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DeLonghi Magnifica Evo Review

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By Matt Woodburn-Simmonds

Do you want the ease of a single-serve coffee machine but the flexibility to use any coffee beans? If so, this DeLonghi Magnifica Evo review is for you. 

The DeLonghi Magnifica range contains a line-up of immensely popular low to mid-range super-automatic espresso machines. Promising simple, good coffee at an affordable price has served them well. Plus, they’re built to last – my in-laws have been happily using their machine for years. 

Even compared to the other Magnifica models, the DeLonghi Magnifica Evo provides a significant step forward in the design and features. There’s a fancy new milk system and a more modern display which brings the machine right up to date.

But are the new features any good? Or is it all just window dressing? After extensive testing, that’s what we’re here to break down in this review. We take a deep dive into all the pros, cons, features, and capabilities so you can decide if this is the right automatic espresso machine for you. Our review is for the model with LatteCrema milk frother as that’s what we tested, but they also sell a cheaper model with just a manual milk wand if you’re mostly a black coffee drinker.

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At a Glance: DeLonghi Magnifica Evo Review

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The DeLonghi Magnifica Evo is a straightforward super automatic coffee maker for straightforward people.

There are easy-to-use buttons along the top for selecting your drink or, if you want something custom, there’s the My Latte option. It’s compact, a good price, looks good, and can do coffee over ice.

Will the coffee completely blow you away? Probably not.

Instead, the Magnifica Evo is best suited to someone graduating from an automatic coffee capsule machine.

They’ve clearly copied/ been inspired by the Philips LatteGo design with the milk carafe, but it’s really good. So, (other than Philips) who cares? Being able to add exactly the amount of milk you need is nice, leaving no wastage.

If you want “one touch” latte, cappuccino, or iced drinks then this is a fantastic coffee maker.


  • Great value for money
  • Coffee is consistently good
  • Easy to use
  • High-quality LatteCrema milk system
  • Compact
  • Iced coffee option


  • Limited customization options
  • No user profiles
  • The display is quite basic

Average Rating

  • Espresso Quality: 7.5/10
  • Milk Quality: 8.5/10
  • Drinks Options: 8/10
  • Value for Money: 9/10
  • Overall Rating: 8/10

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Key Features Review

1. Six “One-Touch” Coffee Options

DeLonghi advertises the Magnifica Evo as having 7 one-touch coffee recipes but one of them is hot water so I automatically discount that. What they do have though are five classic espresso drinks (espresso, cappuccino, latte macchiato, long coffee, and iced coffee) and a custom “My Latte” button. No matter your preference, you can expect a decent cup of joe.

2. 13 Grind Settings

The built-in stainless steel conical burr grinder puts you one step closer to that perfect espresso. Compared to other DeLonghi espresso machines, having 13 grind settings is very generous. I found the grinder pretty loud but I’m willing to forgive for how quick and consistent it is.

3. LatteCrema Milk System

De’Longhi’s proprietary milk system – the LatteCrema – consistently produces excellent milk texturing and foam. We were pleasantly surprised by the results with both dairy and oat milk. Using the My Latte customization settings, you can add only the amount of milk you need so there is no waste which is a cool (and genuinely different) feature. In between uses, it can be easily removed and stored in the fridge.

4. Adjustable Coffee Temperature & Strength

You can choose between 3 coffee strength options and 3 temperature settings to customize your coffee exactly how you like it.

Side view of the DeLonghi Magnifica Evo
Side view of the Magnifica Evo with the LatteCrema system removed
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Is the De’Longhi Magnifica Evo Easy to Use?

Yes, the DeLonghi Magnifica Evo is very easy to use. And it’s really simple to setup straight out the box too.

As there’s no complex display, you decide what you want to drink and then press the corresponding light-up button on the top. A quick push will get you the pre-programmed option, holding the button for longer allows you to customize the settings of that drink.

For milky drinks, you’ll need to attach the LatteCrema milk carafe but this couldn’t be simpler. You just add milk, slot it into the machine, and then off you go. After each drink, you can simply flush the system to prevent any buildup without taking everything apart.

Americano drinkers looking to add hot water to their espresso will need to remove the milk flask and replace it with a separate nozzle for hot water. It’s easy enough to do, you just need to keep the nozzle in a safe place – I nearly lost it multiple times!

