Dèlonghi De’Longhi Fully Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine ECAM22 : Bring real coffee Home!

I’m an espresso lover and this machine is great for that. The controls are easy, it’s pretty straightforward to make a good coffee. As someone already mentioned, the ‘two espressos’ button is quite strange, don’t use that: it only grinds once, so it’s not exactly two coffees pods. But, as the other reviewer also said: it’s quite easy to press again the single espresso button after the first one finishes, so that’s not a problem. The espresso tastes excellent. Other cons are: it automatically turns off after 3 hours on idle. I could not find a way to turn off that ‘automatic turnoff feature’. It would not be an issue if the heating/turn-off process wasn’t so messy. It automatically heats and ‘clean’ the hoses, probably, but it need to pour a big quantity of water every time it turns off and turn on.

Great machine ,just playing at the moment,until i get the taste i want.

I have bought 2 of these, and we use them at work (each has around 10-20 users). Makes a good cup of coffee, easy to use milk frother, easy to clean. It’s crucial to descale it regularly, or the heater block will clog (although it’s replaceable). Water filters can be quite expensive but they’re optional. We’ve had this a for a couple of years, and it’s still going strong. As with any bean-to-cup machine, the first cup of coffee of the day can be a little stale, so if you only have one cup a day, either discard the first one, or get a separate grinder.

This is the best coffee machine i have ever owned. The coffee tastes delicious. I love this machine and it does the majority of things it self.

  • Brilliant. I have bought 2 of these
  • this machine makes a great coffee. Good sounds too
  • Perfect Machine.

De’Longhi Fully Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine ECAM22.320.SB

  • Cappuccino system: it combines steam, air and milk producing a rich creamy froth for a great cappuccino
  • The machine can be used with either fresh coffee beans or with ground coffee
  • Sophistacated icon control panel to prepare your specific coffee drink
  • New silent integrated grinder with 13 adjustable settings
  • You can prepare two cups of coffee from one brewing unit

320sb is one of those are rare purchases in that it really does do ‘what it says on the tin’, namely make coffee as good as the best high street coffee shops (i consider costa’s coffee to be the best available from a chain). It has been a very satisfying buy all round. Any caveats i may have had have been so small that it would not be fair to give less than 5 stars: after all, nothing is perfect.For example, i did spend quite a while when i first had the machine trying to follow the instruction on how to remove the steamer head for cleaning, but i think it’s more my over literal mind. I feel it should say ‘grip the steam head tightly and move to the left to remove’, not just ‘move steam head to the left to remove’. Yes, i know, it’s probably just meone of the complaints from a reviewer was about the need to empty the drip tray every day because of the flushing sequences when powering up and down. This can be avoided very simply by using a container (a small jug or spare espresso cup under the spouts) to catch these and emptying them each time. I only empty the drip tray when emptying the grounds tray. Similarly, the complaint about the auto turn off is puzzling.

Very happy with this purchase. I almost bought it when the price was £550 ; glad i paused because a few days later i noticed that that the price had fallen to £399 so i jumped in at that price. The machine replaces my old gaggia which had served me well (with daily use) for 15 years. This new machine is easy to set up, easy to use, and easy to clean. It accepts beans as well as ground coffee – although why anyone would use pre-ground coffee i don’t know. The water temperature can be selected (i like very hot) and the coffee strength selected from mild to very strong. The steam wand works well and offers the option to froth milk as well as heat it. For home use at a mid range price its hard to beat this machine.

Had this machine now for nearly a month and have to say i’m very impressed. I am a big latte fan and making one with this machine is a breeze. The milk frother is excellent making very hot milk and it is easy to adjust the nozzle depending on how much froth you require. Also very easy to clean and maintain i couldn’t be happier.

It’s the best thing i ever did. What a complicated technology yet so simple to use. No more costa we have our own costa at home.

