DeLONGHI MAGNIFICA ESAM3300 REVIEW 2020

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The DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300 is a super-automatic machine that provides you with a full bean-to-cup experience with its simple controls.

The machine can produce a rich creamy froth and an expert espresso and coffee maker. It also features an inbuilt grinder that comes with different coffee grind adjustments. Automatic shut off programs will save energy. 

But if you prefer to create your cup of coffee with full control, this machine is not the right choice for you. You don’t have any control over your cup. But there is a lot more if you have a close look at the machine. 

In this review, we’re going to assess this machine in-depth to find out whether it is the right option for you or not.

Pros

  • Patented cappuccino system.
  • Hot water spout.
  • Energy-saving mode.
  • Pump with 15-bar pressure.
  • Friends beans quickly with Direct-to-Brew.
  • Quick reheat system.
  • Cup warmer included.

Cons

  • Not for the true baristas.
  • Not a very compact footprint.

De'Longhi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super Automatic Espresso & Coffee Machine
  • Patented "Cappuccino system" frother that mixes steam and milk to create a rich, creamy froth
  • Easy-to-use rotary and push button control panel with programmable menu settings and beans container capacity is 8.8 ounces. Coffee grounds container- 14 cups or after 72 hours from first use. Maximum cup height- 4.25 inches. Input power - 1350 watts
  • Grinds beans instantly with the patented, compact and easy-to-clean "Direct-to-Brew" system. Use your favorite coffee beans to create your perfect espresso. Beans with less visible oil, usually a medium roast, are recommended for best grinder performance
  • Maintenance: De’Longhi machines require half the cleaning time of other brands, unlike competitor machines, which require chemical cleaning tablets monthly. The machine does not deliver coffee, but only water is caused due to ground coffee may be blocked in the funnel. Remove the ground coffee inside the funnel, using a plastic knife. Then clean the infuser and the inside of the machine. If machine is noisy refer manual; Energy saving: With 3 hour automatic shut off
  • Utilize De'Longhi's specialized call center for help in setting up and maintaining your machine (latte best). Warranties may not apply to purchases from an unauthorized retailer

Should you choose a fully automatic or semi-automatic machine?

Fully automatic and super-automatic machines don’t allow you to experiment with your coffee recipes. You just have to add the beans into the hopper and choose the recipe you want to drink. 

The machine will provide you with the final cup and you can enjoy it without any hassle. It’s just a matter of pushing a few buttons and your coffee is ready. If you have a busy schedule and don’t want to experiment much with your coffee, choose a fully automatic machine. 

But with a semi-automatic machine, you can create your coffee recipe just the way you want it. You have access to pressure and temperature controls and even alter the coffee volume in each of your shots. 

Therefore, you can choose how watery each of your shots can be. Essentially you can control every aspect of your final cup and get close to the taste that your local cafe produces right in the comfort of your home. 

If you are a barista and want full control over your cup, you should go for a semi-automatic machine. 

Comparison Chart

FeaturesMagnifica ESAM3300Dinamica ECAM35025SBDedica EC680M
TasteRich and creamy with slight hints of inconsistenciesRich and smooth with hints of inconsistencies Exquisite taste, that is rich and aromatic each time
Brewing capacity 7.5 cups (60 fl oz)7.5 cups (60 fl oz)4.25 cups (34 fl oz) 
User-friendlinessEasily accessible buttons and knobs Intuitive touch screen and simple to use controls Easily accessible buttons and knobs 
Design and materialsStainless steel construction with hints of plastic Entire body made of stainless steel with a plastic screenStainless steel body with plastic buttons 
Cleaning and maintenanceInbuilt descaling programEasy to descale and clean The simplest machine to clean and descale 
FrothingManual frother produces rich and creamy frothDryer froth better suited for cappuccinosManual frother for creating creamy and rich froths
GrindingInbuilt grinder (8.8 oz bean hopper)Inbuilt grinder (10.6 oz bean hopper) No grinder
Additional features5 different flavors, 2 one-touch recipes, a cappuccino systemTrueBrew process, quick to heat up, and a one-touch system15-bar pump, taller cups accommodated and compact size
Value for moneyMeets the valueExpensiveMeets the value

The DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300 Review

Taste:

Taste is by far the most important aspect when it comes to a coffee machine. You can’t judge a machine by its looks.

The Magnifica ESAM3300 can produce a rich tasting coffee that is not only high in the aroma but is flavorful too. If you are interested in going for a taste that you experience from your local café, choose the Magnifica. 

