The DeLonghi EC860 Espresso Machine combines the control of a semi-automatic with the freedom of a superautomatic, all in one compact, stainless-steel machine. Unlike other entry-level espresso machines, the EC860 incorporates an automatic cappuccino system that froths your milk and pulls your shots right into your cup. Then when you're ready to upgrade to creating your own frothy drinks, the EC860's interchangeable traditional steam wand will make you feel like you're a home barista.
Features & Functionality of the DeLonghi EC860 Espresso Machine
- Automatic Cappuccino System: Giving you the ability to make your favorite caffeinated drinks at a push of a button, the built-in milk carafe will steam, froth and pour your milk right into your cup, with no need for your to lift another finger.
- Traditional Steam Wand: You'll be able to practice your barista skills with the built-in steam wand that also produces hot water for tea and Americanos.
- Programmable Menu: Choose your choice of programming three coffee temperatures to your preference.
- E.S.E Pod Friendly: The EC860's portafilter is both ground- and pod-friendly. Feel free to use your favorite pods for an easy and quick clean up.
- Filtered Water Reservoir: The 35-ounce water reservoir is removable and has a built in water filter that'll produce clean, crisp, odorless water for ideal shots.
|Ease of Use||4|
|Ease of Care and Maintenance||4|
|Overall Value for the Money||4|
|How Does it Compare?||The stainless-steel casing makes this model much sturdier than its previous plastic iterations.|
|Tips and Tricks||When using the automatic frother, run the clean cycle first to get hotter milk.|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Reservoir Size||35 oz|
|Steam Wand Type||Traditional Only|
|Boiler Design||Single Boiler|
|Pod Friendly||Yes - with adaptation|
|Water Sources||Reservoir/Internal Tank|
Submit a question directly to owners of this product and ask what they think about it!
Bill Jun 15, 2013
I'm not sure I'm the best person to address your concerns. This is just my third espresso machine, the last one being a $500 Breville. The primary reason for moving to this one was the automatic frother and the additional automation (timed pour). With a 5-month old son, every minute is precious and saving time on frothing was a big deal. I've been quite happy with the machine thus far.
David Clancy Jun 17, 2013
I know this isn't too helpful, but I figured you'd appreciate getting some response over none. Jun 18, 2013
I can solve the mystery of the blinking light. It goes off when the machine needs to be cleaned, the directions for the buttons to push to start the self-cleaning program are in the user manual. I'm not entirely sure exactly what is transpiring with the steam wand, could you provide more details of what you are doing, what you would like to happen and what actually is taking place? It's a great machine, especially for the price.
David Clancy Nov 22, 2013
Yes it is a nice machine. Nov 24, 2013
question; what do you need to steam for a full minute? let alone 3 minutes. that's a lot of steaming.
The milk frother attachment is magic. use to foam. Its pretty good, really.
Its a quirky machine. please read the instructions. worked for me, mostly. Nov 21, 2013
Hope this helps. Sep 20, 2013
I believe its the water filter. I've had this problem once or twice when putting in a new water filter. See if it works without the filter in. If so, try soaking the filter in water and putting it in the next day.
Other than this, I love the machine. Very handy having an auto milk frother and a great price! Sep 23, 2013
try it a few times, you'll find it does work for just foam.
Have fun frother! Oct 21, 2013
Does the milk in the container get warmed up when you are making a milk drink,or does it get warmed up as it goes through the tube?
I guess my concern is reusing the milk, taking it in and out of the fridge... Aug 15, 2013
Thank you. May 10, 2013
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Warranty Information for the DeLonghi EC860 Espresso Machine
|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 EC860 Espresso Machine
- Descale every two to three months. We recommend using Delonghi Descaler.
- Clean the brew gasket daily with a cleaning brush.
- Soap out water tank (if applicable) and drip tray every few days.
Videos Featuring the DeLonghi EC860 Espresso Machine
Great upgrade from TassimoReview by Jim in FLA
Quality Price Value
My wife had been using the Tassimo to make lattes every morning for a few years. After the company had problems with their espresso pods early in 2012 we figured they wouldn't be around much longer, so we started looking at other machines to get a good, easy latte or cappuccino. We thought about the Nescafe Nespresso but the pods were very pricey and the amount of coffee you got didn't seem like much. Keurig does not offer frothed milk so that was out. The new Starbucks pod machine seemed fairly good but again, expensive pods and not much yield. So, this machine seemed to fit the bill for us in the semi-automatic category. I bought it for my wife for Christmas, so we've been using it for 9 months now. It works very well. I adjusted the temp to the maximum to get hotter coffee and I use the trick noted on SCG to use the clean cycle on the milk frother first to get the warmest milk. I bought my wife a Baratza Encore grinder as well so we grind our own beans, usually Starbucks Espresso but we have tried others as well. This machine has had no problem with wet pucks as noted in the SCG video in my experience. I'm very pleased with what I got for the money, especially considering SCG had 15% off for Christmas when I bought it. The only small complaint I have is when I fill the water container, it drips slightly from the quick connect as I walk from the sink to the machine to replace the container. Very minor and I'm sure if I took the time to contact Delonghi they would send a replacement part. I haven't had to descale the machine yet so the filter must be working. Hoping for many more years of enjoyment!
(Posted on 9/19/13)
Not reliable - worked well for a too short of a periodReview by Mass resident
Price Value Quality
I have an EC860 and Its been problematic. The milk container wasn't connecting correctly to the main unit - thus very little milk. It took Delinghi months to replace it as they didn't have any parts in stock. Finally got a new Milk container 2 months ago ...now there is a water leak in the main casing - making it dangerous to even plug in. Ironically the year warranty has expired just in time for this new issue. Not a happy customer. Don't buy this.
(Posted on 5/30/13)
Great Almost Automatic Machine for the priceReview by Noise Drop
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Great Almost Automatic Machine for the price. It makes decent shots of espresso and the auto-milk is nice. I think for the price point it is a great machine. I do wish it came with non pressurized baskets and that the frother was a little better....but $500 what do you expect.
(Posted on 1/6/13)
HappyReview by Kathy
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This is the first product review I've ever written. I just can't let this machine go without a customer review.
I had shopped for an espresso/latte machine for about a year, and I've probably watched most of the Seattle coffee reviews (thank you Gail and Cat!). I had resigned myself to a Jura super automatic, but knew I wanted more hands on opportunities . This Semi was exactly what I was looking for. The ability to relive my coffee girl days (barista was always a bit too fancy of a term for me) and the option to be more automated at 0400 when I'm just too tired and time pressed to get everything just right.
I am incredibly pleased, and find myself excited to get out of bed in the AM for latte time! It makes a great latte, and the video review is dead on. I was prepared for the machine to set my foam consistency as it auto injects the air. I'm quite happy with the temperature, which seems to be a common complaint when looking at the more automated machines.
The only difficulty I had was in setting the machine up. It took an hour for me to finally get the water filter flushed properly so that it could work. I'm sure this can be attributed to lack of experience, but I had almost started boxing up the unit for return. However, i was certain it was difficulty with the water filter, and Inevitably it got enough water through it to work properly.
Minus that one hiccup, it's been exactly what I wanted . Great look, quality and price. The bottom tray slides out so that a large mug or medium travel cup can be accommodated. I was surprised at the cup clearance, and love not having to use a shot glass to transfer my espresso.
5 stars for me. Gail got it right."It's a winner".
(Posted on 12/1/12)