De'Longhi Magnifica XS Review (2023)

Are you looking to add a super-automatic coffee machine to your life? But not ready to splash the big bucks? Then this De’Longhi Magnifica XS review (ECAM22110) is for you.

De’Longhi is one of the biggest names in coffee whose mere mention can conjure up images of a perfect espresso in cafés across the Italian peninsula. They have built an excellent reputation through years of producing some of the best espresso machines you can buy.

Rarely at the top end price bracket, De’Longhi products are simple, well-made, and borderline invincible. In this De’Longhi Magnifica XS review, we’ll see how one of their more budget-friendly offerings stacks up against the competition. Then you can decide if it is worth splashing out on a fully automatic espresso machine to have your morning coffee at the touch of a button.

To compile this review of the Magnifica XS, we have scoured the internet for all the reviews to collate with our own. So this is the most comprehensive espresso machine review you will find. Whilst not all home coffee experts give numerical scores, we have averaged these out. Therefore, you can get a consensus opinion on how good this coffee maker really is and know for sure if it is right for you.

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At a Glance: De’Longhi Magnifica XS Review

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The DeLonghi Magnifica XS is a great option at the budget end of the super automatic espresso machine market.

It is not without its faults – only having a manual milk frother and a single boiler being the main two. But it does everything it’s designed to do really well.

Overall, this bean-to-cup machine is very simple to use. It will pull a really good shot of espresso once you’ve tinkered a bit, plus it’s easy to keep clean.

All you need to work out is if you need the extra functions of the more expensive machines when it comes to milk foaming and having a dual boiler. If you don’t, or you are on a budget, this is a great option.


  • Compact
  • Simple to use
  • Coffee spout is height adjustable
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Drinks are customizable
  • 13 easily adjustable grind settings
  • Quick


  • Manual milk frother
  • Plastic covering scratches easily
  • Single boiler

Average Rating

  • Expert rating: 8.4/10
  • Customer Rating: 8.2/10
  • Our Rating: 8.5/10

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Key Features Review

1. Stainless Steel Burr Grinder

A high-quality burr coffee grinder is essential for getting the best tasting espresso. And the Magnifica XS doesn’t disappoint as its grinder is low RPM and whisper-quiet, ensuring the flavorful oils from your espresso beans aren’t lost.

(Video) Delonghi Magnifica XS Automatic Espresso Machine Review

With 13 easily changeable settings, it allows you to dial in the perfect grind for your beans – although we wouldn’t recommend anything above a 5.

2. Thermoblock Heating System

Thermoblock boilers ensure fast heating of water for coffee and steam. By only heating the water required for each coffee, the De’Longhi Magnifica XS saves energy and heats up quickly.

3. Brews 2 Coffees at Once

With height-adjustable dual coffee spouts, you can make 2 coffees at the same time. This takes a little pain out of the morning rush.

4. Sealed Bean Hopper with UV Filter

The 8.8oz bean hopper has a UV filtering lid and rubber seal which ensure you are only ever using the freshest coffee beans.

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Is the Maginifica XS Fully Automatic Easy to Use?

The Delonghi Magnifica XS is pretty easy to use, though not as easy as some other super-automatic espresso machines.

The user interface on the Magnifica XS espresso machine would be called “classic” by some and “old-fashioned” by others. Buttons and knobs are used to select your drinks and to make adjustments. For many people, this is the preferred method as it keeps things simple.

You can vary the volume of water that passes through your freshly ground coffee. To do so, you simply hold down your preferred drink button, then press it again once it has poured the desired volume. So it’s entirely up to you if would prefer espresso, ristretto, lungo, or something entirely of your own creation.

To select your preferred grind setting, there is a knob inside the bean hopper. Just make sure to only do this whilst the grinder is already running.

Finally, to adjust the coffee strength levels you can turn the big knob in the middle of the display. This works by changing the amount of coffee used to brew coffee each time.

Overall this makes the Magnifica XS very straightforward to use and to adjust to your coffee preferences.

The milk frother is manual which won’t appeal to everyone. The “cappuccino tip” works fairly well for foaming milk nicely, but if you are a flat white fan it may be difficult to get the texture you’re looking for. Having to hold the milk jug in place while it foams is a bit of an annoyance on a machine at this price but hardly a dealbreaker. Just don’t forget to keep an eye on it so you don’t burn your milk!

