2020 Updated Delonghi Eletta Review ECAM44660B
At The Coffee Insider, we review new espresso and coffee makers and we reevaluate favorite machines to compare them to current standards. Sometimes this means that models get a lower review in 2020 than they did when they were released. This is true of the Delonghi Eletta model ECAM44660B.
The Eletta costs just under $2000. It delivers great design and a lot of features for the value. But the competition is very tough in the $1500-2000 price range and we concluded that there are better choices.
De’Longhi (aka Delonghi) is headquartered in Treviso, Italy. The company was founded in 1902 by the De’ Longhi family. The company is a multi-billion-dollar manufacturer food prep and cooking appliances, and home cleaning.
2020 Delonghi Eletta Review
With the Eletta ECAM44660B, De’Longhi delivers solid results and good value. It has a lot of positive design elements and packs a lot into a small space for this level of automatic espresso machine.
It has all the features you would like in a machine of this class, as do its competitors. It does everything very well. But we didn’t find anything we thought it did best in class.
The controls and screen look really dated, especially when compared to what companies are going with newer models like the Gaggia Cadorna line of automatic espresso machines.
Since it is a Delonghi it is well designed and made. It has a compact design. The Eletta measures 18.4 x 14.2 x 10.2 inches and weighs about 24 pounds.
In that relatively small form, you get very good storage capacity. The Eletta ECAM44660B holds 14 ounces (400 g) of whole beans, has a 67-ounce removable water tank and stores 14 pucks of used coffee ground container. All of these are very good. The coffee spouts adjust from 3.5 inches to 5.5 inches.
Our 2020 Delonghi Eletta Review concludes that the ECAM44660B brews well but not exceptional. For most beans and brews you may not be able to tell the difference. But for the same money you can buy a great machine that will do better.
The Delonghi Eletta Grinder has 13 settings. That’s quite a few. It is pretty quiet and does a solid job with both course and finer grinds.
Microfoam and Milk Steaming
Both the Gaggia and JURA lines produce better milk foam. Our tests showed the De’Longhi LatteCrema System to make good, but a bit sticky, foam and not the silky kind of microfoam that everyone just loves. In any case, it warmed and steamed milk quickly enough.
Maintenance & Cleaning
The Eletta is reasonably easy to clean and maintain. But, the nozzle inside the milk carafe is harder to clean than we would like to see.
2020 Delonghi Eletta Review ECAM44660B
The Delonghi Eletta is a solid, well designed and efficient little machines. However, its controls are dated, and it doesn’t have the drink options that other automatic espresso machines have. It does everything well but nothing exceptional.
Delonghi Eletta Specifications
- Dimensions (l x w x h inches): 18.4 x 14.2 x 10.2
- Weight (Lbs): 24.2
- Rated voltage/Frequency (V~Hz): 110/120~50/60
- Input power (W): 1250
- Color: Black
- “LONG” coffee function: Yes
- Aroma control: Yes
- Audio Signal: Yes
- Automatic cleaning: Yes
- Auto shutoff: Yes
- Beans container capacity: 14 oz (400g)
- Cappuccino system: Yes
- Cappuccino System cleaning indicator: Yes
- Coffee grounds container: 14 single/7 double espressos
- Uses ground coffee: Yes
- Cup holder: Yes
- De’Longhi LatteCrema System: Yes
- Descaling, cleaning and rinsing program: Yes
- Maximum cup height: 3.5 – 5.5 inches
- Display: 2-line with icons
- Energy saving function: Yes
- New silent grinder with 13 settings: Yes
- Power supply switch: Yes
- Programmable switch-on: Yes
- Programmable water hardness: Yes
- Pump pressure (bar): 15
- Rapid Steam: Yes
- Drip tray with level indicator: Removable
- Infuser unit: Removable
- Water reservoir: Removable
- Selection for 1 cup: Yes
- Selection for 2 cups: Yes
- Stand-by function: Yes
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