Summary: I purchased this from a upscale B&M store, pretty sure it was a display as it had no packaging, manual and did not have the frothing pitcher (and no non-working dvd). No problem, went to the DeLonghi web site, ordered the pitcher assembly and downloaded the manual. The machine makes a great coffee and espresso with a perfect crema. The ability to program the quantity brewed regardless of the selection is great. Cappucino, latte, machiatto it all works very well.
Summary: this is a great machine. it makes perfect cappuccino and coffee, with very little work. if you can afford it get it. the only reason mine went back is that there are alot of plastic parts inside the machine, that I could see wearing out. At this price point I don't want to see plastic parts. however my friend has had his machine for over two years with no issues.
Summary: I have owned this machine for about 3-4 years. It faithfully grinds and presses three double long shots every morning, and maybe a decaf preground in the evening and then goes into heavy duty load when my wife plays "barrista" when guests are over. Not a single problem, never an error and low, low maintenance. Occasional descale and clean the parts. My only complaint is my spouse set the milk temp too high and I dont know how change it.
Excerpt: Bought this 3 weeks ago and it's been a great coffee maker. I was sceptical about any of these machines, but not know. I like strong coffee with a touch of milk and l programed it to my liking and it's fantastic.
Summary: We like the coffee maker. Maybe it is not the quietest one (quite noisy when it is rinsing the nozzle before and after use and when it grinds the beans) but this is not a problem to us as the coffee it makes is superb. Of course the coffee beans you choose and coarseness to which you set the grinder makes the difference. So if you do not like the taste of your first coffee do not give up and just experiment with the two mentioned above.
Summary: I am a Barista. Bought this used machine because it makes barista tasting coffee. Which I compared it to the Saeco and Jura both of those tasted like watered down coffee and was not possible to make better. Luckily the Delonghi still had a warranty because the grind wouldn't adjust after 3 years use. Neg. Programing more or less useless for Cappuccinos and Latte milk foam products.
Summary: This machine is expensive, but it does produce great coffee with the minimum of fuss! I now have a quick espresso every morning before I go to work - I can just press the button and get on with other things while it does its stuff. The Latte it makes is also good, some other people have commented that the milk isn't hot enough - it's hot enough for me! As other people have said, it looks good, is solidly built and makes great coffee!
Summary: I have had the machine for 9 months now and am getting great results,it is clearly a well made machine and built to last as most people in these reviews have said, I suppose the only down side is No steam nozzle and as a few people have pointed out that the coffee in certain cases could be HOTTER, but here's a little twist(not recommended by the manufacturer) but worth a go..