If you’re the kind of person who enjoys an occasional decaf or flavored coffee, there is a chute for adding pre-ground coffee to your machine. It’s a nice feature for convenience and particularly helpful if entertaining, when people may have different coffee preferences than you.

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Does the Magnifica XS use Grounds, Whole Beans, or Pods?

The De’Longhi Magnifica XS is designed to be used with whole beans thanks to the built-in high-quality burr grinder. But there is also a separate chute that bypasses the grinder, allowing you to also use pre-ground coffee.

The stainless steel burr grinder has 13 settings, is very quiet, and the low RPM helps to maintain all the delicious oils from your coffee beans. So your favorite fresh whole coffee beans are in good hands (burrs?)

At first glance, the option to use pre-ground coffee may seem a little odd – why compromise on quality and freshness? However, it gives you the flexibility to occasionally brew your favorite decaf coffee or a flavored variety, if the mood takes you, without having to empty and refill the bean hopper.

For me, this feature comes into its own when I have guests who prefer decaf.

It’s now pretty standard on bean-to-cup machines. So don’t feel like you’re paying extra to have a pre-ground coffee compartment if you don’t think you’ll use it.

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Design and Build Quality Review

(Video) Delonghi Magnifica XS Super-Automatic Espresso Machine Review

The Looks

The De’Longhi Magnifica XS is 9.4″ by 17″ by 13.8″, making it a pretty compact automatic espresso machine. So, If you’re looking at a pretty full countertop and wondering if you have the space for some of the bulky behemoths on the espresso-making market then this is great news.

With buttons and knobs, it’s more of an “old-school” design than you’ll find on manyof the best bean-to-cup machines. This doesn’t affect the functionality and, for some people, may actually make it much easier to use.

It is currently available in a range of colors – fully silver, fully black, or a black and silver color combo The latter looks modern enough to fit in most kitchens. But, the fully silver model looks a little 90s (DeLonghi ECAM22110SB).

The Build

All De’Longhi espresso machines are built to last – and this is no exception. Everything is very well built and put together, as you would expect. It also comes with a 2-year warranty just in case you do have any issues.

We have a small gripe in our De’Longhi Magnifica XS review: there’s just a single boiler for both coffee and steam. This means you have to wait between using water or steam (for milk). And, on a relatively expensive super-automatic espresso machine, this seems pretty poor.

That said, it only takes around 10 seconds to switch between coffee brewing and milk steaming. So calling this a big problem is blowing it way out of proportion.

The thermoblock also “auto-flushes” hot water when you switch between functions. So there is no fear of burning your coffee or pouring water instead of steam into your milk.

The milk foamer is manual, which some may prefer – annoying for others. It means you have more control but also need more technique.

To help you along, De’Longhi’s “cappuccino tip” does a decent job of getting a good microform without too much practice. But it also means that getting the perfect foam for a latte or flat white is more difficult. Whether this will annoy you comes down to what drinks you want to make and how fussy you are about your milk.

The water tank holds 60oz of water and the bean hopper holds 8.8oz of coffee beans. Both are good sizes and easy to refill when necessary.

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Does the Delonghi Magnifica XS Make Good Coffee?

The default settings on the Magnifica XS make a fairly weak espresso. Although this is pretty normal across all super-automatic machines for some reason.

But, if you turn the strength up to the max, choose the finest grind setting and the correct volume of water, then you’ll be rewarded with a very good espresso shot.

With the ability to adjust the grind, temperature, amount of coffee, and volume of water, you should be able to pull really good quality coffee no matter what your preference is. This also allows you to make subtle adjustments depending on the type of coffee beans you are using.

If you’re a cappuccino drinker, the milk foaming will work really well for you once you have perfected your frothing technique. However, latte and flat white drinkers may not like the foam to textured milk ratio. If this is you, you’ll have to play around a bit to get it right.

For best results, we recommend removing the panarello – the sheath on the milk frother. De’Longhi has made it very easy to remove (usually to help with cleaning) and reveal the plastic steam nozzle underneath. It will give you more control and vastly improve your milk quality.

When investing in your first super-automatic espresso machine, these little things can quickly become big frustrations. If you drink milk-based espresso drinks and don’t want the headache (and heartache), then a Jura coffee machine will likely be a better match.

