Keep the water in your Delonghi Super Automatic fresh and crisp with the replaceable Delonghi Water Filter. This filter will reduce limescale, improve the quality of your coffee and the performance of your machine while all the while giving your machine a longer lifetime.
Filter will fit in all ECAM and EC860 machines. Unfortunately, this filter does not fit ESAM machines and there is no alternative at this time.
Best Answer:The answer entirely depends on the quality of the water that you use in the machine. Most tap water contains a certain number of contaminants and it is always a good idea to use the filter and more importantly, replace it every 2 months. The cost of the filter is negligible in comparison to the accumulation of contaminants in the machine which can result in expensive repairs. I have owned this machine for over a year and have had no issues with it but then I have also used the filter from day one. I also clean the machine at least once every two weeks using the cleaning solution from DeLonghi.
You should always user a filter, because it helps maintain the life of the your Espresso Machine. If you use bottled water or filtered water then I would say that the water is not so hard, remember water from the tap has propertiesthat is not good for your machine and the espresso does not taste the same, that is why you should use a filter. I know if can be an extra expense but it is well worth it. In order to save, I bought several at once which saved me time, shipping and more likely a better price for the item. Enjoy your espresso!
Having had two other machines, and not having used filters, I have found the life of an espresso machine is shortened without the use of filters.
How short is short? It all depends on the hardness of the water. Our water is very hard and contains high levels of calcium. You should check the hardness of your water (stick included with your de longhi machine) and make your decision based on water hardness your best hunch......
I don't think so; you just won't be filtering the water. If you have another water filter in your house (e.g. a whole house filter, faucet filter, etc.) you can just fill your machine with that filtered water and skip this filter.