What We Like
Multiple functions for coffee and more
Small footprint saves counter space
Nearly hands-off operation
What We Don't Like
High price might be off-putting
Uses pods rather than ground coffee
Makes cups, but not mugs or carafes
At first glance, the Nespresso Lattissima Pro Espresso Machine by DeLonghi looks basic, from its tiny footprint to its minimal accessories. Once we started using it, we dug deeper into its functions. We started our day with espresso before moving on to decaf lattes in the evening. We checked out all the parts, perused the menu, taste-tested the options, and took it apart for cleaning. How does it stack up among other coffee and espresso machine combos? Read on for the details of our hot beverages.
Setup Process: Couldn’t be easier
The software setup was minimal, simply requiring us to choose a language for the display. Before our first cup of espresso, the manual instructed us to run a “lungo” cup’s worth of hot water three times to rinse the system before using the machine and to run the hot water function three times as well. We rinsed and filled the water reservoir as instructed, and then we washed the milk container before filling it. Not only did this assure us that the machine was squeaky clean, but it also introduced us to the machine’s functions.
Design: Cute and functional
Upon unpacking this machine, our first impression was that it was cute—tiny, compact, small, petite. Did we mention that it’s not very big? Measuring 10.8 x 7.6 x 13 inches, it doesn’t look imposing or all that impressive at first glance. It’s unassuming in a metallic, robotic sort of way. We wondered how this tiny machine could justify its price, but once we started trying all of the functions, we understood. It’s got a lot going on, and it’s ridiculously easy to use. The machine even senses the difference between the hot water spout and the milk container, even though they use the same outlet.
The pods can be returned to Nespresso where both the pods and the coffee are recycled.
One design feature we really liked was that the hot water function uses a separate outlet rather than using the coffee outlet. That means the hot water will be plain hot water and not taste vaguely like coffee-flavored hot water. The hot water spout has a sliding extension wand, so we were able to use a smaller cup without a whole lot of splashing. These intelligent design features made us appreciate this little machine a lot more.
The Nespresso capsules are made from aluminum and are technically recyclable, but it’s unlikely your local recycling service will be interested in handling coffee-filled pods. However, the pods can be returned to Nespresso where both the pods and the coffee are recycled.
Performance: Easy coffee, fancy or plain
We dived into our first latte without reading the manual and were suitably impressed that the onboard menu walked us through the process, including telling us to run the clean cycle on the removable milk container and then place it in the refrigerator. We were happy it was so smart because sometimes we’re not quite that attentive before our first cup in the morning. Efficiency is where this machine shines. To enjoy your daily coffee, you simply have to retrieve the full milk container from the refrigerator, pick a capsule, and press a button. It heats quickly and leaves you with virtually no cleanup (more on that below) and no wet, messy coffee grounds.
Once we started trying all of the functions, we understood the price. This machine has a lot going on, and it’s ridiculously easy to use.
The manual suggests using skim milk for the best foaming performance, but we tried whole milk, 2 percent milk, skim milk, and even almond milk. Then, we went off the rails and tried whole milk mixed with some heavy cream. Each time, we achieved a respectable foam.
Features: Coffee drinks and more
The functions are controlled with a touch screen on top, where you can choose three sizes of coffee-only drinks (espresso, ristretto, and lungo), two coffee drinks that include milk (cappuccino and latte), one option for hot milk only (great for hot chocolate), and one option for hot water (great for tea).
The settings button is also on the top panel, and a display offers useful information, including the “heating up” message and our favorite nagging mom message that reminds us to put the milk container in the refrigerator.
While there’s no need to change the factory default settings, customization is possible. Each of the coffee, water, and milk options can be adjusted for the desired volume. To set a customized volume, we were prompted to make the drink and stop the process at our desired amount, which the machine then remembers for future use. While this doesn’t show how many ounces are being dispensed, it did allow us to program a specific hot water volume so we could get the perfect amount for our favorite teacup.
Just about the only thing this machine doesn’t do is produce coffee in large volumes.
Milk foam production is customizable on the fly, using a knob on top of the milk container (which holds 16 ounces) that can be adjusted to fit your favorite cup. The water reservoir on the back of the machine is small (holds 44 ounces) and removable, but given that espresso drinks don’t use a lot of water, the size makes sense. There’s no handle on the reservoir, but the instructions mention several times that the reservoir can be lifted by its lid, so we can assume that it’s sturdy. If the machine is going to be stored for a while, a setting is available to purge the machine of any remaining water. There’s also an automatic shut-off.
Just about the only thing this machine doesn’t do is produce coffee in large volumes. It’s designed for a single cup at a time rather than carafes or even travel mugs.
Included Accessories: Everything you need
Integral to the machine’s functions are two accessories: the milk container and the water spout. The water spout fits behind a small door on the side of the machine, so there’s no risk of it getting lost in the kitchen’s junk drawer. It plugs into a port in front of the machine to dispense hot water. The milk container plugs into the same port, and steam is used to turn hot milk into a frothy foam.
A one-time-use item included with the coffee maker is a water hardness testing strip that is used to test your water. The results of that test can be entered into the machine’s settings; this will affect how often the machine will need to be descaled.
An assortment of 14 coffee capsules was also included, but we bought more to keep us properly caffeinated during testing.
Cleaning: Easy but necessary
The used pods fall into a container for collection and disposal, and excess water drains into a removable tray. These should be emptied regularly and cleaned, but since they’re not in contact with the coffee you’re drinking, they don’t need much more than a swish in soapy water and a quick rinse. The milk container has a self-cleaning function that cleans most of the residue, but it should be washed thoroughly every two days. While the milk in the container stays cold, the top of the container gets a little warm, so it’s wise to clean it regularly. The container can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher. We found that hand washing was easy enough. Overall, cleaning was about as simple as we’ve found.
Price: Definitely expensive
There’s no doubt that this is a high-priced coffee maker. It’s also not a traditional espresso machine that uses freshly ground coffee, which made us question whether the price was worth it. Nespresso capsules cost around 70 cents each, so they aren’t exactly cheap. What you’re buying with this machine is simplicity and the ability to make a variety of coffee drinks as well as hot water and perfectly heated milk with a touch of a button. In the end, we enjoyed that simplicity, and we enjoyed the variety of coffees that are available in neat little pods.
DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima Pro vs. De'Longhi BCO330T All-in-One Espresso Machine
While these two machines are made by the same company, they couldn’t be any more different. The pricier Nespresso Lattissima that we tested is about as hands-off and automated as you can get. Just pop in a capsule, press a button, and wait a few moments for your cup of coffee. The DeLonghi All-in-One machine is a much more hands-on machine that includes both a traditional espresso maker, which produces the perfect shot from your ground coffee, and a drip brewer for days when you need a full pot of standard coffee. We’re hard-pressed to say which of these machines is the better buy because they’d each be the perfect machine for different types of coffee drinkers.
Still can’t decide? Check out our roundup of the best Nespresso machines.
Love at first foam.
If you’re looking for a multipurpose machine with a focus on ease of use, you won’t be disappointed by the DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima Pro Espresso Machine. If you’re more into the idea of fiddling around with the perfect espresso and learning to make milk foam art, you might want to look elsewhere, but we appreciated the simplicity and functionality of this machine.
- Product Name Nespresso Lattissima Pro Espresso Machine
- Product Brand DeLonghi
- MPN EN750MB
- Price $599.95
- Weight 12.6 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 10.8 x 7.6 x 13 in.
- Color Silver
- Material Metal/plastic
- Wattage 1200 W
- Warranty 2 years
- What’s Included Milk container, hot water nozzle, 14 coffee capsules, 1 water hardness testing strip