I want to compare this to the Russell Hobbs 19720 15-Bar Pump Espresso Machine, Black
which I also recently received.
This Delonghi has some improvements over the RH one.
*Firstly it looks and feels less cheep - for example of the RH when you open the cover for the water you feel like you are about to break it but not with this one.
*This one holds more water
*this one doesn't have a silly little hose you have to bend into the water resivoir, you simply place the container in the unit (it sits on a valve).
*You can decide how much 'oomph' to give the milk frother via use of a knob.
*the handle on the 'thingie' that holds the filter(s) has a flippy thing that holds the filter in place when you turn it over and shake it to get rid of the used wet granuals - thus avoiding dropping it in the bin every time.
*you can just about get a small mug under/into it if you don't have the right designed ones.
Things that are different, but neither better/worse in my opinion...
*there is a build in tamper - this saves you loosing the loose one (you get a loose one with the RH) but is harder to clean.
*drip tray not heated.
*this one gives instructions to heat for 30 mins before use - but you still only get warm coffee.
*the frother is on the left rather than the right.
Things that are the same...
*you get more of a drip one side than the other so one cup fills quicker.
*does not come with correct sized mugs or correct sized thing to make the milk in.
So while this is better than the other one and has been used a couple of times...it's still more of a looker than a useful item.