Breville and De’Longhi. Both of them have producing espresso machines to provide us better coffee and espresso taste experience. They are competing nearly in all price segments. They have unique styles, and they supply diverse options for consumers. More options always are better for customers. However, it is also hard to decide to choose the best one for you if there are a lot of options. In this Breville vs. De’Longhi article, we will try to find answers to a question. Which one is better: Breville or De’Longhi? We will compare them to 5 different price segments. Before comparing, let’s talk about the brands, their history, and some additional details.
Breville was founded in 1932 in Sydney. As you might guess, it is an Australian brand. The name of “Breville” was created by combining the surnames of the founders, Bill O’Brien and Harry Norville, a radio salesman, and an engineer, respectively. Breville delivers kitchen products to more than 70 countries. The brand mainly focuses on kitchen appliances.
In the first times of the company, they produced and sold radios. At that time, radios were the primary way of entertainment, content consuming, and connecting to the world to understand and know what is happening. After this period, they focused on small appliances. In the 1960s, they established the R&D center to design and build new products. The R&D establishment was an essential step in the history of the company.
Today, the company produces and sells different products for our kitchens. Here is the list of their product categories:
Espresso Machines, Nespresso Machines, Ovens, Coffee Machines, Coffee Grinders, Kettles & Tea Makers, Cookers, Food Processors, Sous Vide, Bluicers, Juicers, Blenders, Bread Makers, Immersion Blenders, Mixers, Toasters, Grills & Sandwich Makers, Microwaves, Woks Skillets and Deep Fryers, Waffle Makers, Ice Cream Makers, Food & Drink Smokers, Wine Products, Cookware, and Cookware Sets.
Breville won 5 Red Dot Design Awards in 2019. The awarded products are the Bambino Plus (BES500), the Barista Pro (BES878), the Tea Maker Compact (BTM700), the Super Q (BBL920), the Smart Oven Pizzaiolo (2019).
There are 520 employees in Breville, and nearly half of them live outside of Australia.
Breville’s sales increased to $760 million in FY19.
Breville’s market cap is currently 3.187B (in AUD). (valid for the date of the data was taken)
There are three brands under the Breville Group: Breville, Sage, Kambrook.
According to Google Trends, the number of searches for “Breville” have an upward trend for the last five years. Also, there has been an upward trend since 2004.
De’Longhi was founded in 1902 in Italy as a workshop. In 1950 the company incorporated.
De’Longhi’s first product was an oil-filled radiator in 1974. Millions of people used this radiator, and the product became very popular at that time. At the beginning of the 1980s, the company entered the US market. Their first portable air conditioner, Pinguino, was an iconic product. It was launched in 1986.
De’Longhi entered the coffee machine industry in 1993 with its first espresso coffee maker: “BAR5”. In 2003, the company launched its first super-automatic espresso machine: “Magnifica”.
A milestone agreement was made between Nespresso and De’Longi to distribute of capsule coffee machines in 2004. In 2007, the De’Longhi Group produced and launched Lattissima, thanks to the partnership. It is the first and only automatic cappuccino Nespresso machine.
De’Longhi not only focused on producing but also innovations. The IFD (Instant Froth Dispenser) was a vital innovation, especially for developing automatic cappuccino technology.
Today, the De’Longhi Group’s products are reached to 75 countries worldwide. There are more than 8000 employees in the Group.
The Group has four brands today under its umbrella: De’Longhi, Kenwood, Braun, Ariete.
The Group’s sales were €393.3 million in the first quarter of 2020. Most of the sales have occurred in Europe.
De’Longhi’s market cap is currently €3.729B. (valid for the date of the data was taken)
According to Google Trends, the number of searches for “De’Longhi” has shown an upward line for the last five years. Also, there has been an upward trend since 2004.
Comparison of the brands
Which one is better under $100?
After filtering by the brands, we found two espresso machines under $100, and all of them are De’Longhi: De’Longhi EC155 15 Bar Pump Espresso and Cappucino Maker, and De’Longhi EC260BK Stilosa Espresso Machine.
De’Longhi Stilosa is a relatively new listed product on Amazon. 15 bar pump ensures the perfect pressure to make espresso. Manual milk frother allows us to make cappuccino, latte, or flat white.
De’Longhi 15 Bar Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker is one of the best sellers products in the semi-automatic espresso machines category on Amazon. Removable water tank makes the cleaning easy. Thanks to its compact design, it does not take too much space on a countertop.
Result: Under $100 price category, the winner is De’Longhi. While there are two different De’Longhi espresso machines, Breville does not supply and offer any machine at the price level on Amazon. Therefore, we could not compare them in this segment, and De’Longhi became the winner.
Actually, there are no enough options under $100. You may want to choose a Moka pot instead of an espresso maker for this budget. You can find more details in our Moka Pot vs. Espresso Machine Comparison article. We compare them in 12 different criteria and share the results. According to your preferences, you may decide to buy a Moka pot.
