DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima Plus Espresso Machine

The DeLonghi Silver Lattissima Plus Nespresso Capsule System EN520 gives pretty much anyone the ability to create many different espresso beverages at home with just the touch of a button. This machine, classified as an automatic espresso machine,  presents itself with a variety of features for fast, easy beverages including cappuccinos, lattes, hot/warm milk, and more. With today’s incredibly convenient Nespresso capsules and the machine’s one-touch auto cappuccino system, this very easy-to-use home espresso maker can even make your preferred beverage right in a cup or glass. Another great feature of this machine is the self-cleaning functions. The Lattissima Plus also comes with a fully-stocked welcome kit, including Nespresso coffee capsules. The 9.76-pound unit measures a compact 12.59 by 6.69 by 10.23 inches (L x W x H).

Product Description

 

The DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima Plus espresso machine for home is one of the top-rated espresso makers available for 2015.

Top features include lighted panel controls that provide for very simple creation of your favorite espresso beverages, including three milk frothing selections and two coffee selections.

This machine also features incredible ease of use due to compatibility with Nespresso capsules.

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Is this machine in the Super-Automatic, Automatic, or Semi-Automatic class?

This machine is in the super-automatic class of home espresso machines, which means it is fully automated with no grinding, dosing or tamping required of the home barista.

Is this machine programmable?

Yes – programmable options include three different settings for milk frothing, two settings for coffee preference, automatic shut-off feature, and a “clean” button for very simple clean-up.

Another great programmable feature of this machine is the ability to program your preferences into the machine.

Is this machine easy to use?

Yes – this one, as well as most super-automatics, is incredibly simple to use.  In addition, because it utilizes pods rather than beans or grounds, clean-up is made very simple.

What types of beverages does this machine make?

DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima Plus Espresso MachineThis machine makes all types of espresso beverages such as those you can find at your local coffee shop, including lattes, cappuccinos, and Americanos, just to name a few.

Also has a setting for hot milk, for hot chocolate lovers.

What is the cup height allowance of this machine?

This espresso maker allows for using a cup from 3-1/2 to 6 inches tall.

Does this machine use pods/capsules or ground coffee?

This machine uses only Nespresso capsules. There are a TON of different flavors that Nespresso offers for its capsules, so variety definitely will not be a problem.

Does this machine have a built-in coffee bean grinder?

No, this machine does not have a built-in grinder, nor is there any need for a separate grinder, as this machine uses only capsules. If it is a machine with a built-in grinder you are considering, a good choice would be the Krups Espresseria Bean to Cup espresso machine.

What is the bean hopper size in this machine?

Not applicable. This machine uses only capsules; thus, there is no need for a bean hopper.

Does this particular machine have an LCD display?

No – this machine does not have an LCD display. If it is a machine with an LCD display you are considering, check out the Philips Saeco Intelia.

What is the frothing capability of this machine?

Many customers who have bought and used this machine have come back to report that the frothing capability of this machine is outstanding.

In addition, there is an adjustable setting on this machine that allows for setting the froth level to your preference.

What is the brew time length of this machine?

After being switched on, the Lattissima Plus is heated and ready to brew in approximately 40 seconds.

How many cups at a time can be made with this machine?

This machine allows for only brewing one serving at a time. The water reservoir that comes with this machine allows for approximately three beverages before needing a refill.

Does it have a cup warmer?

No, this machine does not have a cup warmer. If you are considering the purchase of a home espresso machine but want one that has a cup warmer, a great consideration would be the Breville Oracle.

What colors is  this machine available in?

This machine is available only in a black/silver combo.

What type of housing (outside casing) does this machine have?

This machine has heat-safe plastic casing on the outside.

What type of water heating system does this machine have?

This particular machine features a Thermoblock heating element, which allows for very rapid heating of water.

Does this machine have dual boilers?

No, this machine does not have dual boilers. It instead has an aluminum boiler that is lined with stainless streel.

Is this machine noisy?

Customers who have used this machine report that this one is not as noisy as some others.

What is the bar pump pressure information regarding this machine?

This machine provides 19 bars of pump pressure.

What is the water tank size on this machine?

This one has a 30-ounce water reservoir, which will allow you to brew approximately three beverages before needing to refill it.

Is the water tank easy to access?

The water reservoir is located on the back of the machine and is removable.

Is clean-up easy for this machine?

The “clean” button featured with this machine makes clean-up very easy. In addition, all milk container parts are safely able to be washed in a dishwasher. In addition, the removable drip tray makes for easy clean-up in this area. One customer who wrote a review advised that clean-up takes about 6 minutes.

What is the weight of this machine?

This machine is very lightweight at just 9 pounds.

What are the dimensions (measurements) of this machine?

This machine measures 12.5 x 6.6 x 10.2 inches.

Shipping and Warranty Info.

This machine has a 1-year warranty.

What is the wattage of this machine?

The pump in this machine operates with 1,200 watts.

Customer Reviews – Pros & Cons – DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima Plus Espresso Machine

Here are some of the pros and cons that are actual reports from customers who have purchased and used this espresso machine.

 Pros

  • Customers who have purchased and used this machine have reported that it works quite well, provides excellent quality espresso, and froths milk very nicely.
  • Very compact design, requiring very little counter top “real estate” to fit in.
  • Overall, most customers were very happy with the Nespresso Lattissima – thus the 4.3 out of 5 stars rating among a whopping 436 customer reviews.

Cons

  • Many customers have reported that this machine does not heat up their lattes as lot as they would like, although others have reported they were completely happy with the temperature of their lattes. Our suggestion regarding this would be that if you prefer absolutely steaming hot lattes, this might not be the right machine for you.
  • Buying the Nespresso coffee capsules was reported as being rather expensive; however, when you compare it to the cost of that $5 daily beverage, the cost is still very much less than that.
  • One customer reported that “wider” cups would not fit under the spout.
  • The auto-clean feature requires the user to push the “clean” button in and hold it for a few minutes, or clog-up occurs.

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