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Lattissima PRO vs PLUS

So far, we’ve talked about the Lattissima EN720 and EN680 in our blog, and we’ve lined out the difference between them. In this post, we’ll be looking at two other lattissima models, the Lattissima Pro and Lattissima Plus.

What Is The Difference Between The Lattissima Pro and Lattissima Plus?

Like many other espresso machines, these might look quite similar when you see them for the first time. And they are, to some extent. There are two main similarities in these two machines:

  • They are powered by Nespresso’s Capsule system. So you can ONLY use Nespresso capsules with them.
  • They have an integrated milk frother which heats and froths the milk automatically and pours it right into your cup.

What about the differences?

  • The DeLonghi Pro is a newer, much polished and much improved version of the Lattissima Plus.
  • The PRO features a touch-screen display which allows you to easily customize your drinks. The PLUS has push-buttons.
  • The PRO has 6 drinks already pre-set and ready for you to try! All pre-sets can be reprogrammed as well. The PLUS has 3 drink pre-sets.
  • Design wise: The Lattissima PRO featured beautiful Italian design, full stainless steel body with blue LED blacklight indicators. The PLUS has plastic body, and available in few colors.
  • Both machines has detachable milk frothers, but with the Lattissima PRO you can have milk froth without the need to brew coffee, which you can use for hot chocolate for example. This option isn’t available in the PLUS.
  • The Lattissima PRO features a hot water dispenser which gives you boiled water instantly.

DeLonghi Lattissima PRO

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DeLonghi Lattissima Plus Nespresso Capsule System

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How To Use the Lattissima Pro:

 

In this post, we’re comparing two of the top-rated budget espresso makers by DeLonghi, the EC702 vs. the ECO310W espresso makers. Why these two? Because both are at similar range of price and they seemingly look or have the same features, which might confuse a lot of buyers. So what we’ll do is highlight the differences between the two machines to help you make a better informed decision.

DeLonghi EC702 vs. ECO310W: What Is The Difference?

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First of all, let us highlight the similarities between them:

  • 15-bar pressure pump espresso makers.
  • Patented milk frother/steam wand.
  • Include dual filters for use with ground coffee or espresso pods (E.S.E pods).
  • Self priming operation that eliminates start up wait time.
  • Cup warming tray.
  • 1100Watts input power

The Difference Between These Espresso Makers:

  • The ICONA ECO310W has a vintage Italian look while the EC702 has more of a sleek look.
  • The ECO310W has a slightly larger water tank capacity at 48oz (1.4L) while the EC702 has 44oz (1.3L) capacity.
  • Design wise, the ECO310W has a metal exterior available in three colors: beige, black and red. The EC702 combined plastic and metal, available in stainless steel color only.

Which Espresso Maker Should I Buy?

As far as I can see, the difference between these two machines is hardly mentionable, there’s at the same price range as well. So your choice would come to which machine would look better in your kitchen and which design you prefer. The metal exterior on the ICONA ECO310W is great for aesthetics as well as durability. Other than that, you’re buying the same features.

De'Longhi ECO310W Espresso Maker

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DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker

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DeLonghi and Saeco are two of the top leading brands in the world of home espresso machines. Both companies offer a wide variety of espresso machines to choose from, but which one is best for you? Here’s a quick comparison between the two brands:

 

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DeLonghi is an Italian brand that manufactures a wide range of home appliances, espresso machines included. Its espresso machine range includes small manual machines, semi-automatic and fully automatic machines, starting under $100 for the shopper on a small budget. While the engineering and design of the machine take place in Italy, many DeLonghi espresso machines are manufactured in China, especially smaller machines.

Here are some of the top-rated DeLonghi machine reviews and articles we’ve featured are:

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Saeco

Saeco is an Italian brand as well, though it specializes in espresso and coffee machines and a few other coffee products. The brand was purchased by Dutch company Philips and became part of its family of products. Saeco machines now hold the name “Philips Saeco” instead of Saeco only. Most of Saeco’s espresso machines are Italian made, their range include semi-automatic and fully automatic espresso machines. They’re usually of higher quality, and they’re more durable. Although DeLonghi can seem to be a more popular brand than Saeco, it’s only because it offers low budget machines (under $100) that’s more accessible to many people. However, the quality of those machines are not comparable to Saeco’s, whose machines start at around $200+.

