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DeLonghi Magnifica S Cappuccino ECAM 23450SL Espresso Machine

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The DeLonghi Magnifica S Cappuccino ECAM 23450SL Espresso Machine is a compact double boiler that still maintains all of the features of full-size automatic espresso machines. With an easy-to-use digital control panel and programmable menu settings you can control start time, auto off, temperature, coffee strength (five settings), and cup size (four settings).
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The DeLonghi Magnifica S Cappuccino ECAM 23450SL is a compact double boiler espresso machine that still maintains all of the features and functions of full-size automatic espresso machines. The Magnifica ECAM 23450SL's top feature? An impressive "Single Touch" hot milk system, which allows you to push one button and have all the work that goes into creating a latte or cappuccino done for you and dispensed directly into your cup. The ECAM 23450SL also features an easy-to-use digital control panel and programmable menu settings that control start time, auto off, temperature, coffee strength (five settings), and cup size (four settings).

How the DeLonghi Cappuccino ECAM 23450SL Works

  • Fill the water tank
  • Add beans
  • And you're ready to brew
  • Program the "My Coffee" button to your preferred water volume by navigating to it in the programming interface

Features & Functionality of the DeLonghi Cappuccino ECAM 23450SL

  • Compact Size: The ECAM 23450SL's sleek design allows for an easy fit in any size kitchen without sacrificing features found in some of the larger models.
  • Minimize The Mess: The ECAM 23450SL automatically indicates when it's time to tidy up. Comes with a removable hopper and drip tray for easy cleaning.
  • Removable Water Tank: With a removable 1.8 liter see-through tank, it is easy to tell when you need to add more water or clean it out.
  • Single-Touch: With exclusive single-touch beverage buttons for cappuccinos and lattes, all you need to do is choose your drink size, strength and type and the ECAM 23450SL will do the rest of the work for you.
  • Save The Earth: With an automatic three hour shut off as well as an energy saving mode, the ECAM 23450SL is safe and environmentally friendly.
  • Some Like It Hot: There is no better way to keep your favorite drinks hot longer than preheating your cups on the included cup warmer.
  • Some Like It Hotter: Prefer tea or hot chocolate? The ECAM 23450SL's included hot water dispenser allows for an even larger variety in drink choices.
  • Keep It Clean: The cleaner the water, the better the coffee, and with an internal water filtration system, the ECAM 23450SL ensures the freshest cup possible.
  • Don't Lose Any Flavor: The ECAM 23450SL's 8.8 ounce coffee bean container keeps the beans fresh with an easy access flip lid.
  • Professional-Quality Burr Grinder: With a lower pitch conical burr grinder, The ECAM 23450SL produces a more consistent espresso or coffee. Grind settings also allow you to customize the fineness of your grinds.
  • Compact - One of the smaller Super-Automatics on the market, the DeLonghi ECAM 23450SL is great for small kitchens or limited counter spaces.
  • Hot Temperature - The ECAM 23450SL produces some of the hottest coffee we've ever tasted from a Super-Automatic machine.
  • Foam Control - The milk frother has a dial that controls how frothy and foamy you'd like your milk.
  • No Steam Wand - LIke many one touches, the ECAM 23450SL unfortunately only gives you the option of using the milk frother to steam your milk.
Ease of Care and Maintenance 3
Ease of Use 4
Overall Value for the Money 3
How Does it Compare? The DeLonghi Magnifica S Cappuccino Espresso Machine makes the hottest coffee compared to other superautomatics.
Model Number ECAM23450SL
Manufacturer DeLonghi
Width 9.5 inches
Depth 16.5 inches
Height 13.0 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 23.5400
Watts 1250W
Programmability Yes
Case Material Plastic
Cup Clearance Less than 6 inches
Reservoir Size 60 oz
Cup Warmer Yes
Warm Up: Brew Time 1 minute and 11 seconds
Warm Up: Steam Time 25 seconds
Boiler Design Double Boiler
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto Shut Off Yes
Auto On No
Pre-Infusion/Aroma No
One-Touch Yes - One-Touch Functionality Only
Bean Hopper Capacity 8.8 oz
Bypass Doser Yes
Material Plastic

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DeLonghi Magnifica S Cappuccino ECAM 23450SL Espresso Machine
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A shopper asked: Can you adjust the strength of the cappuccino by using the bean strength button, or does this just adjust the strength of the espresso coffe?. Thanks Gareth Jan 2, 2013
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john D: I'm not sure, to be honest. I've never tried that. This makes coffee and cappuccino in European portions (small) and I like to drink a larger amount, so I usually make a cappuccino and then add an extra coffee to that to make it the strength (and quantity) that I like. I've had the machine about a year and its working well and I like it. Easy to use and clean. Jan 11, 2013
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Kristin S: Gareth,
You can adjust the bean strength of any coffee setting. Since cappuccino is made using espresso, I am going to assume that whatever strength the espresso is set at is what will be used with the cappuccino function. If I want a stronger cappuccino than that I just add an extra shot or two of espresso.
Jan 13, 2013
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Charles C: I don't believe so. However, you can program the amount of milk and coffee in your latte which would change the latte strength. However, you wouldn't do this for every latte. You'd program it once and stick with that setting.

