DeLonghi EC 860.M Espresso Machine - Stainless Steel

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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.
  • Stainless-Steel Casing - Unlike its plastic predecessors, the EC860 has been upgraded to a sturdy stainless-steel casing.
  • Compact - With a small footprint, you can fit this machine just about anywhere no matter what size your kitchen may be.
  • Hybrid - Steam milk with the steam wand or with the milk carafe.
Cons None
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.


Model Number EC860
Manufacturer DeLonghi
Width 10.60 inches
Depth 12.20 inches
Height 12.00 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 20.5000
Watts 1200W
Volts 120V
Programmability Milk Volume, Shot Time, Temperature
Case Material Stainless Steel
Cup Clearance 3.50 - 4.00 inches
Reservoir Size 35 oz
Solenoid Valve No
Cup Warmer Yes
Portafilter Size No
Available Portafilters Pressurized
Boiler Design Thermoblock
NSF Certified No
Pod Friendly Yes - with adaptation
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto On No
Pre-Infusion/Aroma No
Material Stainless Steel


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Hi, I changed the pre-programmed espresso amount and want to change it back to the factory default, is that possible?
A shopper on Dec 12, 2013
I caint decide this machine or the breville infuser ?

this one has a boiler +milk carafe or traditial wand vs the breville which has a thermal coil for Coffee and thermal block for Steam and pre infusion

will a boiler model last longer then a thermal coil/thermal block machine
Garth B on Aug 21, 2014
Best Answer: Between the EC860 and the Infuser, we tend to like the build quality of the Breville just a bit better, and have also found the Infuser to produce better micro foam. It is not the case that a boiler unit will always last longer or shorter than a thermoblock or thermocoil machine, so I can't make that guarantee, unfortunately. Since I am not very fond of the automatic froth this DeLonghi produces and I really like the features of the Breville Infuser, the Breville would be my pick! Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Aug 22, 2014
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I am looking for a tamper for this machine and can't find the size anywhere could someone tell me what will fit this machine?
Jere m on Jan 18, 2014
Best Answer: I would recommend a 49mm tamper for this DeLonghi EC860 machine.
Reply (1) · Report · Teri KStaff on Jan 18, 2014
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I have a delonghi EC860 2 weeks old. The power light keeps flashing red after i set it to go but it still makes my lattes. It also says it can not steam for more then 3 minutes at a time in the manual. I have not been able to steam for more then a minute. I wonder if i got a dud and should bring back to store for an exchange?
Jannine on Nov 3, 2013
Best Answer: I think the light flashing red is normal during a brewing cycle. When I click the one cup or two cup espresso the little red light blinks until the cycle stops then it goes solid red again. I have not had to steam anything for more than a minute so I am not sure if it can or can be programmed to steam for 3 minutes. I think that is an error in the print but I will research myself. The boiler is a decent size but still small, steaming for a solid 3 minutes is a long time and I don't think it can handle that. - I hope this helps.
Reply · Report · Ricardo E. M on Nov 21, 2013
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Hi, I just got this machine and still testing it out. With my last machine (Via Venezia), I used 3 tbl spoons of espresso to pull a double shot. However, according to the instructions for this machine, it says to use only 14 grams, which isn't close to 3 tbl spoons. Also, I'm not getting near the crema as I did before with the same coffee and grind setting. Does this machine simply need less grounds to pull a double shot, or do I just need to keep testing until I get that "great" shot?

Bill-H on Jun 15, 2013
Best Answer: hi Bill, i have had this machine for just over 3 months now and I Love IT! as for the amount of coffee, i am pretty bad about measuring every shot. i just scoop my pre-ground Lavazza espresso coffee (black can) into the double basket til it is full of loose coffee and then tamp it so it leaves about a 2 cm like depth between the rim of the basket and the coffee. i'm guessing the actual amount is between 2 and 2 and 1/2 tablespoons of ground coffee. doing this i get a very nice even layer of crema almost every time. tho i have also heard that every machine is diff and if you are grinding your own coffee, what was perfect for your last machine may not get you the same results in this one... i hope this has helped some, but in the end i think it will be like you said, a matter of you testing and adjusting it here or there til you get it right where you want it to be.
Reply · Report · jennifer y on Jun 21, 2013
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What are the width, height and depth measurements, please?
Peter T on Nov 12, 2014
Best Answer: Sorry that was missing from the Specs tab of our site and thanks for letting us know! The dimensions of the DeLonghi EC860 are below:

Width10.60 inches
Depth12.20 inches
Height12.00 inches
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Nov 12, 2014
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I just bought the DeLonghi EC860 Espresso Machine and I am having trouble with it to even do anything. The water light keeps blinking. I have plugged in it correctly and the filter is inserted and I have water in it. The water valve is working just fine. I just can't seem to have anything pour out! I am very frustrated already. I was hoping that this was going to be an easy machine to enjoy every morning. Can anybody tell me what I might be doing wrong?
Jayme B on Sep 8, 2013
Best Answer: Check to make sure the filter is correctly inserted, all the way into its socket. Also make sure the water compartment itself is properly inserted: take it out and reinsert it firmly. I've had this problem but juggling the filter and water container usually helps. If not, try turning off the machine and then back on.

