Delonghi ECAM 22.360 S Magnifica S/B: Delonghi’s starter milk machine
This model is almost out of stock.the current successors are ECAM 23.460 or ECAM 350.50.
Automatically brews cappuccino and latte with the push of a button
If it is not easy for you to wake up without a cup of fragrant natural coffee, but at the same time you do not like to brew it yourself, then you probably thought about buying a coffee machine. Let me introduce to you: an Italian-made coffee machine Delonghi ECAM 22.360 S Magnifica S. This is an automatic model of compact size, designed to prepare various drinks from coffee beans, including those with the addition of milk, with a minimum of user intervention. Thanks to the patented “AutoCappuccino” function, cappuccino and latte are prepared automatically at the touch of a button, without intermediate manipulations.
The most affordable brand machine with adjustable milk froth height
In fact, Delonghi ECAM22.360 is even the brand’s most affordable milk dispenser. Despite the fact that the manufacturer’s recommended price for it is some crazy 1100$, it is quite possible to buy it for 30–35 if you get on one of the shares. And for this amount, you will no longer find a competitor with a built-in jug that allows you to adjust the height of the milk foam when preparing milk and coffee treats in automatic mode.
This parameter is adjusted with a separate knob on the milk jug (see photo), the choice is available from 3 options: no foam, little foam, a lot. The first allows you to simply heat the milk, the second option should be chosen when brewing a latte, the third — for a cappuccino with a lush crown.
In addition, this regulator has a fourth position, also important — “Clean”. This is a quick cleaning of the milk tract, which should be done after each preparation of coffee with milk. The machine even itself reminds of this with a corresponding message on the screen. It takes literally 5–10 seconds, but it noticeably prolongs the interval between cleaning the milk jug “hard”, with disassembly (the process is described in detail in the instructions).
Grinds beans to your desired consistency
The beans are ground to the consistency of your choice using a built-in steel, burr coffee grinder with 13 degrees of grinding, after which pressure is built up inside (the pump gives out up to 15 bar, but in practice we need 9, which is achieved by a special valve), under which coffee is brewed in branded removable CRF brewing chamber. The brewer can be easily removed from the right side (behind the water tank) for cleaning, it has a pre-wet function and holds between 7 and 14 grams of ground coffee. A separate fortress setting clearly controls this.
Two coffees in one brewing session
To control the Delonghi 22.360 S Magnifica S, there are buttons and a text display on the front panel of the machine. Even without reading boring instructions, you can easily prepare the desired drink. You can make one or two cups of black coffee with one touch, and for espresso and lungo there are separate keys with remembering your favorite portion size.
I would like to draw your attention to the fact that there is no separate program for Americano, it must be done by diluting a portion of espresso with hot water. Since you have a milk machine in front of you, this means first replacing the milk jug with a special outlet for hot water. In this scenario, it is easier to use a separate kettle with boiling water.
Stylish design for a modern interior
The Delonghi ECAM 22.360.S Magnifica S coffee machine will not give you much trouble with its maintenance. If it is necessary to clean the cappuccinatore or decalcify, the device will notify you with a special signal on the monitor. On a regular basis, you only need to empty the drip tray, the coffee grounds container (holds 14 servings), and occasionally wipe the case and add water. And yet, once every couple of weeks, it is worth washing the brewing device under running water.
The stylish appearance of the coffee machine will look great both in a modern kitchen and in an office space. By the way, there is a similar model in black color — Delonghi ECAM 22.360.B.
How it differs from ESAM 3500/4500
Delonghi ECAM22.360 is the basic model of the milk vending machine based on the ECAM platform. In principle, for similar money, you can find cars with a milk jug on the ESAM platform. The main differences are the size and appearance, the control panel. Plus, ESAM has a different milk jug, not all modifications have milk foam height adjustment, the Clean function is implemented a little differently. But the volume of the jug is larger. Another thing is that this is not necessarily a plus, if you drink a little milk and coffee drinks, there will be a danger of milk souring if you pour it into the milk jug to the brim.
