DeLonghi EC155 vs. EC702

If you have DeLonghi EC155 vs. EC702 on your short list and are struggling to make a final buying decision, you are not alone. Other than the different looks on the outside, is it worth spending twice as much to get EC702?

This post will peel the layers to see if there are material differences to justify spending more.

Differences

Design Elements

Stainless Steel vs. Plastic

The DeLonghi EC702 is an upgrade from the EC155 from a styling perspective. The external casing is made in large part from stainless steel with minor plastic in the knobs. It looks more elegant and will blend better with a stainless steel décor kitchen.

Display Panel – More Organized and Push Buttons vs. Dial

The other design element change is in the Display Panel. The buttons are now aligned on the front left-hand side vs. a plastic dial in the EC155.

Dimensions (W X D X H inches): Wider vs. Deeper

EC702: 11.25 x 8.19 x 12.50, 11.10 pounds

EC155: 7.5 x 13.25 x 11.50, 7.15 pounds

As you can see, the EC702 is much wider than EC155. On the other hand, the EC155 is deeper than EC702. The height is only 1 inch difference between EC702 and EC155. The difference is translated into 0.25 inch taller in the cup clearance in EC702 (2.75” vs 2.50). The differential in width though makes a bigger impact in the “working space” in the areas of the cup warming and the drip trays.

Weight

The EC702 is about 4 pounds heavier than EC155. This proves to be an advantage as it’s more solidly-built and more stable on the counter.

Features

Water Tank

The EC702 is equipped with a larger water tank of 44 oz. vs. the 35 oz. in the EC155 model. The larger the tank is, the less frequently you’ll have to fill the tank. The water tank location is also moved to the right hand side which is more easily accessible than the top location in the previous model.

Cappuccino System Frother

The EC702 is also upgraded with a patented Cappuccino System Frother that stretches the milk to aerate and to swirl to create the frothy/creamy texture. Speaking of frothing, the frothing wand is moved from left to right of the machine in the EC702 model.

Cup Warming Tray

Another improvement feature in the EC702 is an addition of a cup warming tray on top. This tray is actively heated to store warmed cups when you are ready for the first shot.

Customer Reviews

The Customer Reviews have an inversion relationship to the price point. The EC702 is rated as an average 3.5 vs. 3.9 for EC155. The percentage of customers who had given 4 to 5 stars is also lower 63% vs. 74%.

Pricing

The EC702 costs twice as much as the EC155 due to the build material (stainless steel vs. plastic) and the added features. In the whole scheme of espresso machine market, the EC702 is still in the very affordable range.

Similarities

  1. Self-Priming Operation:The EC155 and EC702 are all designed with a self-priming operation that saves you some waiting time for the machine to be ready for your first brew.
  2. Both have portafilters to brew one or two cups of espresso with the option of using either ground coffee or E.S.E. (Easy Serving Espresso) pods.
    Both have dual temperature control for water and steam.
  3. Both have a stainless steel boiler and are pump-driven to enable more optimal extraction and more consistent espressos.
  4. Power consumption remains the same as 1100 watts.

Final Thoughts

The ultimate question is whether or not you’ll get the value by spending more. The answer is it depends.

The EC155 is priced so affordable with a pump-driven mechanism and also brews good espressos with a good amount of crema. If you are tight on budget but want to experience being your own barista and to save money and trips to a coffee shop, get EC155.

If ergonomic considerations are important to you to have a larger working area with more attractive appearance, opt to get EC702 as you will gain a few features that are not available in the EC155 such as the cup warming tray and the patented frother.

Detailed reviews are available on this site. Here are the links:

DeLonghi EC155 Review

DeLonghi EC 702 Review

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