De’Longhi Magnifica EAM3500 UK Review 

 February 28, 2016

By  Enda McLarnon

The De'Longhi Magnifica EAM3500 Automatic Cappuccino- Espresso Maker is certainly not a cheap option with an average price point of around £700.

Unfortunately that will put it well outside the price range for most people.

Nevertheless, it is a high quality coffee maker so I thought I should include it for a review.

I use a De'Longhi maker myself, and although not this model, my own machine is also a top notch product. The reason I mention this is simply to explain just how good this Italian brand really is.

Online buyers have rated this one at 86% buyer satisfaction and that is a slightly disappointing rating, considering how good this machine really is. If you can afford, and do decide to buy the EAM3500, you will need to read on to find out why this rating is low, and slightly misleading.

I have done a short summary below for those who do not have time to read the full review below.

De'Longhi EAM3500 Summary Review

De'Longhi Magnifica EAM3500
Buyer Satisfaction
  • This is a fully automatic coffee maker
  • Comes with a built-in grinder, or you can use pre-ground coffee
  • Has a convenient removable tray for easy cleaning
  • Also has a removable water tank that holds up to 1.8 litres of water
  • Makes use of a double boiler system
  • Makes consistently good coffee with a nice crema head which I always want to see
  • Can also make excellent hot chocolate

A Little About the De'Longhi Brand

This is one of the best known brands when it comes to buying coffee machines. This is an Italian brand and they have been making coffee makers and machines since 1974.

Their vision is to be recognised as the global market leader in coffee, comfort and selected kitchen and home care.

They are known for their high quality design, and also for making high quality products.

Who Buys the De'Longhi EAM3500?

Reading through the various reviews, the people who tend to buy this model, are those working in a small office, church groups and some individuals who just want a high quality coffee maker that delivers good quality coffee. 

You will see over at Amazon UK that type of comment all of the time so you should really be in no doubt as to the quality of this product.

Main Review of the EAM3500

I have included a video review of the EAM3500 just below if you want to see a quick glance of the main features of this model. If you prefer more detail, then please keep reading.

Do You Like Your Coffee Fresh?

I do bang on about the difference in taste between coffee that has been freshly ground and pre-ground coffee. It is always better to buy coffee beans and grind them just before you need them. That way you are assured of very fresh coffee.

The EAM3500 gives you both options. You can buy and use pre-ground coffee or make use of the built-in and adjustable grinder. Just be sure that is you are making cappuccino or espresso that you use a find grind for the very best results. The grinder is a little noisy but then all grinders are.

The Water Reservoir

This De'Longhi model has a good sized 1.8 litre water tank which you can take out and fill at the tap. That is what I prefer to have rather than a fixed tank that you have to fill with a jug. It is also a decent size so you do not have to constantly fill this machine up with water.

It Tells You What is Required

Some machines and many coffee maker models take a lot of working out. Quite often the instructions are not that clear. This one tells you exactly what to do. You will see prompts on the LED display telling you what to do, and then what to do next. It really does not get much easier than that.

Other Features of the EAM3500

There are a few other features that are worth mentioning:

De'Longhi Magnifica EAM3500 cappuccino maker
  • It has a milk frothing function which is great for lattes and hot chocolate
  • The water tank uses a magnet style attachment. - When filling this just be careful not to damage that when filling up the reservoir
  • It is very easy to set-up and most people should be able to do this without any difficulty.
  • From the image above you can see that it comes with a plug-in milk holder, which means you can store the whole unit in the fridge and that is ever so handy. If you fancy a quick cappuccino, then take the unit from the fridge, plug it into the machine and just hit a single button to get a high quality cappuccino.
  • Easy to clean drip tray
  • Also has a used coffee bin which is good for quick clean ups
  • Self cleans the coffee delivery pipes

How Buyers Rate the De'Longhi Magnifica EAM3500

Buyer Satisfaction
  • 67% of all buyers gave this machine a full 5 star review
  • 9% of all buyers gave this a bad review

When there is only one or two bad reviews, then this skews the overall average. We checked quite a few websites where this machine was bought and could find only one bad review.

That one buyer had a problem with the machine as it broke down. Despite getting it repaired he remained unsatisfied. Clearly he had a problem which is disappointing of course, but this does seem to have been a one off.

The majority of the buyer reviews were excellent.


Our Verdict on the De'Longhi Magnifica EAM3500 Automatic Cappuccino/Espresso Maker

You will not be surprised having read this review that the De'Longhi EAM 3500 is one of the best espresso/cappuccino makers in the UK market right now.

It is very high quality and super simple to use. However if this is not the right bean to cup coffee machine for you, then check out our top 10 list of bean to cup machines by clicking here.

This one however, and although an expensive option, is one of the very best on the UK market right now. We would not hesitate in recommending this to you as a high quality coffee machine, from a very good Italian brand.

Enda McLarnon

Enda McLarnon has a Business Management Honour's Degree and applies his professional insight, to analyse and write helpful product reviews with tips and useful advice. I am also a coffee lover and enjoy tasting all of the coffee types the world has to offer.

Enda McLarnon

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