But there are slight hints of inconsistencies which you would normally expect from a super-automatic machine. But DeLonghi has managed to bring down these inconsistencies a few notches with its brewing system. 

The Dinamica also produces the same taste you can experience using a Magnifica coffee machine with the same level of inconsistencies. But with an intuitive touchscreen, this machine is a bit simpler to use than the Magnifica. 

The Dedica is a semi-automatic machine so you will have full control over your final cup. It means if you are a barista, you can produce some brilliantly tasting recipes but you must know what you are doing. So in terms of taste, the Dedica is far better than the rest of the two.

Brewing capacity:

 DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300  Brewing Capacity
Magnifica ESAM3300 Brewing

The Magnifica coffee machine comes with a brewing capacity of seven and a half cups with a 60 fl oz water tank. This machine can easily serve a small group of people. 

The Dinamica is again very similar to the Magnifica in terms of brewing capacity and comes with a 60 fl oz water tank. It means that this machine can also produce seven and a half cups of coffee per refill.

But, if you are the only coffee lover around, you need to go for the Dedica because it can only produce up to 4 cups per refill. You also need to spend some time on those cups. So, if you are looking to treat yourself with the finest tasting cup, this machine is the right choice for you. 

User-friendliness:

DeLonghi  Magnifica ESAM3300   User-Friendliness
Magnifica ESAM3300 User-Friendliness

When it comes to user-friendliness, the Magnifica is pretty simple to use with a few buttons and knobs. You don’t need to be an expert to produce a good tasting coffee with this machine. Just feed the hopper with the beans, set the grind size, push the button to start the brewing process, and wait till the machine pulls out a fine tasting cup for you. 

The Dinamica also works similarly except for the fact that you have access to an intuitive touch screen that simplifies your life even further. You just need to push the button for the recipe you want and Voila! your brilliant tasting cup is ready for you. 

The Dedica is a compact semi-automatic machine that will prove to be less user-friendly if you are not a barista. The controls are very easy to access but you must understand what you are doing to produce a recipe to fully satisfy your taste buds. Therefore, in terms of user-friendliness, the Magnifica and the Dinamica are better than the Dedica. 

Design and materials:

DeLonghi uses high-quality materials in the construction of its coffee and espresso makers. Almost all these machines are made of high-quality stainless steel. Therefore, in terms of reliability and longevity, DeLonghi machines are right up there. 

Hence, all three coffee machines i.e. the Magnifica, the Dinamica, and the Dedica are made of high-quality stainless steel. You need to be cautious and ensure they don’t fall on the ground because these machines are delicate. 

Cleaning and maintenance:

Here’s another universal feature of DeLonghi coffee machines that are easy to clean and maintain. Most of them come with inbuilt programs to descale and clean. And the models that don’t feature any inbuilt programs can be descaled manually using tablets. 

The only thing you need to focus on is to go through the cleaning and descaling process in the instructions manual. DeLonghi provides the user with in-depth details on the cleaning and maintenance process all elaborated with diagrams and step-by-step processes. 

Make sure you go through these instructions before you begin with the descaling process of your DeLonghi machine. These machines are great in terms of cleaning and maintenance because you can easily assemble and disassemble them. 

The Magnifica and the Dinamica come with inbuilt cleaning programs while the Dedica requires you to manually clean it. But disassembling it is pretty simple so even if you have to do everything manually, you can manage it effortlessly.

Frothing:

DeLonghi  Magnifica ESAM3300 Frothing
Magnifica ESAM3300 Frothing

The Magnifica features a manual frother so if you are looking for those creamy lattes you won’t be disappointed. Frothing is one of the best features of this fully automatic machine. It allows you to create some nice espresso and cappuccino beverages that will tickle your taste buds. 

Dinamica’s frother also features a premium quality steel wand but this frother is more suitable for cappuccinos as compared to espressos because it produces a dryer froth. You have to be pretty one dimensional in your coffee recipes. 

However, the Dedica coffee machine features a premium quality wand that produces a creamy froth. So you can create some barista level latte art if you want. In terms of quality of taste, the Magnifica and the Dedica are better as compared to the Dinamica. If you love latte art or prefer espressos more than cappuccinos, don’t go for the Dinamica. 

Grinding:

The fully automatic coffee machine Magnifica comes with an inbuilt grinder. The capacity of its bean hopper is 8.8 ounces. The burr grinder allows you to alter the grind size of the coffee beans and you decide to make what type of roast you should pick.

The fully automatic Dinamica also comes with an inbuilt grinder. But its bean hopper size is slightly bigger than that of the Magnifica. Its bean hopper comes with a 10.6 oz size therefore, you can place a good amount of coffee beans in it. The grounds will be ready on demand and you can serve a small group of friends with no worries. 

