DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker Review

Posted on 25. Aug, 2012 by in Product Reviews

Amazon ImageThe DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker is easy to use and will have you creating excellent cafe quality espresso’s, latte’s and cappuccinos right in your own home with just a few simple button presses.

With an average customer rating of 3.7 out of 5 in various online stores, it is loved by many but does it justify the higher price tag than it’s baby brother espresso machine, the EC155?

Let’s take a look…

What you get

The DeLongghi EC702 is a machine that:

  • can take ground coffee or coffee pods
  • has a steam wand
  • has dual thermostats for independent heat control of the water and the steam wand
  • uses 15 bars of pressure to brew your espresso
  • can prime itself for a quick startup time
  • has plenty of space for a cappuccino mug under the spout
  • can make single or double shots
  • has a cup warming tray on top

What are the differences between the EC702 and the EC155?

Both machines are from the same manufacturer and share many of the same features, so lets look at what makes the 702 worth the extra investment.

Shared features between both machines:

  • 15 bar pump pressure
  • Dual thermostats
  • Self priming
  • Steam wands
  • Use pods or ground coffee

So, what does the EC702 have that the EC155 doesn’t?

  • It has a larger water reservoir
  • It has more space under the filter for larger cups
  • It has more space to manoeuvre your milk jug around the steam wand
  • It has a cup warmer on top
  • The steam wand is more suited to making better milk for your cappuccino

 

The 702 is a much larger unit than the 155 and really is much more of a solid, long term machine that will take up some serious real estate in your kitchen, whereas it seems to us that the smaller 155 is something that you might buy if you don’t want to make a big deal of making coffee and will tuck it away in a corner of your kitchen when not in use.

What others say about the DeLonghi EC702

It has been noted that you should definitely follow the instructions and make around 6 or more shots of espresso when you first use the machine before you actually drink one. Always break your new machine in before you drink anything from it, and this machine is no exception.

It has been recommended to buy a separate tamper as the quality of the one included may not be up to scratch.

It’s a very good looking, stainless steel espresso maker with mostly real stainless steel construction (as opposed to plastic made to look like stainless steel).

It creates perfect crema, is very easy to clean and to use.

It is still however relatively cheap for an espresso machine of this type, so someone used to using a $500 machine will notice the difference in things like build quality etc. On the other hand, the low price will be a boon for many people who are getting a very nice semi-automatic espresso machine for well under $200.

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