De'Longhi Nespresso Lattissima Pro Review
Pros: Convenient, good taste
Cons: Expensive capsules
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|Pros||Convenient, good taste||Excellent espresso, achieves near-perfect microfoam in its steamed milk, relatively easy to use for a semi-automatic machine||Great taste, cafe quality lattes and cappuccinos||Great taste, exceptional lattes and cappuccinos, mostly automated milk steaming||Great taste, great milk steaming|
|Cons||Expensive capsules||Expensive, requires more effort/practice than fully-automatic machines||Expensive, requires some effort and a learning curve||Expensive, no built-in grinder||Has a learning curve, no pressure gauge to help beginners, no grinder|
|Bottom Line||If you like capsule style machines and want an automatic milk frother this is the machine for you||A cafe-quality machine that manages to still be friendly towards beginner baristas||If you don't mind a little learning curve and elbow grease, this is the best espresso you can make at home||An excellent choice for those trying to recreate cafe drinks at home, especially if you already have an espresso-quality grinder||An excellent machine if your familiar with the process of manual brewing, and already have a high-quality grinder|
|Rating Categories||Nespresso...||Calphalon Temp IQ||Breville Barista...||Breville Bambino...||Breville Duo Temp...|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Ease Of Cleaning (15%)|
|Milk Steaming (15%)|
|Specs||Nespresso...||Calphalon Temp IQ||Breville Barista...||Breville Bambino...||Breville Duo Temp...|
|Dimensions||10.8" x 7.6" x 13"||5.6" x 14.5" x 17.3"||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||3 Year Limited||1 Year Limited||1 Year Limited||1 Year Limited|
|Milk Frother||Automatic||Steam Wand||Steam Wand||Automatic Steam Wand||Steam Wand|
|Water Tank Capacity||44 oz||94 oz||67 oz||65 oz||61 oz|
|Cost per Shot||$0.70||$0.45||$0.47||$0.47||$0.47|
|Lifetime Cost per Shot||$0.95||$0.70||$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||235||237||237||158|
|Number of Cafe replacement lattes to make up list price||149||141||141||141||94|
Our Analysis and Test Results
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.
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 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.
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 comparatively poor value, unless you really value its conveneince factor.
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