Hope this helps.
Reply · Report · Samuel W on Sep 20, 2013
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Hi, where is this product made?
A shopper on Sep 23, 2014
Best Answer: The DeLonghi EC860 is made in China.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Sep 23, 2014
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Hello, please help! I can't seem to get anything out of this coffee machine... I've had the tiniest amount of water that have come out the spout but nothing has come out from the coffee filters. Please help? . Jack
Jack C on Nov 14, 2013
Best Answer: Make sure the basket is not plugged up. Stick a small needle in the whole to clean it out. Also, don't tamp too hard. I've noticed on a hard tamp hardly any coffee comes out and it tastes super bitter. Tamp lightly to even the grounds. hope it helps
Reply · Report · Ricardo E. M on Nov 21, 2013
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What size is the portafilter? Is there a bottomless portafilter with this machine? I have had the machine for a little over a year now and want to de-pressurize it.
Ann Correa on Aug 21, 2013
Best Answer: There is not a bottomless we offer for this DeLonghi EC860, unfortunately, and keep in mind that finding a similar sized portafilter will not guarantee a fit. Since portafilters are brand and machine specific, even having the same size will not mean they are compatible, as the edge of the portafilter and the tabs need to be the correct dimensions for your machine.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Aug 21, 2013
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I have had this machine just over 2 months. When I turn it on from stand by mode the power indicator (top left LED) flashes red now. The machine seams to be functioning properly. When it is in stand by mode the LED is steady red as it should be.
Any ideas?
Crawford on Jun 14, 2014
Best Answer: Brian,