A superb coffee maker, with great design and convenience improvements over the earlier model we had. It’s worth taking a little time learning to get the best out of it. Here are the results of a great deal of experimentation, using the same beans as an outstanding local coffee bar and attempting to get the closest match to what comes of their professional machines. A single shot from a professional espresso machine typically contains about 10g of ground coffee, and a double shot 18-20g – anything up to double the amount that a home machine will take. The water temperature, pressure and circulation are also much more even, so no home machine will ever quite match what you get in a good coffee house. This machine has a lot of scope for adjusting the settings, but offers 4 basic progammes: 1 short coffee (a small espresso shot, approx. 6-7g of ground coffee) 1 long coffee (as above, but with more water: ‘café allongé’) 2 simultaneous short coffees as above (total approx. 2 long coffees as above: a smallish ‘americano’. There is a 5th programme: a separate ‘long coffee’ function, which cycles automatically through two double shots to produce a reasonable sized americano. Purists will tend to avoid this, however, as it passes a lot of water very slowly through the grounds to extract the maximum from them, and in the process it brings out the coarser flavour notes that a skilled barista tries to leave behind.

Bought this for my son for his birthday, he says its the best birthday present ever.

Had a very impressive gaggia before. Unfortunately it had a fault. And italians sold it to another company. Only problem is when needed parts for this. Contacting de’longhi is a nightmare. Iv been waiting a month for a retured phone call , not came yet . When you eventually get hold of a direct number. Also feel finishing a bit cheap. Not of quality of price payed.

I have had this machine for 6 years and it has done 3450 coffees (latte mainly) and all trouble free. The coffee is consistently good. You do of course have to tweak the grind setting, use freshly roasted beans and keep the machine maintained. All the maintenance is simple and the on screen display works you through it. The frother can be a little tricky and not as consistent as the espresso. However, practice and a few after frothing techniques (remove a little foam if necessary and then swirl around the jug), usually does the trick. I even bought this machine for my mum because it was so good. I used to have a gaggia classic, which gave good coffee. However, this gives just as good coffee and is much less fuss. I bought this on offer at half price and it was a steal at £300.

An excellent coffee machine. My only gripe so far is that it doesn’t tell me when the beans have run out, and then i panic i’m doing the grinder motor harm before i tell it to stop. It seems to have sensors for everything else though. I also have to remember not to turn it off at the mains plug before it has shutdown and rinsed properly, otherwise it gets confused on the next power up and doesn’t rinse the first time. My fault of course, just a habit of using the old machine. Makes excellent coffee, a big step up from my previous de’longhi portafilter type coffee machine. Two longs programmed to fill my mug to the brim means coffee nirvana from now on.

I bought this as a replacement for a standard 15 bar ground/pod machine and what a revelation. Very easy to set up and use and doesn’t take up much kitchen space. The downside of this is that water reservoir is quite small and would be irritating if you drank long coffees all the time. Very fast start-up and makes excellent coffee with a rich, creamy crema (if that’s not tautology)highly recommended.

Bought one of these and used for 10 months so far. Expensive for a very occasional coffee drinker, but the end product is actually one of the best cups of coffee i have ever tasted, so no regrets. On the downside, coffee perfection aside, it is not extremely well made – perhaps an example of italian style over practicality. For example, the drip tray arrangement is extremely flimsy, and you need to be fairly gentle putting it back in after cleaning (there are several projecting pieces of flimsy plastic that operate sensors, one broke off leaving the machine worthless until fixed by a local repair shop). Aside from that minor criticism, i will never go back to my previously loved tassimo.

I don’t know how i managed without this for all the years, man this makes some really nice coffee :0).

I’ve had this machine for over a year and it has never let me down. It produces fantastic coffee. I’ve followed all instructions regarding cleaning, descaling and changing the water filter with ease.

Best spot purchase in a long time. Sunday morning lie-ins now consist of a newspaper and a cappuccino for me and a long black americano for hubby and in the winter, when its blowing a gale out and the rain is thundering down its spent in front of our wood burning stove. The coffee is as fresh and hot as our favourite coffeehouse and just as smooth and lovely as their coffee. We use it for coffee before work, then to make one to take to work and then in the evenings so it gets hammered. Spend a little bit of time adjusting the settings to your taste such as water temperature, coffee strength etc and i always buy the best organic coffee beans i can buy – it makes a huge difference. I also use the hot water only function to make cups of tea and i use the boiling water for cooking such as gravy. I no longer have a kettle as this machine does it all. I’d highly recommend buying this machine, bin your kettle and enjoy lazy coffee moments. We have had ours for a year with no faults or issues and it really does get a hammering.