Which one is better between $100-$300?
Note for clarification: In these categories, we excluded Nespresso machines. Although there are products of Nespresso Machines by De’Longhi and by Breville in the price segments, we will compare and commented on them as a separate part later in the article.
We listed five options between $100-$300, one of them is Breville, and the other five of them are De’Longhi: Breville Cafe Roma ESP8XL, De’Longhi ECP3120/ECP3420, De’Longhi EC702, De’Longhi BCO430/BCO430BM, De’Longhi Dedica EC680M.
Breville Cafe Roma provides you to control espresso shot volume manually. Brushed stainless steel body and the warming tray are some of the advantages. The warming tray can heat six espresso cups.
De’Longhi ECP3120/ECP3420 has Advanced Cappuccino System. Thanks to the system, you can prepare textured drinks. The water tank is removable, and the water level can be easily visible to know how much water left in the tank.
De’Longhi EC702’s two separate thermostats ensure controlling water and steam pressure separately.
De’Longhi BCO430/BCO430BM has two sides: the left side allows you to make espresso, cappuccino, and latte, while the right side can brew drip coffee. Its advanced active carbon filter provides better taste by keeping water fresh.
De’Longhi Dedica has a compact and sleek design. It fits on your kitchen countertop elegantly thanks to its stainless steel construction. You can adjust the double drip tray to place taller cups.
Result: Breville does not have an absolute advantage with its Cafe Roma machine over De’Longhi options. De’Longhi’s machines also do not have a significant advantage or better consumer reviews against Breville. So, our criterion will be the number of products in this price category. Therefore, the winner is De’Longhi, because the brand offers 4 of 5 options on this list.
Additionally, you may want to read our Best Espresso Machines Under $300 article to see our top selections without filtering these two brands, among all alternatives on Amazon.
Which one is better between $300-$600?
We found four options in total for this price category: three of them are Breville, and one of them is De’Longhi. Here is the list of 4 options: Breville the Duo-Temp Pro BES810BSSUSC, Breville the Bambino Plus BES500BSS1BUS1, Breville the Infuser BES840XL/BES840CBXL/BES840BSXL, De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM3300.
Breville the Duo-Temp Pro has alerts that let you know when there is a need a little maintenance. Low-pressure pre-infusion provides an even extraction for balanced flavors. The machine comes with the razor, precision dose trimming tool, for better dosing.
Breville the Bambino Plus reaches the optimum extraction temperature in 3 seconds thanks to the Innovative ThermoJet heating system. Breville recommends 19 grams of ground coffee for the 54 mm porta-filter to reach full-bodied coffee with rich flavors.
Breville the Infuser has three color options: BES840XL (Brushed Stainless Steel), BES840CBXL (Cranberry Red), BES840BSXL (Black Sesame). When you want to make your third-wave coffees at home, the machine provides you the micro-foam milk texturing. Micro-foam is an essential element for latté art.
De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM3300 is a super-automatic espresso machine. It is also one of the bestsellers and most reviewed super-automatic espresso machines on Amazon. You can adjust the parameters by programming, and it can remember your settings to make your customized espresso drinks according to your preferences. The steel burr grinder ensures maximum freshness for every cup.
Result: According to customer reviews on Amazon, all of three Breville machines’ users reported better experiences and gave higher ratings than De’Longhi Magnifica users. Also, Breville has more alternatives in this price category than De’Longhi. On the other hand, De’Longhi Magnifica is a super-automatic espresso machine. In this price level, finding a good super-automatic espresso machine is not easy. After all these comparisons, the winner is Breville because it has more options, and its users gave more positive feedbacks. However, if a super-automatic espresso machine is the main character of your dreams, then just for you, the winner can be De’Longhi.
Which one is better between $600-$1000?
We listed and chose eight options in this category after filtering by price range. Three of them are Breville, and five of them are De’Longhi. Here is the list of them: Breville the Barista Express BES870XL, Breville the Barista Pro BES878BSS1BUS1, Breville the Barista Touch BES880BSS1BUS1, De’Longhi Magnifica XS ECAM22110S/ECAM22110SB, De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM04110S, De’Longhi La Specialista EC9335M, De’Longhi Dinamica ECAM35020W, De’Longhi Magnifica S ECAM23460S.
Breville the Barista Express has a burr grinder that grinds coffee beans before each extraction. You can also control the grind size. PID (digital temperature control) technology ensures perfectly balanced taste.
Breville the Barista Pro’s intuitive display provides you the necessary information. Therefore you can make your third-wave specialty coffees at home. It also shows animations of grinding and extracting progress. The machine has six different color options: Brushed Stainless Steel, Black Truffle, Smoked Hickory, Sea Salt, Royal Champagne, Damson Blue.
Breville the Barista Touch has a modern and intuitive touch screen display. You can control different parameters in three steps easily. You save up to 8 personalized drinks to easily reach it in the next time.
