DeLonghi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Eclipse, futuristic and automatic

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One wonders what DeLonghi and Dolce Gusto will offer next. Each Dolce Gusto capsule coffeemaker has a unique, often futuristic design that leaves no one indifferent. Thus the Dolce Gusto Movenza was an award-winning product when it went on sale. But it’s the Dolce Gusto Eclipse coffee maker that interests us here, and more than its design, we’ll see if it makes it easy to make a good coffee.

Presentation of the Dolce Gusto Eclipse coffee machine

DeLonghi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Eclipse, futuristic and automatic

The first thing you notice is the design of this Dolce Gusto coffee machine. It forms a black ring when closed. It’s a the perfect eclipse! Then it opens, with the left side leaning forward into position for service.

Because of its design and dimensions, it is a coffee maker that deserves a little space to be installed. It measures 32x32x27 cm and it is best not to jam it in the middle of other objects to enjoy it visually.

If the outside of the coffeemaker is made of plastic, it has an internal a aluminium thermoblock which reduces preheating to the bare minimum. The water tank, which is delicate to handle, has a capacity of 1 litre.

The cup rest also serves as a drip tray. It can be positioned at three heights different to limit splashes and therefore soiling around the machine.

If the pressure is 15 bar to provide a crémeux express, this Dolce Gusto machine is a low power consumption coffee maker. Moreover, it goes into standby mode after a 5-minute break, a particularly short time compared to what the competition offers.

How do I use the Eclipse Nescafé Dolce Gusto coffeemaker?

DeLonghi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Eclipse, futuristic and automatic

Everything is done to allow a intuitive operating and simplified. Thus there is no pre-heating, or rather this reduced time is directly included in the coffee preparation. The Intuitive Touch Sensor allows you to select the length of coffee with the touch of a fingertip. Eight levels are proposed. Two other buttons, one blue and the other red, allow you to choose between hot or cold preparation.

All you have to do is press the button on, to put the capsule in place and allow yourself to be guided. This is a model automatic, so it stops on its own when the water level is right.

It is unfortunate that there is no warning light to indicate low water level. However, if the coffeemaker runs out of water during preparation, it simply pauses. There is then time to refill the tank. When this is done, the preparation of the drink resumes where it left off. There is no risk of having to put the capsule in the trash, as is the case with Nespresso coffee machines.

What drinks can you drink with a Dolce Gusto coffee machine?

DeLonghi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Eclipse, futuristic and automatic

You have to understand that Dolce Gusto is the brand name of the coffee maker and capsules. The overall concept is called Dolce Gusto. But in the details, the appliance itself was made by DeLonghi (and not Krups for this particular model). And the design and the choice of the capsule flavours are the responsibility of Nescafé.

Thus one has access to about thirty drinks, based on coffee, tea or chocolate. It is even possible to make a gourmet drink such as a cappuccino, organic coffee or decaffeinated coffee and even cold tea. The brands currently on offer are Nesquik (in best sellers), Ricoré and Nestea. The best batches of capsules are the ones that suit you anyway.

Finally, you should know that the Eclipse coffee machine allows you to prepare large beverages, with a capacity of up to 300 ml !

Where to buy an Eclipse machine?

DeLonghi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Eclipse, futuristic and automatic

The recommended retail price of the Eclipse coffeemaker by DeLonghi is €155. This is a price/performance ratio that is not always considered good enough. You pay more for the design than for the coffee in the end.

However, by comparing prices on different sites (Darty, Boulanger, Amazon, Leclerc, etc), it is possible to take advantage of an exceptional promotion or private sale. Otherwise, it will always be possible to buy it during the sales.

However, if the price still seems a little too high to you, you can always take a look at this selection of Dolce Gusto capsule machines.

The plusses:

  • automatic
  • futuristic
  • touch controls
  • hot or cold drinks

The least:

  • the opening seems fragile

The Dolce Gusto Eclipse: positive or negative opinion in the end?

There is really a wide choice of products to equip yourself with a coffee maker, Dolce Gusto or not. The comparison to be made is always based on technical characteristics and personal elements.

Here what you need to see is that it is first and foremost a beautiful item. It is designed to fit perfectly into your interior design. In this sense, it is one of the best Dolce Gusto products. Its intuitive system allows you to make a coffee without difficulty.

However, in order to know if the Eclipse model is the right coffee machine for you, you also need to consider your coffee consumption. Because this Dolce Gusto coffeemaker is more beautiful than practical. So if you plan to use several cups of espresso a day, this may not be the right model for you. The opening and closing system is a bit fragile. You don’t know when it is necessary to refill the tank or descale etc.

On the other hand to install it in a professional context for example, to offer a good coffee to customers several times a year, then this Dolce Gusto should give you complete satisfaction.