DeLonghi EC155 Review

DeLonghi EC155
Overall Rating
83
Coffee Quality (40%)
84
Design & Features (20%)
82
Durability (20%)
82
Ease of Use (10%)
85
Brand Reputation (10%)
85
The Bottom Line
An inexpensive, semi-automatic machine for beginners, the DeLonghi EC155 is all about value. Unlike similarly-priced steam espresso machines, its 15 bar pump yields authentic espresso as a stepping stone to better models.
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Key Features of the DeLonghi EC155

Key Features of DeLonghi EC155

  • Type: Semi-automatic
  • Boiler: Single stainless steel boiler; not thermoblock
  • Bean Hopper: None
  • Bean Grinder: None
  • Pressure: 15 bars
  • Reservoir: 35 oz removable
  • Portafilters: Pressurized
  • E.S.E. Pod Compatible: Yes
  • Auto-Off: No
  • Unit Size: 7.5″L x 11.1″H x 9.5″D
  • Unit Weight: 16.0 lbs
  • Watts: 1100
  • Warranty: 1 year

DeLonghi EC155 Overview

One of the best espresso machines you can routinely find for under $100, the DeLonghi EC155 is a great starter model.

But let me restate what I said in the intro:

Espresso machines truly are a product where you get what you pay for, and there’s no chance this $100 model will seriously challenge machines pushing (or exceeding) $1,000.

It just isn’t going to happen.

But that doesn’t mean the DeLonghi EC155 doesn’t deserve mention.

First, it pulls a great shot for its price point. Sometimes the shot varies in quality, ranging — almost a random — from slightly watery to slightly over-extracted, and it’s near impossible to control for that.

Second, it’s very small but still has enough heft to sit firmly on your countertop when you’re twisting in the portafilter.

Third, it costs less than $100.

Pros
  • Very good shots for the price, including a solid crema
  • Everything disassembles easily for cleaning
  • Incredibly small countertop footprint
Cons
  • Very noisy with noticeable vibrations
  • Very low demitasse cup clearance, about 2.5″
  • Only a 1 year warranty (but it does cost much less than the others with 2 year warranties)

Is the DeLonghi EC155 for you?

Is DeLonghi EC155 for you?

The DeLonghi EC155 is for true beginner espresso drinkers who aren’t ready to foray into the $500+ category but still want to enjoy homemade espresso and avoid the $5 daily suck that is your local coffee shop.

Bottom Line: If you want espresso on the cheap, this is your machine.

DeLonghi EC155 Review: An In-Depth Look

Check out the DeLonghi EC155!

Check out DeLonghi EC155!

DeLonghi EC155
An inexpensive, semi-automatic machine for beginners, the DeLonghi EC155 is all about value. Unlike similarly-priced steam espresso machines, its 15 bar pump yields authentic espresso as a stepping stone to better models.

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Bryan De Luca

I'm Bryan but most people know me as The Coffee Maven. I grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts and received my Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Providence College. My first introduction to coffee was during my college days, when I used it as a source of caffeine to fuel late-night study sessions, but soon I became obsessed with the chemistry of coffee. How did changes to water temperature or contact time affect its taste? Why do beans from Africa taste fruity while beans from Indonesia taste spicy? I launched The Coffee Maven in February 2017 to explore these questions and help others brew their perfect cup. Welcome to my site, and thanks for reading!

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