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De'Longhi Nespresso Lattissima Pro ReviewPrice: $600 List | $311.99 at Amazon
Pros: Convenient, good espresso
Cons: Expensive capsules
Bottom line: A good choice if you like the convenience of capsules and want and automatic milk frother
The De'Longhi Nespresso Lattissima Pro is the only machine we tested that combines the convenience of a capsule system with the convenience of a built in, automatic milk frother. If you're a fan of capsules machines and want to make a cappuccino without any extra effort this would be a great choice. Just be warned you'll be paying a lot in the long run, those capsules are expensive. Though it cost much more upfront, the Gaggia Anima Prestige offers essentially the same level of convenience with a lower lifetime cost.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
Like the other Nespresso capsule machines we tested the Lattissima Pro earned a 6 out of 10 in our taste testing, which had score falling from 3 to 9. Espresso from this machine tasted good, but was more watery and less bold than that made on some other machines. We found that super automatic machines that use fresh beans rather than capsules produce a slightly bolder taste. We also found that getting cafe quality espresso requires sacrificing convenience and gettting a high end semi-automatic machine, like the Breville Barista Express.
Ease of Use
The Lattissima Pro scored an 8 out of 10 in our ease of use testing, just off the top score of 9 and well ahead of the worst score of 4.
The Lattissima pro includes a very clear set of instructions that makes setup a breeze. We were making espresso in just 15 minutes.
Slightly Cryptic Interface
The interface is the only place where the Lattissima Pro could make some ease of use improvements. Once you get used to it the interface is intuitive, but it takes a bit of a learning curve to get there. All the buttons are only labeled with small pictures, so it can be a bit confusing upon first glance.
Fastest Cappuccino in Town
The Lattissima Pro won our cappuccino time trial, brewing up a drink in just under two minutes. Bonus: the only effort required was inserting a capsule and pushing a few buttons. Added bonus: virtually no cleanup.
Ease of Cleaning
The Lattissima pro shared the top score of 8 out of 10 in our ease of cleaning metric, well above the bottom score of 5.
Short Term Cleaning
Due to its capsule System the Lattissima Pro requires almost no cleanup if you're only making espresso. Just empty the spent capsules periodically and send them off to be recycled. The automatic milk frother can be removed and stored in the fridge, so it doesn't need daily cleaning, but you'll probably want to clean it at least once a week. All of the parts are dishwasher safe, so it's not a big hassle.
Descaling the Lattissima Pro is also quite easy, though somewhat time consuming. There are clear instructions that walk you through the painless process. It took us about 25 minutes.
The Lattissima Pro's automatic milk frother earned it a 7 out of 10 in our milk mania showdown. cores in this metric for models that could steam milk ranged from 6 to 9, with only the more cumbersome steam wand of the Breville Barista Express scoring better than a 7. We liked the espresso milk drinks produced by the Lattissima Pro. It made fairly good steamed milk and froth, but neither had an ideal consistency.
The Lattissima Pro lists for $600, which is a fairly average price, but due to its expensive Nespresso capsules it has the most expensive lifetime cost of all the machines we tested. Even the more expensive Gaggia Anima Prestige is cheaper in the long run. Therefore we think it is a fairly poor value.
The De'Longhi Nespresso Lattissima Pro is an incredibly convenient machine that can make a cappuccino in a flash with very little required cleanup. However, the expensive capsules make it quite costly in the long run.
— Max Mutter and Steven Tata
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