Small espresso machines are a hot commodity lately. More Americans are complimenting their regular coffee house visits or replacing them altogether with home brewed versions. In decades past, this was impractical because espresso machines were costly and not very rugged. Today, the costs are lower and the products are higher quality.
Two of the most popular offerings, the Breville Bambino Plus and the DeLonghi Dedica Deluxe, are comparably priced and considered to be the top of the line for the middle price range. This video by Seattle Coffee Gear does a nice comparison. Let’s look at some of the differences.
First, if $210 is too big of a gap, then the DeLonghi is the way to go. Even though they’re both considered mid-range in price, there’s a pretty significant difference. Of course, there are certain advantages of going with the higher priced Breville with the most glaring being the water heat time. DeLonghi is very proud of their 40 seconds to heat, but the Breville is ready in 3 seconds. It’s the MacLaren of espresso machines.
One of the big benefits of the DeLonghi is apparent at first glance. It saves counter space, coming in nearly 2″ more narrow and a quarter inch shorter. Cluttered counters may not accommodate the Breville very easily.
At the end of the day, the real test is which one makes better espresso. 37 seconds is worth the wait if the end result is going to be superior. Unfortunately for DeLonghi, the finished product simply isn’t as good. It’s very good, and may be a prime consideration if $210 or counter space are important. Otherwise, the Breville is the better bet.
You really can’t go wrong with either machine. They perform similarly to much more expensive models while delivering the savory richness espresso connoisseurs can’t get from similarly priced machines.