Hope that helps!
Jan 12, 2013
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F B: I have not used the Cappuccino feature. However, the owners manual says you can alter the amount of coffee that flows into the drink. It also seems logical that adjusting the "bean strength button" would give you the same result for all drinks. Jan 13, 2013
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M A: I don't think the bean strength button adjusts the strength of the capuccino (which may default to a standard strength). We adjust the strength by adding an additional single or double shot of espresso, at the desired strength, to the cup. Jan 12, 2013
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A shopper asked: My husband drinks tea. Can this machine be used to get instant hot water as well? Feb 10, 2013
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Charles C: Yes! The milk container pulls off and there is a hot water spout that can be easily attached in its place. Then you can have hot water for tea or americanos at the touch of a button. Feb 13, 2013
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Christopher R: yes it can, well pretty much instantly. after turning the machine on it takes a minute or two to prime the pump ready for hot water. the hot water is not boiling but it works well enough for the teas we make.

my wife and i have been using this for a couple of months now and we love the coffee it makes! we use it every day and sometimes twice a day!
Feb 11, 2013
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Shirley T: Yes.

There is a hot water button and a designated spout that can be used for hot water. The water comes out quite hot!
Feb 11, 2013
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F B: That's an easy one. The answer is-Absolutely!! Feb 11, 2013
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tanya k asked: We are looking at the Magnifica S Cappucino. I would not say we are coffee experts. We are looking for an easy to use machine that makes good coffee/espresso/latte (we are not foam people). I like the larger water tank and the fact that the water comes out the fron. Currenty we have the Keurig and I do not like the idea of cooking my coffee in plastic pods. Was wondering what feedback you are getting on this machine? Good Quality so far? Did not see any reviews yet. Thanks!!!! -Tanya Feb 28, 2012
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john D: I find it very easy to use, and the coffee is great. No plastic pods - use your own beans. I've had it a couple of months with no problems. It lets you know when it needs water, when to empty the grounds container etc. Down sides? The coffee could be hotter. I have it on the hottest setting, and its ok if you drink it right away but if you like to put in a lot of milk and use cold milk, this may not be the one for you.

The mfg is aware of this. the book says if its not hot enough warm the mug and things like that. but, I think its a flaw.

Otherwise i love it
Mar 1, 2012
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tanya k: Thank you for the feed back, it is much appreciated!!! Mar 1, 2012
Kristin S: We are not coffee experts either. This is our first automatic machine & we do love it so far. I wasn't a big foam person but now I enjoy it since I don't have to do it! We just love to wake up in the morning and push the cappuccino button. I don't know how much help I am not having it very long & nothing to campare it to. It sure makes making coffee fast & easy though. No regrets here. Mar 26, 2012
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F B: I have had this machine for three months and am very satisfied with it and it's performance. It is very versital. I like my coffee strong, my wife likes it weak and this machine can handle both. It also has a grinder bypass, so if someone wants a decaf, for example, the machine can handle that. There are options available that I have not tried yet but so far absolutley no complaints. Feb 29, 2012
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tanya k: THANKS!! I just purchased it and can't wait!! Feb 29, 2012
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A shopper asked: Can a one touch machine such as this handle soy-milk? May 30, 2014
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Jim K: I don't use soy milk because 1) it doesn't foam well and 2) it never tasted good in the Starbucks cappuccinos. But I'm lactose intolerant and Lactaid foams very well and tastes great. So the short answer is soy milk would technically work but I don't think you'll get good foam at all. Hope that is helpful. The machine really does make great cappuccino, the milk is hot and on setting 3, the foam is excellent. I bought this initially for my office, and then when my old Italian lever machine gave out, bought a second one for my home. May 30, 2014
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T P: We haven't tried it but I don't see why not. Somehow it uses steam pressure to draw milk up from the reservoir and then froth it either a lot or a little. The instructions say froth works better with skim than whole milk. I don't know much about frothing soy milk but if it's frothable then it should work. We love this machine! May 30, 2014
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david h: For god sake, not soy!?!?!? it's milk, come on; its not like your putting cottage cheese through it. Jun 17, 2014
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A shopper asked: The documentation with this machine indicates the amount of water that is used with each type of coffee that you set (i.e. espresso, standard, long etc) but there is nothing that indicates the amount of ground coffee that is used with each strength setting (i.e. mild, strong, extra strong, etc). Has anyone figured this out yet?

