How Does It Compare?

If you need coffee to get your morning started, one-touch espresso machines are the answer! We’re comparing two one-touch machines, the Miele CM 6310 Coffee System with the new DeLonghi Eletta Plus Cappuccino. And when you can program your machine to turn on whenever you want how can you not be sold?

The Miele sports four profiles for the whole family to make their favorite drinks—it’s truly like having a personal barista. The Eletta isn’t too shabby, either. While the Eletta doesn’t have profiles, we can customize the volume of espresso and milk for a handful of menu options. However, the really cherry on top of the Eletta is it’s advanced carafe, called the LatteCrema system, that has three dials to control milk frothiness. If you’ve been searching for a one-touch superautomatic espresso machine, check out these machines to see if one is right for you.

The Miele CM6310 features lights underneath the brew group to make getting a morning cup easy on the eyes. The Miele CM6310 features lights underneath the brew group to make getting a morning cup easy on the eyes. The Eletta features a LatteCrema system that creates ideal milk foam for a variety of drinks. The Eletta features a LatteCrema system that creates ideal milk foam for a variety of drinks.

Shot

If you were tantalized by the Miele CM 6310 Coffee System’s four profiles, you’re going to swoon for this—each profile can customize the espresso and milk volume, brew temperature and pre-infusion time. Better yet, it’ll remember your tall order on every drink, on every profile. Did you get swept up off your feet? We certainly did. The espresso held up to our Crews tastebuds.

The Miele CM6310 Superautomatic comes with an attached stainless steel carafe, double coffee settings and individual profiles. The Miele CM6310 Superautomatic comes with an attached stainless steel carafe, double coffee settings and individual profiles.

The newest superautomatic to our lineup, the DeLonghi Eletta Plus Cappuccino, holds its own against the Miele. The drink menu features intuitive espresso choices that make finding your favorite drinks seamless. For instance, the My Coffee menu uses your taste preferences like standard taste or extra strong to make your perfect cup. While there are no profiles, you can program the espresso and milk volume under My Coffee as well as under the Cappuccino and Milk Menu buttons.

Bonus: The Eletta features pulse brewing coffee that lowers the pressure and extracts a cup that is similar to drip!

In 'My Coffee,' when you program the volume of your single shot, it daisy-chains to the rest of your drink options. In 'My Coffee,' when you program the volume of your single shot, it daisy-chains to the rest of your drink options.

Steam

One-touch cappuccinos, lattes or even flat whites are at our fingertips with the DeLonghi Eletta Plus Cappuccino’s LatteCrema system. Superautomatics tend to make one-foam-fits-all and limits our creativity, but the LatteCrema system takes care of that. The carafe dial has three options that turn milk into creamy silk or fluffy foam to dollop on espresso—the result is like ordering a latte from a local cafe!

The LatteCrema system whips up silky microfoam or fluffy cappuccino foam at the turn of a dial. The LatteCrema system whips up silky microfoam or fluffy cappuccino foam at the turn of a dial.

We gave both of these one-touch superautomatic machines the thumbs up in milk temperature! The Miele CM 6310 stainless steel thermal carafe will keep our milk cool while the Eletta’s plastic carafe is likely to warm faster. And unlike the Eletta, the Miele can adjust the milk temperature, so we’re never worried about cold milk in our cup. Another design feature we appreciate on the Miele is the dedicated hot water spout. With the Eletta, we have to change between the carafe and hot water spout.

The stainless steel milk carafe attaches with a hose on the side of the Miele's brew group. The stainless steel milk carafe attaches with a hose on the side of the Miele's brew group.

Style

The Miele CM 6310 interactive digital display navigates user’s smoothly through programming and selecting a cup of coffee. And that’s what you want when you’ve have so many features to customize! The icons can be tricky to figure out at first, but a quick look over the manual makes it a no-brainer. The DeLonghi Eletta Plus Cappuccino features a similar interface. Both have touch-sensitive icons and a display, but the Eletta reuses some buttons for different functions, which can create confusion. But get to know your superautomatic and it’s all smooth sailing.

The Miele CM6310's streamlined design complements modern kitchens. The Miele CM6310's streamlined design complements modern kitchens.

Both of these one-touch superautomatic machines are outfitted with extra bells and whistles to keep your machine in tip-top shape! In fact, the Miele has one of the best cleaning cycles we’ve seen! It actively prompts a “rinse milk pipework” cycle to clean the hoses. The drip tray even has a slot dedicated for the nozzle of the hose to make cleanup more effortless. The Eletta’s maintenance is on par too—the carafe dial has a clean dial that steams water through the pipework without backwashing into the milk.

Conclusion

Overall, both one-touch espresso machines impress us with their capabilities and convenience! The Miele CM 6310 features four customizable profiles that can remember drink settings—this really knocks the Miele out of the park with other comparable superautomatics. That said, DeLonghi Eletta Plus Cappuccino feature customizable drinks too and features the advanced LatteCrema system that changes the frothiness of your milk. Both are great companions for coffee lovers, but which one is for you? If you want to learn more about these machines, check out their Crew Reviews.