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Bells and Whistles

Compared to the more expensive super-automatic espresso machines, the Magnifica XS is pretty basic.

(Video) Delonghi Magnifica XS Demonstration

It doesn’t have the same additional features, but then it is priced as “entry-level” for thesetypes of coffee machines.

The grinder, however, is excellent and very quiet.

Plus, the customization options are also pretty good and give you a wide range of options to tailor your coffee to your particular tastes.

The lack of different user profiles to save your drinks preferences to and not having an automatic milk dispenser are small irritations. But you’re also saving a fair few hundred dollars to forego these features. So the question needs to be asked if you need, or just want, them.

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Is the Magnifica XS Easy to Clean?

Whilst you can’t ignore the cleaning (if you want your espresso machine to last), it’s not a difficult or overly time-consuming process.

Parts of the De’Longhi, such as the drip tray, are dishwasher safe. And the brew group can be easily removed for a proper clean too.

There is an option to use a filter on your water which can cut down how often your coffee machine will need to be descaled. But this will depend heavily on the hardness of your water and may not be necessary at all.

Like all thermoblock machines, in fact, all espresso machines in general, the Magnifica XS will need to be descaled occasionally. This isn’t a difficult process and takes around 30 minutes or so.

You’ll also want to clean out the grinder once a month to make sure it’s kept in top condition and there aren’t any clumps of grounds stuck in there. De’Longhi has a special “tube system” for its grinder which is supposed to eliminate this problem. But it’s best practice to give it a monthly clean with a soft brush anyway.

Overall, this machine is pretty easy to look after and the only part that really needs to be cleaned after each use is the milk frother. A hot damp cloth can usually do this. The cappuccino tip is also removable for deeper cleaning and will probably be necessary every week or so, depending on how often you use it.

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The Competition

Magnifica S vs Magnifica XS

DeLonghi model numbers are notoriously unhelpful to get your head around. And this is abundantly obvious when it comes to the Magnifica series.

In this Magnifica XS espresso machine review, we have been looking at the ECAM22110. But this used to be the model number for the Magnifica S which is now the ECAM23270. So you will sometimes see the newer Magnifica XS with Magnifica S written on the front. Lost? I don’t blame you – just keep an eye on those serial numbers.

But there aren’t too many differences between the two automatic espresso machines. The Magnifica S is around $300 more expensive and for that, you get a sleeker user interface, a marginally smaller machine, and the option for automatic milk frothing.

Whilst the milk frothing does give you more flexibility on the Magnifica S, we don’t feel it justifies the big hike in price. If auto milk is a dealbreaker for you, check out our De’Longhi Magnifica Evo review as a better option.

Philips 3200 LatteGo

The Philips LatteGo series and the DeLonghi Magnifica range hold a lot of similarities when it comes to looks. But, for a very similar price, the 3200 LatteGo super automatic espresso machine is a better option than the Magnifica XS.

For starters, it looks a lot more modern. The screen is intuitive and makes it easy to select all your preferred drinks. And, from that list of drinks, you have more pre-programmed options.

It also has an automatic milk dispenser, making things a lot easier of frothing is new to you.

Which is Your Winner?

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Final Thoughts on our Delonghi Magnifica XS Review

If you’re in the market for a super-automatic espresso machine, the Delonghi Magnifica XS offers a good budget option.

Yes, it’s still expensive but these machines generally are. It makes a very good espresso at the touch of a button, once you’ve sorted the correct amount of water. And it will make a cappuccino as good as most baristas.

Don’t get us wrong, it is by no means perfect for all types of drinks. The manual milk foamer being the main issue. But for black coffee, espresso, cappuccino, or macchiato fans it will do a really good job. Plus, it will do it quickly and easily too, which is always a bonus.

Having 13 grind settings is actually pretty impressive as many more expensive bean-to-cup machines have less. And the simplicity of buttons will appeal to many over touchscreens.

Overall, it’s a classic example of compromise:

It doesn’t do all the tricks of more expensive machines but if you don’t actually want those tricks, why pay more money to have them?

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What is the difference between Magnifica S and XS? ›

There's exactly one difference between the two machines: the De Longhi Magnifica XS, which came out slightly later, managed to shave about two inches off the height of the unit. That's it. That's literally the only difference and because they're so similar, we sometimes use the two terms interchangeably.