The coffee is pretty good (of course a lot of this has to do with what beans you choose to buy) but the machine has to do a rinse routine when you first turn it on and again when it turns off. That takes a while to do which is frustrating in the mornings when you just want coffee. No way to override it either. Water tank is so small considering how large the machine itself is and with all the self rinsing it likes to do,i am constantly having to refill the tank, approx after ever 3 mugs of coffee. Water filter replacements aren’t cheap and has to be done pretty often. I like the milk steamer feature which works very well so that’s a plus. For the price of the machine it’s not as fantastic as i expected.

Now that i’ve worked out all the controls and combinations, this machine makes a great coffee. I’m having to restrain myself from drinking too many cups.

Best purchase i’ve done in a long time, my wife and i love the luxury of a freshly made coffee.

I bought this for my brother for christmas as he loved my machine so much. You will never make an instant coffee again. I chose this machine for its ‘long’ function which makes that all important long americano style coffee in the morning. And because the i like to froth my own milk and the frothing arm on this machine is really quite good. This machine ships from italy, so you will need a uk plug adapter. As i have been using these machines for over two years, here are some tips for getting the most from your machine. *filter your water to prolong the life of the machine and to improve the taste. Also empty your water tank daily and replace with fresh water (you wouldn’t drink a glass a water if it had been out all night)*keep a cup under the spout to catch the drips and waste water when the machine rinses itself when switching on and off. *only put enough beans in the hopper to last the day, keep the rest in a vacuum container, or if you don’t have one of these, squeeze as much air out of the bag and wrap with a rubber band. (do not put in the fridge, this is a damp area).

Comments

  1. 2.0 out of 5 stars Good and also really bad!!

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    This machine makes great coffee and the milk frother is good to. However it has been a painful experience dealing with a recurring problem that de’longhi will not admit exists. There are many good things about the machine, i particularly like that you can adjust the cup size. The amount of water in the container could be more, but it actually does not cause us a problem, likewise the amount of coffee beans held by the grinder is sufficient for home use. We mostly use it for espresso and do not frequently use the frother, but as mentioned it works well. The espresso is actually really good with a good crema once we found the right grinder settings for the beans we use. But beware: our machine has gone back to de’longhi twice in 2 years. I can only describe the fault as a lack of lubrication. The start-up cycle becomes laboured, slows down and eventually the machine will not even start. De’longhi have serviced it and on both occasions said no fault was found, but miraculously the machine returned started up and worked great.
    1. Verified Purchase
      This machine makes great coffee and the milk frother is good to. However it has been a painful experience dealing with a recurring problem that de’longhi will not admit exists. There are many good things about the machine, i particularly like that you can adjust the cup size. The amount of water in the container could be more, but it actually does not cause us a problem, likewise the amount of coffee beans held by the grinder is sufficient for home use. We mostly use it for espresso and do not frequently use the frother, but as mentioned it works well. The espresso is actually really good with a good crema once we found the right grinder settings for the beans we use. But beware: our machine has gone back to de’longhi twice in 2 years. I can only describe the fault as a lack of lubrication. The start-up cycle becomes laboured, slows down and eventually the machine will not even start. De’longhi have serviced it and on both occasions said no fault was found, but miraculously the machine returned started up and worked great.
  2. 5.0 out of 5 stars The Husband Fixer

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    My husband, a man of modest requirements, yearned for many years for a ‘proper cup of coffee’. It’s his only vice,along with smoking, drinking, gambling and picking up random women. His dreams were filled with the sweet hiss of freshly ground coffee hitting the cup, the aroma of a well roasted arabica bean, the pleasant hit of that first sip of brown liquid gold sliding down his throat in the morning. ( my own dreams are a lot more simple, brad pitt in a thong). Eventually i gave in to his baser instincts and allowed him to purchase this nifty little machine which was on sale at curry’s. Who knew it would transform his life?. Gone forever is victor meldrew, to be replaced by a man so mellow he attracts kittens, puppies and small children into his orbit, as honey attracts flies. Yes, he has had a personality transplant and it’s all down to this clever little gadget. Anything i want now is mine for the taking (barring bradders in a thong).
  3. Anonymous

