited and started right away. I filled it up with water, placed a pod in it and turned it on. I walked away and came back several minutes later to a puddle of water on my counter top. I was so disappointed.
Excerpt: I ordered the DeLonghi EC270 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Machine online about 8 months ago. After receiving it I tried it right away. I have owned many coffee machines and espresso machines because I like trying new products and giving them a shot. I like how easy this espresso machine is to put together. Everything looked up to my standards. I was happy with the look of the product. After cleaning everything, which was not the easiest, I tried it out.
Summary: every espresso machine I have ever had burned out after a time, whether stove top or electric. This was my third DeLonghi brand and they are good fundamental machines that make fairly even coffee over the life of the machine which seems to be from one year to three. So that is maybe a thousand to three thousand cups? My option is a stove top model (which I like, but tend to burn on the stove) or a more expensive machine. There you are.
Summary: I only use this for making Americanos and love it. It's easy to use and seems to work efficiently. The only reason I give it four stars is that I haven't used the steamer portion of this and don't know if that works well or not. I think it's decently attractive on my counter and would recommend it to anyone.
Summary: This is my first espresso machine and I must confess, it is wonderful. I use Lavazza coffee and purchased a 51mm, 12oz tamper. (It is possible that a 52mm may be a more exact fit, but 53mm would be much too large.) With these tools, and a few minutes of web based reading, I managed to pull a beautiful espresso on my first try. This machine produced a proper drink: dark base, light middle, thick crema on top. Every time it's the same lovely result.
Summary: The DeLonghi EC270 is my first espresso machine. I was looking into home espresso machines and really couldn't afford the price of many mid-high level machines, but this one looked like it would do great. The first thing I noticed, as I was unpacking the machine, was it's weight - not incredibly light, though not very heavy. And most of that weight is top-heavy, so you'll need to have an extremely firm grip on it when connecting the portafilter.
Summary: UPDATE 3: I have now had this Espresso maker for almost two years and it is still going strong. No problems at all since I replaced the water tank. The coffee quality is still excellent. I use the machine daily and descale about once every six weeks or so. I still love the coffee that this machine makes - I get freshly-roasted beans from Peace Coffee online and grind a week's worth at once. This coffee is so good - much better than any coffee house can make.
Summary: i have had several good machines over the years. they usually stop working for one reason or another after a 2 or 3 years, so i try not to spend too much on them. Very happy with this machine, and hope it lasts a couple of years.