What is the life expectancy of Delonghi Magnifica? ›

The Delonghi Magnifica will last for 2 to 3 years on average. This can last more years depending on how much you care for it. It also has some cleaning and maintenance features.

What is the difference between the Delonghi Magnifica S and S Plus? ›

There is no difference between Magnifica S Plus and Smart they both have the same machine code of ECAM25033TB.

Is Delonghi Magnifica a good brand? ›

Reliability and build-quality are good, and the design is such that it can be repaired DIY-style with relative ease. Compared to other super-automatic espresso machines in this price range, the DeLonghi Magnifica has a large capacity and a wider range of flexibility in the grind.

Can you make hot chocolate with DeLonghi Magnifica? ›

Yes you can. With premium machines, simply add your favourite chocolate or malt drink mixture to the cup and press the milk only button (or if applicable) latte button twice in quick succession to deliver milk only and adjust the milk carafe dial to the correct setting.

What is the difference between DeLonghi Magnifica and Dinamica? ›

With this version, the machines have gone a little more compact. The De'Longhi Dinamica range, at 4mm thinner than the new Magnifica models, 11mm shallower, and 12mm shorter. The most significant difference is possibly the major range of singe touch milkies, including flat white.

Is the DeLonghi worth it? ›

Delonghi: An Excellent Choice For An Espresso Machine

Furthermore, they produce a single cup of espresso in a single push of a button, which is also very affordable. As a result, if you're looking for an excellent espresso machine that's also reasonably priced, a DeLonghi machine is well worth considering.

How often should I descale my Delonghi Magnifica? ›

In general, you will have to descale a Delonghi every three months. A coffee machine such as the Delonghi Magnifica will indicate this by itself, very convenient. Your coffee machine has a lamp that starts to flash when you have to descale the device.

What year did the Delonghi Magnifica come out? ›

DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300 Overview

It isn't the flashiest model espresso machine on the market, but it's a fantastic option in its entry-level price range and has been a fan-favorite since it first debuted in 2001. Yes, you read that right. This machine has existed in almost the same form for nearly 20 years.

Does DeLonghi Magnifica make lattes? ›

You can make espressos, coffee, cappuccinos, and lattes.

Is DeLonghi made in China? ›

Its acquisition of the British appliance maker Kenwood for £45.9 million (about $66.7 million) in 2001 gave it access to Kenwood's Chinese factory. As a result, many of De'Longhi's products are now imported from China, while design and engineering remain largely in Italy.

Is DeLonghi a Chinese company? ›

The company was founded in 1902 in Treviso, Italy as a small industrial manufacturing workshop. A century later, its headquarters remain in Treviso. The company makes portable heaters, air conditioners, appliances for food preparation, cleaning tools and coffee machines.

Why is my DeLonghi coffee so weak? ›

- The grind may be too coarse. The grind can be decreased one notch at a time during the grinding process. - Try increasing the strength of coffee on your machine settings which will increase the amount of coffee during the grinding process.

Can the DeLonghi Magnifica make regular coffee? ›

A: Yes, it can make regular coffee. Just use ground coffee as per the instructions. A: Yes, the coffee is pretty hot. There is also a spacious cup warmer built into the top of the unit, and you can use the frother to heat up your coffee even more through the use of steam.

What coffee should I use for DeLonghi coffee machine? ›

Use coarsely ground filter coffee for our filter machines, or finely ground espresso coffee and fresh beans for our pump espresso and bean to cup machines.

Can you make regular coffee in a DeLonghi? ›

A De'Longhi all-in-one or combination machine lets you make your drip coffee as well as the perfect espresso, cappuccino or latte.

Which is a better espresso maker Breville or DeLonghi? ›

Espresso quality

The DeLonghi has a more powerful pump, at 19 bars to Breville's 15 bars, but either is plenty to produce a true espresso with a rich crema. Only the DeLonghi offers dual boilers, which guarantees the ideal temperature stability for optimal coffee extraction and milk texturing at the same time.

Is DeLonghi French or Italian? ›

The history of a Group and an Italian business that have created “big” small domestic appliances beloved around the world. The first product created by De'Longhi is an oil-filled radiator which would go on to achieve massive success.

