Summary: Was happy with it until it suddenly stopped working. Had it for 3 years with little problems and one day the pressure pump just stopped working and stopped pushing it out. Wish there was an easy fix. Used it everyday at least once a day and sometimes more when friends were occasionally over. Guess it's time to upgrade. Will try a different espresso machine, most likely from a different brand which will hopefully last longer.
Summary: I bought this product so I can drink espresso at home instead of going to the local coffee shop to enjoy it. I knew it wouldnt taste as good theirs but this just made not want to drink the coffee even if it was free. It makes the espresso quick and is easy to clean but makes a lot of noise and is way too light so its hard to keep the machine from moving but easy to move around. I still have yet to yet to try another product but you do get what you pay for.
Summary: I only gave it an extra star for the price. If you have been a barista or coffee connoisseur and want an excellent coffee without any fuss then stay away from this machine. I am constantly changing my mind everyday on the quality of this machine and am on the verge of selling it to buy another.
Summary: I upgraded to this from a Russell Hobbs 13401, of which I had 3, since they kept breaking down. This machine is definitely an upgrade from the Russell Hobbs one, but then again, it costs twice as much. I drink espresso only, and I come from a country where if you order a coffee anywhere, you will get an espresso, so unsurprisingly I consider this the only coffee worth having. I find this machine generally well built and well designed.
DelonghiEC330S; useful but a bit tricky to get right initially
Barbara J. Cohen "BJB", Amazon
12 April 2009
Summary: De'Longhi EC330S Pumped espresso maker; 15 bar. A which best buy 2009- Neat, simple to set up and should be dead easy to use but 2 problems initially required a call to de'Longhi support service. 1. very very noisy in use. This is often the case I gather but I cured the worst of it by holding the water vessel to the machine body, initally by hand but then with 2 very firm large rubber bands and, as advised by company, checking also that the feet were actually all 4...
makes a great coffee but not without its drawbacks
Neurotypical "neurotypical", Amazon
25 January 2009
Summary: I have had this machine for a month now, on the plus side it makes a fantastic coffee and the milk frother is simple and easy to use and gives a good frothy top to the coffee. There are however a(more than a) couple of downsides to it, I am not sure if these are general problems or if I have a dodgy machine. When switching the machine on, water tends to drip from the milk frother and even if the nozzle is positioned over the drip tray, it does drip on to the work top.
Excerpt: Долго выбирали кофеварку, наконец остановились на этой модели. Понравилась по дизайну и компактности. Не последнюю роль при выборе сыграла фирма-производитель. Но при включении раздался такой ужасный грохот и вибрация, что хотели уже бежать сдавать кофеварку обратно. Но после нескольких включений и прокачки воды все более-менее пришло в норму. Но при маленьком уровне воды, все-равно очень дребезжит резервуар. Пришлось уже самому придумывать метод устранения шума.
Summary: It's OK, but not the best. The milk frother for cappucino is excellent and actually works, not like many others I have used! But the coffee, well, it has not so much crema, a little, but not really the thick crema I wanted. The ESE pods work well. Be warned, the boiler is NOT stainless steel, most of the product is aluminium. Only the bits you see have been given stainless steel.
Summary: Eigetnlich wäre ich mit der Maschine zufrieden. Espresso und Cappuccino schmecken. Auch das Milch aufschäumen ist o.k., ABER : Ich besitze diese Maschine noch kein halbes Jahr und sie tropft und tropft und tropft. Man kann verfolgen, wie es von Woche zu Woche mehr wird. Wenn ich im eingeschalteten Zustand eine Tasse darunter stelle, ist sie bald voll und selbst aus dem Milchaufschäumer tropft es. Mal sehen, wie es in 1-2 Jahren sein wird.