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De’Longhi Magnifica S ECAM 22.320.SB bean-to-cup coffee machine review
Pros: very easy to use – great for beginners
Cons: less configuration options than other machines
Star rating: 5/5
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For some, value for money is based on how simply you can produce a decent cup of coffee, and if that’s you, this is definitely the machine for you.
The controls are so simple to follow that you won’t find yourself turning to the instruction manual in moments of confusion. All it takes is a quick familiarisation with the buttons and symbols and you’ll be making coffee within the first 10 minutes of getting it out of the box. The milk, coffee and water containers are integrated, so the machine sits neatly without taking up too much space.
The Magnifica includes ground or whole bean options, so you won’t always have to buy beans – you can just as easily use readily available ground coffee.
The grinding mechanism is noticeably quiet – a welcome addition when you’re making coffee early in the morning. There are also plenty of coffee options to choose from, including a long americano (something that many machines don’t particularly encourage). Plus, with 13 configurations, you can easily adjust the grind to make your coffee as smooth or strong as you like.
When it comes to the coffee itself, adjusting the settings to suit your tastes is easy to do. It comes pre-set with a ‘standard taste’ that can be switched if you find it’s a little strong or too weak for your tastes.
If you’re a milky coffee fan, you’ll appreciate the included milk system that, once filled and the program selected, automatically heats and froths the milk to the right consistency before dispensing it into the cup.
For those with a slight fear of using a milk steaming spout (which can take some practice), this is particularly beginner-friendly.
The 1.8-litre water tank means you can make several coffees without having to refill it. This is especially good as the tank is a little more fiddly to detach than those on some other models.
With several automatic features, including a cleaning and descaling program and an automatic energy-saving mode, this machine doesn’t require much effort to keep it in good condition.
Given how easy it is to use, this machine is one to try if you’re just dipping your toe into the world of bean to cup coffee making.
Functionality rating: 5/5
Results rating: 4.5/5
Ease of cleaning rating: 4.5/5
Value for money rating: 5/5
Overall rating: 5/5
Dimensions (HxWxD): 35.1 x 23.8 x 43cm
Power: 1450 watts
Water capacity: 1.8 litres
Adjustable grind: yes
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