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De'Longhi Nespresso Lattissima Pro Review

A good choice if you like the convenience of capsules and want an automatic milk frother
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Price:   $600 List | $389 at Amazon
Pros:  Convenient, good taste
Cons:  Expensive capsules
Manufacturer:   De'Longhi
By Max Mutter and Steven Tata  ⋅  Jan 19, 2017
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  • Taste - 40% 6
  • Ease of Use - 30% 8
  • Ease of Cleaning - 15% 8
  • Milk Steaming - 15% 7

Our Verdict

The De'Longhi Nespresso Lattissima Pro is the only machine we tested that combines the expeidence 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 costs much more upfront, the Gaggia Anima Prestige offers essentially the same level of convenience with a lower lifetime cost.


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Pros Convenient, good tasteExcellent espresso and milk steaming, can pull and steam simultaneously, multiple programmable features, relatively user friendlyGreat taste, cafe quality lattes and cappuccinosGreat taste, exceptional lattes and cappuccinos, mostly automated milk steamingGreat taste, great milk steaming
Cons Expensive capsulesExpensive, requires some effort and a learning curveExpensive, requires some effort and a learning curveExpensive, no built-in grinderHas a learning curve, no pressure gauge to help beginners, no grinder
Bottom Line A good choice if you like the convenience of capsules and want an automatic milk frotherA great choice for those that want the best possible at-home espresso quality, but comes at a hefty priceA perfect choice for those that don’t mind putting in a little work to get the best tasting shotA top-notch machine that offers the best (mostly) automated milk steaming we've foundGood choice for experienced baristas that already have a good grinder
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Rating Categories Nespresso... Breville the Dual... Breville Barista... Breville Bambino... Breville Duo Temp...
Taste (40%)
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Specs Nespresso... Breville the Dual... Breville Barista... Breville Bambino... Breville Duo Temp...
Dimensions 10.8" x 7.6" x 13" 14.7" x 14.8" x 14.7" 13.2" x 12.5" x 16" 7.7" x 12.6" x 12.2" 15.5" x 13.3" x 17.6"
Warranty 2 Year Limited 1 Year Limited 1 Year Limited 1 Year Limited 1 Year Limited
Milk Frother Automatic Steam Wand Steam Wand Automatic Steam Wand Steam Wand
Cost per Shot $0.70 $0.45 $0.47 $0.47 $0.47
Lifetime Cost per Shot $0.95 $1.08 $0.72 $0.72 $0.64
Cost per Latte $0.98 $0.73 $0.75 $0.75 $0.75
Straight Shot - Percentage cost vs. Cafe 23% 15% 16% 16% 16%
Latte - Percentage Cost vs. Cafe 20% 15% 15% 15% 15%
Number of Cafe Replacement Shots to Make p list price 261 588 237 237 158
Number of Cafe replacement lattes to make up list price 149 351 141 141 94

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison



Taste




Like the other Nespresso capsule machines we tested the Lattissima Pro earned a 6 out of 10 in our taste testing, a test in which scores ranged from 3 to 9. Espresso from this machine tasted good, but was more watery and less bold than that made with 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 getting 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.

Easy Setup


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.

The symbols on the Latissima Pro's controls can be a bit confusing at first.
The symbols on the Latissima Pro's controls can be a bit confusing at first.

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.

The combo of a capsule system and automatic milk frother make the Lattissima pro incredibly fast.
The combo of a capsule system and automatic milk frother make the Lattissima pro incredibly fast.

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 clean up 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.

Since it uses Nespresso Capsules teh Lattissima Pro doesn't require much cleaning.
Since it uses Nespresso Capsules teh Lattissima Pro doesn't require much cleaning.

Descaling


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.

Milk Steaming/Frothing


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's automatic milk frother does a good  but not great  job.
The Lattissima Pro's automatic milk frother does a good, but not great, job.

Value


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 comparatively poor value, unless you really value its conveneince factor.


Conclusion


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