DeLonghi Dinamica ECAM 350.15.B Review: The Midsize Marvel!

Note: The DeLonghi Dinamica ECAM 350.55.B (with automatic milk frother) is not available in the U.S.. The ECAM 350.15.B is the exact same machine, the only difference is it has a manual milk frother (like the ECAM 22.110.B).

DeLonghi Dinamica overview Arne

Note: The DeLonghi Dinamica ECAM 350.55.B (with automatic milk frother) is not available in the U.S.. The ECAM 350.15.B is the exact same machine, the only difference is it has a manual milk frother (like the ECAM 22.110.B).

Is it just me or is DeLonghi more of an “entry-level brand” for you too? Up until now, the Italians have always picked up honors in the super-automatic machine reviews on Coffeeness when it comes to delivering very decent performance for very little money. This applies, for example, to the still highly recommendable DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B super-automatic which sells for a bit less.

We’ve already established though too, that DeLonghi is not at all happy with this budget image and doesn’t want to surrender the market sector of higher quality machines to competitors like Siemens or Saeco.

The best mid-range super-automatic espresso machine.

DeLonghi Dinamica 350.15.B

Top performance in the $500 price category.

Sensible range of functions

Delicious espresso & milk foam

Easy to clean

Pleasant operating volume

Very good price-performance ratio

Plastic odor when first unpacked

Buy it now
Best Product

That’s why they’ve confidently ventured into price ranges beyond $1,000 with the DeLonghi Eletta series – and delivered very well too.

But it’s in the mid-price range, between $500 and $800, that I think manufacturers of super-automatic machines can currently make the most money. That’s because this category suggests quality without being excessive – and is therefore becoming increasingly attractive.

DeLonghi Dinamica super-automatic espresso machine milk foam

It was only a matter of time then, until DeLonghi wanted to have a say in this too. In my view their main competitor here is primarily Melitta, followed closely by the Saeco mid-range machines.

DeLonghi’s foray into the mid-range segment is called the DeLonghi Dinamica ECAM 350.15.B and costs little more than $500. If this super-automatic machine meets all the criteria I have for mid-range models, then this is a sensational price and the machine itself a great choice. Curious? Then check out the review report!

Those of you that don’t like reading can watch my DeLonghi Dinamica super-automatic review video:

Unfortunately, this video is only available in German.

DeLonghi Dinamica ECAM 350.15.B at a Glance

DeLonghi is the king of convoluted and complicated device names. The long, cryptic columns of numbers make it difficult to distinguish between the different devices, something which is no different with the Dinamica series.

This series currently consists of four different models. I’ve put the different versions into a table here for you, together with their most important distinguishing features:

CategoryDetailsDetailsDetailsDetails
NameDeLonghi Dinamica ECAM 350.55.B
DeLonghi Dinamica ECAM 350.75 S
DeLonghi Dinamica ECAM 350.35.SB
DeLonghi Dinamica ECAM 350.15.B
ColorBlackSilverBlack/silver
Black
DisplayLCDLCDLCDnone
ControlsTouch buttonsTouch buttonsTouch buttonsTouch buttons
Grinder conical stainless-steel burr
conical stainless-steel burr
conical stainless-steel burr
conical stainless-steel burr
Grind Settings13131313
No. of directly selected beverages
4644
Individual user profiles
YesYesYesNo
Bean container capacity
10.6 oz10.6 oz10.6 oz10.6 oz
No. of coffee strength settings 5555
Double cup functionYesYesYesYes
Water tank capacity
60 oz
60 oz
60 oz
60 oz
Max. spout height5.3 in5.3 in5.3 in5.3 in
Milk foaming systemIntegrated LatteCremaIntegrated LatteCremaSteam wandSteam wand
Max. pump pressure 217.5 psi217.5 psi217.5 psi217.5 psi
Special features “LONG” coffee function, passively heated cup shelf “LONG” coffee function, passively heated cup shelf “LONG” coffee function“LONG” coffee function
Dimensions
9.3 x 16.9 x 13.7 in9.3 x 16.9 x 13.7 in9.3 x 16.9 x 13.7 in
9.3 x 16.9 x 13.7 in
Weight
20.9 lb
20.9 lb
20.9 lb
20.9 lb

Note: Only the DeLonghi ECAM 350.15.B and its silver version the ECAM 350.25.SB are currently available in the U.S.