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Sep 23, 2013
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Phill G: I own a Prima Donna S 26.455 and I was wondering the same thing. I have spoken to De'Longhi (in the UK) and they could not give a definitive answer but did claim that selecting the two cup option should double the dosage of coffee. I am currently experimenting by weighting the expelled grounds of various settings... They are right in that when you select the two cups option, you definitely get more grounds than when you select one cup but it doesn't quite seem to double the amount. This contradicts what the girls state in their video review (at 01:28) where they say that selecting two cups only doubles the amount of water, and not the dosage of coffee. Jan 3, 2014
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arlene b: I think you use one scoop any time you use pre-ground coffee. The machine will adjust the brewing to make the coffee more or less strong. Sep 30, 2013
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Shirley T: Not that I am aware of. It is a good question but don't know how you'd answer it. Sep 30, 2013
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A shopper asked: Can you set the temperature of the milk? I like my milk steamed to 185 degrees Jul 10, 2014
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Teri KStaff: No, unfortunately there is not a way to adjust milk temperature on this DeLonghi Cappuccino ECAM 23450SL. You will have slightly hotter milk if you adjust the dial on the carafe to the "more froth" feature, however your milk temperature from an automatic milk frothing unit like this model will not reach 185, and so for that temperature I would suggest manual frothing from a machine like the DeLonghi 3300 with a panarello, found at the link below:
Jul 10, 2014
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BarcO asked: I was just wondering if the boiler was stainless steel?, I see no mention of boiler material in specs, only lists plastic as material. May 22, 2014
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Teri KStaff: The boiler of this DeLonghi Magnifica ECAM23450SL is stainless steel. May 23, 2014
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Warranty Information for the DeLonghi Cappuccino ECAM 23450SL

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 Cappuccino ECAM 23450SL

  • Descale every two to three months. We recommend using Dezcal.
  • Soap out water tank and drip tray every few days.
  • Remove the brew group and spray it down with hot water (no soap!) about once per week.
  • Wipe out bean hopper regularly to reduce coffee oil buildup.


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Coffee is great, milk frother is not! Not hot and not frothed!

(Posted on 3/18/14)

Great machine but not perfect

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I love the super automatic features of this machine, but its not perfect.
The espresso comes out easy and hot enough, but the milk frothing is not perfect. Also, dark oily beans do tend to clump together in the grinder and need help to get moving. But nothing is perfect and this machine allows me to have as many cups of cappuccino and espresso as i would like at the push of a button-And that is worth a lot!

(Posted on 10/6/13)

First Automatic Espresso Maker

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This was a Valentine's gift for my wife who misses the delicious full bodied European coffee and cappuccino from our last trip there. We had a DeLonghi drip maker and liked the construction and quality. So based on the reviews we purchased the DeLonghi Magnifica ECAM 23450SL "super automatic" maker. Wow! We love it! We were both hesitant about the price, but it is extremely well built and works like a charm. One of my wife's friends at work purchased a manual espresso maker and complains about all the tamping and cleaning. The Magnifica does it all. My wife loves her cappuccino's and has a couple every morning. I like a full bodied coffee, but with more volume than a dinky espresso. The extra long setting with "strong" flavor gives me 4 oz of delicious coffee. We find that the coffee is hot enough for us on the third of four temperature settings. The noise level is certainly reasonable for the grinding of the beans. An older model had some complaints about the grinding noise, but I consider this model to be fine. Since we are going through more coffee we have shifted to using a 50/50 mix of medium-dark roast beans with dark roast decaffeinated beans. The system is very easy to clean and maintain so far. We've had it for about a month now and use it every morning. For the first time I will make a cup or two in the afternoons on weekends, since it is so easy to brew up a cup on the spur of the moment. Warm up time from OFF takes about a minute before it is ready to make the first cup. The front loading water tank is easy to fill and easy to see when it needs filling. All in all we are extremely happy and believe that we got what we paid for. We did note in one of the previous reviews that the tray plate on which you place your cup under the delivery spout does scratch up easily. But that would be about our only very minor complaint at this point. Seattle Coffee Gear was very prompt in shipping the system and we also recommend them highly. This was our first purchase from them.

