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Lelit PL 041 Espresso - Tom Hildreth's Review
Posted: January 19, 2013, 4:38pm
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Lelit PL 041 Espresso Machine
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Arrow The Lelit PL 041 Espresso has 23 Reviews
Arrow The Lelit PL 041 Espresso has been rated 8.62 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since October 22, 2007.
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Gary Edmunds 9.43
HEATHER HUNNICUTT 9.00
Joshua Wark 9.00
Armbrooke Thorne 9.00
Brian Dorais 8.50

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.2
Manufacturer: Le'Lit Quality: 9
Average Price: $460.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $429.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: 1st Line Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 2 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Pro Barista Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Krups XP5220
Bottom Line: I am very pleased with the Le'lit.
Positive Product Points

Good espresso machine.

Negative Product Points

The instruction manual clearly states to run the hot water before drawing espresso to insure the boiler is filled with water.  When you do this, you will hear the pump.  It is important that you understand your operating sequence to insure you do not risk running the boiler dry and possible damage.

Detailed Commentary

1st Line shipped my order promptly and kept me advised of my order delivery status.  One surprise (which may be my fault) was that 1st-Line requires UPS to get a delivery signature, and I was not going to be home. I had to work around the problem with UPS.  Other options are that you can have a neighbor sign for it or for $5 or you can have it delivered to a UPS store for customer pick-up.    

Given the instruction manual was translated from Italian to English, when I had a question 1st Line answered it.  After a several weeks, when I would draw a shot of espresso I would get a slow drip of water from the wand.  When I asked 1st Line how to correct this they sent instructions with pictures on the steps to take, which solved it.  When I contacted another retailer about their support and repair services, they suggested I use 1st-Line.

When I first started using the Le'Lit there was a slow water leak where the steam wand is connected, which was could have been caused by shipping.  It was easy to tighten the connecting nut with a small wrench which stopped the leak.  You will need a 57 mm tamper, which takes some searching for or can be purchased from 1st-Line.

Buying Experience

Very good.  1st-Line was very helpful.

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