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    My husband, a man of modest requirements, yearned for many years for a ‘proper cup of coffee’. It’s his only vice,along with smoking, drinking, gambling and picking up random women. His dreams were filled with the sweet hiss of freshly ground coffee hitting the cup, the aroma of a well roasted arabica bean, the pleasant hit of that first sip of brown liquid gold sliding down his throat in the morning. ( my own dreams are a lot more simple, brad pitt in a thong). Eventually i gave in to his baser instincts and allowed him to purchase this nifty little machine which was on sale at curry’s. Who knew it would transform his life?. Gone forever is victor meldrew, to be replaced by a man so mellow he attracts kittens, puppies and small children into his orbit, as honey attracts flies. Yes, he has had a personality transplant and it’s all down to this clever little gadget. Anything i want now is mine for the taking (barring bradders in a thong).
    1. 1.0 out of 5 stars Great Coffee, shame its broken after 2 months use.
      Makes great coffee and steamer is great. When it works, 2 months of use and steamer is broken. Water leaking out of the section above the nozzle.
  4. Anonymous

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    Makes great coffee and steamer is great. When it works, 2 months of use and steamer is broken. Water leaking out of the section above the nozzle.
    1. 5.0 out of 5 stars Superb bit of kit!
      I’ve recently been in the market to replace my old gaggia (original, not phillips) as it was getting a bit leaky (despite replacing the seals). Bonus is i can sell my grinder as i no longer need it either. So i went for this model (i got a great deal from a local chain store). The first cup i had (after setting up the machine) was excellent. So happy with the machine – and i’ve only had it for a few hours. Time will tell with regards to reliability but it feels pretty well made and well laid out. Less mess, less hassle, quicker coffees and (dare i say it) better coffees to my old machine.
  5. Anonymous

    This review is from : De’Longhi Fully Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine ECAM22.320.SB

    I’ve recently been in the market to replace my old gaggia (original, not phillips) as it was getting a bit leaky (despite replacing the seals). Bonus is i can sell my grinder as i no longer need it either. So i went for this model (i got a great deal from a local chain store). The first cup i had (after setting up the machine) was excellent. So happy with the machine – and i’ve only had it for a few hours. Time will tell with regards to reliability but it feels pretty well made and well laid out. Less mess, less hassle, quicker coffees and (dare i say it) better coffees to my old machine.
  6. 3.0 out of 5 stars Very slow delivery but the machine is really great
    Very slow delivery but the machine is really great except. The capuchino foamer simply works perfectly and the coffee is professional barrista quality at home. However, typical of poor quality control – the display has a small hair visible, but inaccesible & stuck to the inside cover. Not bad enough to send it back but very frustrating. Luckily i don’t notice it any more. I was very very, disappointed with the delivery. Having paid almost £10 extra i didn’t expect hermes to take over a week to get it to me. Still, i’m glad i bought it.
  7. Verified Purchase

    This review is from : De’Longhi Fully Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine ECAM22.320.SB

    Very slow delivery but the machine is really great except. The capuchino foamer simply works perfectly and the coffee is professional barrista quality at home. However, typical of poor quality control – the display has a small hair visible, but inaccesible & stuck to the inside cover. Not bad enough to send it back but very frustrating. Luckily i don’t notice it any more. I was very very, disappointed with the delivery. Having paid almost £10 extra i didn’t expect hermes to take over a week to get it to me. Still, i’m glad i bought it.
    1. 5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressed!
      5yrs of gaggia baby ownership it finally stopped working & was replaced with this. Looks nice, not too big, quieter than i was expecting, easyish to get the hang of & most importantly, makes great coffee.Espressos etc probably not much better than the gaggia but cappucinos – wow – soooo much better. Not used the hot milk function yet but the kids will be trying hot chocolates this weekend i dare say. Various options including wake up function which i use every day so it’s warmed up & ready to use when i get up. Cup warmer is not much good but that’s not an issue. Apparently you can fine tune the quantity dispensed, may play with this as a long coffee isn’t quite long enough for me though you can top it up manually. Hopefully it’s reliable as so far i am very happy.
  8. Anonymous

