Delonghi Prima Donna S Deluxe
- Hot water spout for tea or hot chocolate
- Removable drip tray
- Fast-brewing time
- Decalcification Alert
- Adjustable grinder and spout
- Requires frequent descaling
- Wastes beans
- Takes up a lot of counter space
- Occasionally freezes and needs to be restarted
Many of these machines do appear to be expensive, but the combination of being incredibly simple to use and their ability to brew professional quality cappuccino, latte and espresso make them worth the price.
When it comes to coffee machines in the sub-2000 dollar price range, the Delonghi Prima Donna Deluxe Super Automatic Espresso Machine is right at the cutting edge. It’s sleek, low-maintenance and has some features that make it perfect for the avid coffee enthusiast or even the occasional coffee drinker who just has a taste for high-quality.
Is it Worth Your Money?
It’s worth noting that it doesn’t brew regular coffee. You’ll be able to make a variety of drinks like a latte, cappuccino, espresso, and macchiato, but if you’re more of a regular coffee drinker, you may want something even more versatile.
If you’re willing to spend little extra money and are particular about the strength and robustness of your coffee, the Delonghi Prima Donna is definitely worth the higher price tag.
Review & Breakdown
- Automatic conical burr-grinder
- 2-liter water tank
- 25.4 pounds
- 17.4×9.4×13.6 inches
- Adjustable spout
- Stainless steel
- Energy saving switch
#1 Autocappuccino System
The Delonghi Prima Donna Deluxe comes fitted with an Autocappuccino system with a removable milk carafe. You can store the carafe in the refrigerator to avoid wasting milk, and when brewing, the machine chooses the perfect amount of cream for your preferred drink.
You’ll be able to dispense steamed milk for a latte and thick frothed milk for a cappuccino with the built-in frothing nozzle. When attached to the machine, the carafe is also self-cleaning, so you won’t have to run it through the dishwasher.
#2 Direct-To-Brew and Thermoblock Technology
Direct-To-Brew and Thermoblock Technology
For added speed and convenience, the Delonghi Prima Donna has a direct-to-brew system that only grinds stored beans right before brewing. This ensures that your grinds are fresh and that the flavor is as rich and aromatic as possible.
There is also built-in bean hopper and adjustable burr grinder that does all of the work for you with just the push of a button. You can choose your preferred fineness for a brew that is customized to your liking.
#3 Intuitive Control Panel
Intuitive Control Panel
The control panel is incredibly user-friendly and gives you many choices for how to brew your drinks. You’ll find clearly-labeled buttons for single or double shots, caffelatte, cappuccino, latte macchiato, milk, coffee volume, as well as flavor intensity.
To make things even easier there is an LCD screen that lets you know which settings you’re adjusting before you brew. Changing the machine and choosing the right settings couldn’t be any easier as a result of the control panel, and you can even store individual settings using the memory function.
Unlike some other machines that require a lot of steps to calibrate, the Delonghi Prima Donna was mostly self-explanatory.
#4 Decalcification System and Removable 2-Liter Water Tank
Decalcification System and Removable 2-Liter Water Tank
While some parts of the Delonghi Prima Donna require manual cleaning, the machine is effortless to maintain overall. A built-in alert will tell you when the device needs to be decalcified, and the removable 2-liter water tank is dishwasher safe so you can wash it with your dishes whenever you feel it might need a rinse.
Decalcification is extremely important for machines like this, mainly if you use them often. Minerals and debris from the water you use can build up inside the machine and affect its efficiency. You’ll find that the built-in decalcification alert is essential in preserving your machine’s integrity and will keep it working correctly over time.
Delonghi Prima Donna S Deluxe
That being said, we did notice a few things that we saw as minor downsides. While the machine does have a descaling alarm in the form of an indicator light, we noticed that it does need to be decalcified pretty frequently—about every two weeks.
It wasn’t a major inconvenience, but descaling does require the purchase of specialized fluid or vinegar, adding to the overall maintenance cost of the machine.
You’ll get a similarly easy to use control panel, the Delonghi Direct-To-Brew system, and a conical low-pitch burr grinder. Despite its larger overall size, the milk carafe is smaller but is still removable. One downside we noticed about the Perfecta was that it didn’t heat drinks as efficiently as the Prima Donna, even with a double boiler.
Still, for half the price of the Prima Donna, the Delonghi Perfecta Digital Espresso is a worthy alternative.
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