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DeLonghi EC270 Espresso Machine

While DeLonghi offers a very wide range of super automatic and manual machines; for someone just starting out in the wonderful world of espresso, one of my favorites is the manual DeLonghi EC-270 Espresso Machine for a number of reasons. Believe it or not, price isn't the only reason!

The Machine

DeLonghi EC-270 Espresso MachineSo let's talk about the guts of this machine. First of all, as you would expect - this pump powered machine spits out 15 bars of pressure. That's pretty standard at this level.

It has a thirty-five ounce water tank that's fully removable for easy cleaning. It also comes with a plate warmer and steam frother wand so that you can easily make cappuccinos and mochas and lattes.

It also comes with a one year warranty - which is also fairly standard.

One of my favorite things about this machine is the look and size of it. It's a compact machine. When it comes to an espresso machine, you can either spend thousands of dollars on a huge bulky automatic espresso maker, or you can go with a smaller manual machine. The problem is that many manual machines try to bulk up in an attempt to look more like their super-automatic cousins.

I'd rather have something sleek and small that doesn't take up a lot of space but still gets the job done, and that's what you get with the EC-270.

Something that sets this machine apart is it's patented Sempre Crema Filter which really spits out nice crema. If you mix your shots in with other things like milk and chocolate to make cappuccino or mocha's, this probably isn't all that important to you. But if you drink straight espresso like me, then you know how important it is to have a thick rich crema on the top of your espresso. The Sempre Crema Filter won't let you down.

Another surprise is that this machine has an E.S.E. Pod attachment so that you can use pods instead of coffee beans if you like! I know that a lot of people really like to use pods for their mess-free and convenient nature. You don't often see a feature like this in such an inexpensive machine.

What's The Downside?

Well, there are a couple of things to watch out for. For starters, the machine only pulls about 1050 watts. I'd like to see it pull 1200 so that you definitely have a hot cup of espresso every time. I haven't heard any complaints though, and a number of other machines on the market also pull 1050 watts, so you should be ok on that front.

What Other People Are Saying

I usually like to look at customer reviews because it nearly always gives a pretty good indicator for how well a machine will hold up. In this case however, the reviews are a little mixed which is something I would probably expect from such an inexpensive machine.

At Amazon, out of 31 customer reviews (which isn't a huge amount of reviews by any means), nine were 5-star, nine were 4-star, two were 3-star, three were 2-star, and eight were 1-star. The large number of 1-star reviews (relatively speaking) worries me a little bit. Of those bad reviews, most people complained that their machine leaked, many right out of the box.

If your machine does leak, you can send it back and take advantage of the 1-year warranty; so I don't really worry so much on that count.

What's The Bottom Line

Basically it comes down to this. You get what you pay for. If you don't have a lot of money to spend, then the DeLonghi EC-270 is a decent machine at around $150 (don't spend the $280 that it retails for, buy through the link below and get the discount!). It's a fairly decent starter machine for the price. But if you worry about the leakage problems, then check out the Cuisinart selections on the menu at the right side of the screen. They have a nice $120 model that's comparable.