So, you've decided to treat yourself and buy a Delonghi coffee machine; the only question now is which one is right for you?
First off, there is no wrong choice when it comes to Delonghi coffee machines. As one of the most recognized and widely respected brands in the industry, any Delonghi coffee machine is sure to delight. Instead, the choice comes down to what functions and features you're looking to get and how much you're willing to invest.
There are roughly 50 models of Delonghi coffee machines. Once you filter out the Nespresso pod coffee makers, you're left with about 20 that matter: your manual, automatic, and super-automatic espresso machines.
Let's dive a little deeper into the mechanics of these various coffee machines, which will hopefully help you decide which best suits your needs.
Manual Coffee Machines
A lot has changed since the first espresso machines were introduced in the early 20th century, yet for many die-hard baristas, manual machines are still the best way to pour a perfect shot of espresso.
Outside of specialty coffee shops, it's rare to see completely manual machines – ones where you have to grind, dose and tamp, and operate the pressure leaver – used today, but they are out there.
Delonghi has several manual espresso machine options for those who want the complete freedom to craft their perfect shot. They require a little more work on the part of the brewer, but the reward is well worth the effort. Ready to be put in the driver's seat? Look no further than the Delonghi La Specialista Prestigio Espresso Machine. This classic, authentic-looking machine combines everything you could want from a high-end manual espresso machine with intuitive out-of-the-box functionality.
Automatic Coffee Machines
For those who like having control over their espresso shot but do not like the idea of operating a leaver, there are semi and fully automatic coffee machines that can take some of the responsibility out of your hands while still giving lots of freedom to customize your pull.
Semi-automatic espresso machines manage most of the actual brewing process; however, you are still in control over loading the portafilter, tamping, and timing. A semi-automatic coffee machine can be a great comprise for those who want an authentic espresso experience without all the work.
If you're willing to trade a little control in exchange for more convenience and added features, you might want to consider an automatic espresso machine. As a semi-automatic machine, a fully automatic espresso machine takes care of the brew mechanics while you manage the ground and tamp variables, but they also include automated and programable timers and other extras.
One automatic espresso machine that does it all – from espresso and cappuccinos to iced coffee – is the Delonghi Dinamica. It's quite honestly the only coffee machine you'll ever need.
Super-Automatic Espresso Machines
If you want great coffee at the flick of a switch with no input at all, a super-automatic espresso machine is what you're after.
When you buy a Delonghi super-automatic espresso machine, it takes care of everything: grinding, loading the portafilter, tamping, pulling. It will even automatically steam milk for you. These extra features come at an added cost, but if hassle-free coffee is what you want, there is no better way to get it than with a super-automatic espresso machine.
The Delonghi Eletta is a great option in the super-automatic category. It comes packed with all the features you could want and the Delonghi quality you would expect in a stylish, compact machine.
Manual, semi, fully, or super-automatic, there is no wrong choice when it comes to buying a Delonghi espresso machine. There are varying degrees of control, but with a bit of practice, any one of these machines will deliver a perfect pull every time.