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The Le'lit has stepped forward as one of the best contenders for home. It's an extrememly capable espresso machine with a PID preinstalled, under the $600 mark! You simply can't find this anywhere else!
"Good, but somewhat frustrating"
Ian N on 6/19/2015 9:39:07 AM
Review: I bought this unit because it seemed a good trade-off for my needs. I did not want a machine that would warm 2 litres of water to boiling temps for an ounce of coffee... too much energy use. I wanted a "real" steam wand. So this was about the only alternative. I use it with a Rocky grinder. It does make tasty espresso, and it does make nice froth milk. But the time to make the milk is long enough that the crema is mostly gone. And there is not much crema to work with either, which is the truly f... More details
Owned for: ~1-3 months
Would I buy this item again?: Maybe
"Best machine at this price"
Jason S on 6/12/2015 12:03:44 PM
Review: The reviews asks if I would buy this again. I did. This is the second LeLit I’ve purchased from 1st Line. The first one I bought many years ago after much research. I think is still the best small home machine for the price. It heats up quickly, makes great shots and steams milk perfectly. I use Lavazza pre-ground espresso and whole milk, and cappuccinos come out tasting like they do in Italy. The simple design and small size means it takes up little space on the counter top and looks great too.... More details
Would I buy this item again?: Yes
Granger M on 5/23/2015 7:31:41 AM
State: New York
Review: Ive owned this for about a month now. Its great. After a little practice on finding the right grind, the right tamping pressure, and learning to hold the steaming wand properly in the milk, I am now making great coffees. I was a bit concerned about the smaller boiler but I now think of it as an asset. It heats up very quickly, heats the portafilter well because the boiler is above, and responds quickly for steam. Its fabulous. I never thought of this as a replacement for all my coffee making, bu... More details
Owned for: Less than 1 month
"Amazing machine for the price"
Alex C on 5/7/2015 7:12:05 AM
Review: After a year, the Lelit PL41TQE is still an amazing machine for the price. It has consistently produced excellent espressos, macchiatos, and cappuccinos that are at least as good as or better than we can find at many so-called high-end coffee houses. The crema is awesome. - We clocked the warm-up time at less than three minutes, ready to steam milk. - The PID is very helpful for knowing both when the steam temperature is reached and when the machine has cooled/heated and reached the proper coffe... More details
Owned for: Greater than 1 year
"Entry level machine cloaked as mid level."
Robert S. on 3/24/2015 8:12:35 PM
Review: Excellent steam wand, great to have PID brass boiler . The PID may be overkill as the boiler is diminutive. The 57 mm brass brew head is solid and very easy to service... The portafilter feels light and somewhat out of place with the rest of the machine. Better than the gaggia Classic on all aspects except for the brew group and portafilter gaggia has commercial size/weight 58 mm portafilter)
Richard S on 2/27/2015 3:10:26 PM
Review: We purchased our Lelit in Sept 2013. Right out of the box it tripped the GFI. We switched outlets to a non GFI and it ran fine for 4 months. We were meticulous about use and maintenance. At the 4 month mark it stopped heating enough to steam milk. We contacted 1st Line and they were ******** and ****, sending us a replacement heat element 'this time only' and claiming it was operator error. The machine still does not operate correctly and we are trying to get our money back- but pretty sure 1st ... More details
Owned for: ~4-6 months
Would I buy this item again?: No
stanley s on 2/18/2015 10:57:21 AM
Review: For a single boiler this machine is stable and easy to use. The somewhat small boiler is actually a blessing as the p I d maintains control and moving from steaming to pulling a shot quick and easy. Plenty of steam for me and not too fast...great control. Sensible design. For the price I don't think it can be beat.
Henry B on 9/1/2014 10:15:16 AM
Review: The Lelit PL041TQE Espresso Machine is a delight. This is the first more serious machine I've had and it took only about a week to get to know. Makes excellent espresso and steamed milk. Its discriminating and enables subtle differences between coffee blends. Everything about 1st-line was outstanding, from immediate shipping, carful packing to advice and support. I would buy from them again in a moment,.
Ben B on 8/17/2014 7:55:36 PM
Review: Like others, I spent a lot of time researching machines, counting the days until my last in a series of Saeco machines died (as did my fantastic mypressi, but that's for another review). The Lelit has been fantastic for espresso. Well built, attractive, heats up quickly and allows me to pull great shots. We don't do steam, so I can't comment on that function. Was worried my old Solis Maestro (now the equivalent to the Baratza Encore) wouldn't be up to Lelit but I've been pleasantly surprised to ... More details
"Two years of espresso bliss"
Dean on 4/13/2013 11:32:41 AM
Review: I've owned this machine for more than a year now. It is fabulously consistent, less than 10 minute warm up time. No need to backflush if you use filtered water. This plus a good grinder is all you will ever need.
"A Joy To Own"
Jessica L on 2/3/2013 6:12:21 PM
Review: I spent a lot of time researching before I selected the LELIT PL041TQE as my first machine. I have had it a little over a month and it had surpassed my expectations. It is well built, the controls are intuitive, the steaming capability is good for two cappucinos at a time, with a quick refresh time. I couldn't be happier. The delivery was prompt and the machine well packaged, customer service was first rate.
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