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Delonghi Dinamica Review

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Last updated: January 2, 2024

Quick Answer: I only recommend the Delonghi Dinamica model with an automatic milk steaming system. If you want a super-automatic espresso machine with a steam wand, then I’d instead recommend the Delonghi Magnifica Evo

In this Delonghi Dinamica review, I’m going to give my verdict on the super-automatic espresso machine’s coffee quality, ease of use, and build quality. 

I’m also going to

  • Run through the differences between the various Dinamica models.
  • Look at whether the Delonghi Dinamica is the best super automatic coffee espresso machine for under $1,500.
  • Explain why I think that the Delonghi Magnifica Evo is a better purchase than the Delonghi Dinamica if you want an espresso machine with a steam wand.

Should I Buy the Delonghi Dinamica?

I recommend the Delonghi Dinamica ECAM35075SI if you want a super-automatic espresso machine that can make milk drinks at the touch of a button.

The Delonghi Dinamica is, in my opinion, the best value-for-money coffee maker of this kind.

  • You get far more functionality from the Delonghi Dinamica than you would with similarly priced Jura machines (Jura machines that cost the same as the Dinamica don’t steam milk).
  • The Delonghi Dinamica offers more milk textures than similarly priced Philips machines so you get much more variation between its different milk-based drinks.
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Coffee Quality
8/10
Milk Steaming Performance
9/10
Functionalities
8/10
Ease of Use and Cleaning
6/10
Design and Build Quality
8/10
Value for Money
9/10

While I do like the Delonghi Dinamica ECAM35020B, you can basically get the same machine for cheaper with the Delonghi Magnifica Evo.

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Delonghi Dinamica Pros

Makes one of the better-tasting espressos of all super-automatic espresso machines.

The version of the machine with an automatic milk frother can steam milk to three distinct textures (very few super-automatic espresso machines offer this).

It has a three-year warranty if you register the product with Delonghi. This is the longest warranty of any of the major super-automatic coffee machine manufacturers.

Its front-loading water tank makes it a suitable espresso machine for those with limited counter-to-cabinet clearance.

Delonghi Dinamica Cons

The model with a steam wand can be tricky to troubleshoot – you will need to consult the machine’s manual if something goes wrong with it.

Its iced coffee is too watery. You’re better off brewing a lungo and then pouring it into a separate glass with ice.

Adjusting the Dinamica’s settings is more difficult than on other super automatics.

What are the Differences Between the Delonghi Dinamica Models?

There are two Delonghi Dinamica models currently available:

Delonghi Dinamica ECAM35020B

  • Has a panarello steam wand (manual milk steaming).
  • Has a button-operated control panel with backlit warning lights.
  • Comes in either black or white (the white version of the machine is called the Delonghi Dinamica ECAM35020W – the B/W at the end of the name stands for “black” or “white”).

Delonghi Dinamica ECAM35075SI

  • Uses Delonghi’s LatteCrema automatic milk frother which can steam milk to three preset textures.
  • It’s controlled by buttons but also has an LCD screen with all your menu options. The LCD screen also displays warnings in plain English (rather than through symbols).
  • Only comes in silver

You can see a side-by-side of the two models below, note how their only differences are their milk-steaming system on their left.

Below is a side-by-side of their user interface:

You’ll generally need to pay $300 – $400 more for the Delonghi Dinamica model with an automatic milk frother and LCD screen than you would for the model with a manual steam wand.

Delonghi also makes the Delonghi Dinamica Plus espresso machine which is meant to be a direct upgrade of the Delonghi Dinamica.

I don’t personally think that the Dinamica Plus is worth its additional cost compared to the Delonghi Dinamica. 

You can see my thoughts on which is the better espresso machine comparison of the Delonghi Dinamica vs Dinamica Plus.

