De’Longhi EC860 Review

De'Longhi EC860 Espresso Maker Article summary

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Once you start thinking about the very affordable espresso machines, you probably start doubting their quality. Well, there’s one entry-level espresso maker that could actually leave you speechless when you hear about the features that it has, and that’s the De’Longhi EC860.

The EC860 has both a steam wand and an automatic carafe frother, something that you don’t see in other entry-level De’Longhi machines, like the ECP3630 or the EC680M.

This is an espresso machine that also offers programmable options. However, the downsides of this machine seem to be a deal-breaker for many, despite the many interesting features that it offers. Its small water tank and the soupy coffee grounds are enough for some people to say ‘no’ to this espresso machine.

Key features:

  • Semi-automatic machine
  • Panarello steam wand
  • Water tank with a capacity of 35 ounces
  • Milk carafe for automatic frothing
  • Programmable options
  • Pressurized filter baskets for single shots, double shots, and pods
  • Active cup warmer

Pros

An abundance of interesting features

Affordable

Nice design

Cons

Soupy coffee grounds

Small water tank

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A steam wand and a container for automatic frothing

The EC860 by De’Longhi has a steam wand for frothing milk. However, the machine also comes with a milk carafe for automatic frothing. This gives people who like doing latte art an option to do it, and it also makes the steaming of the coffee easier for people who just want to steam the milk in a faster and easier way.

To forth milk with the steam wand, run the wand to empty it from any excess water that you don’t want in your milk. You can do this by pressing the hot water button (it’s the button that has three water drops on it) once. Then, push this button once again to stop the flow of hot water, and once you’re ready for steaming, push the button twice. To turn off the steam just press the same button one time again.

The hot water feature of the machine is not there only for the cleaning of the steam wand. You can actually use this option to make yourself some hot tea or hot chocolate.

To froth your milk with the milk carafe that comes with the EC860, just remove the steam wand and place the carafe on the carafe spot on the machine. Then, put a milk container under the steam spout of the carafe and froth your milk by pushing the button at the top of the carafe in or out. This is how you choose to have cappuccino or latte foam made by the carafe.

De'Longhi EC860 Espresso Maker An interesting drip tray

The drip tray on the De’Longhi EC860 has a removable middle part. You can get this part out, turn it upside-down, and place it lower in the drip tray. This can help you put taller cups on the grid of the tray and make larger coffees.

Once it’s time to clean the tray, the floater inside of it will ‘notify’ you to empty it. You’ll see the floater come out through a hole on the drip grid and you’ll know that the tray has to be cleaned.

An active cup warmer

Besides from the other cool features, the De’Longhi EC860 has an active cup warmer located on the top of the machine. To turn on the heating element that warms the top of the machine, you need to press the cup warmer button at the top right-hand corner of the machine. By warming up your cups before you get the coffee in them, you’re improving the taste of your favorite coffee drink.

Making of the coffee

On the control panel of the De’Longhi EC860, you can see the buttons for a single and double espresso shot, and you can also spot two buttons for cappuccino or latte macchiato. To get the drink you want, just put some ground coffee in the portafilter, lock it into the machine, and press on one of these buttons. The lights next to the two buttons for the milk-based drinks light up once you attach the automatic milk carafe to the EC860.

The coffee made by the EC860 tastes pretty nice and it has a nice consistency. Furthermore, the milk foam has a nice flavor, and the automatic milk carafe does great to customize it for cappuccinos and lattes.

De'Longhi EC860 Espresso Maker Programmability options

All the coffee drinks on this machine are programmable, and you can program the volume of the coffee and milk in them. The machine also lets you program the temperature of the brewing water and that of the hot water too. Furthermore, you can also program the EC860 to automatically turn off, which is a great way to save energy.

Downsides

The De’Longhi EC860 has some downsides that some people dislike.

This espresso machine doesn’t have a three-way solenoid valve to get the water out of the coffee grounds. Therefore, the coffee grounds made by the EC860 will be sort of wet. This is, in fact, a common downside to the entry-level coffee machines. However, the grounds are easy to dispose of.

If you live in a big family, you’ll probably find the 35-ounce water tank too small for the needs of your household. Of course, you can refill the machine more often, but that will just make you put in extra effort to get your cup of coffee. However, every espresso machine has its target audience, and if your family is not that big or if you don’t mind refilling the tank more often, you will probably enjoy using this machine.

