DeLonghi Magnifica 2020 Buyers Guide

DeLonghi Magnifica Buyers Guide Review

Delonghi Magnifica (4 models)

$480 - $950
7.9

DeLonghi ECAM23210B

8.2/10

Delonghi ECAM23260SB

8.5/10

De'Longhi ECAM22110S

8.0/10

De'Longhi ESAM04110S

7.5/10

DeLonghi ESAM3300

7.2/10

Pros

  • Solid design
  • Compact
  • Good Storage Capacity

Cons

  • Gaggia and JURA models rate better
  • Brewing Unremarkable
  • Milk Systems Unremarkable

The DeLonghi Magnifica is not a single machine it is a line of espresso makers. Four DeLonghi espresso machines made our 20 Best Super Automatic Espresso Makers list this year. They are very popular, and they are solid, well designed and engineered pieces.

Should I buy a DeLonghi Espresso Machine?

However, popularity of DeLonghi Magnifica has a lot to do with the fact the De’Longhi is a multi-billion-dollar global, small appliance manufacturer which mean their name is much better known, at least in the US and Canada, than brands like Gaggia and JURA which are known predominantly for espresso machines.

However, popularity of DeLonghi Magnifica has a lot to do with the fact the De’Longhi is a multi-billion-dollar global, small appliance manufacturer which mean their name is much better known, at least in the US and Canada, than brands like Gaggia and JURA which are known predominantly for espresso machines.

The 20 Best Super Automatic Espresso Machines of 2020
Click to see The 20 Best Super Automatic Espresso Machines of 2020

A $5 daily coffee shop drink will cost you $7305 over 4 years

The most expensive espresso maker is the one you don’t use. A $5 daily coffee shop drink will cost you $7305 over 4 years. Yes, I included a leap year and counted every holiday. You should want to use your espresso machine every day. If not, then you are not getting your money’s worth.

People often buy too cheap a manual or inexpensive automatic espresso machine and then spend $5 a day going to Starbucks because they like the quality and convenience of that more.

The less expensive Delonghi Magnifica models often make good introductions to espresso makers. However, we usually argue against this approach. Unlike other small appliance makers, there is a huge variation between espresso maker models in how much work, maintenance and cleanup each one requires. Also, the quality of a brewed espresso or cappuccino depends on a lot more factors than, we suspect, how effectively your toaster oven heats up a frozen pizza.

Thermoblock vs. Boiler espresso machines

All the models below are Thermoblock systems. Sometimes called “Thermocoil” these heats the water when you need it to express espresso or steam and froth your milk. The advantage of these systems is they do not take as long to heat the water as a boiler. However, they don’t get the water as hot and have to reheat for each drink and the difference in the brewing is noticeable.

Better end home and all commercial systems use boilers to heat water and milk. We wouldn’t buy one that didn’t include a double boiler because you want minimal wait and consistent temperature when making milk drinks.

Many Italian espresso machine companies focus on commercial machines first and then put those same commercial quality components into their home systems. The Nuova Simonelli Oscar is a perfect example of this. You could run a small coffee shop off this for decades.

You may pay a few hundred dollars more up front for a beautiful, double boiler super automatic espresso machine than a manual or Thermoblock system, but you may find you get a lot more enjoyment and use and that could save you a lot of money too.

Better models are designed to be used for years, maybe a decade or more. So, more effort is put into designing them to be easy to maintain and clean. Think of this like a good pair of classically designed shoes that you resole instead of throwing out.

20 Best Super Automatic Espresso Machines

Review our 20 Best Super Automatic Espresso Machines of 2020 list. Four DeLonghi espresso machines made the list. These include the ECAM28465M which took #4 on the list and the Delonghi ECAM45760B which came in at #9.

Of the Delonghi Magnifica models on the list below, only two made the Top 20 list. The Delonghi ECAM23260SB Magnifica came in at #13 and the De’Longhi ESAM04110S Magnifica came in at #19.  

Delonghi Eletta ECAM44660B Review

If you are interested in Delonghi espresso machines. Read our 2020 Delonghi Eletta ECAM44660B review. You can also look at that article for details and pros and cons of that model if you are considering it.

DeLonghi ECAM23210B Compact Magnifica S Review

DeLonghi Magnifica S ECAM23210B Compact Review for 2020
DeLonghi Magnifica S ECAM23210B Compact Review for 2020

Price: $949.99

  • Stainless Steel
  • Dual Thermoblock
  • Easy cleanup
  • 19.84 pounds

DeLonghi Magnifica S Amazon Reviews

As of this writing the DeLonghi Magnifica ECAM23210B Compact S reviews average 3.5 stars on 69 reviews on Amazon
3.5 stars on 69 reviews

The DeLonghi Magnifica ECAM23210B Compact S Super-Automatic Espresso Machine is an OK machine but there are better options. Read our Gaggia Anima Prestige review to see why we would recommend it over the ECAM23210B. The Anima Prestige is cheaper, makes better espresso and steams better microfoam than the DeLonghi ECAM23210B Compact Magnifica S

