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Solis SL-70 - Ly Foley's Review
Posted: May 15, 2009, 6:40pm
review rating: 7.0
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Solis SL-70
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Arrow The Solis SL-70 has 25 Reviews
Arrow The Solis SL-70 has been rated 7.21 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
MW Madden 9.00
Steve Boothe 8.50
James Schulman 8.50
Fr. John Abraham 8.29
Mike Prince 8.20

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.4
Manufacturer: Solis Quality: 7
Average Price: $379.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $399.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: prefer not to say Aesthetics 5
Owned for: 6 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Just starting Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned:
Bottom Line: Would I recommend it to a friend? YES
Positive Product Points

Nice starting machine
quality of the "inside"
produce more steam than needed for foaming milk

Negative Product Points

looks cheap, the front panel is glued on a "lumpy surface"
filter size: 53 mm instead of 58 mm which seems to be a standard size

Detailed Commentary

I bought it based on what I read here.  I originally wanted to buy a super-automatic but taste test done in the stores and at home on machine on loan convinced us to go to a semi-automatic.

Have been making 6 to 10 drink a day from the start. The Solis gives me coffee that I'm proud of offering to my espresso drinking friends.

But please note that:
I'm not a coffeegeek I wanted something to turn on, make my espresso and not worry about it. I don't want to learn temp surfing, PID, etc..
There was no way I was going to spend a thousand dollars or more  on a semi-automatic espresso machine.
And that following what I read here, I spent as much for my grinder as I did for the Solis which helps make the SL-70 make good coffee.

Both my wife and I had never used a similar machine and used it after reading the instruction without problems. We got better with time but the first espresso were drinkable.

The only major problem I have found is after using it for a couple of weeks, I cannot tolerate the espresso offered at most restaurant around here.

Buying Experience

Bought it online and the less I say about that store the better I will feel

Three Month Followup

It's really more than a year but still working great and still doing 6 to 10 drink a day.
Spending  $1k or more on a machine does not seems impossible now. But unless this one breaks it won't happen.

There is a discussion on the forum on the SL-70 about the OPV and other subject. If you own one you should read it.

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