(Posted on 3/5/13)

Great machine

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I have had this machine for about a month now and it is used every day. I really like the single button selection for a cappuccino or espresso/coffee. The grinder settings from the factory seem to be just right and the coffee quantity for each selection. Coffee comes out at around 175 degrees. The milk froth comes out at 100 degrees which is cool but I attribute that to the fact that it only heats the milk as it passes which is very efficient but does not allow enough temperature increase as a result. However, 20 seconds in the microwave brings the latte up to pleasing temp. The machine is very easy to keep clean and the milk container cleans its main discharge tubing so that the container with the remaining milk can just be put into the fridge. My only complaint is that the stainless drip tray seems to scratch quite easily.

(Posted on 8/20/12)

Best semi commercial for the money.

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I use the Rancilio Epoca 1 group tank for catering at both indoor and outdoor events. This is the not the best machine on the market (i.e. La Marzocco GS3) but for the low cost of [$] it is the best machine for its low cost. It pulls very good shots and the steam wand is so much better than the GS3. It has a huge boiler as well. Big complaint: I wish the tank was larger. You have to remember to fill often if you are pulling many shots. Overall very happy with it.Some cons: Lots of plastic. The side panels can scratch and break off very easily so you must be careful with transport. It would be nice to have LED lights to view the shots better. A better steam tip to allow more steam through.

Easy To Use, Quiet, Large Water Container, Great Taste, Easy To Clean, Quick Brewing, Commercial Grade


(Posted on 5/2/12)

Nice machine

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I'm a stickler for fresh, locally roasted beans and a fresh grind immediately before brewing for all coffee. I've had the same Gaggia espresso machine since 1996 but after a new addition to the family, found that it just was not getting as much use as before... not enough time in the morning to prime the machine, grind, tamp, brew, clean. Thus a superauto. My wife wanted automatic milk frothing for her milk drinks, so we called SCG and they recommended this machine.

The ECAM makes a pretty nice espresso with thick, rich crema, and at the appropriate temperature as long as it's set to hot. We had been using pretty darkly roasted, greasy looking beans at first but they tend to get clustered in the hopper so required constant pushing down into the grinder... I was also worried about the grinds getting clumped up, so we switched to a medium-dark grind and the bean flow seems to be better now. Although I prefer the taste from darker beans, I really can't complain about this, and the consistency and ease of brewing is excellent.

The milk frother is a bit less spectacular, which I understand is pretty typical for these things. I actually think the quality of the foam with respect to bubble size is similar to what you can get from a panarello (I had a straight wand without a vent on my Gaggia, and the foam from it is superior if you know what you're doing), but it is just not very hot. It's barely lukewarm, actually... I measured it at 110F with an instant thermometer, when the milk is straight out of our quite cold fridge. It's warmer if the milk in the carafe is warmer. You can put your drink in the microwave for 15 seconds after it's made, but that's not very elegant.

The amount of foam can be adjusted from none to a lot. When it's set for a lot, you get the 50:50 ratio of milk to foam volume that is appropriate for a cappuccino.

Cleanup is super easy. The milk container needs to be blasted with some steam after using, by holding a button down for about 10 seconds, and then put back in the fridge. We clean it thoroughly about once a week which takes maybe 3 minutes, and it hasn't developed any stink or buildup at all in between as long as it doesn't sit out on a hot day. The coffee portion of the machine rinses automatically every time you turn it on and again when you turn it off (or when it turns on/off by timer), and it's easy to dump the drip tray and grounds hopper when prompted every few days. Haven't needed to descale yet.

All in all, we are satisfied with our purchase. Makes great espresso and reasonable milk drinks. My only gripe is the milk temperature... unless you put _a lot_ of coffee into your milk drink (because the coffee is much hotter than the milk), you're either going to have a lukewarm drink or need to microwave. I guess you could let the milk in the carafe come up to room temp, prewarm your cup, and then it would be piping hot, but then you're dealing with needing to clean the milk system thoroughly every day. It's easier just to microwave. The alternative would be a superauto which also has a frothing wand, like the Saeco Exprelia. If I had it to do over again, I would probably choose the Exprelia but mostly because I've found that I miss frothing milk by hand (my wife won't let me keep both machines out on the counter!).

Oh, one other thing. When the machine initially arrived, it made very loud noises and no water would go through. It was after hours and no tech support was available, I thought it seemed like a vapor lock (air in the system), I tried many things to get it to prime itself. What eventually worked was putting the milk carafe on and holding down the "clean" button which draws steam through. This got water drawing from the tank and then everything worked fine, it's been performing like a champ ever since.

Quiet, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

Cool milk temperature

(Posted on 4/17/12)

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