Delonghi ECAM23260SB Magnifica Review

Delonghi ECAM23260SB Magnifica Review
Delonghi ECAM23260SB Magnifica

Price: $818.49

  • Plastic
  • 25.89 lbs.
  • Dual Thermoblock
  • Manual Steam Frother + LatteCrema System
  • 60oz water capacity
  • 8.8oz bean capacity

Delonghi ECAM23260SB Magnifica Amazon Reviews

3.5 Stars on 95 Reviews
We Gave It 4 Stars But Rated Others Higher

The DeLonghi ECAM23260SB Magnifica made our Top 20 at #13. However, for less than $100 more you can get a Gaggia Anima Prestige which is a much better machine. It has one-touch settings for 6 drinks; Drip Style Coffee, Single Espresso, Long Coffee, Hot Water, Cappuccino, Latte macchiato

De’Longhi ECAM22110S Magnifica XS Review

DeLonghi ECAM22110S Magnifica XS Review
DeLonghi ECAM22110S Magnifica XS Review

Price: $746.98

  • Single Thermoblock
  • Rotary Control with Display
  • Manual Steam Wand
  • 60oz water capacity
  • 8.8oz bean capacity

DeLonghi ECAM22110S Magnifica XS Amazon Reviews

Amazon Gave it 4 Stars

De’Longhi ECAM22110S Magnifica XS Fully Automatic Espresso Machine with Manual Cappuccino System has great scores on Amazon, but this in our opinion is because it targets entry level consumers. For that reason, we believe that the Gaggia Anima Prestige is a much better machine and worth the premium.

De’Longhi ESAM04110S Magnifica Review

De'Longhi ESAM04110S Magnifica Review
De’Longhi ESAM04110S Magnifica

Price: $512

  • 13 setting Burr grinder
  • Single Thermoblock
  • Manual Steam Wand
  • 11.2 x 16.5 x 14.4 inches
  • 26.9 pounds

De’Longhi ESAM04110S Magnifica Amazon Reviews

De'Longhi ESAM04110S Magnifica Amazon Reviews
Amazon Gave it 4.5 Stars
DeLonghi Magnifica Review ESAM04110S
We Gave it 4 Stars But Rated Others Higher

The De’Longhi ESAM04110S Magnifica earned a place on our 2020 Top 20 Super Automatic Espresso Machine List at #19. But, while it is a good machine, instead consider looking at our Gaggia Anima review. The Anima made our top 20 list at #15. Sure, the Anima costs a little more than the De’Longhi ESAM04110S Magnifica. But the Anima is a much better machine across the board and worth the premium.

The DeLonghi ESAM04110S has the same 60oz water capacity as the other DeLonghi models on this list. However, the whole bean bin is only 7.1oz. so the other models hold almost a quarter more beans. Surprisingly, this model has slightly faster Thermoblock startup than the more expensive De’Longhi Magnifica ECAM22110SB and ECAM23260SB models.

DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300

Read our full Magnifica ESAM3300 review for a full review and description.

Read our DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300 Review
DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300

Read Our Full Review

The ESAM3300 Received a Tentative 'Buy' and a 3.5 out of 5 star review on a score of 72/100
ESAM3300 Received a Tentative ‘Buy’
  • Nice looking
  • Simple to learn
  • Easy to use
  • Rotary Control
  • Good Grinder
  • Top Customer Reviews

A solid performer that is lacking the heating elements, milk system, programmability or automation to be great.

Read Our DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300 Review

Magnifica ECAM22110SB

ECAM22110SB

$699

Read our 2020 ECAM22110SB Review

ECAM22110SB De'Longhi Magnifica Review 72/100 3.5 stars
3.5 Stars 72/100

A well designed machine, compact but not ideal for multiple drinks, milk based drinks or long term regular use. Read out full review for details and suggested alternatives.

DeLonghi Magnifica 2020 Buyers Guide

The DeLonghi Magnifica is a fine line of products. But, they are a small appliance manufacturer and it shows in their products. Unlike a $100 toaster, an espresso maker can require a lot more effort to use, so quality and the amount of automation really determines if you will really use it.

Compared to the cost of having it sit on your counter unused, upgrading to a double boiler, super automatic from a company that specializes in espresso machines can pay off in the long run. We believe that for every solid, DeLonghi automatic espresso machine we have identified a better alternative.

One thought on “DeLonghi Magnifica 2020 Buyers Guide”

  1. When the Saeco Incanto arrived, I was ready to give up. I thought the S in Magnifica S must stand for stress. Using it was like watching a 3-year-old pour milk; I was often worried it would spill liquid everywhere. The amount of cleanup and hassle rivaled many manual machines. Why did it have to waste so much water? Why was the interface still confounding me after weeks and weeks?

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