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    5yrs of gaggia baby ownership it finally stopped working & was replaced with this. Looks nice, not too big, quieter than i was expecting, easyish to get the hang of & most importantly, makes great coffee.Espressos etc probably not much better than the gaggia but cappucinos – wow – soooo much better. Not used the hot milk function yet but the kids will be trying hot chocolates this weekend i dare say. Various options including wake up function which i use every day so it’s warmed up & ready to use when i get up. Cup warmer is not much good but that’s not an issue. Apparently you can fine tune the quantity dispensed, may play with this as a long coffee isn’t quite long enough for me though you can top it up manually. Hopefully it’s reliable as so far i am very happy.
  9. 1.0 out of 5 stars Faulty product and very low quality

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    After 2 weeks of use, the steat system broke down and now water and steam is coming from inside the machine from all sides. Clearly not a breakdown you would expect from a machine of this type.
    1. Verified Purchase
      After 2 weeks of use, the steat system broke down and now water and steam is coming from inside the machine from all sides. Clearly not a breakdown you would expect from a machine of this type.
      1. 1.0 out of 5 stars Should have gone for Siemens.
        When it work great 36 days old and the steam chamber had burst.
  10. 5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy I think

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    The coffee which produces is very very drinkable. Do not particularly like capuccino or espresso. I have not changed much from the standard settings so far. I just go for the strong taste though. I have used the ground coffee facility but mainly to get rid of the ground coffee i had (it tastes a bit wishy washy i would say). Very happy with this machine. I am also trying different coffees.
    1. Verified Purchase
      The coffee which produces is very very drinkable. Do not particularly like capuccino or espresso. I have not changed much from the standard settings so far. I just go for the strong taste though. I have used the ground coffee facility but mainly to get rid of the ground coffee i had (it tastes a bit wishy washy i would say). Very happy with this machine. I am also trying different coffees.
      1. 5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
        Love my new coffee machine, so easy to clean and use its a breeze, amazing frothing milk and delicious coffee 5***** all the way my mornings have changed forever.
  11. Verified Purchase

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    Love my new coffee machine, so easy to clean and use its a breeze, amazing frothing milk and delicious coffee 5***** all the way my mornings have changed forever.
    1. 5.0 out of 5 stars I really love this coffee machine
      I really love this coffee machine, it’s easy to use and allows good control of the grind and extraction times. This means you can adjust it to suit the bean and make coffee to suit your taste, perfect coffee every time. There is a temperature control but i find setting the temperature at less than max and warming the cup works best for me. It’s easy to clean and requires a periodic descale based on water hardness (simple test kit included). Over 10 months we’ve averaged 8 coffees a day without complaint.
  12. Anonymous

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    I really love this coffee machine, it’s easy to use and allows good control of the grind and extraction times. This means you can adjust it to suit the bean and make coffee to suit your taste, perfect coffee every time. There is a temperature control but i find setting the temperature at less than max and warming the cup works best for me. It’s easy to clean and requires a periodic descale based on water hardness (simple test kit included). Over 10 months we’ve averaged 8 coffees a day without complaint.
    1. 1.0 out of 5 stars AAArrgghhh!
      Just wait until you get the dreaded ’empy circuit fill circuit’ message. I have been battling with mine for months – very very frustrating and now totally dead after only 753 coffee’s made – i might as well have bought them at starbucks. When it works, it’s awesome, when it goes wrong, it’s hell on earth.
      1. Anonymous
        Just wait until you get the dreaded ’empy circuit fill circuit’ message. I have been battling with mine for months – very very frustrating and now totally dead after only 753 coffee’s made – i might as well have bought them at starbucks. When it works, it’s awesome, when it goes wrong, it’s hell on earth.
  13. 5.0 out of 5 stars Cos-Starbu..who?
    We don’t know why we waited so long to get this machine we no longer crave excursions to starbucks costa we love inviting friends over just for a coffee this machine has no faults, it is great and simple to use.
  14. Anonymous