Here are some of of our Saeco espresso machine reviews:

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If you’ve been researching Nespresso machines you might have come across a few machines that are branded DeLonghi Nespresso, which are different from Nespresso machines. Are you confused between the two? Actually, the difference is quite simple:

Nespresso Machines:

These machines are manufactured by Nespresso. They use Nespresso’s patented coffee capsules system to brew espresso with a touch of a button. Most Nespresso machines extract espresso only, in two or three cup sizes. But if you want to make coffee drinks like lattes or cappuccinos, you’ll have to bundle your machine with Nespresso’s electric milk frother (or any electric frother). See some excellent Nespresso bundles here.

Some Nespresso machines we’ve previously reviewed:

 

DeLonghi Nespresso Machines:

In these machines, two of the best espresso and coffee brands come together to create excellent homes espresso machines. These machines are manufactured by DeLonghi, but they use Nespresso’s capsules system to make the espresso (you’ll be buying Nespresso capsules to make the coffee), that’s what they bring from Nespresso’s world. And being a DeLonghi machine, they get their patented single touch ‘Hot Milk’ system, which is a detachable milk tank that attach to the machine and with a single touch it heats and mixes the milk to perfectly froth it for your choice of milk-based coffee drink. This means you won’t need to buy a milk frother separately. And being a detachable milk tank, it allows you to simply save any left-over milk in the fridge for next use.

Some of DeLonghi Nespresso machines reviews:

 

 

Are you getting your first espresso machine at home? If that’s the case, here’s our recommendations for your first machine. We chose these machines based on a few factors:

  1. Ease of use: they’re easy to use and get a hang of. Nothing too complicated for the starting barista.
  2. Price range: They’re very well priced under $300. There’s no need for you to spend $1000s on a machine when you’re still not ready.
  3. Durability: These machines should last you a few good years until you’re ready to upgrade to a larger or more sophisticated machine. By that time, you’ll sure be a professional at using an espresso machine at home.

1. Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker:

Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker

The Breville Cafe Aroma is simply beautiful, a shiny stainless steel machine that looks like a commercial machine, yet it’s made with the home user in mind. It comes with everything you need to get you started: a double filter that you can use with ground coffee or espresso pods, a steam want for milk frothing, a set of stainless steel espresso cups, and a milk pitcher.

Read our full review of the Breville Cafe Aroma by clicking here.

2. DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker:

DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker

The DeLonghi EC702 is also a great starter machine for beginners. Also stainless steel built like the previous one, it is easy to clean and maintain. While it does have the double filter and a steam wand, it lacks the extra accessories (the stainless steel cup set and pitcher), so you’ll have to buy those separately.

Click here for our full review of the DeLonghi EC702 Espresso Machine.

Note: For best results possible, you are recommended to brew your coffee using fresh ground espresso. If you don’t have a coffee grinder, see our recommended grinders here.

3. Nespresso CitiZ Automatic Espresso Maker:

Nespresso Citiz C120 Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother

A Nespresso maker is as easy and convenient as it gets for a coffee lover. It won’t turn you into a barista, but it’s an excellent machine to make espresso and gourmet coffee drinks with a touch of a button. This machine uses Nespresso capsules that are pre-measured and make you the perfect shot every single time. All you have to do is insert a capsule and press a button, within a second you’ll be all set! The machine also comes with an automatic milk frother that creates hot or cold froth in under a minute.

You can read our full review of the Nespresso Citiz here.

 

Getting an automatic espresso machine is the easiest way for you to brew the ultimate fresh cup of coffee, Cappuccino, Latte or any coffee drink with a touch of a button. An automatic machine usually features a built-in coffee grinder, a milk frother, and a dedicated button for each of your preferred coffee drinks, as well as many programmable features.

DeLonghi is one of the world’s top brands when it comes to espresso machines. It has a number of automatic espresso machines to choose from, but which one is the best for you?

The number one factor in choosing an automatic espresso machine will mostly be your budget. While automatic machines can run for anywhere between $1000 and up to $3000, DeLonghi’s automatic espresso machines are within the affordable range of $600 to $1000+ – all of them include great features and perform as expect.

DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso Machine:

DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic

This machine is a best seller on our site, and there’s a reason for that. The ESAM3300 Magnifica is one of the most affordable automatic espresso machines, it is easy to use, prepares great coffee and it’s simply a pleasure to have. Naturally, it will lack a feature of two of the more expensive models, but overall, it’s a top performing machine that you’ll certainly enjoy.

