The Delonghi Dedica Digital presents one of those jack-of-all-trades, master of none scenarios. While it wasn't a particularly poor performer in any of our tests, it didn't stand out in any either. If that kind of performance were accompanied by a small price tag, the Dedica Digital might be a compelling purchase. But alas, it generally sells for near what most of the top shelf models ask. Therefore, while we doubt anyone would be particularly disappointed with this grinder, we think there are many better ways to spend your money.
DeLonghi Dedica Digital Review
Pros: Good dosage accuracy
Cons: Expensive, annoying sound
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|Pros||Good dosage accuracy||Great grind consistency, intuitive interface, relatively clean and quiet||Good grind consistency, burly components||Quiet operation, good grind consistency, great for pourover||Above average grind consistency, clean operation|
|Cons||Expensive, annoying sound||Not ideal for French press, expensive||Expensive||Can produce enough static to hang onto grinds, not great at the extreme ends of the grind spectrum (coarse and fine)||Slightly pricier than some comparable models|
|Bottom Line||The average performance doesn’t match up with the relatively high cost||Top-notch performance in every category except for French press||A consumer-level model that is built more like a durable, commercial-level machine||Good grind consistency from a relatively quiet machine||Unlikely to win any popularity awards, but just as unlikely to displease|
|Rating Categories||DeLonghi Dedica...||Breville Smart Pro||Baratza Virtuoso+||Krups GX420851||Baratza Encore|
|Grind Consistency (35%)|
|User Friendliness (25%)|
|Specs||DeLonghi Dedica...||Breville Smart Pro||Baratza Virtuoso+||Krups GX420851||Baratza Encore|
|Grinding Mechanism||conical burr||conical burr||conical burr||conical burr||conical burr|
|Burr/Blade Material||stainless steel||stainless steel||high-carbon steel||stainless steel||stainless steel|
|Dimensions||6.9" x 11.2" x 18.1"||12.5" x 8.5" x 16.3"||6.69" x 6.69" x 12.6"||10.2" x 6.5" X 18.5"||4.7" x 6.3" x 13.8"|
|Weight||7.6 lbs||6.4 lbs||7.05 lbs||6.2 lbs||6.83 lbs|
|Warranty||One Year Limited||One Year Limited||One Year Limited||Two Year Limited||One Year Limited|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Delonghi Dedica Digital is almost impressively mediocre. Nothing about it is particularly remarkable, but nothing is so egregiously bad as to elicit disdain, either. Unfortunately, the price tag doesn't match that aggressive mediocrity.
While nothing about the Dedica Digital's performance in our tests particularly stands out, if we really split some hairs we will say that it is quite consistent when it comes to dosing. In our testing it was able to keep all of its doses within 1 gram of one another, meaning you can rest assured that you are going to get the same amount of coffee every time you tell it to grind a cup's worth.
The machine also offers some programmable functions, so you can adjust exactly how much coffee it grinds when you tell it to make 1 cup or 1 shot. While this certainly isn't an absolutely necessary feature, it can make your mornings a bit more streamlined. It is also one of the very few ways in which the Dedica Digital lives up to its hefty price.
Beyond these minor touches, nothing about the Dedica Digital feels particularly noteworthy.
Our most salient complaint with the Dedica Digital is the noise it emits. Though it is objectively not that loud (it only registered 85.5 decibels on our meter, putting it on the quieter end of the spectrum) it shrieks with such a high-pitched whine that it tends to rattle the eardrums. Thankfully the whine isn't that loud, otherwise the grinder may be borderline unusable.
We also encountered a significant static problem with this model, enough so that a conspicuous amount of grinds clung to the side of the grind cup with each and every use. It's very easy to spill some of those electrically charged grinds when dumping the coffee into your brewing mechanism, and though all that is required for cleanup is a quick wipe with a wet rag, the situation is less than ideal.
The Delonghi Dedica Digital is priced as a top-shelf grinder, yet it performs well below that level. There are many options on the market that can provide much better performance for the price, or similar levels of performance for much less.
Average performance with an above-average cost makes this a fairly uncompelling option for most consumers.
— Max Mutter and Michelle Powell