Product Type: DeLonghi Philips Saeco
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DeLonghi EC152 Pump Coffee Machine
Member Name: Gnomebusiness
DeLonghi EC152 Pump Coffee Machine
Advantages: Compact, Easy to Use, Easy to Clean
Disadvantages: Designed for Espresso Cups Only, Milk Frother Arm gets Very Hot
I decided to purchase this Delonghi Espresso maker for my dad for his birthday back in June. To be honest, back then I didn't have a clue about what the difference in coffee makers were, but luckily chose the right kind! I've used the machine myself a few times, but I also asked my dad's views because obviously he has used the product more.
I actually purchased the coffee machine based on its aesthetics as well as the fact that it uses ground coffee and not pods. The EC152 is a very sleek and modern looking coffee maker which features a black and silver design. It is both simple and stylish in its shape but is also quite compact for storage. It also looks very nice with our other appliances which is an added bonus. The only downside to the design of the product in my opinion is the filter handle, because it is rather protruding. However, it can be removed for storage so I wouldn't say that it is a deal breaker.
In my opinion the machine functions really well, it's not too complicated to use (after being taught how to use it) and it is by far the best coffee machine that we have owned. Delonghi is associated with a higher standard than a lot of other brands, and I think there is no doubt that they didn't live up to it with this espresso maker. The filter is easy to attach, and remove, and I have also been told that it is easy to clean! Ha ha! The filter also works really well because it catches everything; no longer do you have to worry about getting leaves in your coffee! The machine really does operate quickly, hence the "Express Coffee!". I'd say that it takes no more than 60 seconds to fully heat up, which is a lot better than many coffee machines. Also, the milk frother is another advantage of this machine, it works brilliantly and is easily used for hot chocolate too.
There are however a couple of downsides to the machine which are worth mentioning, the milk frother arm gets extremely hot and can easily cause burns. It's difficult to not touch it as well, but I'd just recommend putting on an oven glove as a preventable or just being very careful! The only other downside is the space between the nozzle and the tray, as I said, I was not sure about the type of coffee machines when I purchased it, so didn't realise that it was made just for espresso cups. However, we fill an espresso cup with strong coffee and then transfer into a mug, so it isn't a problem as my dad prefers it that way.
This coffee machine is well worth the price, especially as the price has now reduced to around £60 on Amazon from £80. I'm sure you can probably get it for a bit less also. I love the design, and it works well, so we are very pleased with it. There are some issues, but we've resolved these and they are definitely not bad enough to make anyone not recommend it. Therefore, I would recommend that you at least consider this EC152 model if you are considering upgrading your coffee maker.
Summary: Best Coffee Machine That we Have Owned
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