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De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM3300 Review

Our Rating: 4.7/5

De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM3300


  • Professional-level burr grinder
  • Manual milk frother
  • Simple control panel
  • 60-ounce water reservoir tank
  • 15-bar pressure for optimal flavor
  • 8.8-ounce bean hopper
  • Design
  • Functionality
  • Price

Our Rating: 4.7/5

De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM3300


  • Professional-level burr grinder
  • Manual milk frother
  • Simple control panel
  • 60-ounce water reservoir tank
  • 15-bar pressure for optimal flavor
  • 8.8-ounce bean hopper
  • Design
  • Functionality
  • Price

De’Longhi ESAM3300 Review Summary

The De’Longhi ESAM3300 is a high-spec espresso maker that brews excellent coffee time after time. Besides straight espresso, use it to make cappuccinos, lattes, and more with the incorporated steam wand.

We all know how expensive it is to buy cafe coffee daily. While this model is priced slightly higher than average, when it comes to coffee makers, the adage “you get what you pay for” holds true. After a few cafe-quality coffees at home, you’ll begin to see the unit’s true value.

You don’t need a lot of espresso experience to turn out perfect coffee either. The user-friendly knobs and buttons make it easy to adjust your coffee’s intensity, milk foam, and more. Plus, as this model is programmable, you can pre-set it for your favorite beverages.

A built-in burr grinder results in the freshest, tastiest espresso, as beans are ground when you’re making the drink, not beforehand. The manual milk frother allows you to customize your drink with as much or as little foam as you want.

Stainless steel double boilers heat water quickly. There’s also an instant reheat function, so there’s no waiting for the machine to reheat.

De’Longhi is an Italian company that designs and manufactures small kitchen appliances and other items. De’Longhi espresso makers have excellent reputations, and the company has a worldwide presence.


  • Double Thermoblock boilers for consistent heat
  • Built-in stainless steel burr grinder
  • Compact build
  • Manual steam wand with patented Cappuccino System
  • Optimal 15-bar pressure


    • The grinder is noisy
    • Does not handle oily beans well

    Features and Benefits of the De’Longhi ESAM3300

    De’Longhi is known for its quality and reliability and the ESAM3300 espresso maker is no exception. Produce great espresso without leaving your home and customize it exactly how you like it.

    Let’s take a closer look at some of the features that set this unit apart.

    Simple Control Pad

    De’Longhi’s ESAM3300 is user-friendly, even for beginners. Just adjust the knobs for temperature, coffee strength, and cup size. You can also program the unit to remember your preferences meaning speedier coffee on those mornings when it matters.

    The control panel features dials and push buttons, rather than a digital display. Five settings for espresso strength and four for cup size mean plenty of options. Each time the beans are changed, set your preferences with the volume and brew-strength knobs.

    To start brewing, just choose a single or double shot and the intuitive brew unit adjusts the amount of coffee automatically. To stop expressing before the entire shot is complete, just press the button again.

    15-Bar Pump Pressure

    The key to great shots of espresso is the perfect amount of pressure. If there’s not enough pressure, espresso is weak and under-extracted. On the other hand, too much pressure over-extracts the grinds resulting in bitter brews.

    Eight bars is the minimum amount of pressure needed to make espresso, with most espresso makers boasting at least nine bars of pressure.

    There is some debate about whether 9 or 15 bars is the ideal pressure, but I’m firmly on the 15-bar side of the divide, along with the ESAM3300 and most baristas I know.

    Double Boiler System

    The De’Longhi ESAM3300 Magnifica’s secret to consistent temperature is the double stainless steel boiler. There’s one boiler for the coffee side of things and another for the steam wand — your espresso won’t suffer because you’re simultaneously fluffing foam.

    With a powerful 1350 watts, the unit takes just 75 seconds to heat up. And thanks to the double boiler system and instant reheat function, there’s no wait time in between cups. So making two, three, or even four cups one after the other is a breeze.

    In-Built Burr Grinder

    The De’Longhi ESAM3300 has a patented direct-to-brew system; beans are ground instantly for the freshest espresso possible. A professional-grade burr grinder has 13 settings for the perfect grinds.

    Holding 8.8 ounces, the generously sized hopper means you can make multiple shots of espresso before a refill is necessary.