The “My Latte” button allows you to make a fully customized coffee where you can set the amount of milk you want by adding only the amount you need to the carafe. As a helpful guide, the milk carafe has a scale with recommended quantities marked out for different drinks. I’m a big fan of this design feature as it allows you to get exactly the amount of milk you need to fit into your favorite cup.

My frustration with using “My Latte” is that it only saves the most recent coffee recipe. So, if you have multiple people wanting their own take on the popular coffee options, then you’ll have to reprogram it each time. Whilst annoying, machines with user profiles usually come with a hefty additional price tag. 

However, the Magnifica Evo wasn’t designed for amateur home baristas looking to customize their drinks. Instead, it’s a simpler approach to getting good coffee at home.

Simply set it up, push a button, and go. 

This is DeLonghi’s philosophy for this machine and they execute it extremely well. There are enough settings for you to get a good coffee. But if you want to tweak settings a lot, it’s pretty limited and can be a bit of a hassle to make those changes. So, if this is you, it might not be the espresso machine for you.

Freshly made latte macchiato on the Magnifica Evo's drip tray
Freshly made Latte Macchiato from the Magnifica Evo
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Whole Beans, Grounds, or Pods?

The DeLonghi Magnifica Evo is designed to be used with whole beans. The bean hopper capacity is 8.8 oz, which is annoyingly short of being the same size as a bag of coffee beans.

The excellent, but noisy, grinder has 13 settings to get the ideal grind for your chosen beans. You can easily change your settings using the grind adjustment dial inside the bean hopper.

When you first set up the Magnifica Evo, we recommend reducing the factory grind setting to the third finest (what would be 2 but isn’t numbered) for the best results. Just keep in mind that you should only change the grinder settings whilst it’s running.

Our next top tip is to only use the best quality, fresh coffee beans you can get your hands on. Ultimately, if you put cheap beans into your espresso machine, you will get coffee that tastes cheap back out.

As with almost all automatic coffee machines these days, there is a bypass chute allowing you to use it in pre-ground coffee mode if you prefer. This is very useful if you occasionally want to use decaf coffee beans or just try something a little different. But be careful not to put too much pre-ground coffee into the chute as it can jam the machine.

Grind adjustment dial inside the DeLonghi Magnifica Evo's bean hopper
Close-up of the grind adjustment dial inside the bean hopper
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Design & Build Quality Review

The Looks

Some DeLonghi models, like the Magnifica XS, look a little “90s fax machine” to me (for those old enough to remember the 90s and fax machines, that is). But the Magnifica Evo has taken a big step forward in looks with the backlit color buttons on the top.

Combining clean lines with a compact size is a good recipe for a sleek, good-looking espresso maker. Whilst the LatteCrema milk container on the front spoils the aesthetic slightly, this can be stored in the fridge when you’re not using it.

So, whilst we’ll admit that the Magnifica Evo isn’t winning any awards for innovative design, it does still look good.

At only 9.5 inches wide it’s pretty compact. However, the 14.2-inch height is more in line with some of the biggest coffee machines and may cause issues when filling the bean hopper if you have overhead cabinets. But if you’re careful it should be fine.

The water carafe is front-loaded so there’s no need for extra headroom to accommodate it.

Unless you have very narrow countertops, you shouldn’t have an issue with the 17.3-inch depth.

The Build

As standard, DeLonghi coffee machines come with a 2-year warranty. There is also the option to make that 3 years if you register your DeLonghi machine (the extended warranty comes as standard if you buy direct). Before even looking at anything else, that should tell you how they feel about the build quality of their products.

The Magnifica Evo is mostly plastic. But when looking at auto coffee machines at this price point, they’re almost all mostly plastic – stainless steel isn’t cheap after all. However, all the parts feel well made and I have no reason to doubt their durability.

The design and manufacture of the milk container mean it slots nicely into place. Similarly, the drip tray and water tank fit well and don’t feel breakable. Or at least not without considerable effort.

The conical burr grinder is stainless steel and should last you around 10 years without any difficulty.

You can also remove the brew group for cleaning and to make sure nothing nasty is building up in there (the important bit that doses and tamps your ground coffee). This is very helpful for the long-term health of your DeLonghi and is not a given on all top coffee machines (*cough Jura cough*).

