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
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
Ease of Use
Overall Value for the Money
How Does it Compare?
The DeLonghi Magnifica S Cappuccino Espresso Machine makes the hottest coffee compared to other superautomatics.
I have an older DeLonghi Magnifica that I need to replace. I just watched the video & you mention that when you push the 2 shot button you only get more water, not 2 shots of espresso. Are you sure??? If you want 2 shots do you have to brew one shot twice? My previous machines were Saecos & I know you can push the shot button twice to brew 2 shots. I like the DeLonghi better since it auto primes/rinses each time you turn it on/off. Have I been drinking one shot all of these years?!? I feel like I'm getting a major psychosomatic caffeine-deprivation headache! PLEASE tell me that the 2 shot button actually brews 2 shots!
A shopper on Aug 23, 2014
Best Answer:we've been using this machine for almost two years now.
to get two good shots, we press the single shot (I cup button). Wait for it to finish, and then press the single shot again to get the second shot.
if you press the double shot (or double cup button), the machine does not cycle two shots, it seems to just process more water through the same shot. And the taste is 'weaker' than if we press the single shot twice and fill to the same amount of water.
while this might not sound good. we've been very happy with the machine. we send about 6 to 8 shots through it a day!
a few times, the machine has processed a shot, and then fails to pump water through it? not sure what happens or why it happens, but we simply turn the machine off and on and that seems to solve the issue.
The Delonghi definitely uses more coffee when you push the 2 shot button. You can prove this to yourself by looking at the difference in puck sizes when you pull a single or a double.
Note - this is distinctly different than how a Saeco works - when you push the two shot button, it pulls two singles, one after the other. The Delonghi uses more coffee and pulls two shots at once. You'll have to decide for yourself if this tastes better - that's all subjective.
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
A shopper on Jan 2, 2013
Best Answer: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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Best Answer: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.
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.
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.
You reviewed an earlier model of the Magnifica S on September 22, 2011 and recorded temperatures in fahrenheit of 146 for foam, 187.9 for coffee and a combined temperature of 174 degrees in the cup. Have you tested the latest models? I'm getting no where near those temperatures. (130 foam, 175 coffee, 155 combined temp in the cup) After speaking with delonghi, they are stating that the coffee brewing temperature is in a range of 167-178 and a temp of 147-158 in the cup.
Please note that I used several different thermometers and the results were all within a degree, or two. I've used the recommendations from DeLonghi (cup warmer, use rinse cycle to preheat elements and use hot water feature to warm up cup)
Could you retest the new Magnifica S and provide the temperatures you're able to achieve? I purchased this machine after what I thought was exhaustive research, relying on real world reviews (like yours). Needless to say, I'm disappointed that my new machine is unable to provide me with what I consider a nice hot cup of coffee or cappuccino.
A shopper on Dec 3, 2014
Best Answer:I ended up taking it back. Since the machine does not reach the proper temperature to brew coffee, I couldn't keep it. Delonghi was as helpful as they could be. They gave me advice on how to make the brew hotter. The advice included prewarming the cup, running a rinse cycle. After viewing the original video review by Seattle Coffee Gear, I was hopeful that this machine would give me the same results. All this being said, this machine is satisfactory for many people. Thanks for the replies.
I am not he person who performed this review but I have no problem with the heat of my coffee, espresso or cappuccino; in fact I it all to be quite hot, and I've never adjust the default temperature, used the cup warmer or heated my cup up with hot water. The coffee is not as hot as you would get from a French Press, where you've added boiling water, or a percolator, but that is to be expected.
Can a one touch machine such as this handle soy-milk?
A shopper on May 30, 2014
Best Answer: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.
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!
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?
A shopper on Sep 23, 2013
Best Answer: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.
Best Answer:You can make espresso based drinks, and there's one programmable button for a milk based drink. Depending on your selection, you could make a cappuccino or latte, and for just coffee drinks, there's a button that you can program for "My Coffee" which can pull the volume of water you would like through the grounds for whatever you would like. The other cup sizes are for pre-programmed volumes, like a single shot or lungo.
If someone wants regular and someone wants decaf, do you need to remove all the beans and reload with decaf beans? (my current delonghi has the option of using grinds, and if someone wants decaf, we leave the beans as is, and just use grinds for the decaf).
Best Answer:The DeLonghi 23450SL also accepts preground coffee if you want to brew decaf in the bypass doser. You use this function just as you would on other models and select the bypass function, add a scoop of grounds and brew as normal.
Can you set the temperature of the milk? I like my milk steamed to 185 degrees
A shopper on Jul 10, 2014
Best Answer: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:
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.
Great Machine Review by Sully
I have had this machine over 2 months now and it has been fantastically consistent. Coffee pulls are great, and the automatic milk frother is decent. The clean up is extremely easy, compared to a semi-automatic machine.
I do like the fact that this machine is pretty idiot proof, it has warnings for low water, sludge box full etc. Especially when you are pre-coffee in the morning.
I did a lot of research, so here is what I can say about this machine.
-Do not use oily beans, it will cause problems in the grinder
- Clean the milk frother - There is a clean function that you just hold the button on the frother, I have to do that every time I am done making coffee for the morning. I eventually had to get a cleaner for the frother unit, even when I took the frother apart I couldn't get all of the milk proteins out. If you don't clean it, it will give you large bubbles and a subpar froth. I now clean the forther with the solution once a week, but you would want to vary that depending on your usage of the system. (Posted on 5/18/2015)
VERY happy with this machineReview by lc
I've bought a ton of coffee makers over the years - french press, automatic, K, french press, semi-auto espresso, stove top espresso, etc. I had three sitting on my counter at the time i made this purchase. but this was my first automatic espresso machine. I'm very happy with it. Drinks are easy, and cleaning is easy. i think the espresso quality is fantastic. I don't understand the negative comments about milk and frothing - mine has been perfect. There are a ton of adjustments you can make with this machine, so I don't know if the users really aren't happy with the machine or if it's that they haven't tinkered with the settings. Some people spend this kind of money and like all the adjustments they can make; others think 'what the heck did i spend all this money for if i have to do everything?'. (Posted on 11/3/2014)
Good value, great machine, but some inconsistency with qualityReview by Espresso_Fan
Got it for almost a year, quality is good most of the time. The biggest problem has to do with the amount of beans it took in to the grinder that produces inconsistent quality in term of strength. Couple times I had to throw out the drink because it's all watery.
I'll probably get a different brand for the next machine (Jura or Saeco) and see what happens. (Posted on 10/28/2014)
Disappointed Review by Holly
Coffee is great, milk frother is not! Not hot and not frothed! (Posted on 3/18/2014)
Great machine but not perfectReview by Jimmy
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 10/6/2013)
First Automatic Espresso MakerReview by George
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 3/5/2013)
Great machineReview by Gregell
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 8/20/2012)
Best semi commercial for the money.Review by Espresso911
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 5/2/2012)
Nice machineReview by CT
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 4/17/2012)
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