DeLonghi ECP3420 Review

Overall Rating
78
Coffee Quality (40%)
75
Design & Features (20%)
80
Durability (20%)
78
Ease of Use (10%)
83
Brand Reputation (10%)
85

The Bottom Line

Espresso machines don't get much cheaper than the DeLonghi ECP3420. While these machines often are as good as their price tag, not everyone wants to break the bank to see if espresso is for them. If that's you, look here.
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Key Features of the DeLonghi ECP3420

Key Features of DeLonghi ECP3420

  • Type: Pump espresso machine
  • Pressure: 15 bars
  • Reservoir: 37 oz
  • Unit Size: 9.6″W x 7.2″D x 11.9″H
  • Unit Weight: 11.0 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year

DeLonghi ECP3420 Overview

The DeLonghi ECP3420 pressurized portafilter comes with an attachment making it compatible with espresso pods.

Not Nescafe or Nespresso pods mind you, but rather the E.S.E. soft pods available by companies like Lavazza. These are the ones.

The pressurized portafilter is great for novices as it helps ensure optimal pressure for a rich creme, even when using the E.S.E. pods.

The departure from a capsule system necessitates the use of a real frother for cappuccinos, lattes and other specialty beverages, and the DeLonghi ECP3420 comes with one built-in.

More complicated than capsule-based foam? Sure.

Better? You bet.

Add in the stainless steel plated exterior and internal boiler plate, the ability to brew two espresso shots at once and the stainless steel plated exterior and boiler plate (did I say that twice?) and you get a pretty nice machine for an appealing price.

I know what you’re thinking:

“Bryan, this machine sounds so great! Why is it ranked fifth?”

Two reasons.

First, while the machine itself is competitively priced you’ll need to shell out a little extra to purchase some necessary, yet not included, accessories:

  • Tampe
  • Frothing pitcher
  • Grinder

Second, the frother sometimes fails to froth. It got my milk nice and hot, but sometimes the foam wasn’t as foamy as I’d like.

Pros

  • Pump espresso machine for the price of a capsule machine
  • Compatible with espresso soft pods
  • Built-in frother

Cons

  • Water reservoir is finicky and must be pushed all the way down or the espresso machine won’t work
  • More cleaning required than capsule-based systems, particularly with the frother
  • Frother doesn’t make the best foam

Is the DeLonghi ECP3420 for you?

Is DeLonghi ECP3420 for you?

If you’re looking for an entry-level pump espresso machine, consider the DeLonghi 3420.

It definitely has its limitations — most notably the water reservoir that doesn’t want to stay put and the frother that sometimes doesn’t want to froth.

Overall, the EC3420 makes decent espresso for a great price.

DeLonghi ECP3420 Review: An In-Depth Look

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DeLonghi ECP3420
Espresso machines don't get much cheaper than the DeLonghi ECP3420. While these machines often are as good as their price tag, not everyone wants to break the bank to see if espresso is for them. If that's you, look here.

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