37points

DeLonghi EC 820

48points

Gaggia Classic

DeLonghi EC 820
Comparison winner
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30 facts in comparison

DeLonghi EC 820 vs Gaggia Classic

DeLonghi EC 820
Gaggia Classic
37
points
DeLonghi EC 820
48
points
Gaggia Classic

Why is DeLonghi EC 820 better than Gaggia Classic?

  • Indicates when drip tray is full
    ?
  • Has a pre-infusion function
    ?
  • 3.67kg lighter
    5.4kgvs9071.85g
  • Has sleep mode
    ?
  • 37.7mm shorter
    323mmvs360.7mm

Why is Gaggia Classic better than DeLonghi EC 820?

  • Has a 3-way valve
    ?
  • Has dry puck feature
    ?
  • Water tank is transparent
    ?
  • Has a 58mm portafilter
    ?
  • 63.7mm thinner
    241.3mmvs305mm
  • 34.72% less body volume
    17685.9cm³vs27091.625cm³
  • 71.8mm narrower
    203.2mmvs275mm

Price comparison

General info

1.weight
?

Best

Keurig K-Elite

2.99kg

5.4kg

9.07kg

2.warranty period
?

When covered under the manufacturer’s warranty it is possible to get a replacement in the case of a malfunction.

Best

Quick Mill 02820

2

2

2

3.height
?

Best

Gaggia New Espresso

275mm

323mm

360.7mm

4.thickness
?

Best

Capresso Café

203.2mm

305mm

241.3mm

5.Uses ground coffee
?

Ground coffee, especially if freshly roasted and ground, results in much better quality coffee than the kind of results you get with pods or capsules.

DeLonghi EC 820
Gaggia Classic
6.volume
?

Best

Capresso EC50

14004.28cm³

27091.63cm³

17685.9cm³

Components

1.Has a commercial steam wand
?

It comes with a commercial style steam wand as opposed to a pannarello steam wand. These are harder to master but can allow you to produce better, richer milk froth.

For example

Rocket Espresso Professionale

DeLonghi EC 820
Gaggia Classic
2.Has a steam wand
?

It has a steam wand, which allows you to make steamed/frothed milk to create other drinks from an espresso base.

DeLonghi EC 820
Gaggia Classic
3.Has a 58mm portafilter
?

A 58mm portafilter is the most common size in the industry, offering a greater range of accessories to purchase such as portafilter baskets and tampers.

DeLonghi EC 820
Gaggia Classic
4.Has cup warmer
?

With a cup warmer you can heat the cups before pulling your espresso so that it doesn't go cold quickly, which affects the taste and quality. It also means that you don’t have to manually heat them using hot water.

DeLonghi EC 820
Gaggia Classic
5.Has burr grinder
?

A burr grinder works in such a way that you can get a consistent, uniform size of grind each time, which is one of the key aspects of getting great tasting espresso. On the other hand an inferior blade grinder often leaves you with an inconsistent grind.

For example

Breville Barista Express

DeLonghi EC 820
Gaggia Classic
6.Has an integrated grinder
?

The espresso machine has an integrated grinder so that you don’t have to buy a separate one.

For example

Breville Barista Express

DeLonghi EC 820
Gaggia Classic

Water source

1.Water tank is transparent
?

With a transparent water tank you can easily see when it needs to be filled up. This is important as attempting to make an espresso with an empty tank can damage the machine.

DeLonghi EC 820
Gaggia Classic
2.Has PID controller
?

A PID controller controls the temperature of the boiler electronically. It offers a far greater degree of accuracy and consistency than a regular, mechanical thermostat used to control temperature. This is very important as a temperature of around 92°C to 96°C is key to pulling the perfect espresso.

For example

Quick Mill 02820

DeLonghi EC 820
Gaggia Classic
3.Has integrated filter
?

An integrated water filter produces cleaner water for brewing espresso. It also helps to prevent the build up of limescale.

For example

Keurig K-Elite

DeLonghi EC 820
Gaggia Classic
4.Has a hot water outlet
?

A hot water outlet is useful as it can be used to heat cups, as well as making americanos, long blacks and teas.

DeLonghi EC 820
Gaggia Classic
5.Has a removable water tank
?

The water tank is removable, making it easier to refill.

DeLonghi EC 820
Gaggia Classic
6.Has direct water connection
?

The coffee machine can connect directly to the water supply. This ensures you never have to refill the machine with water.

For example

Rocket Espresso Professionale

DeLonghi EC 820
Gaggia Classic

Maintenance

1.Indicates when drip tray is full
?

With a drip tray indicator the machine informs you of when you need to empty the tray.

DeLonghi EC 820
Gaggia Classic
2.Has dry puck feature
?

At the end of the extraction process, all moisture is removed from the puck. This allows you to easily tap out the coffee from the portafilter afterwards, reducing mess and the need to clean it as often.

DeLonghi EC 820
Gaggia Classic
3.Has cleaning alert
?

The machine alerts you when it requires cleaning.

For example

Breville Infuser

DeLonghi EC 820
Gaggia Classic
4.Has sleep mode
?

After a certain period of being idle, the device will switch to a sleep mode to conserve power.

DeLonghi EC 820
Gaggia Classic
5.Prevents overheating
?

It has an internal fuse/thermal sensors which prevents the machine from overheating.

For example

Krups XP5240

DeLonghi EC 820
Gaggia Classic

Features

1.Has a 3-way valve
?

A 3-way solenoid valve relieves the portafilter of pressure and moisture after the extraction. This produces a dry puck which can easily be removed afterwards. It also means that you don’t have to wait for the pressure to equalise, so that you can make back-to-back coffees.

DeLonghi EC 820
Gaggia Classic
2.Can brew and steam simultaneously
?

With a double boiler or heat exchanger system, you can brew and steam milk at the same time. This has an advantage over single boiler machines where you have to wait between brewing and steaming for the temperature to adjust.

For example

Rocket Espresso Professionale

DeLonghi EC 820
Gaggia Classic
3.Has a pre-infusion function
?

With a pre-infusion function you get a low pressure of water before it ramps up to around 9 bar of pressure. This gently expands the grinds to get a smooth extraction and to help prevent channeling in the cake.

DeLonghi EC 820
Gaggia Classic
4.Has a shot timer
?

The time taken to pull an espresso shot is one of four key elements, and should be around 19-22 seconds. Once you have the grind, dose and tamp correct, you can use the shot clock to time the pull perfectly.

For example

La Marzocco GS3

DeLonghi EC 820
Gaggia Classic

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