FAQ about the De’Longhi EC860

Is there a tamper that comes with the De’Longhi EC860

Yes, there is a plastic scoop/tamper that comes with this espresso machine.

Will I have to program the amount of coffee every time I use the machine?

No, just program it once and the machine will ‘remember’ it.

Why do the lights on the machine start blinking when the machine turns on?

This is usually because your automatic milk carafe or water tank are not well-put in the machine, but it can also be because there’s not enough water inside the tank.

Are the De’Longhi EC860 and EC680 the same machine?

No, these are two different espresso machines. You can read more about the EC680 in our De’Longhi EC680M review.

What are some alternatives to the De’Longhi EC860?

Mr. Coffee One-Touch CoffeeHouse Espresso Maker and Cappuccino Machine

Mr. Coffee One-Touch Coffee House

A great alternative to the De’longhi EC860 is the Mr. Coffee One-Touch Coffee House. This espresso machine is very simple to use, has programmable settings for the coffee and froth volume, and it can be preprogrammed.

You can also check our list of best espresso machines under $300 to find the EspressoWorks All-In-One Barista Bundle and the Mr. Coffee Café Barista, both of which come with an automatic milk carafe. These two machines are also good alternatives to the EC860.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for an affordable and programmable espresso machine that has many interesting features, the De’Longhi EC860 might be the perfect coffee maker for you. This machine performs well and it makes nice coffee drinks. However, the Mr. Coffee One-Touch Coffee House could also meet your needs in case the EC860 doesn’t.

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12 thoughts on “De’Longhi EC860 Review”

    • Hey, Richie!! Thank you for commenting on this article… even though the milk frother of the De’Longhi EC860 left you without comments. 😉 :)) ☕

      Seriously, thank you for your testimony about the great milk frother on this machine. We appreciate the insights from our fellow coffee lovers and we’re glad when they are satisfied with the product they’ve gotten for themselves. If you have any more insights on the De’Longhi EC860, we highly encourage you to share them too.

      Have a great day and ‘kill it’ with that milk froth!! :)) ☕

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    • Hello there!! :)) ☕

      It is the power button of the machine that is blinking. This means that the machine needs to be descaled. In case you’d like to know how to descale the EC860, here’s a video by De’Longhi that can help you understand how to do it:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js8vfk0W4Sc&t=3s

      If you still have questions about how to descale your De’Longhi EC860 after watching the video, please, tell us, and we will try to help you.

      Thank you for your question and have a great day!! :)) ☕

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    • Hey there!! Thanks for reaching out to us!! :)) ☕

      We assume that it is the hot water light on your De’Longhi EC860 that’s flashing (if not, feel free to reply to our comment and correct us).

      We recommend you to detach the steam wand from the automatic carafe and attach it directly to the milk intake on the machine. Check if there’s enough water inside the EC860’s water reservoir and fill it if not. Then, push the button with the water droplets. Have a metal container placed underneath the steam wand because water will flow through it. You might have to push the button with the droplets several times before you get water flowing through the steam wand, but after the water flows through the steam wand the problem with the flashing light should be solved.

      In case our advice doesn’t help you, inform us about that and we will look for an adequate solution to your problem.

      Have a great day and we hope that you’ll get your EC860 working soon!! :)) ☕

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    • Hello, Peter!! We’re glad that you visited our site!! :)) ☕

      To repair your machine, you should take it to a repair center. You can use the De’Longhi service or repair locator to locate the repair center closest to you. Here’s the link of De’Longhi’s online locator:

      https://www.delonghi.com/en-us/customer-service/service-locator

      When you locate the repair centers closest to you, call or e-mail them and they’ll provide you with the information on how to have them repair your machine.

      Enjoy your day!! We hope you’ll get your De’Longhi EC860 repaired fast!! :)) ☕

      Reply
  1. Can someone please tell me what the most important pages in the instruction manual are? I don’t want to read all of it if I don’t have to.

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    • Hello!! It’s reading time, isn’t it? :)) ☕

      We highly recommend you read the entire instruction manual to know how to properly use and maintain your machine. After all, you’d like to avoid any issues that might arise due to your lack of information about the machine and reading the manual is the best way to do that.

      If you’re more of a visual person, you can check out the De’Longhi HowTo YouTube mix on the EC860 to learn more about this machine. The following link will take you to this HowTo playlist:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPc3yQDlYaw&list=PLEMc1V_7ahGH7fklGSsLIyJW6BiMysc3k

      Have a good time reading the instruction manual or watching the videos!! :)) ☕

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