Below is a table of specs of the two Delonghi Dinamica models:

Delonghi Dinamica ECAM35020B/W Delonghi Dinamica ECAM35075SI
Description
Super automatic espresso machine with steam wand
Super automatic espresso machine with automatic milk frothing system
Available black coffee drinks
4
7
Available milk coffee drinks
N/A (manual milk steaming)
8
User interface
Buttons with backlit symbols
Buttons with LCD display screen
Milk steaming system
Panarello steam wand
LatteCrema milk system (3 preset textures)
Heating system
Single thermoblock
Dual thermoblock
Heat up time
40 seconds
40 seconds
Pump pressure
15 bar
15 bar
Grinder type
Stainless steel conical burr
Stainless
Grinder settings
13
13
Water tank capacity
61 oz
61 oz
Dimensions (width x depth x height)
9.3” x 16.9” x 13.7”
9.3” x 16.9” x 13.7”
Price
Cheaper
More expensive

I’m now going to assess the Delonghi Dinamica across the following criteria:

  • Coffee quality
  • Milk steaming performance
  • Functionalities
  • Ease of use and cleaning
  • Design and build quality
  • Value for money

Coffee Quality

The Delonghi Dinamica makes better espresso than most super-automatic espresso machines. I’m less of a fan of its “TrueBrew over ice” iced coffee and drip coffee, however, no fully automatic espresso machine makes these coffee types well.

Espresso Quality

A super-automatic espresso machine’s coffee quality varies much more between each manufacturer than it does between each model made by the same manufacturer.

In other words, every Delonghi super-automatic makes the same quality of espresso, as does every Jura espresso machine, every Gaggia espresso machine, etc.

In his comparison of super-automatic espresso machines, the barista and coffee YouTuber was very impressed with the Delonghi Dinamica Plus’s espresso shots. 

He said that it produced the second-best espresso out of the six most popular super-automatic espresso machine manufacturers (second only to the much more expensive Jura Z10).

You can see his thoughts on the Dinamica Plus’s espresso below (watch from 5:28 – 7:37; watch from 2:42 – 17:37 to see his thoughts on all the machine’s espresso quality):

The Delonghi Dinamica uses an identical brewing system to the Dinamica Plus so should also produce better-tasting espresso than most super-automatic espresso machines.

Quality of Drip Coffee and Iced Coffee

I doubt that Delonghi Dinamica’s non-espresso drinks (like drip coffee and iced coffee) are going to be good.

Super-automatic machines just aren’t designed to brew coffee other than espresso. 

Its brew group is too small to hold enough ground coffee beans to brew these drip coffee properly. 

You’d get a better drip-style coffee in a $30 V60 than you would in a $3,000 super-automatic espresso machine.

I’m particularly skeptical of the machine’s iced coffee. The machine brews iced coffee at a lower temperature than it brews espresso.

The idea here is that your coffee will come out at a lower temperature and therefore melt your ice less. 

However, coffee brewed at a lower-than-ideal temperature comes out under-extracted, resulting in a bland final drink.

This worry is confirmed by a Delonghi Dinamica user on Reddit who says that the machine’s TrueBrew over ice coffee style is “watery” in this thread.

“The iced coffee component isn’t great— kind of watered down but I don’t use it anyways.”

u/88lioness88

If you want to make an iced coffee, I’d instead brew a lungo and then pour it into a fresh cup with ice. 

This changing of your cup should cool the coffee down enough that it doesn’t completely melt your ice while still brewing at an ideal temperature for a full-bodied iced coffee.

Still, the Delonghi Dinamica is primarily an espresso machine and its espresso is very good. I therefore can’t knock its performance in this regard.

Coffee Quality Rating: 8/10

Milk Steaming Performance

The Delonghi Dinamica’s three preset milk textures mean that it can make a wider variety of milk textures than most super-automatic espresso machines.

Since the Delonghi Dinamica model with a steam wand and the model with an automatic milk system froth milk in completely different ways, I am going to review them individually.

Delonghi Dinamica ECAM35020B/W (Panarello Steam Wand)

The Delonghi Dinamica with a steam wand can make better quality steamed milk than any machine with an automatic milk frother. It is far more effort to use than an automatic milk frother, however.

The Delonghi Dinamica ECAM35020B/W uses a panarello steam wand. This just means that its steam wand has a metal sleeve around it which pumps additional air into the milk as you steam it.