Yes, I know what it is! I actually returned the first of these machines that I bought because of this exact problem. I had spoken to a Delonghi rep and everything and nobody could tell me what it was: It's the warning light telling you to run the cleaning cycle! There are instructions on how to run the cleaning cycle in either the owner's manual or the Setup Guide. You hold down the hot water button I believe and it triggers the cleaning cycle. You'll need to buy the cleaning solution. The cleaning cycle is supposed to be run every 1-2 months, depending on use. The new "eco-friendly" cleaning solution they have smells awful, you may want to run the cleaning cycle a second time without it afterwards. I've owned the machine for just under 2 years and had no problems with it. Enjoy!
Reply (1) · Report · David C on Jun 16, 2014
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why do they use stainless steel in the coffee machines?
cindy h on Mar 5, 2015
Best Answer: Wow, this is a very searchable question. But, strength to weight ratio, ability to form, non-corrosive even if scratched, doesn't chip like a painted machine, easy to maintain, aesthetics-if you like the look. compared to other metals, this does the job it needs to do with as a coffee machine. Not too many cast-iron espresso machines around.
Reply · Report · david h on Mar 10, 2015
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Does this machine make regular coffee?
A shopper on Apr 17, 2016
Best Answer: No this does not make regular coffee. It is a pressurized system that must have the appropriate bean grind size and density for it to function correctly. It does make very good americanos though!
Reply · Report · Thomas P on Apr 22, 2016
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Does the milk frother produce thick foam?
A shopper on Dec 13, 2015
Best Answer: It produces decent foam. The carafes don't work as well as a manual steam wand though.
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Feb 2, 2016
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In the video it says they are researching if non-pressure would work, does it and if so what basket is it?
A shopper on Oct 27, 2015
Best Answer: Unfortunately we do not carry a non-pressurized filter basket for any Delonghi machine, and I don't believe that there's one that can adapt to it. Sorry!
Reply · Report · Miranda GStaff on Dec 9, 2015
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What material is the thermoblock made of? Is it lined with stainless steel? Can't seem to find any information on this.
Roman K on Sep 9, 2015
Best Answer: I could not find this information. Please contact DeLonghi directly at 1-800-528-8323
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Sep 12, 2015
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Does it use all pods? Like illya?
A shopper on Sep 1, 2015
Best Answer: No. It only uses E.S.E pods. Illy makes E.S.E pods
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Sep 12, 2015
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is the boiler stainless steel?
A shopper on Aug 25, 2015
Best Answer: Yes
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Sep 12, 2015
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Hi, can i just use a normal filtered water instead of using a dedicated Delonghi's water filter? it's kinda of hard to get this dedicated Delonghi replacement water filter at my place..
Hapiza on Aug 19, 2015
Best Answer: Yes, you can use a normal water filter. Just keep in mind that while you are under manufacturer warranty, it is advised to use only manufacturer products.
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Aug 20, 2015
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Does this machine have a grinder?
A shopper on Jul 12, 2015
Best Answer: Yes
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Aug 10, 2015
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what is the cup clearance?
A shopper on May 18, 2015
Best Answer: With the drip tray all the way in, cup clearance is 3.5 inches. You can lower the drip tray by half an inch and get a 4.0 inch cup clearance.
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on May 29, 2015
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Hi, is this product for commercial purpose like for restaurant use?
A shopper on May 1, 2015
Best Answer: No, this machine is intended for home use only. We do sell commercial espresso machines that are meant for restaurant use.
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on May 26, 2015
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Does anyone know the size of the filter basket in this? I am getting it in about a month and would like to depressurize it if at all possible.
Evan M on May 20, 2014
Best Answer: The DeLonghi EC860 uses a 52mm portafilter basket, but baskets are portafilter and machine specific, and so if you are looking to buy extra parts to modify, then you will need to be sure that they are compatible with the EC860.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on May 22, 2014
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Hi , I want to buy this machine . Should i get a grinder too , will it improve my shots quality ? If yes , breville smart grinder or gaggia mdf ?
Daniel M on May 12, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, grinding your beans fresh right before brewing with your own grinder will yield better shots with any semi automatic machine like this DeLonghi EC860. The Breville Smart Grinder would pair nicely with this machine, but it can clog a bit more easily, especially if you use an oily bean. Another alternative that you could look at would be the Baratza Virtuoso grinder, which is a bit easier to repair than the Smart Grinder. We don't offer Gaggia, and so I am not familiar with the MDF. I have included a link below for the Baratza Virtuoso so you can check this guy out as well. Let us know if you have any other questions!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on May 13, 2014
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Hello, could you tell me please if 44mm ese pods will fit in this machine?
A shopper on May 5, 2014
Best Answer: Though I have not heard of a millimeter size to go along with the pods, the DeLonghi EC860 does use an ESE pod, such as those we offer from illy and Caffe Umbria.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on May 5, 2014
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Two questions related to clearance.. what is the height of the unit? And does the water reservoir remove from the top or from the front/side of the machine? I want this unit to fit beneath my upper cabinets (with 14.5" clearance) and not to have to move the machine to fill the water reservoir.
A shopper on Jan 7, 2014
Best Answer: The DeLonghi EC860 is 12 inches high, and the water tank removes and fills from the front left of the unit and not the top, so it should slide in place for you fine!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jan 8, 2014
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I am new to all this so is this a good machine for beginnersor can anyone recommend something else?
A shopper on Jan 5, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, this DeLonghi EC860 is a good machine that is easy to use for beginners. I would also recommend checking out the Saeco Aroma or Via Venezia for two additional machines that are easy to use, but built a bit more solidly than this DeLonghi, and the Breville Infuser for a machine that is easy to use but has a traditional steam wand for frothing.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jan 6, 2014
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Does this machine make regular coffee In addition to espresso?
Kelly W on Dec 25, 2013
Best Answer: This DeLonghi EC860 makes espresso but not drip coffee, however you can make a shot or two of espresso and add them to some hot water for an Americano. This will be the closest option to something like a cup of regular coffee. Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Dec 28, 2013
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Someone else has asked this - but no answer so far....i fiddled around with the programmable coffee/milk amounts and have decided that the machines defaults were better !!!! silly me. BUT - i can't find any info regarding restoring the machine's default settings - have emailed NZ delonghi, but no answer as yet....
anyone out there able to help??
Jane B on Dec 23, 2013
Best Answer: Jane,

I've done this too but it resolved rather easily. This probably sounds silly but I physically unplugged the machine and left it that way for a day and it was back to the standard times the next day.

Good Luck,

Reply · Report · David C on Dec 23, 2013
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How do I get frothed milk only from the ec860 using the carafe?
A shopper on Oct 16, 2013
Best Answer: I've found on page 11(eleven) of the manual, you can interrupt the foaming/coffee combination by pressing either "frothing" button once to start; then press again to stop the coffee process. Thus giving you just foam, no coffee.
try it a few times, you'll find it does work for just foam.

Have fun frother!
Reply · Report · david h on Oct 21, 2013
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Silly question:
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...
macchiato on Aug 15, 2013
Best Answer: In this DeLonghi EC860, the milk is not heated in the carafe, and is instead pulled up a tube where it is frothed and then dispensed in to your cup. For this reason, it is just fine to put the milk container back into your refrigerator with the remaining milk in it to use for your next drink, as milk in the container will still be cold.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Aug 15, 2013
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Does this machine have a grinder. We want a machine with grinder?