Features:

  • Prepares a single or double espresso shots at the same time.
  • Built-in conical burr grinder, automatically grinds as much coffee needed for your drink.
  • Steam wand for milk frothing/steaming.
  • Customizable coffee grinds, strength, volume using an easy to use control panel.
  • Dual boiler allows you to brew coffee and use the steam wand at the same time.

What is lacks:

  • Dedicated buttons for different drinks.
  • A milk tank.
  • No auto-start option.

You can read our full review of the ESAM3300 here.

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De’Longhi EN720.M Automatic Cappuccino, Latte and Espresso Machine with Nespresso Capsule System:

De'Longhi EN720.M Automatic Cappuccino, Latte and Espresso Machine with Capsule System

Another super-simple automatic espresso machine from DeLonghi. This one uses Nespresso’s capsules system, so all you have to do is buy Nespresso capsules and with a push of a button, you’ll have the perfect drink.

Features:

  • Uses Nespresso’s patented capsules system for no-mess, push button coffee drinks.
  • Detachable milk tank. After use, you can remove the milk tank and place it in the fridge the save the rest of the milk for next use.
  • Dedicated buttons for each coffee drink.
  • Adjustable drip tray. Cup warming tray on top of the machine.

Cons to this machine?

There’s no Con to this machine, but something to take into consideration that if you plan to brew a lot of coffee, whether for your family or if you entertain a lot of friends, the cost of capsules can get expensive. However, there are some reusable coffee capsules available that you can fill up with your own coffee.

Read our review of the DeLonghi EN720 here.

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DeLonghi ECAM23210B Compact Magnifica S Beverage Center:

DeLonghi ECAM23210B Compact Magnifica S Beverage Center

This machine features everything a super automatic machine has, yet it comes in a smaller compact size. You can customize your favorite coffee drink to your taste and get the freshest cups of coffee with a touch of a button.

Features:

  • Customizable coffee drinks using an easy to use, illuminated control panel.
  • Built-in conical burr grinder.
  • Built-in water filteration system – use tap water and you’ll still get a delicious fresh cup of coffee.
  • Milk steamer/frother.
  • Instant reheat option: instantly reheats the machine’s boiler to avoid waiting between drink preparations.
  • Cup warming tray.

What it lacks:

A detachable milk tank which comes in quite handy when you have left-over milk that you don’t want to waste. However, this is certainly not a deal-breaker.

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DeLonghi EN680.M Nespresso Lattissima Single-Serve Espresso Maker

This machine is another collaboration between DeLonghi and Nespresso to bring the patented features of both companies in one powerful machine to prepare espresso, cappuccino, latte, macchiato and pretty much any coffee drink you could ever crave.

Features:

  • DeLonghi’s patented Single Touch hot milk system that heats and froths milk for you with a single touch.
  • Nespresso’s capsule system allows you to prepare espresso with a single  push of a button.
  • Double boilers allow you to brew coffee and heat/froth milk at the same time.
  • Detachable milk tank that allows you to easily take the tank out and place it in the fridge to save the remaining of the milk for later use.
  • Illuminated control panel with button controls. Choose from 2 coffee options and 2 milk options.
  • Sliding adjustable drip tray that accommodates different cup sizes.

Preparing drinks is a breeze with this machine. It does everything for you. Simple put in your preferred Nespresso capsule and push the button! Few seconds later, you’ll have a perfectly made, delicious coffee drink.

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The DeLonghi EN680 M is not the latest in the DeLonghi Lattissima line, we’ve already featured the EN720 which is the latest one. Both machines work the same, but the EN720 is – obviously – an upgraded version with slight differences.

What’s the Difference Between DeLonghi Lattissima EN680 M and EN720 M?

The only difference between the two machines is in the Memory Function and Indicators for capsule tank and water tank:

  • The EN680 M features a memory function for Cappuccino, Latte and Macchiato. EN720 M has a memory function for: Cappuccino, Latte, Macchiato, Espresso, Long coffee, Milk and Hot Water.
  • The EN680 lacks the indicators that tell you that your capsules drawer is full and an empty tank indicator. The EN720 has both indicators.