This reduces the learning curve involved in frothing milk. However, it also prevents you from making super silky steamed milk (what you’d expect to find in an artisanal coffee shop and what you need to make latte art).

You can remove the panarello sleeve. This will allow you to make silkier milk foam, closer to what you’d expect from a barista.

However, due to the limitations of the steam wand itself, you’ll still struggle to make latte art with the Delonghi Dinamica.

If you want to make latte art then you’re going to need to get a semi-automatic espresso machine.

Delonghi Dinamica ECAM35075SI (Automatic LatteCrema Milk System)

The Delonghi Dinamica ECAM35075SI allows you to steam milk to three distinct textures, this level of milk texture control is almost unique among fully automatic coffee machines.

All super-automatic espresso machines with automatic milk frothers create a similar quality milk texture. 

This has been demonstrated by James Hoffmann in his comparison of super automatics. His verdict on all the machines (including the Delonghi Dinamica) milk texture was “not great, but not terrible either”.

You can see his thoughts on fully automatic coffee machines’ milk frothing below (watch from 17:33 – 25:44):

The Delonghi Dinamica’s milk steaming system can steam milk to three distinct textures. No super-automatic (other than the Delonghi Dinamica Plus and Jura S8) gives you this much control over your milk texture.

Leftmost setting is for lightly textured hot milk, rightmost setting is for thick foam

This makes the Delonghi Dinamica ECAM35075SI one of the best super automatic machines for those who want to make a wide variety of milk-based espresso drinks.

Milk Steaming Performance: 9/10

Functionalities

The Delonghi Dinamica offers a wider range of coffee types than most similarly priced coffee machines. Its ability to steam milk to multiple milk textures also means that there is greater variation between each of its milk-based espresso drinks than other machines. 

Available Drinks

The version of the Delonghi Dinamica with a steam wand can make the following four drinks (information in this table is taken from the machine’s manual):

Coffee Name Description
Espresso
1.35 oz of water brewed under pressure through a puck of coffee for about 30 seconds
Lungo
4 oz of water brewed under pressure through one puck of coffee for about a minute
“Drip Style” Coffee
5.5 oz of water brewed slowly (for around 2 minutes) through one puck of coffee
TrueBrew Over Ice
3.4 oz of water brewed at a lower temperature through one puck of coffee

As I said earlier, I’d only ever drink Dinamica’s espresso or Lungo.

Since you steam milk manually, you can theoretically make any milk drink that you want with the Delonghi ECAM35020B. It all depends on how much milk you use and how you steam it.

The Delonghi Dinamica with an automatic milk frother offers you 15 different drinks (this includes black coffee and milk-based drinks).

This is pretty much in line with similarly priced super-automatic espresso machines including:

  • Philips 5400 LatteGo: 12 options
  • Jura E6: 11 options
  • Gaggia Academica: 19 options

However, as I mentioned earlier, the Delonghi Dinamica is one of the few super-automatic espresso machines that offer multiple milk textures so there is much more variety between its milk-based drinks compared to these aforementioned machines.

Its latte, cappuccino, and macchiato will actually have different textures, unlike with Jura, Philips, or Gaggia machines where they only differ in the quantity of milk used.

Drink Customizations

The Delonghi Dinamica lets you customize the strength and size of your drinks, however, it does not make this as easy to do as many other superautomatic machines.

The Delonghi Dinamica lets you customize your drinks in the following ways:

  • Coffee strength: This determines how much ground coffee you brew, on a scale of 1-5.
  • Coffee length: While the Delonghi Dinamica lets you adjust the volume of water it brews with for each drink, making these adjustments is significantly harder than with other super-automatic espresso machines (more of this in the ease of use section).
  • Brewing Temperature: This is kind of a redundant feature. Even Delonghi engineers say that you should always set this to its highest temperature.
The icon to the left of the smallest bean tells the machine to brew with any pre-ground coffee in its bypass doser

The Delonghi Dinamica does NOT let you adjust the amount of milk used in your drink. 

