Want to make espresso drinks with minimum effort? Don’t have time to set up a dozen settings on an espresso machine? Then such a device as DeLonghi ECAM22110SB Magnifica XS espresso machine might be the perfect choice for you. This super-automatic espresso machine allows you to avoid adjusting a lot of settings to instead make coffee at a push of a button.
Sounds like what you want? Then buckle up for our review of DeLonghi Magnifica XS to find out how good it actually is!
The biggest advantage of a super-automatic espresso machine is that it allows coffee drinkers to put minimum effort into making a drink. You need to basically put coffee into the machine, fill its water tank and the brew basket, push a button, and wait until the drink is dispensed! If you want a bit more, this machine allows you to some extent control the coffee making process, which isn’t a very common thing among super-automatic espresso machines. Though it obviously won’t provide you with the level of control semi-automatic and manual machines do.
Inbuilt burr grinder
What’s quite noteworthy about DeLonghi Magnifica XS is that it has an integrated burr grinder with 7 settings. This machine thus allows you to either use pre-ground coffee or grind your beans on the go, which is quite nice actually as you could avoid thinking about getting a separate coffee bean grinder.
There is one design flaw of the coffee container that should be noted, it being the insufficient slope of its surface. Sometimes, coffee beans don’t slide into the grinder as they are supposed to do, forcing you to do it manually. That’s a pretty big minus in our book.
Large water tank
DeLonghi Magnifica XS is equipped with a large, 60oz water tank, allowing you to think about refills less frequently. The water tank has a socket for installing a water filter, but you will have to buy one separately. Getting a water filter will be a must if you don’t have the opportunity to use filtered water in the espresso machine, so keep that in mind.
Adjustable coffee strength
Interestingly, Magnifica XS allows you to adjust the amount of coffee that goes into the mug, so you will have quite a lot of control over your drinks. That’s a very nice touch since you won’t be constrained by the manufacturer settings that could turn out to be not to your taste.
Programmable cup size and temperature
Another thing that isn’t seen frequently in super-automatic espresso machines is programmable temperature and cup size. By default, the machine dispenses 1.35oz of espresso, 4oz of long coffee, as well as allows you to deliver double cups of espresso and coffee. Programming the coffee cup size is easy: you just need to press and hold the required button and release it when the desired amount of the drink is delivered.
Magnifica XS also allows you to adjust water temperature level, which is easily done thanks to the guidance of the control panel.
Auto shutoff feature
DeLonghi Magnifica XS has an auto shutoff feature. It can actually be customized: in total, you could set the machine to turn off automatically after 15, 30 minutes, 1, 2, or 3 hours of standby.
Frothing steam wand
Magnifica XS is also equipped with a frothing steam wand, which also works as a hot water dispenser. With a push of a button, you can prepare steam to froth your milk with. And with a turn of a dial, you can use the steam wand as a hot water dispenser.
Intuitive control panel
Magnifica XS features a control panel with a display, which allows you to see what’s going on with the machine. The display provides useful data on when to empty the grounds bin or when to refill the water tank, as well as shows error messages if something goes wrong. This is pretty handy as it allows you to avoid guesswork in maintenance.
Easy-to-access components for quick cleaning
Easiness of cleaning is important for everyone because no one wants to spend a considerable amount of time when cleaning their espresso machine. All the components that require cleaning are easy-to-access. Even the insides of the machine can be quickly accessed for cleaning by just opening the infuser door! So in terms of easiness of cleaning, Magnifica XS is an excellent device.
Does this machine work with coffee capsules?
No, DeLonghi Magnifica XS is designed for use with pre-ground coffee or whole beans.
Is it mandatory to use a water filter in the machine?
If you use filtered water, then there is no reason for you to get a water filter. If you can’t use filtered water, you should install a water filter to avoid mineral buildup on the internal components of the machine. Otherwise, the machine could malfunction much earlier than you might expect.
Many users say they find water in the ground bin. Is that normal?
That’s a frequent occurrence for espresso machines. Espresso machines work by pressure-driving water through the coffee, so the moistness of the used grounds is a normal thing. So you shouldn’t worry about water in the ground bin.
DeLonghi Magnifica XS is a quite remarkable super-automatic espresso machine. On one hand, it stands up to its category perfectly as it allows you to make espresso, cappuccino, and latte with minimum effort. On the other, it also allows you to take quite a considerable level of control over the machine into your hands to fine-tune the drinks. And in the end, Magnifica XS is a great super-automatic espresso machine with a respectable amount of control over the coffee making process!