But you will need to use a separate grinder if you want to go for the Dedica coffee machine because it doesn’t come with a grinder. Make sure you choose a good quality grinder and use high-quality coffee beans if you want to make quality coffee with this coffee maker. 

When we talk about the grinder, the Magnifica is far better than the other two because it allows you to alter the grind size according to your preferences. 

Additional features:

DeLonghi  Magnifica ESAM3300 Additional Features
Magnifica ESAM3300 Additional Features

The Magnifica coffee maker features five different drink options including espresso, latte, cappuccino, Americano, and hot water. You can also choose the number of shots per cup in your espresso. 

With the instant reheat feature, you don’t have to worry about serving cold and dull tasting coffee to your mates. The most important feature is, the espresso machine also comes with a cappuccino system to make sure it remains suitable for a wide variety of coffee lovers. 

The Dinamica coffee maker comes equipped with a TrueBrew process makes your bean-to-cup experience very simple and requires just a few taps. The quick heat-up system is present in this machine as well and the intuitive touch screen makes it user-friendly. 

The semi-automatic Dedica coffee maker features a 15-bar pump to make sure the extraction process remains consistent in every brew. The machine can accommodate taller cups, and with a compact size, it won’t take much space on your kitchen counter either. 

Value for money:

When talking about value for money, the Magnifica coffee maker truly delivers what you expect from it. With a normal price range, this machine provides you with a lot and you can make the divine coffee. The machine is made with quality stain steel and it can stand the test of time. It is also very easy to use so you don’t have to go through a lot just to drink a cup. 

For the same features, you will have to pay almost double for the Dinamica. However, you will get a slightly bigger bean hopper with a touch screen makes using this machine a whole lot easier. 

The Dedica coffee maker emphasizes more on compact space and provides you with an opportunity to fully control your final cup’s taste and flavors. So in terms of taste, it will beat the other two but you need to be an expert in coffee making. Of course, you will also need to own a separate grinder for this. Overall, it meets the value with the taste that it can deliver. 

Who should buy the DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300?

If you are looking to buy a fully automatic machine that can produce a nice tasting cup by just pushing some buttons, you need to go for this machine. Just add your favorite coffee beans, choose the shot, and get ready for a fine tasting cup. It also comes with a decent brewing capacity so you can serve a few of your family and friends as well. 

Also, if you have a decent amount of space available on your counter then go for this machine because it doesn’t come with a compact footprint. 

If you have a very busy schedule and want a quick cup of coffee to get one with your day, this machine is the right choice for you. 

Who shouldn’t buy the DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300?

The DeLonghi Magnifica is not the right option for you if you prefer to customize your coffee recipes. 

Also, if you are the only coffee drinker around, this machine is probably a bit too big for that. You can go for machines that are a lot smaller in size than this. 

Apart from that if you already own a grinder then choose a machine that comes without a grinder because this machine features a burr grinder and you won’t need to have a separate grinder to work with it. 

Pros

  • Patented cappuccino system.
  • Hot water spout.
  • Energy-saving mode.
  • Pump with 15-bar pressure.
  • Friends beans quickly with Direct-to-Brew.
  • Quick reheat system.
  • Cup warmer included.

Cons

  • Not for the true baristas.
  • Not a very compact footprint.

FAQs for the DeLonghi Magnifica

Does this machine tamp automatically?

Yes, it can tamp automatically. You just have to push the button and will start grinding, tamping, and extracting all with just a push of a button. 

Why is the machine inconsistent in flavor? 

The only reason why a fully automatic machine produces inconsistent flavors is, it requires to prosper cleaning and descaling. If you are properly maintaining your machine, the flavor will remain consistent. Therefore, regular maintenance is required.

Does this machine make Americano?

Yes, the Magnifica can make Americanos. You just need to follow the guide that comes with this coffee maker to make any kind of espresso-based beverage.

Is DeLonghi with it?

Yes, DeLonghi has been around for many years. Since the time of its inception, the company has been producing quality products including coffee machines. In terms of versatility and durability, DeLonghi is one of the finest brands on the market. 

The Verdict

The Magnifica ESAM3300 fully automatic machine is designed to produce a delicious cup with just the push of a button. You don’t have to be an expert at coffee making. Just the two in the beans and get ready for a cup that will get you going in no time. 

Even a couple of your friends and family members can join in with you as well. With the Magnifica, it’s all about convenience but doesn’t choose this machine if you know how to make coffee on your own. A simple touch-and-go machine won’t work for you.