    Removable Brew Unit

    The ESAM3300’s brew unit is compact and is easily removed for thorough cleaning. Simply squeeze the red tabs on each side and slide it out. Taking proper care of your machine, and this crucial part, will prolong its lifespan and you’ll enjoy top-shelf coffee for years to come.

    Easy Cleaning and Maintenance

    De’Longhi designed this espresso maker so that it’s a cinch to clean and maintain. It’s not just the brew unit that’s removable; the 60-ounce reservoir, drip tray, and the used grounds container can all be pulled away from the machine for easy cleaning.

    A handy indicator light comes on when it’s time to descale the espresso maker. Just fill the water tank with the recommended amount of descaling solution and let it run through. After that, rinse and refill the tank and flush the machine with water. It’s that simple.

    If something goes wrong after the warranty period, accessible parts mean it’s easy to complete basic repairs yourself and to replace common parts if needed.

    Additionally, De’Longhi has fantastic customer support, and they can help with everything from choosing the right beans to cleaning the appliance.

    What Do Users Say About the De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM3300?

    I think this espresso machine makes outstanding coffee, and I’m impressed with its design and functionality. But for a balanced view, I researched what other users think of the De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM3300

    Pleasingly, the vast majority of ESAM3300 reviews are positive. Users love how straightforward it is and note that it only takes around two minutes to produce a cup of excellent coffee.

    Other reviews say that while De’Longhi’s espresso maker is pricey, you get what you pay for in terms of quality. Some people say they prefer the drinks they brew at home over their local coffee shops.

    Owners of the De’Longhi ESAM3300 also praise its reliability. Some reviewers have owned this specific model for years and others bought the same model to replace their old one. 

    There are a couple of small issues flagged by users. This model does not handle oily beans well, so a medium roast is recommended. Some users prefer a ceramic grinder over the stainless steel burr grinder but this is largely subjective.

    Alternatives To The De’Longhi ESAM3300

    There are many pluses to the De’Longhi ESAM3300, but it may not be the ideal choice for everyone. If that’s the case, I have some alternatives you may find more suitable.
    Like the De’Longhi ESAM3300, the Breville Barista Express brews high-quality espresso shots. It’s also similarly priced. The digital temperature control delivers reliably expressed coffee while the burr grinder means optimal grinds.

    Slightly larger reservoir tank at 67 ounces

    Crafted from stainless steel, rather than the mostly plastic De’Longhi unit

    More powerful than the De’Longhi espresso maker with 1600 watts

    Gaggia’s Brera is another top-rated coffee machine. Manufactured in Italy, it boasts a user-friendly interface and a desirable ceramic burr grinder. Although more expensive than the De’Longhi ESAM3300, its functions are similar.

    LED display, rather than the De’Longhi model’s dials

    The memo function means the unit remembers your preferences

    Has five grind options, fewer than the De’Longhi ESAM3300

    This budget espresso maker has a significantly lower price point than the De’Longhi. It lacks an in-built grinder, but a separate one is included with purchase. The espresso quality is okay but not comparable to what the De’Longhi produces.

    Has a separate electric coffee grinder

    Significantly cheaper than other semi-automatic coffee makers

    Includes two ceramic espresso cups


    You really can’t go wrong with the De’Longhi ESAM3300. The model has an excellent reputation for delivering full-flavored espresso consistently. Designed for people who appreciate excellent espresso and are willing to pay for quality, this espresso machine is sure to make your mornings sunnier.

    While this model does not give you full control, it does allow you to customize most elements of your brew including the strength of the espresso and milk foam density.

    Because the De’Longhi ESAM3300 Magnifica is easy to clean and maintain, it should last you for years to come.

    De’Longhi ESAM3300 Super Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine FAQs

    Can The ESAM3300 Brew Americanos?

    Yes, the De’Longhi espresso machine can brew any espresso drink, including Americanos.

    What Kind of Beans Should Be Used?

    We recommend medium roast beans for the best tasting espresso.

    How Do I Descale the Espresso Machine?

    We recommend using De’Longhi’s descaling solution, which was designed for use with De’Longhi units. Instructions are included in the manual.

    Can I Make Tea With This Device?

    Yes, the De’Longhi ESAM3300 Magnifica can heat water for tea.

    Is There a Water Filter for This Espresso Maker?

    No, there is no water filter included with the machine, nor can one be used in the water reservoir tank.