Which filter machine is best? ›

  1. KitchenAid 5KCM1208. Best all-rounder filter coffee machine. ...
  2. 2 Sage Precision Brewer. Best filter coffee machine for coffee afficionados. ...
  3. Melitta AromaFresh Grind and Brew with Detachable Water Tank. ...
  4. Russell Hobbs Buckingham Coffee Maker. ...
  5. De'Longhi Argento Flora Drip Coffee Machine. ...
  6. Bonavita One-Touch Filter Coffee Machine.
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What espresso machine does Starbucks use? ›

Starbucks uses the Mastrena High Yield Espresso machine, which is manufactured by a Swiss company called Thermoplan AG. The machine was actually custom-designed by Thermoplan specifically for Starbucks. That's why you'll be hard-pressed to find them anywhere else.

What is the top of the range DeLonghi coffee machine? ›

Best Overall: DeLonghi Dinamica. Perfect Budget Super-automatic: Magnifica ESAM 3300. Best Semi-automatic: DeLonghi EC702.

Why buy DeLonghi coffee machine? ›

Offering a straightforward coffee making process, including grinding, dosing tamping, and texturing, the DeLonghi La Specialista Arte Manual Pump Coffee Machine lets you experience being a barista at home. It also features dishwasher-safe parts, making it convenient to clean and maintain through regular use.

What happens if I don't descale my machine? ›

Mineral scale buildup can clog water flow, and if not removed, can cause a machine to stop working.

Can I use white vinegar to descale DeLonghi coffee machine? ›

Descaling is a simple process that you can do at home using vinegar and water. MoChaiLatt%27s DeLonghi Espresso Machine with Vinegar – Descaling is the ideal solution. To fill the reservoir, combine white vinegar and water. After the brewer is plugged in, it will cycle through a cleaning cycle.

Can I use Keurig descaler in DeLonghi? ›

Custom-Formulated, Universal Formula: Not just creatd for a Keurig descaling solution - it's also compatible with virtually all single-use coffee & espresso machines, including Nespresso, Delonghi, Hamilton Beach, Braun, Bunn, Cuisinart, Tassimo, Krups, Saeco & more!

Is DeLonghi a German brand? ›

A one-of-a-kind portfolio

Perfect dishes every day, since 1947. More than 90 years of German design and engineering.

How much is a DeLonghi Magnifica? ›

$2290. The manufacturer's recommended retail price.

What is the difference between Magnifica S and S Smart? ›

The main difference between the Magnifica S and Magnifica S Smart is the Magnifca S Smart has an adjustable steam wand that gives you more control over your frothed milk.

What model is my DeLonghi Magnifica? ›

The model number is typically printed on a rating plate at the base of your machine.It will usually be a combination of letters and numbers, for example ESAM4200. S, KBO3001.

What year did the DeLonghi Magnifica come out? ›

DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300 Overview

It isn't the flashiest model espresso machine on the market, but it's a fantastic option in its entry-level price range and has been a fan-favorite since it first debuted in 2001. Yes, you read that right. This machine has existed in almost the same form for nearly 20 years.

Can you use ground coffee in a DeLonghi Magnifica S? ›

The DeLonghi Magnifica can be used for both stovetop and ground coffee and is simple to use.

How long is DeLonghi warranty? ›

All De'Longhi kettles carry a guarantee period of 1 year. The rights and benefits under this guarantee are additional to your statutory rights which are not affected.

What is the difference between ESAM and ECAM DeLonghi? ›

For starters, the ECAM series are the budget buys, while the ESAM machines are mid-range. The higher the number before the first period, the more expensive the super automatic espresso machine. Three-digit figures are usually reserved for top models or indicate a newer ECAM version.

Why is my Delonghi coffee so weak? ›

- The grind may be too coarse. The grind can be decreased one notch at a time during the grinding process. - Try increasing the strength of coffee on your machine settings which will increase the amount of coffee during the grinding process.

Is Breville or DeLonghi better? ›

The DeLonghi has a more powerful pump, at 19 bars to Breville's 15 bars, but either is plenty to produce a true espresso with a rich crema. Only the DeLonghi offers dual boilers, which guarantees the ideal temperature stability for optimal coffee extraction and milk texturing at the same time.


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