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DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso:Coffee Machine

Sleek Italian design meets super automatic powers. The DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica is just that, it is magnificent! This machine is perfect for anyone looking for an automatic espresso machine that does it all for an incredible budget of under $1000!

What makes this machine one of the best machines for home?

  • It’s a super-automatic, all-in-one unit. It’s easy to use with simple push-button options.
  • The front panel features buttons which allow you to customize your coffee – size and quantity- choose from: short, long, regular or strong. You can also choose the amount of water for your cup of coffee.
  • It features a patented Cappuccino system that steams and froths milk for the creamiest cup of Cappuccino.
  • An integrated grinder gives you a ‘direct-to-brew’ experience. Which means fresh coffee made from the freshest coffee grind.
  • Because this machine understand different coffee taste comes from different grinds, it allows you to adjust the grind setting to get your preferred grind fineness. You assure your espresso will be perfectly made to your taste, every single time!
  • The DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica features dual boilers, one of the espresso extraction and the other for milk steamer. Which means, you can make coffee and steam/froth milk at the same time. (Unlike machines with one boiler, which require you to wait between the espresso extraction and the milk steaming).
  • Removable water tank and coffee bean container. This allows for easy refill of water and beans without having to move the entire machine.
  • The Magnifica’s exclusive cup tray keeps your cup warm before use.

Any cons to the Magnifica ESAM3300?

  • The insides of the machine has many plastic parts, which can be of concern to some people.
  • It can get a little noisy.
  • There’s no auto start option. But the machine does start up quickly

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DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Compared To Other Machines:

 

DeLonghi Magnifica vs. Gaggia Brera:

Brera is another super automatic espresso maker by Italian brand Gaggia. They have similar features and prepare the same coffee beverages, but there are slight differences in design and performance.

  • Starting with the grinder, both espresso machines have built-in conical burrs, DeLonghi’s grinder are steel while Gaggia’s are made of ceramic. The great thing about ceramic grinders is that there’s little to no chance of rusting. Also, there’s less heat transfer from the burrs to the beans while grinding.
  • Design wise, the Brera has a digital display along with the buttons, which makes it easier to program and control. The DeLonghi has the same button controls but doesn’t have a display.
  • The frothing wands on the machines are slightly different in design. The DeLonghi has a want with a plastic exterior, while the Brera has a stainless steel wand.
  • Both machines is made in Italy.

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Super-automatic espresso machines come with a price tag of over $500, which does not fit many people’s budget. However, there is a small number of super automatics priced under $500* and it’s quite a steal. We’re featuring the best ones here.

(*Price is correct as of writing of this post. Prices are subject to change by sellers)

What is  a Super-Automatic Espresso Machine?

An espresso machine is labelled as a super automatic when it features simple to use, push-button operating buttons, a built-in grinder, and a milk frothing system. It can make any coffee drink, with a push of a button, and as fresh as possible as it grinds only as much coffee you need to brew the drink you’re making. This ensures the freshest espresso crema and aroma, and the most delicious coffee drink possible!

A super-automatic is an all-in-one machine, and that’s why they’re quite pricey. Most ones are available at the price range of $700 and up to $2000 and more. So getting a super-automatic for under $500 really is quite a steal.

Here are the top rated super-automatic machines for under $500:

Note: We’ve highlighted the unique features in each machine in blue for easy comparison.

DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso Machine:

DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic

Features:

  • Can make espresso, coffee, cappuccino, latte and many more coffee drinks with a touch of a button.
  • Built-in burr grinder gives you a beans-to-brew system. Your cup of coffee is guaranteed ultimate freshness, every time!
  • Patented ‘Cappuccino System’ that froths and mixes the milk perfectly for your cappuccino or latte.
  • Instant Reheat – a feature that allows you to instantly reheat the core of the machine to ensure that it is at perfect temperature.
  • Double boiler system allows you to brew coffee and steam milk at the same time.
  • Easy to use dials and buttons for push-button machine control.
  • Programmable menu settings.
  • 60 oz water tank. 7 ounce bean container.
  • Cup warming tray keeps your cups warm and ready to use.

