The BAR32 Retro Pump-Driven Espresso Maker by DeLonghi is a great option for first-time espresso brewers who need reliability and ease-of-use, but want an affordable, entry-level machine. With pod convenience (use either standard ESE pods or your own ground coffee), a frothing wand for fluffy foam, a pressurized portafilter and dual thermostats for water and steam, we're sure you'll love your foray into espresso making on the DeLonghi BAR32.
How the DeLonghi BAR32 Espresso Maker Works
- Each time you brew, you'll set the shot volume, dosing and pressure uniquely so you can easily tweak your shot to your preferences.
Features & Functionality of the DeLonghi BAR32 Espresso Maker
- Entry-Level Simplicity: It doesn't get any easier to use than the BAR32. Sporting a pressurized portafilter, you will never need a high-end grinder to achieve consistent results.
- ESE Pod-Compatible: This DeLonghi accepts ESE Pods in the filter basket.
- Easy Clean: With a removable water tank and drip tray, you can easily keep the components clean.
- Dual Thermostats : A unique feature of the BAR32 is the separate thermostats for water and steam.
|Ease of Use||5|
|Ease of Care and Maintenance||5|
|Overall Value for the Money||3|
|How Does it Compare?||
The BAR32 makes good shots and has a good steamer for its price and size.
|Tips and Tricks||
You should use a much smaller pitcher since the steam wand clearance is at a minimum.
|Boiler Material||Stainless Steel|
|Cup Clearance||2.0 inches|
|Boiler Volume||4.0 oz|
|Reservoir Size||35 oz|
|Steam Wand Type||Panarello Only|
|Warm Up: Brew Time||1 minute and 15 seconds|
|Warm Up: Steam Time||20 seconds|
|Boiler Design||Single Boiler|
|Pod Friendly||Yes - without adaptation|
|Water Sources||Reservoir/Internal Tank|
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Warranty Information for the DeLonghi BAR32 Espresso Maker
|What it Covers:||
DeLonghi espresso machines, coffee makers and grinders
- 1 Year (Small espresso machines, capsule machines, coffee makers, grinders and other electronics)
- 2 Years (Superautomatic espresso machines)
|Who Supports the Warranty:||DeLonghi|
|Warranty Contact Information:||800-322-3848|
|Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty?||Yes (Superautomatic espresso machines only).|
|Can SCG Repair?||Yes (Superautomatic espresso machines only). Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.|
Caring for the DeLonghi BAR32 Espresso Maker
- Descale every two to three months. We recommend using Dezcal.
- Soap out water tank and drip tray every few days.
- Clean the brew gasket daily with a cleaning brush.
TrashReview by tabaks
Price Value Quality
Do not buy this machine if you value your money and time. It is the worst espresso brewer I've ever owned and it is so bad that I'll never buy anything from DeLonghi again! I bought one of these and it stopped brewing about 4 months later. After a lot of grief with almost non-existent DeLonghi service "network", they finally replaced it with a new machine for me. The second one stopped brewing about 5 months later. What-ever! In both cases, the pump keeps trying but not a darn thing comes out. Give this trash a WIDE berth and go for MUCH more quality products, like Saeco!
(Posted on 4/24/13)
You get what you pay forReview by Pr
Price Value Quality
After reading a lot of reviews I was really excited to get this machine for this price plus the $20 rebate. I usually prepare my coffee with a French press and wanted to expand my horizons with making espresso. The first machine I received was defective, it sprayed water and steam from the boiler head. A replacement machine was sent out right away, however it was defective as well, this time no water would come out. I spoke with a technician and he suggested a refurbished Aroma, which I ordered and am waiting for. Although I had bad experiences with the machines, I had very good experiences with Customer Service.
(Posted on 12/28/12)
Great little machineReview by Smooth and fast
Price Value Quality
I am a latte junkie. I have had the little steamer style machines for years, and could never quite understand why I just couldn't get the coffee shop taste with the espresso, nor could I get the milk (soy in my case) to foam properly. After much research, I decided to pay the extra bucks and purchase this little pump driven machine. WOW, what a difference!!! It was a bit of a challenge getting the filter holder on the first few times. I had to hug the entire machine and give it a brute strength twist. The espresso turned out absolutely creamy delicious THE FIRST TIME!!! and since then of course. Oh and the lovely foam - HEAVEN!!! The clearance under the steamer and the boiler outlet is tight, so short steamer cup and shot glasses are the ticket. Just make sure to follow the directions first, and refer to them while you are using it your first time or two. the dual function dials can be confusing, but it really makes the unit work much smoother and more responsive. This really is a great price for this quality of a machine. It has already paid for itself in coffee shop bills!
(Posted on 7/23/12)
Good little machineReview by Zee
Quality Value Price
Even though our coffee place staff knows us by name, we wanted to be able to make our own on those lazy days when we didn't want to venture out. My son's girlfriend is a barista, and they own a similar machine (different style) at home and like it. They got us this one for Christmas.
Take the time to watch the videos from this website before trying to use a new machine. That helped me a lot. The first attempt was weak, but after that, with some firmer tamping, the shots were fine and creamy. The grind should be as fine as you can get. To make two lattes, I usually run a double shot through an empty portafilter to prewarm it, then I steam a pitcher of milk. After that, I do my coffee shots, making sure to let it have time to get back to temperature in between.
We like that this machine takes up very little space and the water tank is big enough to make two coffees easy. The tamper is awkward attached to the machine on the side, but other than that we're really happy with the machine. Give it a go!
Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Beginner, Quick Brewing, Great Taste
(Posted on 1/9/12)
Great little machineReview by susiej
Quality Value Price
This is my second Delonghi Retro. I have made Cappuccino with this little machine every day for at least the last ten years, and I find it to be remarkable for the price. It is easy to operate, fast and, in my estimation, produces great coffee. When the first one wore out, I didn't hesitate to replace it with another identical machine. I clean and descale about every 2 months.
I am so fond of with this little machine!
Great Taste, Easy To Clean, Quick Brewing, Large Water Container, Easy To Use
Eventually wears out
(Posted on 4/18/11)