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    We don’t know why we waited so long to get this machine we no longer crave excursions to starbucks costa we love inviting friends over just for a coffee this machine has no faults, it is great and simple to use.
  15. 1.0 out of 5 stars ... a coffee fan and have bean searching for the perfect clean fuss free solution for home brew

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    Quite a coffee fan and have bean searching for the perfect clean fuss free solution for home brew. So we discarded the nespresso machine and bought this. Maybe it was a faulty one or maybe others are diluting their coffee with frothy milk. But i couldn’t get a decent expresso shot from this machine. I tried three different beans using all the grind, temperature and strength settings. I made weak & burned, strong & burned, burned without crema, burned with crema. Amazon dealt with the return in a no quibble fashion. The old gaggia classic is out of the cupboard and a hand grinder purchased. I guess there are no short cuts in the world of coffee unless you spend an eye watering amount on a bean to cup machine.
  16. Verified Purchase

    This review is from : De’Longhi Fully Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine ECAM22.320.SB

    Quite a coffee fan and have bean searching for the perfect clean fuss free solution for home brew. So we discarded the nespresso machine and bought this. Maybe it was a faulty one or maybe others are diluting their coffee with frothy milk. But i couldn’t get a decent expresso shot from this machine. I tried three different beans using all the grind, temperature and strength settings. I made weak & burned, strong & burned, burned without crema, burned with crema. Amazon dealt with the return in a no quibble fashion. The old gaggia classic is out of the cupboard and a hand grinder purchased. I guess there are no short cuts in the world of coffee unless you spend an eye watering amount on a bean to cup machine.
  17. 5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product, well worth the price

