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DeLonghi Dedica Arte vs Breville Bambino – Top Differences To Know

Breville Espresso Machines, DeLonghi Espresso and Coffee Machines Jul 02, 2023
DeLonghi Dedica Arte vs Breville Bambino

With Delonghi releasing the Dedica Arte, it is now really close in features to Breville’s Bambino espresso machine.

This is a comparison between Delonghi Dedica Art vs Breville Bambino and Breville Bambino Plus – which all nearly fall under the same category of semi-automatic espresso machines $500 and under.

Key Differences

  • The main difference between DeLonghi Dedica Arte and Breville Bambino is in the heating system and portafilter size.
  • While the differences between Breville Bambino Plus and DeLonghi Arte, which is higher in specs, are the heating system, portafilter size, temperature options, and automated steaming and texturing.

Keep reading for the full comparison

DeLonghi Dedica Arte vs Breville Bambino vs Breville Bambino Plus

Dedica ArteBreville Bambino Breville Bambino Plus
Professional Steam WandYesYesYes
Portafilter Size51mm54mm54mm
ThermboBlock HeaterYes
ThermoJet HeaterYesYes
Included AccessoriesMetal Tamper, single – double and ese pod filters – scoop – cleaning kit4 filter baskets, plastic tamper, stainless steel milk jug, cleaning kit4 filter baskets, plastic tamper, stainless steel milk jug, cleaning kit
Dimensions WxDxH5.9” X 13” X 12”6.3″ x 13.7″ x 12″7.7″ x 12.6″ x 12.2″
Reservoir Capacity35 oz47 oz64 oz

Steam Wand Design

DeLonghi Dedica Arte vs Breville Bambino Plus

With the update of the Dedica Arte, it now has a similar professional frothing wand just like Breville Bambino’s. However, there are some design differences…

While the DeLonghi Dedica Arte has a longer wand, so it reaches deeper in the milk jug as you steam the milk, Breville Bambino’s wand is more articulate, it moves better and has a handle loop for better control.

The winner of the steaming game here is the Breville Bambino Plus. It has:

  • Fully automated steaming, with selectable temperature or texture levels
  • Manual steaming, if you’re feeling adventurous.

Steaming is always the pain to learn. It takes several tries until you learn how to get the right texture or temperature. With auto steaming, Breville Bambino Plus will give you the perfect texture and temperature from day one! But you’re not limited to automatic steaming, if you want to learn this skill, there’s a manual setting, too.

Milk Temperature Settings

DeLonghi Dedica Arte vs Breville Bambino - Top Differences To Know
Breville Bambino Plus buttons for temperature selection and milk froth level selection

Breville Bambino Plus is the only model that has three temperature settings for milk steaming. On the Breville Bambino or DeLonghi Dedica Arte, there’s no such option.

The Dedica Arte does have three brew temperature settings, but none for steaming.

Portafilter Sizes

Breville vs DeLonghi Portafilters

Breville Bambino’s and Bambino Plus’s Portafilter is 54mm in size, a bit closer to the professional 58mm sizing used in larger machines. It can hold up to 22g of grounds… more coffee grounds equals more flavor.

DeLonghi Dedica’s 51mm isn’t bad at all, it just won’t hold as much coffee as Breville’s. But it that’s not something that is important to you, then this won’t make much difference.

Both portafilters are pressurized, which are easier to use for a beginner. Once you advance in your espresso making skills, you can easily replace the portafilters with non-pressurized ones as long as you get the correct size.

Heating Systems

Both Breville Bambino and Bambino Plus use ThermoJet heating systems, which is Breville’s insanely fast heating system that is ready to go in 3 seconds and provides more stable heating for both extraction and steaming.

DeLonghi Dedica uses a slower ThermoBlock system, which takes about 30 seconds to be ready.

Included Accessories

When using an espresso machine, there are two important accessories you’ll want to have: a tamper and a milk jug.

DeLonghi Dedica Arte vs Breville Bambino - Top Differences To Know
DeLonghi’s Metal Tamper

The DeLonghi Dedica Arte comes with a high quality metal tamper, as well as a plastic scoop/tamper. Unfortunately, it does not include a milk jug, which does not make sense honestly.

DeLonghi Dedica Arte vs Breville Bambino - Top Differences To Know
Breville’s Accessories. Source: Breville.com

On the other hand, Breville Bambino and Bambino Plus includes a milk jug and a tamper. The tamper, however, is plastic and isn’t of best quality, so you’ll most likely want to place it with something of better quality.

As for the other accessories, they’re quite comparable.

Design and Dimensions

MachineDimensions (WxDxH)
DeLonghi Dedica Art5.8″ x 12.9″ x 12″
Breville Bambino6.3″ x 13.7″ x 12″
Breville Bambino Plus7.7″ x 12.6″ x 12.2″

When it comes to design, all three models have high quality stainless steel build. When it comes to size, the Dedica Arte is the slimmest, followed by Breville Bambino then Breville Bambino Plus. As for highest, they are all the same at 12″ high. Depth is also quite comparable.

Which Should You Pick?

Apart from budget – although both are comparable in price, too. Here’s what I like in each machine:

Breville Bambino Plus is the model that has it all. This is the most expensive one out of the three, but you get what you pay for. Automatic steaming and its options is a fantastic feature that Breville excels in. For those days you want a quick and perfect coffee drink, this automated feature guarantees the best results, hands-free and effortless on your side!

Breville Bambino steam wand is easier to hold and move around, giving you better control. The handle is a plus, too, especially that you’re handling a hot object here. I also like that the reservoir is larger. I like that it includes a milk jug, and even though the tamper included isn’t the best, it’s great to start with and you always have the option to upgrade any time. The idea is, you have everything you need to get started right away.

DeLonghi Dedica Arte‘s steam wand is a great upgrade from previous models, but it still doesn’t match Bambino’s. I like that it includes a solid tamper, but hate that it does not include a milk jug. If you forget to include a pitcher to your purchase, it would be hard to get started out of the box.

I would personally go for the Breville Bambino over the DeLonghi Dedica Arte for the reasons mentioned above. Unless there’s a big price difference and I can save a decent amount, I’d go for the Arte.

Related Comparisons

DeLonghi Dedica Arte – Quick Features

DeLonghi’s line of Dedica espresso machines (Dedica Deluxe and Dedica Arte) are the same at the core. The difference has always been in the steam wand frother.

  • It’s a 15-bar Pump Pressure machine
  • Preset espresso and double espresso shots, both can be readjustable.
  • Automatic flow stop
  • Stainless steel housing, available in several colors.

DeLonghi Dedica Arte vs Dedica – What’s The Difference?

The updated steam wand on the Dedica Arte makes it a better choice for anyone looking to steam and create micro foam milk texture. With some practice, you’ll be able to create latte art, if that’s something you’re into. Unlike the previous models (Dedica and Dedica Deluxe) which had Panarello style frother, it helps create foam and helps adjust the level of the foam, but you won’t be able to create latte art with the somewhat dense foam it creates.

With that addition of a steam wand, it made the Dedica Arte very comparable to the Breville Bambino.

Breville Bambino – Quick Features

The Bambino is one of Breville’s entry-level espresso machines, just like the Dedica.

  • 15-bar pump pressure.
  • Espresso and Double Espresso preset buttons
  • Steam wand frother
  • Stainless steel housing – no colors available.

Breville Bambino Plus – Quick Features

  • 15-bar pump pressure
  • espresso and double espresso presets
  • Automatic steaming or manual
  • Select from 3 milk temperature and 3 texture levels
  • Available in colors