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Philips Saeco Vienna Plus Automatic Espresso Machine:

Saeco 4045 Vienna Plus 15-Bar-Pump Super-Automatic Espresso Machine

Features:

  • Brews delicious coffee drinks including espresso, cappuccino, latte and coffee.
  • Built-in conical burr grinder with Opti-Dose adjustable doser.
  • 12 ounce bean container.
  • 57 ounce removable water tank.
  • Pannarello frothing/steam wand for heating and frothing milk to use for gourmet coffee drinks.
  • Steam wand is also used as a hot water dispenser.
  • Push button controls and dial for easy setting.
  • Removable parts for easy cleaning.

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Philips Saeco Odea Go Fully Automatic Espresso Machine:

Philips Saeco RI9752_48 Odea Go Full Automatic Espresso Machine

Features:

  • Prepare all kinds of coffee drinks.
  • Built-in ceramic grinder that is easy to clean, will never rust, provides more consistent grind and never rubs off flavor on coffee.
  • Pannarello steam wand also doubles as a hot water dispenser.
  • Dial + push-button controls.
  • Can brew 1 or 2 cups at the same time.
  • 50 ounce removable water tank.
  • 1/4 pound capacity bean hopper with a seal to keep it fresh.
  • Adjustable drip tray to accommodate different cup sizes.

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DeLonghi ESAM6700 Gran Dama Avant Touch-Screen Super-Automatic Espresso Machine

We’ve featured many DeLonghi espresso machines (see them here) before, mostly pump machines for anyone looking for a great manual machine for a budget. This DeLonghi machine, however, is quite different. This is not for the faint of heart. A SUPER Automatic machine like the DeLonghi Gran Dama Avant is for someone who is serious about the quality for their coffee at home. A very powerful machine that does everything from grinding to frothing and creating the most delicious cup of coffee with ONE touch of a button. It comes with a serious price tag, so it’s not for anyone’s budget, but it’s something that you’ll purchase once and it should last you for a lifetime!

Features of the DeLonghi ESAM6700 Gran Dama Avant:

  • Patented ‘Single Touch’ hot milk system that prepares Cappuccino, Latte and Italian Macchiato with a single touch of a button. All you have to do is fill the milk tank and slide it onto the machine.
  • Digital Touch Screen control panel with programmable settings: auto on/off, clock, temperature, coffee strength (5 settings) and cup sizes (4 settings).
  • Built-in grinder that grinds beans as you request to make a cup of coffee, which ensures the freshest cup of coffee you can get!
  • You can also make drip coffee using this Espresso machine. It can recreate how a drip coffee machine works. So for those days you want your regular drip of coffee, you won’t miss it with this machine.
  • Adjustable drip tray can accommodate different cup sizes, large or small.

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DeLonghi ESAM6700 Gran Dama Avant Touch-Screen Super-Automatic Espresso Machine_Your Gran Dama Avant machine will be quite customizable and programmable to your taste. You will be able to adjust the coffee strength and coffee volume exactly to your taste. There are 5 coffee strength to choose from and 4 coffee cup sizes. A direct-to-brew system is used to make you a fresh cup of coffee. As you click on the button of your preferred coffee drink, the machine grinds coffee bean from the integrated bean hopper and grinds the coffee using the built-in grinder right that second. Can you coffee be any more fresh? I don’t think so!

The DeLonghi Gran Dama Avant machine is one of the few machines that has a removable milk tank that you can simple take out of the machine and into the fridge, without having to waste the remaining milk. You can simply slide it back into the machine when you’re ready to make coffee again. The patented DeLonghi feature called ‘Single Touch’ hot milk will steam the milk and froth it with a single touch of a button.

Cleaning and maintaining this DeLonghi machine is super easy. It’s actually pretty automated that you don’t have to do anything. After you make a coffee drink, you’ll notice that the machine lets out some additional steam, this is to keep the machine clean always and cleans out any milk residue. You will have to use a descaling solution every few months that cleans the machine thoroughly and ensures a long lasting function, and this is a pretty straightforward and easy task.

The DeLonghi Gran Dama Avant Super Automatic Machine is a true pleasure to have. Very easy to use, very well built and should last you for many many years. It’s quite an investment, but it’s price equals the yearly expense you pay for your daily latte at your favorite chain coffee house. So think of all the money you’ll be saving a long the years!

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De'Longhi EN720.M Automatic Cappuccino, Latte and Espresso Machine with Capsule System Two leading brands in the world of Espresso machines have come together to create this wonderful Espresso maker; De’Longhi and Nespresso.

