De’Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker Review

DeLonghi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker

  • Use convenient pods or ground coffee with the patented dual function filter holder. It makes espresso preparation simple and fast
  • Easily prepares latte and cappuccino with the swivel jet frother, for perfect drinks every time
  • Eliminate annoying start-up preparation with the self-priming operation
  • Always brew espresso at the perfect temperature with two separate thermostats, which allow for water and steam pressure to be controlled separately
  • Enjoy delicious espresso for years to come with the durable, high-quality stainless steel boiler and 15 bar pump pressure
Prepare creamy froth with ease
Simple to clean thanks to a removable 35-ounce water tank Enjoy delicious espresso made your way with the DeLonghi pump espresso and cappuccino maker. You can choose to brew ground espresso or E.S.E pods with the unique patented dual filter holder. The choice is yours, making your espresso truly made to order. You can enjoy espresso or cappuccino at the perfect temperature with two separate thermostats. If you prefer cappuccino you'll enjoy using the easy

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3 Comments on “De’Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker Review
  1. 2,821 of 2,861 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great espresso, incredible price!, April 23, 2007
    By 
    Jennifer (Santa Barbara, CA United States) –

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    This review is from: De’Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker (Kitchen)
    I love espresso, and this little baby makes a great cup. Here are a few points that might be useful for you to know:

    Good points:
    *It doesn’t take up too much room on the counter and looks nice with it’s silver metal accents.
    *The water reservoir is a good size, you can make about 8-10 shots before you need to refill it, which is very easy to do, and there is a clear section behind the basket which shows the water level.
    *Fast heat-up time (only about a minute), good frothing wand, no wait time between frothing and brewing (though you do have to wait a little between brewing and frothing).

    Be warned:
    *Frothing wand is only 3 1/4 inches from the counter top. Not a big deal, I just went and bought a frothing cup that is about that height.
    *Distance from grounds basket to tray is only 2 1/2 inches, I usually use a small espresso cup.
    *Built-in tamper sucks, buy a good metal one.
    *You don’t end up with a nice dry puck, the grounds basket is a watery soup after your espresso is made, so I dump it down the disposal.
    *You will end up drinking more espresso than you mean to, it’s that good!

    Seriously, I chose this machine after a lot of online researching, and decided on this one based on its outstanding reviews and great price. What led me to it were the reviews of another DeLonghi, the EC140B, which is an older and less attractive model, but had reviews from people who had owned theirs for 6 and 10 years! I’m hoping that this one will have the same longevity.

    —–> UPDATE: I’ve now had this machine for 8 months and it started running very slow. I’d been using only distilled water, so I knew it wasn’t a calcification issue, so I looked into it and it turns out machines like this one (no backflushing) need to be cleaned every month or so to remove built up grounds that work their way inside the machine. So I ran some cleaner through it and all this nasty brownish liquid came out, and now it runs great again! So remember people, take good care of your things and they will take good care of you. A lesson I am still learning…
    - and to answer a question commented on this review, my tamper is 2 inches in diameter.

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  2. 1,554 of 1,589 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Process of elimination, January 1, 2008
    By 
    OhioGardener (Ohio) –

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    This review is from: De’Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker (Kitchen)
    First, a couple of disclaimers:
    1. This is the first pump-driven espresso machine that we have owned.

    2. We generally drink cafe Americano, which is an espresso with a little added hot water (or cold water with an iced Americano). We make an occasional cappuccino and have thus used the steam wand, but not extensively.

    After doing a cost/benefit analysis in regards to our current cafe Americano habit (~10 per week), we realized that there would be some justification to buying a home unit. We first considered the Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker, but reviewers consistently lamented the unit’s tendency to clog the filter, necessitating time-consuming cleaning. Also, not being completely sure that we would actually use the espresso maker, we balked at the $250 price tag.

    We also considered moving up to one of the superautomatico machines that grind, tamp, brew and dispose of the grinds, but we worried about the reliability of technology that had only recently hit the consumer-grade appliances. After reading zillions of reviews, we realized that every mid-priced machine had some glaring flaw and, in the end, we decided to buy an inexpensive pump-driven unit and wait for the technology to catch up before investing a huge chunk of change in an espresso machine. Moving our investigation to low-end espresso makers, we were impressed by the reviews of the DeLonghi EC155 and purchased it from Amazon.

