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De’Longhi EC702 Review

Our Rating: 4/5

De’Longhi EC702


  • Two thermostats
  • Water level indicator light
  • Accepts pods and grinds
  • Removable components
  • Manual milk frother
  • Design
  • Functionality
  • Price

Our Rating: 4/5

De’Longhi EC702


  • Two thermostats
  • Water level indicator light
  • Accepts pods and grinds
  • Removable components
  • Manual milk frother
  • Design
  • Functionality
  • Price

De’Longhi EC702 Review Summary

The De’Longhi EC702 doesn’t seem all that special at first glance, but upon closer examination, you’ll find that it’s quite the gem.

Think of this machine as a bridge between high-end and more accessible coffee makers. It’s reasonably priced and doesn’t require a degree to operate. In fact, it makes brewing espresso as intuitive as possible. The machine is also self-priming, eliminating preparation time on your end.

There aren’t too many bells and whistles cluttering the De’Longhi EC702 espresso maker’s sleek stainless steel build. A single espresso port, powered by a 15-bar pump, makes it perfect for home use, choose between a single or double shot. The steam wand (used to foam milk) gives you flexibility over how you like your coffee.

Plus, unlike many espresso machines, it accepts coffee pods as well as grinds.

With a 44-ounce water reservoir you can get a few shots in before you need to refill. A water level indicator light lets you know when the water is low. When it’s time for clean up, the espresso maker’s tank and spill tray are removable.

You’ll notice that it has two thermostats. You can adjust the water temperature and steam pressure separately for an extra touch of precision.

While the De’Longhi EC702 may not satisfy serious espresso enthusiasts, it’s a sophisticated and versatile machine that everyone can enjoy. De’Longhi has a reputation for quality appliances and distributes to more than 120 countries worldwide. Braun and Kenwood are also part of the De’Longhi Group.


  • Independent temperature and pressure control
  • Accepts pods and grinds
  • User-friendly controls
  • Self-priming
  • Manual milk frother for texturing


    • It’s a little noisy
    • Lacks automated features
    • Slow heating time

    Features and Benefits of the De’Longhi EC702

    Compared to other espresso makers of its caliber, the De’Longhi EC702 is a simple machine. That doesn’t mean that it’s dull or inferior. To the contrary, it has plenty of features to take advantage of. Let’s take a look at those now.

    Unique Controls

    Temperature control is one of the most sought after features in espresso makers for good reason. Temperature changes the coffee’s extraction and flavor and precision is essential when experimenting with artisanal espresso-making. To everyone else it’s simply a matter of preference.

    The De’Longhi EC702’s 15-bar-pump and Thermocoil are stand-out features. This machine also gives you control over your steam pressure. What’s more, adjusting these two things is easy with simplified and intuitive dials.

    If you’re getting started in cafe-quality coffee, this is a key selling point. It gives you more room to experiment and practice (or perfect) your technique. Even if you’re not interested in craft espresso, you still benefit because you can make your coffee exactly how you like it.

    It’s Self-Priming

    To explain why this is such a huge perk, I have to address two of the De’Longhi EC702 espresso machine’s pitfalls.

    This machine is, admittedly, lacking in the automatic department. While it’s not the end of the world as it’s designed for would-be baristas who prefer practical brewing methods, considering its caliber, the lack of automation is a little disappointing.

    Another criticism is that the manufacturers recommend a heat-up time of fifteen minutes — a ridiculously long while to wait for a cup of coffee.

    Now that’s been said, here’s the good news: The De’Longhi EC702 is self-priming, an important and uncommon automatic feature that changes everything. It compensates for the machine’s heat-up speed because it entirely cuts out the need for manual machine preparation.

    Once the EC702 is warmed up, you can start brewing within seconds. No extra effort or fuss is required on your part.


    Espresso makers have a tendency to be one track machines, but not this one. The De’Longhi EC720 isn’t just an espresso machine, it’s a coffee all-rounder. Opt for single or double shot espresso, brew one or two cups at a time, or create cappuccinos and lattes.

    More importantly, this machine accepts pods as well as grinds, something few espresso makers boast. Its versatility is underrated but will be appreciated as soon as customers get the coffee maker home. When you’re not in the mood for a full espresso experience, simply pop your favorite pod in and enjoy.

    Full Control of Serving Size

    The De’Longhi EC702 espresso maker strikes again in unconventionality. Most coffee makers with brew-size controls limit the options you can select from. With the EC702, however, you have full control over your serving size because it’s manual.

    Start the espresso extraction and stop it when you want for longer or shorter shots.

    Manual Milk Frother

    You’ll appreciate the steam wand if you’re interested in craft espresso and coffees. Use the De’Longhi EC702’s manual frother to perfect your milk texturing. It’s handy if you’re particular about your foam.

