When talking about espresso machines you can spend thousands of dollars for something with near-professional level performance, or as little as $100 just to get your basic cappuccino fix.
In between are lots of gadgets like the DeLonghi Dedica.
For $300 it's not as powerful as pro models.
But definitely pulls better shots of espresso more reliably than cheaper products.
The Dedica is compact yet has sleek and attractive styling which almost makes you feel like a real barista when you use it.
There's a nifty cup warmer on top.
A portafilter for pulling single and double shots And a steam wand, which makes it simple to froth milk.
The Dedica also pulls shots automatically so you don't have to worry about stopping the water flow manually.
With more sensitive temperature control, the machine also reliably pulls Pretty good shots, and even can handle finer grounds than less expensive espresso makers.
Be careful using the Dedica though, especially when attaching the portafilter to the brew head.
It's a little tricky and many times I accidentally pressed one of the brew buttons while twisting the portafilter into place.
That pretty much ruins the shot, forcing you to start from scratch.
The machine will get clogged, too, by very fine grounds.
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For more, read the full review at cnet.com.
I'm Brian Bennett for cnet appliances.