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    I bought this machine as a replacement for my very old german one. I hadn’t realised until i bought this one how poor the coffee from my old machine was. This delonghi makes lovely coffee, there is a range from extra mild through to extra strong strength which satisfies every one in the house. It does though chuck out a lot of water as others have said both when starting up and shutting off but i keep a little espresso cup underneath the spouts and empty that each time. I find this is much easier than keep emptying the water tray. The automatic descaler is so much easier to do than my old one and we have hard water in dorset so i do it on the 1st of every month regardless. I don’t use the water filter that comes with it, much to expensive. I use a separate water jug and filter and find i fill it up every day. I also don’t use the delonghi scaler either, i buy one from aldi which is on offer every so often, i pour it straight from the machine into the kettle afterwards and it cleans that as well plus the shower head which i shove in the kettle, waste not want not as they say. The cappuccino is lovely and frothy and i clean the frother every time i use it as dried milk on it is harder to clean off, run it under the tap for a few moments thats all.
    1. Verified Purchase
      I bought this machine as a replacement for my very old german one. I hadn’t realised until i bought this one how poor the coffee from my old machine was. This delonghi makes lovely coffee, there is a range from extra mild through to extra strong strength which satisfies every one in the house. It does though chuck out a lot of water as others have said both when starting up and shutting off but i keep a little espresso cup underneath the spouts and empty that each time. I find this is much easier than keep emptying the water tray. The automatic descaler is so much easier to do than my old one and we have hard water in dorset so i do it on the 1st of every month regardless. I don’t use the water filter that comes with it, much to expensive. I use a separate water jug and filter and find i fill it up every day. I also don’t use the delonghi scaler either, i buy one from aldi which is on offer every so often, i pour it straight from the machine into the kettle afterwards and it cleans that as well plus the shower head which i shove in the kettle, waste not want not as they say. The cappuccino is lovely and frothy and i clean the frother every time i use it as dried milk on it is harder to clean off, run it under the tap for a few moments thats all.
      1. 2.0 out of 5 stars Reliability is a big letdown for this otherwise nice machine.
        I posted a previous (glowing) review of this machine just after i bought it. Now, after just over 2 years, 3 weeks after warranty expired, the machine died. So, 400 quid for 24 months light use. I consider that to be a pretty expensive deal. Bottom line, extremely expensive bit of kit if needs to be replaced after 24 months.
  18. Verified Purchase
    I posted a previous (glowing) review of this machine just after i bought it. Now, after just over 2 years, 3 weeks after warranty expired, the machine died. So, 400 quid for 24 months light use. I consider that to be a pretty expensive deal. Bottom line, extremely expensive bit of kit if needs to be replaced after 24 months.
    1. 5.0 out of 5 stars Great machine, and now makes a very good cup ...
      Great machine, and now makes a very good cup of coffee (after much trial and error with the settings)couple of pointers; the steam wand isn’t the strongest when trying to get the nice micro bubbles for a latte. A good trick is once the steam has built up and notifies you that it’s ready to use, open it and let it run for a few seconds until it reaches full power. Then close it, place your jug of milk (no more than half full i’d recommend) underneath, and then steam your milk. I’ve had the best results this way. Another good tip is to keep your metal jug in the fridge/freezer, as other have mentionedalso, i think delonghi could do more to explain how best to set up the machine. I understand all the different elements that are adjustable; grind size, grind amount, water temperature, water amount etc. . But which one do you start with?. I opted for getting my grind size as fine as possible first and then adjusted the rest afterwards, as a finer grind size seems to give a thicker crema and a fuller coffee. However, it took a lot of coffee beans to then adjust everything else to get the right extraction/flavour, and i’m still not convinced i’m getting the absolute best possible out of the machine’s capabilitiesoverall though, very happy. Girlfriend and i use it everyday, finding that a small lungo (‘long coffee’ option) is a great size to have a quick coffee hit before heading off to work.
      1. Verified Purchase
        Great machine, and now makes a very good cup of coffee (after much trial and error with the settings)couple of pointers; the steam wand isn’t the strongest when trying to get the nice micro bubbles for a latte. A good trick is once the steam has built up and notifies you that it’s ready to use, open it and let it run for a few seconds until it reaches full power. Then close it, place your jug of milk (no more than half full i’d recommend) underneath, and then steam your milk. I’ve had the best results this way. Another good tip is to keep your metal jug in the fridge/freezer, as other have mentionedalso, i think delonghi could do more to explain how best to set up the machine. I understand all the different elements that are adjustable; grind size, grind amount, water temperature, water amount etc. . But which one do you start with?. I opted for getting my grind size as fine as possible first and then adjusted the rest afterwards, as a finer grind size seems to give a thicker crema and a fuller coffee. However, it took a lot of coffee beans to then adjust everything else to get the right extraction/flavour, and i’m still not convinced i’m getting the absolute best possible out of the machine’s capabilitiesoverall though, very happy. Girlfriend and i use it everyday, finding that a small lungo (‘long coffee’ option) is a great size to have a quick coffee hit before heading off to work.
  19. 4.0 out of 5 stars Really good, just not perfect

    This review is from : De’Longhi Fully Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine ECAM22.320.SB

    Okay, i get that nothing is perfect, that is not what i meant. You know that feeling you get when go to a really good & knowledge filled coffee bar and order an espresso, the the moment it lands on your table you know you are in for a treat?. The amount of precision that went into that cup is phenomenal, from the perfect roast, to the near scientific grind. The coffee is measured to precision while the pressure is adjusted to make you that creamy bundle of delight. That is the human touch, and something that an automatic bean to cup machine just will not be able to ever achieve. I have tried so many different grind settings, so many different taste strengths, i just cannot seem to get that perfect taste here. On the other hand, and i know this might sound crazy, but i have a very simple 15 bar espresso machine that i purchased for less than £50 and it (under the right conditions) makes much seriously better espressos. But then you get the frills. This is all about settings, automation, setting it to do certain things at certain times, taste strengths. If you love buttons and things, you would love this.
  20. Anonymous

    This review is from : De’Longhi Fully Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine ECAM22.320.SB