    You should know that its frother isn’t designed for microfoam, but don’t let this deter you. Since it’s manual, you can still create latte or foam art. It might just take a little time to learn how to make a thick yet smooth milk foam. Top tip: keep the wand a centimeter or so under the milk’s surface.

    User-Friendly Design

    Some coffee and espresso makers go overboard on the snazzy front. It’s not a bad thing, but it almost always comes with a learning curve that can deter customers who aren’t technologically inclined.

    The De’Longhi EC702 is basic, but in this context, it’s a massive perk. There are no programmable features, no LCD screens to decipher, and no nonsensical menus to navigate. Its design and functions are easily understood and, accordingly, the machine is a breeze to operate.

    Not to mention that its reservoir and spill tray are removable for easy maintenance while the stainless steel finish is durable, sleek, and easy to clean.

    Though it doesn’t affect the quality of the coffee (which is excellent, by the way), it’s worth mentioning that the lack of digital features adds to the EC702’s aesthetics. If you want that old-school cafe feel in your kitchen, this machine is a top choice.

    What Do Users Say About the De’Longhi EC702 Espresso Machine?

    I think the De’Longhi EC702 15-bar pump is well worth investing in as a mid-range espresso maker, but don’t take my word for it. 

    I delved into what buyers have to say and the verdict is in: users love this machine.

    Satisfied customers praise its consistency, durability, operation, and most importantly, coffee quality. 

    Many reviews note that De’Longhi’s EC702 exceeded all expectations, that it’s more than worth the money, works seamlessly, and produces excellent espresso every single time.

    Displeased buyers, on the other hand, note that this machine makes a lot of noise, is high maintenance, and somewhat finicky to dismantle when cleaning. Another criticism is that its heat-up time is slow. Some buyers simply say that the machine, while good enough, is somewhat average.

    That said, the positives far outweighs the negatives, and the De’Longhi EC702 has made its mark as a firm favorite.

    Alternatives To The De’Longhi EC702

    I like the De’Longhi EC702, but it won’t suit everyone’s needs. Perhaps you’re looking for a more sophisticated espresso machine or something more affordable? If so, here are three alternatives to consider.

    As it turns out, the closest alternative to the EC702 is another De’Longhi model, and it will save you some money. This model includes De’Longhi’s 15-bar-pump, self-priming technology, a swivel jet frother, and two thermostats.

    More compact, it’s a better choice as a starter espresso maker for those with limited space. It takes pods as well as grinds and can make cappuccinos as well.

    Accepts pods and grinds


    Compact and budget-friendly option

    Here’s a reasonably priced digital espresso maker worth consideration. It includes an LED screen that’s easily controlled by push buttons. Smart technology remembers your preferences and automatically adjusts the coffee maker accordingly.

    Rapid heating eliminates preparation and waiting times hile a Pannarello steam wand and a hot water dispenser offer flexibility. The burr grinder takes whole beans or pre-ground coffee.

    Digital screen and push-buttons

    Hot water option

    Adaptive technology

    Similar in price range and design, here’s a semi-automatic option if the DeLonghi just doesn’t do it for you. The Gevi features a 15-bar-pump, two thermostats for temperature and pressure, and a steam wand. It brews a shot in just 25 seconds.

    A removable tank and spill tray mean easy cleaning. Its highlights are automatic overheat protection and NTC precision control, which stabilizes your machine’s temperature.

    Automatic protective technology

    Quick brew time

    Two thermostats for brew control


    The De’Longhi EC702 best suits home baristas who’d like to try their hand at manual espresso brewing. It’s equipped with all the tools necessary to get started and the simple design lessens the barista learning curve.

    A practical, high-quality machine, it won’t disappoint if you’re happy to put some time into quality coffee.

    However, it’s not the most convenient espresso maker, and isn’t recommended to those after fast, easy coffee at home. Although it includes excellent automatic features below the surface, it lacks programmable options.

    Regardless, this is a good machine that’s well worth the investment. It’s a favorite among home cafe enthusiasts and makes consistently good espresso — which is all that really matters, isn’t it?

    De’Longhi EC702 FAQs

    Is the De’Longhi EC702 100% Stainless Steel?

    The De’Longhi EC702 is mostly stainless steel, though it does include a few plastic components.

    How Long Does the De’Longhi EC702 Take to Heat Up Between Brews?

    You’ll have to wait a mere five seconds between brews as the machine stays warm and prepped.

    Does the De’Longhi EC702 Accept K-Cups?

    Unfortunately not, though it is a dual brewer that accepts both grinds and standard coffee pods.