The De’Longhi EN720.M Lattissima espresso and cappuccino maker with Capsules system is powered by Nespresso’s leading and powerful capsules system. This machines makes it super easy to create delicious gourmet coffee drinks with a touch of a button.

The De’Longhi Nespresso EN720.M Lattissima is truly automatic and mess-free, it features:

  • A simple touch of a button system for gourmet coffee drinks.
  • A detachable, patented “single touch” milk tank.
  • Control panel with illuminated touch buttons. Choose from 2 coffee options and 2 milk options.
  • An easy to use capsule system. Insert your favorite coffee capsule and brew your drink with a touch of a button.
  • Automatic capsule ejection after the drink is brewed.
  • Energy-saving and adjustable auto on/off timer.
  • Adjustable drip tray that can accommodate different cup sizes.
  • Cup warmer tray that keeps your Espresso cups always ready for use.

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The brilliance of this machine comes in the fact that Nespresso provided its patented capsule system and De’Longhi came with its patented detachable milk container. Unlike other machines, this container is detachable so you can move it easily and store it in the fridge to save unused milk, instead of having it go to waste. This is a truly, fully automatic machine. All you’ll have to do is: place the capsule, put the milk container in place, place your cup and press the button for your preferred drink – and you’ve got yourself a delicious aromatic cup of authentic Italian coffee. After the coffee is done brewing, the machine will eject the capsule into a container that collects all used capsules before you have to dispose them. And  you can move the milk tank to the fridge until you have to use it again.

Delonghi nespresso EN720.M Lattissima

 

For a fully automatic espresso machine, it is  priced very well under $1000 (most automatic espresso machines are $1000+ – see our pick of automatic machines under $1000 here). It sets itself apart with a large 40 ounce water tank, and a removable milk tank that other De’Longhi Lattissima machines might lack. It’s capsule system makes it super easy to use and absolutely mess-free.

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Compatible Capsules:

This machine is compatible with all of Nespresso’s OriginalLine capsules. This includes capsules from Nespresso as well as capsules from other brands. This means you can enjoy a large variety of coffee capsules without worrying that you’ll get stuck with one brand.

DeLonghi EN720 vs. EN680, Is There a Difference?

DeLonghi EN680.M Nespresso Lattissima Single-Serve Espresso Maker

We’ve previously featured the Lattissima EN680 on our blog. It’s almost identical to the EN72o in every way, however, it is an older version of it. There are extra features in the EN720 that would make it worth the price difference:

  • It has dedicated buttons for each drink. It’s all pre-set so you simply push a button and let it do everything for you.
  • It features full pod drawer and empty water tank indicators.
  • Illuminated control panel.

Overall, the EN720 is more advanced than the EN680, but also costs more. If you’re on a tight budget, you can let go of a few features and go for the EN680 without worrying about drink quality.

 

 

Sometimes it’s hard to get coffee measurements right to make that perfect cup of espresso. For that, using a pre-measured E.S.E espresso pod is your best option. These coffee pods are not to be confused with Nespresso’s capsule system. E.S.E stands for Easy Serve Espresso, these are small, pre-measured pods that you place in an espresso machine’s portafilter instead of filling it yourself and tampering the coffee. The result is a great tasting cup of espresso.

E.S.E pods are available from almost all major coffee brands, so you can get your favorite coffee in the form of an easy to serve espresso pod! But, not all espresso machines have the ability to brew these pods, so here are the top 3 espresso pod machines:

1. KRUPS XP601050 Manual Pump Espresso Machine with Thermoblock system:

KRUPS XP601050 Manual Pump Espresso Machine with Thermoblock system A beautiful and sleep die-cut stainless steel espresso machine from leading company KRUPS. The KRUPS XP601050 machine features a removable 50 ounce transparent water tank right under the portafilter, which makes it easy for you to monitor the water level. It makes espresso the regular way, or using an espresso pod. It also has a hot water dispenser and a milk frother for making gourmet coffee drinks like cappuccino and lattes. It includes a tamper, a scoop and a cup heating tray, which is something usually found in commercial espresso machines, so this is definitely a nice feature!

2. DeLonghi Kmix 15 Bars Pump Espresso Maker:

This is a well-built espresso machine that works great and looks great. It’s available in a wide range of colors as well as stainless steel. It uses espresso pods or regular coffee ground to make espresso. It also features a swivel milk frother with adjustable steam emission. Like the KRUPS espresso machine, this one also features a heating tray that will pre-heat your cups for the best espresso  results.