The one thing that doesn’t feel well though is the spout height/ milk wand rotation. If you use a tall cup, it will easily fit under the adjustable coffee dispenser (up to 5.5 inches). But the milk wand doesn’t reach that high which is an annoying oversight.

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How Good is the Coffee from the Magnifica Evo?

The DeLonghi Magnifica Evo makes coffee for those who want the classic espresso and coffee flavors. It’s designed to brew a robust cup from a medium dark to dark roast bean that will be reminiscent of Italian cafes and high street coffee shops.

But it won’t bring out the delicate flavors and nuance of specialty coffee beans.

So this is a coffee maker for people who want simple, hot coffee similar to the espresso bars of Italy. Whether that’s espresso, long black coffees, or milk coffee options.

If you’re looking to try out lots of different single-origin beans and carefully dial in your machine for each, then the DeLonghi La Specialista series or the DeLonghi Dedica Deluxe will be better options for you.

The pre-set coffee options will vary depending on whether you choose the Magnifica Evo with LatteCrema (ECAM29084) or with the manual milk wand (ECAM29043).

On the former, you can choose between espresso, cappuccino, latte macchiato, long coffee, iced coffee, your custom “My Latte”, or simply hot water. But, with the more basic Magnifica Evo model, you choose between espresso, coffee, long coffee, americano, or iced coffee, plus the option to use the steam wand.

When testing out the LatteCrema model, we were really impressed with the latte macchiato – it was beautifully layered and dispensed in the correct order (hot milk, foam, then espresso). But the cappuccino didn’t quite hit the mark. Whilst the milk foam tasted good, it was a little too hot and lackluster for us.

Looking for no-fuss good coffee at a touch? The Magnifica Evo is a magnificent coffee machine.

Touchscreen drink options on the basic DeLonghi Magnifica Evo espresso machine
Drinks options on the basic Magnifica Evo
Preset drinks options available on the touchscreen of DeLonghi Magnifica Evo with LatteCrema (ECAM29084)
Soft-touch buttons of DeLonghi Magnifica Evo with LatteCrema
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LatteCrema vs Manual Milk Frothing

The DeLonghi Magnifica Evo comes in two models and the only difference is whether you want the manual milk wand or the LatteCrema automatic milk system.

This DeLonghi Magnifica Evo review has focused on the model that includes the milk system (ECAM29084 review) as it’s the version we tested. But also because we feel it’s absolutely worth the extra $100 to get it.

Don’t get us wrong, the basic Magnifica Evo model with manual milk wand is still an excellent machine. But if you’re looking at drinking a lot of black coffee we’d implore you to spend the extra on the DeLonghi Dinamica. It has a lot more options for getting your espresso or milk-free beverage just right.

However, if you want cheap, reliable, good-quality black coffee with minimal fuss. The basic DeLonghi Magnifica Evo is still a good option.

Where the LatteCrema system comes into its own is the intuitive feature to use only as much milk as you need. The markings on the side of the carafe act as a guide and you can add as much or as little as you want. Then the machine will froth until it’s detected there’s no milk left. Whilst this may upset the purists looking for the right coffee-to-milk ratio for their chosen recipe, it does put the flexibility in your hands.

Our biggest frustration with the LatteCrema model is how difficult DeLonghi has made it to get hot milk on its own. Especially as this is a pretty standard feature on their other machines. We did find a way around getting hot milk though, it’s just not very intuitive:

Select the ground coffee bypass button (the little spoon icon) without putting any ground coffee in the chute. Then press MyLatte. As there’s no coffee, it will simply dispense the hot milk.

LatteCrema milk system on the DeLonghi Magnifica Evo
The intuitive LatteCrema milk system
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Bells & Whistles

There are a couple of shiny new features on the Magnifica Evo that we need to take a deeper dive into. Namely, the “over ice” coffee setting and the fancy new milk carafe.

When making iced coffee, DeLonghi recommends brewing on the strongest setting. The result is a noticeably cooler coffee that is designed to be diluted a little with ice.

For a little more precision, we prefer to dilute it with a little cold water and use non-melting whiskey rocks. This means every sip is as delicious as the last rather than super strong at the beginning and really thin, watery coffee toward the end which was how we found the iced drinks on the recommended settings.

That said, the over-ice function works nicely. It makes a really delicious iced coffee, so kudos to DeLonghi. Bonus points for having actually useful instructions too.