Thank you.
First Name L on May 10, 2013
Best Answer: No, unfortunately this EC860 machine does not have a grinder. Check out the Vienna Plus or the DeLonghi 3300 for a super automatic with a built in grinder.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on May 10, 2013
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why is blink the water light in my delonghi EC860?
A shopper on May 23, 2016
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Can this be converted to non-pressurized? If yes, how so? Thank you :-)
Julia D on Feb 19, 2016
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hi, anyone do latte art with this machine before? how to steam a perfect milk with this machine?
Jexter L on Feb 4, 2016
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Great Machine for small household that loves great CoffeeReview by More Auto than Semi-Automatic
I had a Super-Automatic for several years, which was nice, but you still had to learn to steam the milk properly. This little wonder takes a different approach: It perfectly froths the milk for you (or steams), and you have to grind and pack the coffee (which is usually what breaks on a Super-Automatic). My wife never quite got the hang of frothing or steaming the milk, and this exceptional value costs one quarter of its fully auto brothers and sisters. While I could justify paying $2,000 for a Super-Automatic saying it pays for itself in three years (I had two replacements in that time with my old one, since it kept breaking for various reasons), this little marvel pays for itself in one year! So Easy to make a perfect Cappuccino (Posted on 4/4/2017)
I love, loooove, LOVE THIS MACHINE!!!!!Review by jenny
i have had this machine for about 4 years now. i use it eveeery single day and i just LOVE it!!.. as much now or maybe even more than the day i got it... for me it is the perfect medium. it does just enough in the automatic department, yet is still really simple to use!!... no feeling like you need to work at NASA to be able to get your coffee every morning!! just have to choose single or double espresso or cappuccino.

this machine works just as great today, as on day one!! it warms up in the time it takes you to brush your teeth and produces wonderful and even temperature espresso and frothed milk every time!! the light tells you when its time to descale (easy button!!) and its super simple to clean the few areas that need it regularly.

some may say it seems like a heavy machine, but i actually like that it feels like you are getting a sturdy, well made machine and not a cheap plastic one trying to look expensive... the price definitely was a little hard for me at first, mostly because i had never spent even close to $500 on any kitchen appliance let alone a "coffee machine".... but i will tell you that after using it and loving it for a couple weeks, i was over it and the machine was TOTALLY worth it to me!!

bottom line is this is an all around AWESOME machine that delivers great coffee and is easy to learn and use on a daily basis!!! (Posted on 4/30/2016)
would marry it if I couldReview by Sarah W
I have had this machine for over a year now and boy, am I in love!
I have 5 am wake up calls so I prep my espresso before I go to bed and turn it on first thing while making breakfast. I am spoiled rotten with this machine. I honestly couldn't tell you the last time I frothed my own milk. My main problem was finding coffee mugs that would fit under the machine but I have a pretty decent collection of wide coffee cups now that hold an American sized amount of espresso/milk. I was a bad latte buyer before this machine and would spend about $750 a year on buying drinks. I have saved a ridiculous amount of money since buying this machine.

I have talked a couple friends into buying themselves one too and they are all in love as well. The videos and the picture set up manual making set up a breeze. (Posted on 11/4/2014)
WOW WHAT A MACHINE!!Review by David
I have owed 3other machines but this one is awesome!
The set up was a breeze with the water filter and steam wand attached. It purged beautifully .
Then I ran 2tanks of water through it and 1 more through the milk frothier to take out the new plastic taste and smell.
I have a very good grinder and dialed in my first espresso lungo so
I could program the button using the doubleshot basket.
And voila it made a great shot the very first time. I couldn't be happier with the capuchino and latte feature as this also works perfectly and the cleaning cycle is amazing.
I did a lot of research on this machine and am enjoying the fruits of my labor.
If you don't want the fuss of a portifiter then buy a super automatic but I like a little more control over the grind and tamping for best results.
Thank you delonghi and thanks to Seattle coffee Gear for their exquisite videos. (Posted on 3/14/2014)
Excellent value propositionReview by Bill
Watch the videos and read the instructions. Set-up was easy. The milk dispenser is fantastic. Great cappuccino. The stainless steel feels like high-end quality. (Posted on 2/23/2014)
Great machine butReview by Rick
The turn on process does take some time to warm up almost ten min.In the early morning hours, like 3am you just dont have that kind of time.I wish it had programmable warm up, that would make this machine perfect. (Posted on 2/22/2014)
Great upgrade from TassimoReview by Jim in FLA
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 9/19/2013)
Not reliable - worked well for a too short of a periodReview by Mass resident
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 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 5/30/2013)
Great Almost Automatic Machine for the priceReview by Noise Drop
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 1/6/2013)
HappyReview by Kathy
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 12/1/2012)

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Warranty Information for the DeLonghi EC860 Espresso Machine

What it Covers: DeLonghi espresso machines, coffee makers and grinders

Length: 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? No

Can SCG Repair? Yes (Superautomatic espresso machines only). Read more about our 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.

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