What is different from the direct competitor Philips EP3558 Series 3100
These two coffee machines — Philips EP 3558 and Delonghi 22.360 — are the main competitors in the class of initial milk machines with built-in jugs. Probably, most of those who want to buy a full milk machine, but at a reasonable price, end up with this fork. In any case, in the comments I consistently get this question: which one to choose from this pair? Therefore, I am posting an explanation in both reviews.
If we consider the devices from the point of view of the final result, then they are 95% similar: both espresso and cappuccino models are equally good, provided they use the same, high-quality raw materials: fresh beans and suitable milk.
The minimal differences in taste can be described as follows:
Delongi, due to differences in design and basic components, brews black coffee a little bitterer and a little hotter
“Hot” is relevant for many, but personally I like the Philips flavor more, it reveals the nuances of “complex” varieties a little more subtly. In addition, if you approach objectively and understand that espresso is not drunk with boiling water (then it simply does not reveal the shades of taste), then Phillips’ dispensing temperature is more than adequate.
The milk jug 22.360 has a mechanical milk foam height adjustment. This allows you to make not only foamed milk, but simply heated. A more correct latte is also here, since a latte should have less milk foam than a cappuccino. With Philips, the foam height is always fixed and depends on the milk used.
Plus, the Delonghi milk jug has spout height adjustment, while Philips does not. Therefore, when pouring into low cups, milk may splash a little.
The differences in functionality and final quality of drinks end there. Of course, the devices differ in design, according to reviews, DeLonghi looks more impressive, besides, she has a silver version, but this is already subjective. Formal differences in hardware components are presented in the following table:
|Philips EP3558 Series 3100||Delonghi ECAM 22.360 Magnifica S|
|Water tank:||1.8 l, top access||1.8 l front access|
|Coffee grinder:||Millstone, ceramic, 5 degrees||Millstone, steel, 13 degrees|
|Heater:||1850 W||1450 W|
|Maximum Cup Height:||152 mm||142 mm|
|Other features:||Milk foam height adjustment, passive cup warmer, portion counter, on timer|
|Color options:||The black||Black, silver|
Summing up the review
The Delonghi ECAM 22.360 coffee machine is an excellent budget option for a milk machine with a built-in jug. This is the number one choice if you want to prepare cappuccino in one touch, and the budget does not allow you to choose among more sophisticated models. The fact is that in terms of the quality of the final product, whether espresso or cappuccino, the model does not lose even to premium models. Yes, it will not allow you to adjust some of the fine parameters of the drink, it does not have an active cup warmer (there is a passive one, it barely warms), there is no memory for different users (profiles), but the taste of the drink will not differ from what some or ECAM 28.465, simply because they actually have the same grinder, pump, thermoblock, brewer and milk jug.
Main technical characteristics of the Delonghi ECAM 22.360.B/S coffee machine:
|Full instructions:||Download in format pdf|
|Device type:||Grain machine|
|Width x Depth x Height:||24 x 43 x 34 cm|
|Used coffee:||Grains, ground|
|Coffee grinder:||Millstone, steel, 13 degrees|
|Brewing group:||One, removable, pre-wet|
|Heater:||Thermoblock, 1450 W|
|Max pressure:||15 bar|
|Water tank:||1.8 l front access|
|Compartment for coffee:||250 g|
|Waste compartment:||14 servings, front access|
|Cappuccinatore:||Automatic, with a complete jug with foam height adjustment|
|Maximum Cup Height:||142 mm|
|Control Features:||Adjustment of the fortress (5 degrees), temperature (4 degrees), screen, on timer|
|Other features:||Passive cup warmer, portion counter|
|Color options:||Black — DeLonghi ECAM 22.360.B, silver — DeLonghi ECAM 22.360.S|