The new milk carafe looks suspiciously like the one on the excellent Philips 4300 LatteGo. But if you’re going to copy designs, copy good ones.

The ”My Latte” option on the Magnifica Evo automatic coffee machine with LatteCrema allows you to create a custom coffee. As an added bonus, you can use just the amount of milk you’ve put into the carafe (with a tiny bit left over).

So if you prefer just a touch of milk, that’s an option. Or if you like a glass of milk discolored by coffee, you can do that too. This is a great feature if you’re worried about milk wastage which is a common issue with other fully automatic coffee machines.

There are, kinda, helpful lines up the carafe’s side for measuring the milk. But you’re probably going to have to do some experimenting with whatever cup you use to get it right.

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Is it Easy to Clean?

Continuing the theme of everything being as simple as possible, the DeLonghi Magnifica Evo is very easy to clean.

The front-loading water tank, milk container, drip tray, and puck container can all be easily removed and rinsed. This should be done daily at least. And the milk container should be cleaned after every use.

The water filters will keep descaling to a minimum, but yes, all automatic coffee machines need descaling from time to time. The whole process takes around 45 minutes but, depending on your water hardness, it may not need to be done more than twice a year.

DeLonghi recommends only using its branded descaling products to avoid any issues. Whilst this does leave you locked into a more expensive brand it also avoids you voiding your warranty. 

The brew group is easy to remove and rinse out. This is where the grounds are tamped and your coffee is extracted so it’s crucial you keep it clean so you can keep your coffee tasting delicious. Again though, this is a two-minute job at most.

Remember to brush or vacuum out the grinder every few weeks too. Whilst the machine looks after itself to a certain extent, for quality and safety, you should deep clean the Magnifica Evo every week.

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DeLonghi Magnifica Evo vs Philips 4300 LatteGo

The main competition to the Magnifica Evo is clearly the machine that has been the inspiration for the superb milk system:

The Philips 4300 LatteGo.

Whilst it’s slightly more expensive than the DeLonghi Magnifica Evo, it is a marginal difference. It also doesn’t look quite as sleek but it does have some great features that the Evo doesn’t.

User profiles may be the most helpful thing you get on the Philips 4300 LatteGo that sets it apart. If there are up to 3 of you who all love a latte macchiato, but slightly differently, you can all have your preferences saved. This means one-touch customized drinks for everyone (well, 3 of you) which is a great feature for an affordable automatic coffee maker.

The Philips display makes customizing easier too. The central LCD display surrounded by buttons makes selecting your drink and preferences simple. A nice big button to switch profiles is also very welcome.

Where it suffers is the lack of an “Over Ice” coffee option and the ceramic grinder won’t have the same longevity as the DeLonghi’s stainless steel one. So it all comes down to which features you’ll use most. But in a household of several coffee drinkers, the Philips machine is the better option.

Which One Is Your Winner?

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Final Thoughts

The DeLonghi Magnifica Evo is an excellent low-to-middle-end super-automatic espresso machine.

It’s straightforward to use, has superb build quality, makes good quality coffee and textured milk, and is easy to clean. That’s a whole lot of positives.

Compared to some of its toughest competitors, the Magnifica Evo lacks some features such as user profiles and a more intuitive screen. But it also offers “Over Ice” Coffee and has a superior grinder. So we can’t be too negative with our DeLonghi Magnifica Evo review.

As with all the best automatic coffee machines, how good it is boils down to what features you’re actually going to use:

Never drink coffee with milk? Don’t get the Magnifica Evo with the LatteCrema system, opt for the basic model instead.

Are more than two of you planning to use it? Then the user profiles on the Philips 4300 LatteGo will be better for you.

But if you’re looking for a first home coffee machine or to take a step up from a single-serve pod coffee machine, this is a great option. Compared to a single-serve, you will get pretty much the same level of ease. But with better coffee, better choice of coffee beans, and better for the planet.

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Matt Woodburn-Simmonds

Matt's coffee obsession started in 2006 when working as a Barista. A tendency to turn up to work hungover kickstarted his coffee journey which quickly turned into a love affair. As he moved on to work as a Restaurant Manager and Sommelier, the obsession continued to grow. Now, his passion is helping others to enjoy better coffee at home.

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