12 March 2009
My wife and I just bought a house. It's cute. It's old. It's in need of a coffee maker. I work with the machines all day long and feel like they are my children. You know? I can't choose my favorite. I like them all for different reasons. Some are better than others while others look nicer or others perform more desirable. Even though it's difficult, I have narrowed down my choices to the Jura Capresso Impressa E9, the Jura Capresso ENA 3, or the DeLonghi 3500.
The E9 comes from a trusted brand while the ENA 3 would fit in my kitchen the best. However, the DeLonghi 3500 has the detachable milk container that easily stores in the refrigerator, this is the ultimate in espresso convenience.All three perform satisfactorily and heat up in acceptable times. Overall aesthetic appeal would have to be given to the Jura Capresso ENA 3 while overall convenience would be given to the DeLonghi.
How can someone ignore the storied tradition of Jura? With years and years of quality in manufacturing under their belt, design from the Swiss, and superb engineering, one has to consider the ease of mind that can be felt when purchasing a unit of this stature. Not only am I getting a good deal by taking advantage of the fact that JL Hufford is the only online retailer to offer the E9at its exclusive price, it also offers the most free gifts on every machine. This definitely makes the purchase decision easier.
However, DeLonghi's history isn't too shabby. This is what our website had to say about them:
"For over 100 years, DeLonghi, headquartered in Treviso, Italy, has built a reputation based on their Italian heritage paired with innovative design and consistently high quality standards. Since the 1980s, DeLonghi has been known for top-of-the-line deep fryers, toasters and ovens, coffee makers and espresso machines, and most recently, fully automatic coffee centers. DeLonghi owners enjoy the lowest rate of defect and return (less than 1%) as the factory tests every product before shipment, and even randomly selects units for extreme torture testing in their ISO9001:2000 facility!"
With a long storied tradition for all three machines, reliability will not be an issue. Performance is at the forefront on the priority list for both of these phenomenal companies. This leads me to the next most important decision factor, convenience. While the Jura Capresso units come with the option of the froth xpress unit, the DeLonghi's versatile milk frothing unit leads me to believe this would be the best option for my household. We are constantly on the go and having a milk container we can detach and store inside the refrigerator is just too good to pass up.