 

 

3. Cuisinart EM-100 1000-Watt 15-Bar Espresso Maker:

This espresso machine by Cuisinart is an excellent manual pump machine with 15 bar pressure. It features a 53 ounce water tank, and can make up to two cups at a time, using espresso pods or ground coffee.

The machine includes a frothing cup, which the other two machines lack. It also comes with a two in one scoop/tamper, which is quite a nice tool. But of course, that’s not something you’ll need if you plan to use espresso pods instead of coffee ground.

 

The price range of $200 to $300 is where you can get a great espresso machine with many features and still count it as an affordable option. Within that price range, you’ll find many automatic machines that pretty much give you the best espresso with a simple push of a button  and no mess! (One of these is the Nespresso CitiZ C110 Automatic espresso machine ). So, here are some of the best espresso machines priced between $200 and $300 (prices are correct at of the writing of this post. Prices are subject to change by sellers):

DeLonghi EC680M Dedica Pump Espresso Machine:

Dedica is a sleek and compact espresso maker from DeLonghi. It gets you a semi-professional experience but without the complication of a professional espresso machine. The Dedica features:

  • Automatic stop flow which can be reprogrammed to the coffee volumes you want.
  • Buit-in milk frother to create creamy milk froth.
  • 3-in-1 portafilter includes a single shot basket, double shot or a filter for e.s.e pods.
  • The machine can accommodate short as well as tall cups.
  • Sleek narrow design takes very little space on your countertop.
  • Stainless steel housing.
  • 34 oz water reservoir.
  • Available in different colors.

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DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker:
DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker

  • Features a patented Cappuccino System for making delicious frothy milk with ease.
  • You can choose to use coffee ground or E.S.E (Easy Serving Espresso) pods.
  • Dual filter can make one or two shots of Espresso at the same time.
  • Built-in coffee tamper. Steam wand for frothing milk.
  • Features two separate thermostats so water and steam are controlled separately. This results in the perfect temperature shot of espresso every time!
  • Long lasting stainless steel boiler. 15 Bar Pressure.

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Cuisinart EM-100 1000-Watt 15-Bar Espresso Maker:

Cuisinart EM-100 1000-Watt 15-Bar Espresso Maker

  • Removable 53 oz. water tank.
  • Steam wand for milk frothing. Heating cup tray on top of the machine.
  • Steam/Hot Water knob: You can control whether to dispense hot water (for making other drinks) or steam for milk frothing.
  • Dual filter. You can use coffee grounds or pods.
  • Heat light indicates if the machine is ready for use or not.
  • Includes a stainless steel frothing pitcher and a measure scoop/tampering tool.

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Nespresso CitiZ D110 Espresso Maker:

Nespresso CitiZ D110 Espresso Maker

  • The easiest, mess-free way to make espresso using Nespresso’s single serve espresso capsules.
  • Make espresso with a single touch of a button!
  • Features a 33 3/4 oz water tank.19 bar pressure – more powerful espresso extraction.
  • Folding and adjustable drip tray that can accommodate all cup sizes.
  • Features two coffee options: Espresso 1.5 oz and Lungo 3 oz.
  • Nespresso capsules are available in a wide variety of delicious flavors and strength.
  • Coffee volume is programmable.

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Which One Of These Espresso Machines Should You Buy?

The DeLonghi EC702 vs. Cuisinart EM-100:

  • Essentially, both are the same, except for very few difference:
  • The Cuisinart has larger water tank (53 oz vs 44 oz)
  • The Cuisinart includes many accessories: coffee scoop, tamper and frothing jug. The DeLonghi does not.
  • The DeLonghi is slightly more powerful at 1100 Watts vs. 1000 watts for the Cuisinart.

DeLonghi Dedica or DeLonghi EC702?

DeLonghi Dedica is a better choice for:

  • Its more modern looks, sleek design and polished stainless steel housing.
  • The narrow width of the machine makes it a great choice for many people who don’t have a lot of kitchen space. Also makes it great for small office use or dorm use.

On the other hand, the EC702 has:

  • Quicker boiler which allows you to brew one shot after another with nearly no wait time.
  • It has a larger water reservoir.
  • But on the downside, it’s built of plastic housing.
 
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