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DeLonghi Perfecta ESAM 5500 Prices, Specifications and Reviews


 
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  The DeLonghi Perfecta ESAM 5500 is a high-end automatic espresso maker packed with features. From the 13-setting coffee grinder to the cup warmer mounted atop the espresso maker, the Perfecta ESAM 5500 offers features that other espresso makers do not. A digital panel allows control of size of cup brewed (from 3oz to 12 oz), strength of coffee(5 settings) and brewing temperature. A statistical tracker shows the user how many cups of coffee have been brewed over the lifetime of the machine and how many ounces of water have been used. A decalcification indicator light shows when the machine needs to be cleaned. The milk frothing system is integrated within the machine, including a 25-ounce removable milk container. It also has a hot water spout.

Prices

(Prices as of 02/4/2013)
DeLonghi Perfect ESAM 5500 Source
$1,800MSRP
$1,800Amazon
$1,800Home Depot

Additional Costs:

$5-$20Pound of coffee, depending on quality

Specifications:

DimensionsHeight: 14.81"
Width: 11.19"
Depth: 17"
Weight27.35 lbs.
ColorsBlack/silver
Water Tank Capacity60 oz
Cup Brewing Capacity2 cups
TimerYes
Built In GrinderYes
Keep WarmNo
Water FilterNo
Auto Shut-OffNo, integrated frothing system instead
Multi-Pod CapabilityYes
Height-Adjusted Drip Tray15 bar
Coffee FilterGround coffee
Yes
Other FeaturesCup warmer
Decalcification indicator light
Statistics tracker shows lifetime use
Coffee bean container
Height adjustable spout
25oz milk container
Warranty2 years

The manufacturer's information about this product is available at DeLonghi.

What People Are Saying:

Consumer Reports named the DeLonghi Perfecta ESAM 5500 the highest rated espresso machine the company reviewed and tested. Consumer Reports rated taste and frothing "excellent" and convenience was rated "very good." Reviewers from SeattleCoffeeGear.com, a coffee blog and shop, said the programmable features on the machine were excellent, but found the grinder was "ear-splitting." The lack of frothing wand was also listed as a negative features. Consumers who posted reviews on Amazon were predominantly favorable. Users liked the coffee flavor and seemingly infinite features. The one persistent complaint among users was the temperature of the coffee -- many said it was too cold.