Is The Stylish, Pod-Based Delonghi Nespresso Lattissima Coffee Maker As Clever And Convenient As It Claims?
The Delonghi Nespresso Lattissima Coffee Maker is clearly targeting a certain market. It has a pod-based system that aims to eliminate the problems of grounds and beans and turn the machine into a convenient system, clever programming and personalisation to make a users favourite drinks with speed and a sense of style to make it even more attractive to modern users on the go.
The compact, 19-bar Delonghi EN520 Nespresso coffee machine is able to produce espressos, long coffees, cappuccinos and latte macchiatos with its one-touch milk dispenser into both coffee mugs and latte glasses and even comes with 12 pods in its “welcome kit”.
There seem to be plenty of reasons to choose this Delonghi model over other, multifunctional coffee makers but does its performance and produce reflect its aims?
What benefits does the Delonghi EN520 Nespresso Lattissima Plus Coffee Maker have after other espresso machines?
The first place to start when mentioning the positive aspects of this machine is the quality of the milk – both in terms of its dispenser and the effect on the final produce. This is an aspect of espresso makers that is often criticised because users complain about the quality of the frothier or the reservoir but this is not the case with the Nespresso Lattissima Plus.
The single touch froth dispenser appears to produce a good froth to enhance the taste and texture of all the drinks on offer, and any others that buyers wish to experiment with, and the milk jug is not only easy to fill but also removable for simple storage in the refrigerator.
Elsewhere, there are a large number of five star reviews for the product that highlight everything from its range and reliability to its style and convenience.
This Delonghi EN520 Nespresso Lattissima Plus espresso machine is a good looking model with its mixture of white finishing and black features and this attention to detail is enhanced by the illuminated buttons on top.
Buyers have also commented on how easily and quickly this coffee maker produces great drinks, partly due to the customisable programming and the 40 second heat up time, as well as the lack of noise – another factor that similar coffee makers struggle with.
Other positive features in the specification that may appeal to prospective buyers are the adjustable drip tray, water level indicator and energy saving technology.
A Couple of Complaints
The customer testimonials for this Delonghi espresso coffee machine are mostly favorable, with plenty to say in support of the design and produce, and the only heavily negative reviews seem to address potential manufacturing faults rather than design issues.
In the middle of these two groups are the reviews that highlight the grey areas where there are pros and cons on the same issue. For example, some people will praise the heat of the final produce – something Delonghi have clearly aimed for with their additional cup warmer – but others mark the product down and say it is too cold.
These differences of opinion also occur with comments on the cleaning and the programming. Some people are happy with the one-touch system and the convenience it brings, while others have difficulty getting the action they desire, and people complain about the regularity of the cleaning and descaling but award points because it is so easy to do so.
Summary: is this Delonghi Nespresso Lattissima Coffee Maker a worthwhile purchase?
In the end, the overall value of this machine is what you make of it because you could either find yourself using the product regularly and finding that lots of pods rack up a large bill or, alternatively, saving a lot of time and money by cutting down on coffee shop visits and making a quick brew at home. Like many elements of this machine – notably the heat, programming and cleaning – there are two ways to look at this machine.
Having said this, there is a definite swing in opinions to the positive side of this machine and many more advantages than disadvantages. The Delonghi EN520 Lattissima may not make coffee to your exact preferences but it has the looks, function, technology and produce to ensure that it lives up to its aim of being a clever, stylish and convenient coffee maker that can provide a range of drinks with speed and quality.