It will instead use whatever milk you put in its milk container (in fairness, its milk container has measurement suggestions for different milk-based drinks).

Most super automatics let you adjust milk volume to the nearest second dispensing time so it’s disappointing that the Dinamica does not do this.

I also think that the Delonghi Dinamica’s 2x button is a little disingenuous. 

This does not allow you to make a double espresso at the press of a button. 

It instead doubles the amount of water it brews with rather than doubles the amount of water and ground coffee it brews with.

This is a problem that also plagues the Delonghi ESAM 3300.

Functionalities Rating: 8/10

Ease of Use and Cleaning

The Delonghi Dinamica is less user-friendly than most super automatics espresso machines. Customizing your coffee is particularly difficult. The version of the machine with a steam wand is also difficult to troubleshoot given its lack of clear error warnings.

Ease of Making Drinks

Making a coffee with the Delonghi Dinamica is as easy as filling the machines with coffee beans and water and pressing a button.

Delonghi Dinamica  ECAM35020B’s control panel

The only other thing you need to remember is to place a cup under your machine before and after you make a coffee as your machine will run a rinse cycle when it turns on and after it brews. 

I’ve made the mistake of putting a cup under its spout before it turns on and ended up with an unintentional lukewarm coffee-water drink (it was still better than a Keurig coffee to be fair).

While the Delonghi Dinamica’s basic workflow is easy, this is true of all super-automatic espresso machines.

It’s therefore not a factor that makes the Delonghi Dinamica any better than other fully automatic coffee machines.

Ease of Customizing Drinks

Here’s where things get tricky…

The Delonghi Dinamica doesn’t just let you increase a drink by a certain volume.

Instead, you need to put the machine in “customize” mode (called “MyMenu”) on the model with an automatic steam wand, have the machine brew your drink then stop it exactly when it meets your desired volume.

This then becomes the new default for that menu item.

Unlike most super-automatic espresso machines, the Delonghi Dinamica does NOT let you:

  • Adjust each drink’s volume individually.
  • Add or subtract a certain volume to each drink with the touch of a button.

The Dinamica’s drink customizing process is so badly designed that most product demonstrations of the Delonghi Dinamica say that you cannot customize serving sizes at all. 

I am sure that most who own the machine don’t bother with this and just use the machine’s default settings.

If you like to experiment with lots of different drink sizes then I’d recommend avoiding the Delonghi Dinamica altogether (it’s a great coffee machine otherwise though).  

Ease of Cleaning

The machine is easy to clean since so many of its parts that come into direct contact with milk, coffee or water are removable and machine washable. This includes a dishwasher-safe drip tray.

You can find a table of which of the Dinamica’s components are removable and dishwasher safe below:

Component Is it removable? Is it dishwasher safe?
Water tank
Yes
No
Drip tray
Yes
Yes
Used coffee grounds container
Yes
Yes
Grinder
No
No
Steam wand sleeve
Yes
Yes
Milk tank
Yes
Yes
Brew group
Yes
No

I really like the fact that the Dinamica espresso machine has a removable brew group.

So many of a super-automatic espresso machine’s technical issues come from blocked or stiff brew groups. 

The fact that you can remove, clean, and lubricate the Delonghi Dinamica’s brew group means that the machine should be able to perform at its best for a lot longer than machines that do not allow you to do this (Jura machines, for example).

Just remember to unplug the coffee maker before opening it up to remove its brew group. 

Failure to do this will void its warranty as it explicitly tells you to do this in its manual.

Ease of Descaling

The Dinamica model with a steam wand has a descale warning light (the button at the top right of the control panel) that flashes when the machine needs descaling and flashes red when the machine is in descale mode.

The Dinamica model with an automatic milk frother will tell you when it needs to be descaled on its LCD screen.

I like that the machine tells you when it needs to be descaled. Brewing with a machine that needs to be descaled can cause irreversible damage to it.

You can see a video walking through Delonghi Dinamica’s descaling process below:

These are the warning lights

Unfortunately, it is not obvious what these symbols mean. 

