Does it really have to be focused on? The build qualities of the EQ.700 and PrimaDonna Soul are unmistakable. Even if our two test models have more plastic than metal on their walls, they seem to be of quality and ready to last many years of service before showing signs of weakness. The two manufacturers, on the other hand, adopt different materials for their mill: ceramic for Siemens, steel for Delonghi. Everyone chooses their camp (ceramic is less resistant to foreign bodies that may be in the tray, but it’s not hot). For our part, we didn’t notice any difference between the two.
Hard to forget: the PrimaDonna Soul and the EQ.700 Integral have very large color touch screens. If this interface seems a little sophisticated for a simple coffee maker, it’s important to remember that these two models are more than that. In fact, the two offer a very extensive catalog of drinks that definitely includes classic espresso and high coffee, but less common recipes like Indian kaapi for Siemens or cortado in Delonghi. If only to make an introductory choice among these many offers, the touch screen is ideal because it clearly defines the different characteristics of the drinks on offer.
In addition, the EQ.700 Integral and the PrimaDonna Soul offer the ability to configure these different drinks down to the smallest detail: coffee strength, fragrance, cup length, milk volume for dairy products. drink … The touch screen, again, makes this step even faster because the cues are clear and you don’t have to go through a combination of keys to achieve your goals. However, the Delonghi has a slight advantage over Siemens, as it allows the temperature of the coffee to be adjusted during preparation, which is not the case for the German. So it is necessary to walk through the options when necessary, which is not very practical. Once the recipe has been found and fully configured, you can save its settings, 30 profiles for the EQ.700, five for the PrimaDonna Soul.
As premium machines, our two competitors have a connection to a smartphone. The features are very similar, but each has its own little something extra. At Delonghi, we choose to speed up the settings: based on the Espresso soul recipe, the user enters various data about his coffee (bean type, roast level, etc.) and the application adjusts the machine for an ideal extraction. At Siemens, we prefer to integrate with Google Home or Amazon Alexa to offer voice commands or, more interestingly, set up scenarios that, for example, can make coffee flow when we ask the program during the day. to our favorite domestic assistant. .
The bean container on the EQ.700 is smaller than the PrimaDonna Soul (350 g versus 500 g) and has no ground coffee trap, which is easily forgivable for this machine. Its tank on the other hand is a bit larger, although the difference between the two is very small (2.4 l for the EQ.700, 2.2 l for the PrimaDonna Soul). In both machines, the water tray is placed to the right and is therefore easily removed when it needs to be filled.
The two rivals are therefore very close and it is very difficult to decide between them, but Delonghi has very little advantage due to the ground coffee hatch and the possibility of adjusting the temperature to set up the drink.