As you can see, there’re only minor distinctions. The difference between the more expensive Dinamicas and the cheaper versions is based on these more or less important details:

  • Display
  • LatteCrema milk foaming system with adjustable milk foam consistency
  • Number of possible beverages (not listed in the table)
  • Individually programmable beverages

You’ll have to decide for yourself whether these aspects are important to you or not. I’m convinced though, that there are barely enough differences between the 350.75.S in silver and the 350.15.B in black, which I reviewed.

Just as important, I find, is that Dinamica models across all price categories ALWAYS come with a grinder with 13 (!) grind settings. These adjustment subtleties in price categories below $1,000 are a rarity, not to mention in the ranges around $500.

DeLonghi Dinamica super-automatic espresso machine grind settings

But let’s just be superficial for one moment: despite all the modern design and the touch button layout, for some reason, I don’t find the DeLonghi Dinamica ECAM 350.15.B particularly attractive. Maybe it’s the in-your-face control panel that annoys me. You can see a good example of how such modern elements can be combined, with the Melitta CI Touch, for instance.

DeLonghi Dinamica super-automatic espresso machine hot water

Of course, the difference between loads of plastic and loads of stainless steel comes into play here too. “Plastic shells”, which are always cheaper, firstly, look less attractive, and secondly, also appear to be of less high-quality – something which is likely to be reflected during continuous operation and by the need for repairs after X years.

Despite these “detractions”, what the DeLonghi Dinamica ECAM 350.15.B offers you for just over $500 is more than reasonable. If you’re looking for a direct comparison, take a look at the DeLonghi Eletta.

This shows what you can expect from the manufacturer in the over $1,000 range. When broken down, however, this means that the Dinamica delivers a very successful service offering at an extremely reasonable price.

Setting Up the DeLonghi Dinamica ECAM 350.15.B

My enthusiasm suffered an immediate (olfactory) setback during unpacking. The Dinamica smells like a plastics factory that’s exploded. I haven’t seen this in any other super-automatic espresso machine in a very long time.

Let’s first of all assume that this is a badly concealed “new equipment smell”, which could already have evaporated in other machines. But this hit to the nose makes it very clear again just how important it is that you thoroughly clean the machine and all (!) components before first using it.

DeLonghi Dinamica super-automatic espresso machine drip tray

In addition, I’d recommend that you first allow at least five brews to run through the machine after adjusting the grind, strength, etc., and just pour the coffee away. Only then will the odor problem be solved and it won’t risk spoiling the aroma of the coffee (or your health).

Once this has been done, you can use the machine almost immediately. You’re off to a good start just by using the factory settings, even if then slightly too little milk foam ends up in the glass. You can easily adjust that in the menu though.

DeLonghi Dinamica super-automatic espresso machine settings

The biggest selling point is the adjustable milk foam consistency, which can be set directly on the milk foam container itself. The range varies from runny liquid to quite firm foam – and just like with the Eletta series, it works amazingly well. The foam is pleasantly hot and wonderfully drinkable.

DeLonghi Dinamica super-automatic espresso machine milk foam settings

As mentioned previously, with its seven main settings and 13 settings total, the degree of grind can be regulated very finely for a medium-sized machine.

Another positive is the fact that this super-automatic machine can easily cope with the finest grind setting (which is usually best for super-automatic espresso) without the conical burr grinder failing or the puck not being properly compressed.

By the way, if you’ve ever used any other cheap DeLonghi machine before, the Dinamica shouldn’t pose any challenges whatsoever in terms of settings and usage. That’s because the inner workings and assembly correspond exactly to the “classic” DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.