    I put off writing a review in order to make sure that the DeLonghi was going to last until we had at least broken even on it. We received it in mid-July and since then it has produced about 200 double shots flawlessly. By my reckoning, that’s about $400 worth of Americanos at the local cafe. Even considering the price of the coffee, we have more than broken even. So, here’s our pros and cons:

    PROs
    - Price–we paid $91.28.
    - Crema Production–this unit consistently produces a thick layer of delicious crema.
    - Powerful Stream Wand–Easily froths milk.
    - Mechanicals–After six months of nearly daily use this mighty-mite works as well as it did the day it arrived.
    - Easy Cleanup–Filter cleans easily.

    CONs
    - Ergonomics–As other reviewers have noted, there could be a little more room between the area where the cup sits and the output nozzle. Also the steam wand could be longer.
    - Features–No cup warmer. Not a big deal to us, especially considering the price of the EC155, but it will put off some buyers.

    SOME THINGS WE HAVE LEARNED
    - Using a coffee especially made for espresso, such as Lavazza, produces a much better espresso. Lavazza has the added benefit of allowing you to go for hours without blinking.
    - Preheating the unit for 15 minutes and warming the cups in the microwave improves the results and experience.

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  3. 1,567 of 1,608 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great espresso with crema! With answers to others negatives, August 29, 2011
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    leilei (Honolulu HI) –

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    This review is from: De’Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker (Kitchen)
    I am Italian, born and raised. Moved to US at 30 yrs old. Moved to an area where there’s no Italian-American influence, no chance of going out for an espresso. Only Starbucks… no thanks. Thought I could go by without espresso for 6 years (what was I thinking??? I don’t know). Then sudden espresso cravings made me buy this espresso machine. De Longhi is a very common brand in Italy for any type of home appliances. I’ve had this machine for 6 months now, using it every day. It’s awesome. Like the espresso cup you’d get in Italy “al bar”. It gives a thick layer of “crema” on top of each cup.

    Here some answers to other reviewers’ cons:

    * somebody wrote the water was not coming out and returned the machine: you need to bang the water tank real hard in position, otherwise it doesn’t connect. It happened to me first time using it… I thought machine was defective too because coffee was not coming out. My husband banged it in there and started working right away.

    * ground basket is soupy: with espresso machines you have to fill the basket to its fullest, nothing like drip machines. You need to have coffee heaping out like an upside-down cone and then gently press it down with the tamper. Don’t press too hard otherwise the water doesn’t make it through.

    * built-it tamper sucks: this puzzles me. A tamper is whatever flat surface you have handy. In Italy people don’t use tampers, considered a fancy thing for coffee shops. People just uses the back of a spoon to tamper the coffee down. The spoon that comes with this machine is perfect for that by the way. You just need a flat round surface of same diameter to have a great tamper. The built-in one works great. You only need a minor pressure otherwise you compact coffee too much.

    * takes long to heat up: maybe older version? Not sure about this. Mine is ready in one minute or less.

    * no cup warmer: in the manual says the top metal part is the cup warmer. It is warm if you let it warm up. I personally live in warm climate so don’t need cup warmer, plus the coffee comes out very hot. True that there’s no railing so cups can fall off easily (done that…).

    * frothing wand placement/length: I can’t say much about it because I don’t make cappuccino, I just drink straight espresso, black. One thing I’d say is that cappuccino in Italy is not what you know as cappuccino here, size wise. This may explain the wand dimensions. In Italy cappuccino is a single shot of espresso, with some frothed milk on top. When I say some, I mean really a little bit. The total output is less than one cup size for your cappuccino. That is very small. So when you need to heat up your milk, in theory you’d use a very small and short brick. If you’d see one of these you wouldn’t believe it probably.

    * bitter coffee: this is very important. Espresso is supposed to be a very sweet cup of coffee. I never got used to the drip coffee or store bought cup of coffee just because it’s too bitter. Not used to it. The difference is in the roast and grind. You cannot use coffee you’d use in the drip machine for the espresso machine. For your first espresso, just buy Illy ground espresso coffee. I recommend the black label. Just try it and that is your standard to compare other coffee to. That is the sweet taste you should get. I also recommend to buy pre-ground coffee, because the grind for espresso requires a serious (expensive) burr grinder, professional level to obtain a fine and homogeneous coffee suitable for these type of machines.

    To buy ground coffee, a cheaper option (cheaper than Illy) is Lavazza. I recommend “Crema e Gusto”. This is the most commonly used brand in Italian families, that’s all I drank in my family for instance. The “Crema e Gusto” variety gives a nice espresso.

    I think I covered all the points I wanted. I will add if realize I forgot something worth mentioning :-)
    Enjoy your coffee!

    April 2015 Update: we have been using this machine daily since our purchase in 2011 and it hasn’t had a single issue so far.

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