Summary: I read many reviews before deciding to buy a coffee machine...I particularly loved this one because of the detachable milk container. I love being able to make my "Starbucks" coffee at home! I use Starbucks beans and syrup, so essentially tastes the same. The coffee quality is great! There are a few things, though, that could use some work: 1. After a few days, the milk container was a b**** to get into place!
Summary: We had our Gran Dama for a very happy 6 months, the coffee was excellent, our friends dutifully impressed and then one day the coffee came out noticeably slower. We followed the de-scale instructions and de-scaled (twice) and then... no change. Right now I have a $1200 ornament and according to Delonghi it is "a scale issue" and we need to do it again - seems unlikely. When it works it works well but I would not buy another one.
Summary: Well the machine was good until the warranty ran out. It started leaking water a little at a time, then the water stopped flowing into my cup and just ran out from under the machine. I am pretty handy so I thought I would take the back off and see if it could be fixed. I found that the heating element that the water flows through has a small hole in it. No problem I will just order one and be done with it. NOT gonna happen.
Do not buy -- never got one that works, they are 0 for 2.
R. Sparks "txtiger", Amazon
11 December 2009
Summary: 1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy -- never got one that works, they are 0 for 2., December 11, 2009 DeLonghi ESAM3500.N Magnifica Digital Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine By R. Sparks - See all my reviews (REAL NAME) Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) I did much comparison shopping and then finally decided to purchase this machine, in spite of its high cost.
Summary: This is my second DeLonghi Magnifica Digital Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine I have owned within the last 2 years. I got my first model 4500 from Starbucks and it lasted about 2 years. My warranty expired on my old machine so I bought this one on Amazon. I have checked all the online vendors and Amazon has the best price on this machine. Free shipping and no taxes saves you about $250.
Summary: I purchased my first machine, the pump did not work. I returned it. I replaced it with a new machine, figuring it was a fluke. Second machine just arrived, different issue but it does not work.
Summary: I bought this machine in August 2007. I was buying about 2-3 lattes per day before this machine (spending $10-$15 a day on coffee), and after the machine I was buying maybe 2-3 a WEEK (if I wasn't home to make my own). That saved me at least $50 per week. $200 a month... so in 6 months or so - the machine paid for itself!
Summary: I have owned several types of espresso machines & stove-top models over the years (Krups, Cuisinart, Bialetti & VevVigano). However, none have given me the same "crema" quality I get while dining out at restaurants. These inexpensive models always dispensed fairly good-tasting, yet "watery looking" espresso, with no "crema" on top.