DeLonghi has launched a new coffee machine that can be controlled from the comfort of your sofa using your smartphone.
The PrimaDonna Elite allows you to create a coffee, wherever you are in your home, using an app on your mobile. DeLonghi says it can create 100s of different varieties of drinks.
However, how do DeLonghi coffee machines score in our rigorous coffee machines tests? We’ve tested 32 DeLonghi coffee machines and rated them on everything from taste and quality of crema to speed of making an espresso.
To find out which machines will make a great cup of coffee every time visit our coffee machine reviews.
Smart bean-to-cup coffee machine
The PrimaDonna Elite is operated by the Smart Coffee app from any Apple or Android smartphone and allows you to personalise your drink. You can also set up personal profiles of your ideal aroma, temperature and quantity of coffee and milk for each drink.
It is available to buy from Harrods and John Lewis from today however, it costs a whopping £1,499.99.
Which? coffee machines expert Yvette Fletcher says: ‘You need to reflect on whether you need all the features included in this coffee machine, given the price tag. We’ve tested fully automated bean-to-cup machines for a quarter of the price.’
How we test coffee machines
We use Giles Hilton, a coffee tasting expert and a member of the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe, as our expert taster for all the coffee machines we test. During our blind taste tests he rates the espressos and cappuccinos made by each machine and judges the taste, appearance, texture and aroma.
We also measure the temperature of the coffee and time how long it takes to produce an espresso. A good coffee machine will take up to 30 seconds to make 30ml of espresso at the perfect temperature, while a bad one will take ages to make you a cold, weak and unappetising coffee.
You can learn more about how we test coffee machines and find out what makes a Best Buy.