De’Longhi Magnifica XS and De’Longhi Magnifica (ESAM04110S) are fully automatic espresso machines with a manual cappuccino system. Their burr grinder has 13 adjustable settings. You can adjust them according to your preferences. Using pre-ground coffee for regular, specialty, or decaf choices is also possible. You can also customize one-touch drinks.
De’Longhi La Specialista is the Reddot Design Award winner of 2019. Its active temperature control with a dual heating system stabilizes the temperature for the best results. The machine can start quickly in 1 second just after power it on. It has a separate hot water spout to brew an authentic americano. You can use hot water for tea. Smart Tamping Station provides the right pressure for tamping the ground coffee, pulling the lever is enough to tamp it.
De’Longhi Dinamica is a unique espresso machine. Why? Because it can deliver iced coffee. How? It brews the coffee at a lower temperature and infuses it over ice. De’Longhi named the brewing ice coffee technology as “TrueBrew Over Ice”. The iced coffee is never watered down, thanks to this feature.
De’Longhi Magnifica S is a super-automatic espresso machine that allows you to make espressos, cappuccinos, lattes, and macchiatos by one touching of a button. Its LatteCrema System provides long-lasting foam for your espresso drinks.
Result: Let’s analyze some criteria to decide which brand is better in this price category. Firstly, according to customer reviews, Breville earns a point against De’Longhi. Secondly, if we look to features that the brands add to the products, De’Longhi earns a point, because they have a significant advantage thanks to TrueBrew Over Ice technology that used in Dinamica. Thirdly, although we found more De’Longhi options than Breville, Breville also offers three espresso machines. There is no significant superiority in this criterion. As a result, it is hard to announce a winner in this category. De’Longhi may be a winner because of extra features, while Breville may be a winner because of better customer reviews.
Which one is better between $1000-$2000?
We found four espresso machines for $1000-$2000 price range. Two of them are Breville, and the other two of them are De’Longhi machines: Breville the Dual Boiler BES920XL, Breville the Oracle BES980XL, De’Longhi Eletta, De’Longhi Magnifica Smart.
Before go in details of the comparison, it is just to remind, wrong coffee beans may damage and clog a super-automatic espresso machine. It is good to use less oily coffee beans for espresso. That means that medium or light level roasted coffee beans would be better choices.
Breville the Dual Boiler has three color options: Stainless Steel, Cranberry Red, Black Sesame. The machine includes a dual boiler heating system. One of them for the espresso shot, while another one for steaming your milk. LCD assists you to help for descaling steps. The machine comes with a water hardness test strip.
Breville the Oracle grinds, doses, and tamping automatically. While extracting espresso, you can texture milk to make your latte in a short time. Thanks to One Touch Americano feature, the machine delivers hot water over a double shot of espresso after extraction.
De’Longhi Eletta is a super-automatic espresso machine. Its one-touch intuitive display makes the machine easy to use. You can control and program different parameters like temperature, milk to espresso ratio, and more. The machine can froth any type of milk like soy, coconut, almond, and cow milk.
De’Longhi Magnifica Smart is a super-automatic espresso machine. You can remove the carafe from the unit to keep the milk in refrigerated. Thanks to the machine’s milk unit design, milk does not contact with the machine. The machine also can make you drip-style coffee.
Before the result part, you can check our Best Espresso Machines Under $2000 article. We commented on De’Longhi Eletta and Breville the Oracle, with more details. You can also find alternative espresso machines in the article.
Result: Both brands have the same number of machines on our list. Better customer reviews and higher star ratings make De’Longhi the winner for this category. Also, Eletta’s modern and elegant design may support this decision.
Nespresso Machine by Breville vs Nespresso Machine by De’Longhi
Breville and De’Longhi also produce espresso machines for Nespresso. There are many different options. Most of Nespresso machines by either De’Longhi or Breville have very good customer reviews from happy users. Their five-star rating rates are also very high if we compare them with other espresso machines.
Because of the number of options, we won’t compare the brands’ Nespresso machines in models. This comparison will be made as a separate article on www.makeandwakeup.com. For now, it is possible to say that both brands produce high-quality Nespresso machines and make the users happy. Both brands are a winner for this part, for this article.
As a result:
In this article, we tried to compare Breville vs. De’Longhi to decide which one is better. Both of the brands have enough know-how to make good espresso makers. However, in different price segments, some of them are not enough to satisfy customer expectations. Deciding which brand would be the winner is not easy. We use some criteria to help us. However, you may have better criteria to compare them. Moreover, with those criteria, your result and your winner could be different from ours. So, our results do not show absolute advantages or disadvantages. They just show our preferences and choices. We announced winners for each price segments, and the total result is here:
The winner of $0-$100: De’Longhi.
The winner of $100-$300: De’Longhi.
The winner of $300-$600: Breville.
The winner of $600-$1000: Not clear, both of the brands have different advantages.
The winner of $1000-$2000: De’Longhi.