77points

DeLonghi Eletta Plus ECAM 45.326

73points

DeLonghi PrimaDonna XS De Luxe ETAM 36.365

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DeLonghi Eletta Plus ECAM 45.326 vs DeLonghi PrimaDonna XS De Luxe ETAM 36.365

DeLonghi Eletta Plus ECAM 45.326
DeLonghi PrimaDonna XS De Luxe ETAM 36.365
DeLonghi Eletta Plus ECAM 45.326
DeLonghi PrimaDonna XS De Luxe ETAM 36.365

Why is DeLonghi Eletta Plus ECAM 45.326 better than DeLonghi PrimaDonna XS De Luxe ETAM 36.365?

  • 115mm thinner
    360mmvs475mm

Why is DeLonghi PrimaDonna XS De Luxe ETAM 36.365 better than DeLonghi Eletta Plus ECAM 45.326?

  • Automatic coffee circuit rinse
  • 134mm shorter
    326mmvs460mm
  • Automatic milk circuit cleaning
  • Can brew and steam simultaneously
  • 29.87% less body volume
    30195.75cm³vs43056cm³
  • Has a pre-infusion function
  • 65mm narrower
    195mmvs260mm

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General info

1.height

460mm

326mm

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235mm

2.volume

43056cm³

30195.75cm³

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8503.71cm³

3.width

260mm

195mm

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111mm

4.thickness

360mm

475mm

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5.weight

11kg

11kg

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2.3kg

6.warranty period

2

2

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

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Components

1.Has burr grinder
DeLonghi Eletta Plus ECAM 45.326
DeLonghi PrimaDonna XS De Luxe ETAM 36.365

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.

2.Has an integrated grinder
DeLonghi Eletta Plus ECAM 45.326
DeLonghi PrimaDonna XS De Luxe ETAM 36.365

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

3.has a touch screen
DeLonghi Eletta Plus ECAM 45.326
DeLonghi PrimaDonna XS De Luxe ETAM 36.365

You can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.

For example

Pronto ME 712

4.Has a steam wand
DeLonghi Eletta Plus ECAM 45.326
DeLonghi PrimaDonna XS De Luxe ETAM 36.365

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

5.Has cup warmer
DeLonghi Eletta Plus ECAM 45.326
DeLonghi PrimaDonna XS De Luxe ETAM 36.365

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.dump box capacity

14

14

The machine automatically deposits the used coffee grounds or pods into the dump box after extraction. The dump box capacity shows how many drinks you can create before it is full.

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Water source

1.water tank capacity

1.9l

1.3l

With a larger water tank you don’t have to refill it as often.

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3l

2.Has a removable water tank
DeLonghi Eletta Plus ECAM 45.326
DeLonghi PrimaDonna XS De Luxe ETAM 36.365

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

3.Has integrated filter
DeLonghi Eletta Plus ECAM 45.326
DeLonghi PrimaDonna XS De Luxe ETAM 36.365

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

4.Has a hot water outlet
DeLonghi Eletta Plus ECAM 45.326
DeLonghi PrimaDonna XS De Luxe ETAM 36.365

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

5.Water tank is transparent
DeLonghi Eletta Plus ECAM 45.326
DeLonghi PrimaDonna XS De Luxe ETAM 36.365

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.

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Maintenance

1.Has sleep mode
DeLonghi Eletta Plus ECAM 45.326
DeLonghi PrimaDonna XS De Luxe ETAM 36.365

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

2.Has cleaning alert
DeLonghi Eletta Plus ECAM 45.326
DeLonghi PrimaDonna XS De Luxe ETAM 36.365

The machine alerts you when it requires cleaning.

3.Automatic coffee circuit rinse
DeLonghi Eletta Plus ECAM 45.326
DeLonghi PrimaDonna XS De Luxe ETAM 36.365

The machine automatically cleans the coffee circuit, meaning that the machine requires a minimal amount of cleaning.

4.Automatic milk circuit cleaning
DeLonghi Eletta Plus ECAM 45.326
DeLonghi PrimaDonna XS De Luxe ETAM 36.365

The machine automatically cleans the milk circuit, meaning that the machine requires a minimal amount of cleaning.

5.Prevents overheating
DeLonghi Eletta Plus ECAM 45.326
DeLonghi PrimaDonna XS De Luxe ETAM 36.365

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

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6.Indicates when drip tray is full
DeLonghi Eletta Plus ECAM 45.326
DeLonghi PrimaDonna XS De Luxe ETAM 36.365

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

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Features

1.programmable buttons

0

0

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.

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2.Has integrated milk frother
DeLonghi Eletta Plus ECAM 45.326
DeLonghi PrimaDonna XS De Luxe ETAM 36.365

With an integrated milk frother, the machine can automatically produce frothed milk for use in cappuccinos and other drinks.

3.Has one touch cappuccino
DeLonghi Eletta Plus ECAM 45.326
DeLonghi PrimaDonna XS De Luxe ETAM 36.365

With one press of a button you can create a cappuccino.

4.Can brew and steam simultaneously
DeLonghi Eletta Plus ECAM 45.326
DeLonghi PrimaDonna XS De Luxe ETAM 36.365

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.

5.number of grind settings

13

13

A higher number of grind settings gives you more flexibility when choosing the fineness of your ground coffee. The particle size is important as a grind which is too coarse can produce weak tasting espresso, whereas a grind which is too fine can lead to a bitter taste.

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6.Has a pre-infusion function
DeLonghi Eletta Plus ECAM 45.326
DeLonghi PrimaDonna XS De Luxe ETAM 36.365

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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Miscellaneous

1.Uses ground coffee
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DeLonghi PrimaDonna XS De Luxe ETAM 36.365

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.

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