This is made all the more confusing by the fact that these symbols can illuminate solidly or flash depending on what the specific issue is.

As one user puts it:

“Ok, this thing is a pain in the butt. The “problem” symbols are lit up with strange designs, so I need to get out the booklet to see what this thing needs.”

This unclear way of telling you what the problem is with your machine means that you NEED to keep the manual with you to help you troubleshoot the machine.

The Dinamica model with an automatic milk frother is better in this regard, as it tells you on its LCD screen what its specific technical problems are:

This is much easier to understand than a random flashing symbol

Still, combine this difficulty in troubleshooting with a stupid drink customization workflow, and the Delonghi Dinamica is not the easiest automatic espresso machine to use.

Ease of Use and Cleaning Rating: 6/10 for Dinamica ECAM35075SI; 5/10 for Dinamica ECAM35020B/W

Design and Build Quality

The Delonghi Dinamica (like all of Delonghi’s super-automatic espresso machines) is really well-built and should last you several years. Delonghi cut some corners in the machine’s external build, but this is reflected in its relatively low price compared to machines with similar functionalities.

Grinder Quality

The Delonghi Dinamica has a stainless steel conical burr grinder with 13 grind settings. This means that your freshly ground coffee beans will be uniform in size.

This is a big part of the reason why the machine makes such great espresso.

Although the Dinamica’s grinder’s day-to-day performance is really good, it does have a few flaws, namely:

  • The machine struggles to brew when its grinder is set to its two finest settings. It’s strange that the machine allows you to brew this finely when its brewing mechanism cannot handle this.
  • Its bean hopper lid does not seal properly. This means that you cannot keep your coffee beans in the Dinamica’s bean hopper without some deterioration occurring due to exposure to air.
  • Its bypass doser can easily leak and this can render the entire machine unusable. There is a whole page in the Dinamica’s manual dedicated to using the bypass doser without damaging the machine. I’d avoid putting pre-ground coffee in the machine altogether. This is a shame for anyone who wants a decaf coffee in the evening.

Bear in mind that these are all nitpicks. 

The Dinamica’s built-in grinder grinds your fresh coffee beans finely and uniformly – it’s certainly not the machine’s weak point.

External Build Quality

The Delonghi Dinamica is smartly designed to save space. 

I particularly like how the water tank pulls out from the front, rather than having to be pulled out from above. This makes the Dinamica a more suitable fully automatic coffee machine for people with limited countertop clearance than a Jura machine.

I saw at least one Dinamica review that complained that there was too much plastic used in the machine’s exterior. I think that this is a redundant point because every domestic coffee maker uses a lot of plastic in its external build.

Admittedly, the Delonghi Dinamica feels cheaper built than a Jura coffee machine, but when you consider the Dinamica’s additional functionalities compared to a similarly priced Jura, this is understandable.

I couldn’t find any evidence that the Delonghi Dinamica is more prone to breaking down than a Jura machine, so personally, I’d take this added functionality for the price. 

As I’ve mentioned earlier, the worst part of the Delonghi Dinamica is its user interface.

The model with a steam wand’s UI simply does not give you enough information. The model with automatic milk frothing’s text-only display screen has a cheaper look compared to the display screen on Gaggia and Philips’ super automatics.

Internal Build Quality

While Delonghi has skimped a little on the Dinamica’s external build (to keep the machine’s price down), its internal build is solid.

The machine uses a stainless steel boiler thermoblock heating system. 

This both allows the machine to make an espresso within 40 seconds of turning on and means that its heating element should last much longer than Keurig or Nespresso machines.

The model with an automatic milk frother has a dual boiler system. This allows the machine to steam milk and pull an espresso shot at the same time, as well as switch back and forth between brewing an espresso and steaming milk without overheating.

I was shocked (in a good way) when I saw that the Dinamica had a dual boiler heating system. This is generally only used on really high-end coffee makers and is a real luxury given the Dinamica’s price.

Design and Build Quality Rating: 8/10

Value for Money

While the Dinamica model with an automatic milk frother offers excellent value for money, the model with a steam wand offers no real benefits over the cheaper Delonghi Magnifica Evo.