    Okay, i get that nothing is perfect, that is not what i meant. You know that feeling you get when go to a really good & knowledge filled coffee bar and order an espresso, the the moment it lands on your table you know you are in for a treat?. The amount of precision that went into that cup is phenomenal, from the perfect roast, to the near scientific grind. The coffee is measured to precision while the pressure is adjusted to make you that creamy bundle of delight. That is the human touch, and something that an automatic bean to cup machine just will not be able to ever achieve. I have tried so many different grind settings, so many different taste strengths, i just cannot seem to get that perfect taste here. On the other hand, and i know this might sound crazy, but i have a very simple 15 bar espresso machine that i purchased for less than £50 and it (under the right conditions) makes much seriously better espressos. But then you get the frills. This is all about settings, automation, setting it to do certain things at certain times, taste strengths. If you love buttons and things, you would love this.
    1. 1.0 out of 5 stars Had to return for repair after only 55 cups!!
      Just received machine back from de longhi after just 3months and 55cups of coffee having been returned for repair. The problem was that steam was leaking from the machine casing directly behind the steam nozzle and the cause was an internal burst pipe. Being a manufacturers fault this work was carried out under warranty but i am not happy that i should encounter a problem such as this after such a short time and so little use. They refused to exchange which i would have been happier with. Don’t have much faith in the machine now, and for the money paid, am not very impressed.
  21. Anonymous

    This review is from : De’Longhi Fully Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine ECAM22.320.SB

    Just received machine back from de longhi after just 3months and 55cups of coffee having been returned for repair. The problem was that steam was leaking from the machine casing directly behind the steam nozzle and the cause was an internal burst pipe. Being a manufacturers fault this work was carried out under warranty but i am not happy that i should encounter a problem such as this after such a short time and so little use. They refused to exchange which i would have been happier with. Don’t have much faith in the machine now, and for the money paid, am not very impressed.
  22. 4.0 out of 5 stars Simple to use & easy to clean. But makes great coffee

    This review is from : De’Longhi Fully Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine ECAM22.320.SB

    I bought this after having a previous machine that took only ground coffee, which was messy and difficult to clean. I bought this model based on fairly good reviews in the under £500 price bracket. The packaging it arrived in was not good as the outer box had no bottom meaning it took a super save to stop it dropping on the floor. The instructions provided were quite daunting but the set up was ok once i had studied them carefully and used the internet for better guidance. Now it’s set up, it is very simple to use with no mess involved. The grounds and drip tray are easy to clean. There are only two niggles with this machine: 1. The milk heater and frothed take a while to heat up a mug full of milk to a reasonable temperature, so buying a thermometer is a must to make a latte; 2. The water filter replacements are fairly pricey considering how often they need replacing. The coffee is as good as from a coffee shop chain but at a fraction of the cost and without having to leave the house.
  23. Verified Purchase

    This review is from : De’Longhi Fully Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine ECAM22.320.SB

    I bought this after having a previous machine that took only ground coffee, which was messy and difficult to clean. I bought this model based on fairly good reviews in the under £500 price bracket. The packaging it arrived in was not good as the outer box had no bottom meaning it took a super save to stop it dropping on the floor. The instructions provided were quite daunting but the set up was ok once i had studied them carefully and used the internet for better guidance. Now it’s set up, it is very simple to use with no mess involved. The grounds and drip tray are easy to clean. There are only two niggles with this machine: 1. The milk heater and frothed take a while to heat up a mug full of milk to a reasonable temperature, so buying a thermometer is a must to make a latte; 2. The water filter replacements are fairly pricey considering how often they need replacing. The coffee is as good as from a coffee shop chain but at a fraction of the cost and without having to leave the house.
    1. 5.0 out of 5 stars top marks!!
      My first bean to cup, it makes the best coffee i’ve had. Simple to use, many great options and looks good too.
      1. Verified Purchase
        My first bean to cup, it makes the best coffee i’ve had. Simple to use, many great options and looks good too.
  24. 4.0 out of 5 stars quick and easy to use

    This review is from : De’Longhi Fully Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine ECAM22.320.SB

    Produces a lovely creme on top when making an espresso. Frothing the milk is quick and fun to produce top quality lattes. All in all well worth the money.
  25. Verified Purchase

    This review is from : De’Longhi Fully Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine ECAM22.320.SB

    Produces a lovely creme on top when making an espresso. Frothing the milk is quick and fun to produce top quality lattes. All in all well worth the money.

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