Making Espresso and Milk Foam With the DeLonghi Dinamica ECAM 350.15.B

From now on, I’ve made a firm commitment to always include a volume category in all my reviews, something which is particularly important to you. Decibel numbers alone won’t get you very far, it’s more about the quality of the sound.

In this regard, the DeLonghi Dinamica ECAM 350.15.B is not necessarily louder than the Philips LatteGo comparison model when grinding and brewing espresso, but the Philips has a slightly more pleasant frequency that ultimately sounds quieter.

Philips 3200 LatteGo super-automatic espresso machine overview

However, the Dinamica’s milk foam preparation is – as with the Eletta –  almost unbeatably quiet. The thing makes practically no noise at all, which is why the overall volume rating for this machine is even better than the Philips or Melitta models.

After adjusting the espresso to embody all the typical Arne factors – i.e. the finest grind, decreased water quantity and increased coffee strength – the result in the cup really was well above average.

DeLonghi Dinamica super-automatic espresso machine espresso

I’d even say that this espresso was even better than the one from the Melitta CI Touch Review, which I conducted practically immediately before. I must say too: I wasn’t expecting that.

I’ve reported on the quality of the foam already and, combining all factors for the range of different drinks, the Dinamica really does score full points! This machine just proves that top performance in a reasonable consumer format is certainly possible for around $500.

DeLonghi Dinamica super-automatic espresso machine Latte Macchiato

Cleaning the DeLonghi Dinamica ECAM 350.15.B

For this money, of course, you can also expect the Dinamica to come with an automatic cleaning system. This is particularly important when it comes to the milk foaming system, which quickly tempts you to always just top up the milk and then park it in the container.

We don’t do that, of course. We add only as much milk as we’ll need for each coffee preparation and then clean the container immediately after use. We also undertake a cleaning cycle after each brewing throughput. To do this, move the wheel on the milk container into the appropriate position.

DeLonghi Dinamica super-automatic espresso machine automatic milk frother

As with the PrimaDonna, the water tank can also be removed from the front. This not only saves space, but also makes cleaning extremely convenient. Now you have even fewer excuses as to why you shouldn’t clean the coffee machine properly after each day of use!

DeLonghi Dinamica super-automatic espresso machine water tank DeLonghi Dinamica super-automatic espresso machine water tank top

I found one thing here particularly striking: always completely turn off the appliance before removing the brew group. I always preach that anyway, but to put the brew group into the parked position on this model you also have to pull the plug out, not just press the main switch.

DeLonghi Dinamica super-automatic espresso machine button DeLonghi Dinamica super-automatic espresso machine main switch DeLonghi Dinamica super-automatic espresso machine brew group inside DeLonghi Dinamica super-automatic espresso machine brew group

My Conclusion

I’m always thrilled when a super-automatic machine reveals itself in a review to be a really successful product idea. This is true of the DeLonghi Dinamica ECAM 350.15.B. in every respect.

The best mid-range super-automatic espresso machine.

DeLonghi Dinamica 350.15.B

Top performance in the $500 price category.

Sensible range of functions

Delicious espresso & milk foam

Easy to clean

Pleasant operating volume

Very good price-performance ratio

Plastic odor when first unpacked

Buy it now
Best Product

You get a really well-thought-out milk foaming system, one that you would otherwise only find in machines over $1,000. You get a perfectly adequate set of features that actually work. Plus, performance where it really matters and coffee results that taste great too.

DeLonghi Dinamica super-automatic espresso machine Latte Macchiato ready

And for all that, all you have to do is slap $500 on the table! For that money you’ll ordinarily only find machines that are much older or of much less power. It’s for this reason that, in my view, the DeLonghi Dinamica ECAM 350.15.B is currently the best super-automatic espresso machine for around $500 on the market.

Want to know more or have your own opinion? Then feel free to leave a comment!

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