The Dinamica espresso machine with an automatic milk frother has more functionalities than similarly priced Jura machines and makes better-tasting drinks than similarly priced Gaggia machines.

I also think that it’s one the best value-for-money Delonghi espresso machines – you get more for your money than with the Dinamica Plus, for example.

The Dinamica model with a steam wand isn’t a bad machine for the price by any means, but I think you get better value with the Delonghi Magnifica Evo.

The Magnifica Evo typically costs around $200 less than the Dinamica ECAM35020B and its only disadvantages are that:

  • It has a slightly louder built-in grinder. 
  • It offers three available coffee strength settings as opposed to five.

I can’t see any world where those two factors justify a $200 bump in cost.

Value for Money Rating: 9/10 for Dinamica ECAM35075SI; 7/10 for Dinamica ECAM35020B/W

Alternatives to the Delonghi Dinamica

Three machines that I often see people wanting to compare to the Delonghi Dinamica are the Delonghi Dinamica Plus, Delonghi Magnifica Evo, and the Philips 5400.

Delonghi Dinamica Plus

The Delonghi Dinamica Plus is just the Delonghi Dinamica ECAM35075SI with a touch screen and the ability to connect to a coffee link app that controls the machine from a smartphone or tablet.

Personally, I don’t think that the Dinamica Plus is worth the extra money compared to the Dinamica, however, if you want a machine with a touch screen then it might be perfect for you.

Delonghi Magnifica Evo

The Delonghi Magnifica Evo is a cheaper line compared to the Dinamica. 

Much like the Dinamica, the Magnifica Evo also has a model with a steam wand (the Magnifica Evo ECAM29043SB) and a model with an automatic milk frother (the Magnifica Evo ECAM29084SB).

I recommend the Dinamica model with an automatic milk system over the equivalent Magnifica Evo. The Magnifica Evo ECAM29084SB does not have an LCD screen control panel, nor does it offer multiple milk textures.

This makes the Dinamica a significantly more versatile and user-friendly machine than the Magnifica Evo.

I recommend the Magnifica Evo with a steam wand over the Dinamica with a steam wand.

There are virtually no differences between the machines, other than that their user interface looks slightly different (I actually prefer the Magnifica Evo’s).

Functionality and performance-wise the two machines are the same, so just go with the Magnfica Evo and save yourself $200.

Best for Plain Espresso Drinkers
Delonghi Magnifica Evo
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The Delonghi Magnifica Evo makes a better-tasting espresso than the Philips 3200 LatteGo. The two machines are similar in price.
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Philips 5400 LatteGo

Although the Philips 5400 is a fair bit cheaper than the Delonghi Dinamica, it has a far lower build quality.

This means it will have to be replaced much sooner than the Dinamica, making it a more expensive unit in the long run.

You can find out more about my thoughts on this machine in my Philips 5400 LatteGo review.

Delonghi Dinamica Review: Final Verdict

I recommend the Delonghi Dinamica ECAM35075SI if you want a super-automatic espresso machine with an automatic milk frother.

Excellent Value
Delonghi Dinamica
$1,197.55
The Delonghi Dinamica is the most affordable espresso machine that can steam milk to multiple textures. This makes it one of the best super automatic espresso machines for milk drinks.
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Coffee Quality
8/10
Milk Steaming Performance
9/10
Functionalities
8/10
Ease of Use and Cleaning
6/10
Design and Build Quality
8/10
Value for Money
9/10

If you want a machine with a manual steam wand then I’d recommend the Delonghi Magnifica Evo instead of the Dinamica ECAM35020B.

The two machines are virtually identical, but the Magnifica Evo is typically $200 cheaper than the Dinamica.

Best for Plain Espresso Drinkers
Delonghi Magnifica Evo
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The Delonghi Magnifica Evo makes a better-tasting espresso than the Philips 3200 LatteGo. The two machines are similar in price.
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If you’d like to find out more about Delonghi’s espresso machines, please see my roundup of the best Delonghi espresso machines.

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