Top five best DeLonghi coffee machines

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Top five best DeLonghi coffee machines

by Yvette Fletcher
Our round-up of Best Buy DeLonghi coffee machines, including top-end and cheaper models to suit a variety of budgets.

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DeLonghi is an Italian brand that makes a range of different types of coffee machines, including capsule, traditional espresso and bean-to-cup models. It also has a selection of Nespresso and Dolce Gusto coffee machines. 

We've reviewed models that range in price from around £50 to more than £500, but you don't have to spend a lot to get a great DeLonghi coffee machine. 

The table below includes a couple of cheap DeLonghi machines, models for the ultra style-conscious, as well as capsule, traditional and bean-to-cup models. One is our best-scoring coffee machine ever, earning 86% in our tests.  

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Top five best DeLonghi espresso coffee machines
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Top-scoring DeLonghi coffee machine

This coffee machine breezed through our tests. Our expert thought it was one of the best we've tested, making an excellent espresso that's 'rich and strong with a good kick'.

Making an espresso is easy, although it does take a little longer to heat up than other coffee machines. It can make great cappuccinos, too.

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86%

Traditional DeLonghi espresso coffee machine

This compact and stylish machine is a traditional model that comes at a great price. It can make coffee from grounds or pods, and you can set your preferences such as the temperature.

The espresso it produces was highly rated by our expert and simple to make. It froths milk well and also dispenses hot water so you can make other drinks, such as hot chocolate.

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84%

Capsule DeLonghi coffee machine

This capsule machine is fully automatic, so you can make a range of drinks at the touch of a button. It can also froth milk for you, which is unusual for a capsule model. 

It uses Nespresso coffee capsules and the espresso it makes won top marks from our expert, who said it was smooth, dark and full flavoured.

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80%

Bean-to-cup DeLonghi coffee machine

With 13 grind settings, this bean-to-cup machine is fully automatic and can dispense three drink sizes. It can also be set to turn on at a certain time and can make two espressos at once.

It's fairly compact for a bean-to-cup model and can use coffee beans or ground coffee. It froths milk well and the espresso was rated highly – the ones using beans slightly higher. 

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74%

Cheap DeLonghi coffee machine

This is great value, especially for a traditional coffee machine. Although it's not automatic, it's easy to use. It heats up quickly and froths milk really well.

The espresso this machine makes has a dark gold crema, smooth aroma and clean flavour, which our expert noted developed as it cooled down.

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71%
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How we test DeLonghi coffee machines

All the DeLonghi coffee machines we've tested go through a range of tough lab tests. Only the machines that make the very best coffee can be Best Buys. They also need to be a breeze to use and maintain, and froth milk to perfection.

We test to see how easy each machine is to use and clean, and how noisy it is  – the last thing you want is an irritatingly loud one. We also look at how well each machine froths milk to make it the right texture for a range of different milky coffee drinks, such as cappuccino. 

Most importantly, we test how good an espresso each machine makes. In our blind taste test, our coffee expert assesses the flavour, texture, smell and crema of each espresso. In one sitting alone he tests more than 100 cups of coffee.

DeLonghi coffee machines: owners views

As well as testing individual DeLonghi coffee machines, we have also reviewed DeLonghi as a brand, rating it for reliability and value for money. You can see what owners think of their DeLonghi coffee machine by reading our best coffee machine brands guide.

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