DeLonghi Magnifica XS ECAM22110SB Review for 2020
Our DeLonghi Magnifica XS ECAM22110SB review is part of our Magnifica Buyers Guide for 2020 which includes reviews of 5 models.
The ECAM22110SB has 4 stars on Amazon and is an Amazon Choice award winner (which is based on popularity and reviews). But it was not one of the four DeLonghi models on our 20 Best Super Automatic Espresso Machines list. We do not recommend it because, the ECAM22110SB is a lot to pay for what is really just an espresso maker.
The 22110SB is marked down to $699 from $1299 which should make you suspicious. Even at this level, this is not a good price point to buy a DeLonghi Magnifica. As they start to add on features into the XS ECAM22110SB, that they don’t offer in their $500-range machines, DeLonghi starts to make compromises in other areas. As a result, the ECAM22110SB is where DeLonghi starts to fall farther behind the better Gaggia, Saeco, Miele and JURA models.
The DeLonghi ECAM22110SB is a well designed and compact machine, like every De’Longhi. It is only 9.4 inches by 17.0 by 13.8 and weighs 20.1 pounds. In that small space they provide a lot of capacity. Including a full 60 ounce water tank, 8.8 ounce whole bean bin and a large drip tray and storage for 14 spend coffee ground pucks.
Attractive, and available in both silver or black, the DeLonghi ESAM22110 makes only 5 drinks, espresso, cappuccino, latte, water and Americano, It does make long espresso drinks with one touch which is better than the ESAM3300
The Magnifica ECAM22110SB XS has good brewing for the price level. It has a 15-bar pump, which is good but available across the Magnifica price points. We don’t like that it has a single Thermoblock although it heats up in 60 seconds which is good.
The ECAM22110SB has 4 temperature controls does allow you to adjust for many broader ranges of types of beans than the ESAM3300, which doesn’t have that feature.
For anyone that wants to make multiple quality, milk-based drinks in a single sitting, we recommend never to buy a single Thermoblock system. The Thermoblock is what has to heat the water and the steam for the milk frothing. Thermoblock’s heat water as needed and need time in between to reheat water. So, if you make them back to back then you get inconsistent temperature.
At a little more money, you get double boiler systems which is what commercial machines use. This will provide consistent temperature and is noticeably better.
The DeLonghi Magnifica XS ECAM22110SB seems to have the same grinder as the other Magnificas. So, on a $450 ESAM3300 you get a pretty good grinder that surprisingly has 13 settings. At this price point is doesn’t stand out and it just par for the level.
DeLonghi ECAM22110SB Microfoam
We do not recommend buying any DeLonghi Magnifica that does not have their LatteCrema System. The manual steam wand that come with the DeLonghi ECAM22110SB is just not good enough, especially at this price range.
Maintenance & Cleaning
DeLonghi does a good job of making it’s models easy to clean. The Magnifica XS ECAM22110SB was not designed with as much thought to long term maintenance and is, essentially, on the high end of machines you probably throw out when it stops working.
This is one example of where companies like JURA and Gaggia demonstrate they are focused more on long term use and that may lead to a lower total cost of ownership over the long run.
DeLonghi Magnifica XS ECAM22110SB Review Conclusion
Before you buy, look at our lost of the 20 Best Super Automatic Espresso Machines. Unfortunately, this price range is the gangly adolescent of the automatic espresso machine world. Products in this range generally have more things going for it than a $500 or so espresso machine but not enough to be a lifetime purchase and automated daily use appliance. For that reason, we suggest not buying the Magnifica ECAM22110SB and looking instead at a Gaggia Anima Prestige or waiting for pricing on the Gaggia Cadorna Milk.
DeLonghi ECAM22110SB Magnifica Specifications
- Dimensions (l x w x h inches): 9.4 x 17.0 x 13.8
- Weight (Lbs): 20.1
- Rated voltage/Frequency (V~Hz): 110/120
- Input power (W): 1250
- Color: Silver and Black
- Aroma control: Yes
- Auto shutOFF: Yes
- Beans container capacity: 8.8 oz
- Cappuccino system: Yes
- Coffee grounds container: 14 single espresso, 7 double
- Uses ground coffee: Yes
- Cup holder: Yes
- Descaling, cleaning and rinsing program: Yes
- Maximum cup height: cup height 3.5″ to 5.5″
- Energy saving function: Yes
- New silent grinder with 13 settings: Yes
- Power supply switch: Yes
- Programmable water hardness: Yes
- Pump pressure (bar): 15
- Rapid Steam: Yes
- Removable drip tray with level indicator: Yes
- Removable infuser unit: Yes
- Removable water reservoir: Yes
- Selection for 1 cup: Yes
- Selection for 2 cups: Yes
- Stand-by function: Yes
- Water filter: Yes
This review is one chapter in our DeLonghi Magnifica 2020 Buyers Guide. For other great DeLonghi products see our review of the DeLonghi Magnifica ECAM23460S or the Delonghi Magnifica ESAM3300 or the review of the Delonghi Eletta.