48points

DeLonghi EC 860

53points

Krups XP5240

DeLonghi EC 860
Krups XP5240
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DeLonghi EC 860 vs Krups XP5240

DeLonghi EC 860
Krups XP5240

Why is DeLonghi EC 860 better than Krups XP5240?

  • 1.2kg lighter
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    6.8kgvs8000g
  • 1 more years under manufacturer's warranty
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    2vs1
  • Has a hot water outlet
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  • 4 more programmable buttons
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    4vs0

Why is Krups XP5240 better than DeLonghi EC 860?

  • Has a 3-way valve
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  • Has dry puck feature
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  • 10% larger water tank
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    1.1lvs1l
  • Prevents overheating
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  • 30mm thinner
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    280mmvs310mm
  • 40mm narrower
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    228mmvs268mm
  • 25mm shorter
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    280mmvs305mm
  • 29.46% less body volume
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    17875.2cm³vs25339.4cm³

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General info

1.weight

6.8kg

8kg

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
When covered under the manufacturer’s warranty it is possible to get a replacement in the case of a malfunction.
3.thickness

310mm

280mm

We consider a thinner chassis better because it makes the product more compact and portable. Thinness is a feature highlighted by many manufacturers of mobile devices, but it is essential for a wide range of products.
4.width

268mm

228mm

The width represents the horizontal dimension of the product. We consider a smaller width better because it assures easy maneuverability.
5.height

305mm

280mm

The height represents the vertical dimension of the product. We consider a smaller height better because it assures easy maneuverability.
6.Uses ground coffee
DeLonghi EC 860
Krups XP5240
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.

Components

1.Has a commercial steam wand
DeLonghi EC 860
Krups XP5240
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.
2.Has a steam wand
DeLonghi EC 860
Krups XP5240
It has a steam wand, which allows you to make steamed/frothed milk to create other drinks from an espresso base.
3.Has a 58mm portafilter
DeLonghi EC 860
Krups XP5240
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.
4.Has anti-burn steam wand
DeLonghi EC 860
Krups XP5240
Steam wands are a fairly common source of burns when using espresso machines. An anti-burn steam wand has a lining inside that prevents the wand from getting scalding hot.
5.Has cup warmer
DeLonghi EC 860
Krups XP5240
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.
6.Has a display
DeLonghi EC 860
Krups XP5240
The device has an electronic display to present information to the user.

Water source

1.Water tank is transparent
DeLonghi EC 860
Krups XP5240
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.
2.Has integrated filter
DeLonghi EC 860
Krups XP5240
An integrated water filter produces cleaner water for brewing espresso. It also helps to prevent the build up of limescale.
3.Has a hot water outlet
DeLonghi EC 860
Krups XP5240
A hot water outlet is useful as it can be used to heat cups, as well as making americanos, long blacks and teas.
4.Has direct water connection
DeLonghi EC 860
Krups XP5240
The coffee machine can connect directly to the water supply. This ensures you never have to refill the machine with water.
5.Has a removable water tank
DeLonghi EC 860
Krups XP5240
The water tank is removable, making it easier to refill.
With a larger water tank you don’t have to refill it as often.

Maintenance

1.Indicates when drip tray is full
DeLonghi EC 860
Krups XP5240
With a drip tray indicator the machine informs you of when you need to empty the tray.
2.Has dry puck feature
DeLonghi EC 860
Krups XP5240
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.
3.Has cleaning alert
DeLonghi EC 860
Krups XP5240
The machine alerts you when it requires cleaning.
4.Has sleep mode
DeLonghi EC 860
Krups XP5240
After a certain period of being idle, the device will switch to a sleep mode to conserve power.
5.Prevents overheating
DeLonghi EC 860
Krups XP5240
It has an internal fuse/thermal sensors which prevents the machine from overheating.

Features

1.Has a 3-way valve
DeLonghi EC 860
Krups XP5240
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.
2.Has a shot timer
DeLonghi EC 860
Krups XP5240
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.
3.Can brew and steam simultaneously
DeLonghi EC 860
Krups XP5240
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.
These buttons can be programmed for different types of coffee such as an espresso, doppio or ristretto. This means once you have mastered a particular style of coffee, you can get it the same every time.
5.Has a pre-infusion function
DeLonghi EC 860
Krups XP5240
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.

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