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DeLonghi Dedica Digital Review

The average performance doesn't match up with the relatively high cost
DeLonghi Dedica Digital
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Price:   $200 List
Pros:  Good dosage accuracy
Cons:  Pricey, annoying sound
Manufacturer:   De'Longhi
By Max Mutter and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Aug 9, 2021
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  • Grind Consistency - 35% 6
  • Cleanliness - 25% 6
  • User Friendliness - 25% 7
  • Noise - 15% 4

Our Verdict

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 of them 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.

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Pros Good dosage accuracyGreat grind consistency, intuitive interface, relatively clean and quietGood grind consistency, relatively inexpensiveRelatively clean and easy to use, quieter than most blade modelsInexpensive, small footprint
Cons Pricey, annoying soundNot ideal for coarser grinds, expensiveSomewhat loud, can make a messProduces inconsistent grindsInconsistant grind-sizes, heavy static
Bottom Line The average performance doesn't match up with the relatively high costThis grinder provides top-notch performance in every category except for the coarsest of grindsExcellent performance and one of the best values on the market make this a great choiceOne of the better blade models on the market, but definitely don't expect it to produce consistent grindsA basic burr grinder one-step above a blade grinder, providing mediocre grind consistency
Rating Categories DeLonghi Dedica Dig... the Smart Grinder Pro Bodum Bistro Mr. Coffee 12 Cup E... Krups GX500050
Grind Consistency (35%)
6.0
8.0
7.0
4.0
6.0
Cleanliness (25%)
6.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
4.0
User Friendliness (25%)
7.0
9.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
Noise (15%)
4.0
8.0
3.0
6.0
4.0
Specs DeLonghi Dedica Dig... the Smart Grinder Pro Bodum Bistro Mr. Coffee 12 Cup E... Krups GX500050
Grinding Mechanism Conical burr Conical burr Conical burr Blade Flat burr
Burr/Blade Material Stainless steel Stainless steel Stainless steel Stainless steel Metallic
Dosing Mechanism Scale Timer Timer Timer Timer
Best Brew Application Pour over, french press Pour over, espresso Pour over, french press Pour over, french press Pour over, french press
Dimensions 6.9" x 11.2" x 18.1" 12.5" x 8.5" x 16.3" 7.6" x 7.1" x 12.5" 5" x 5" x 9" 4.29" x 7.24" x 10.4"
Weight 7.6 lbs 6.4 lbs 3.2 lbs 1.7 lbs 3.2 lbs
Cup Material Plastic Plastic Plastic Plastic, metal Plastic

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.

Performance Comparison


This grinder scored just fine in our tests, but nothing about it...
This grinder scored just fine in our tests, but nothing about it stands out to us as particularly impressive - especially for the higher price point.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Likes


While nothing about the performance of the Dedica Digital in our tests particularly stands out, 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 Dedica Digital produced very consistent dose sizes in our testing.
The Dedica Digital produced very consistent dose sizes in our testing.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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 a necessary feature, it can make your mornings a bit more streamlined. It is also one of the few ways the Dedica Digital lives up to its hefty price. Beyond these minor touches, nothing about this grinder feels particularly noteworthy.

The Dedica Digital offers some programmable functions.
The Dedica Digital offers some programmable functions.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Dislikes


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.

A bit of static charge often leads to the spillage of a few coffee...
A bit of static charge often leads to the spillage of a few coffee grinds.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


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 less.

Conclusion


Average performance with an above-average cost makes this a fairly uncompelling option for most consumers.

Max Mutter and Michelle Powell