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Lelit PL 043 Compact Grinder - Jeffrey Ferdi's Review
Posted: April 18, 2010, 4:30pm
review rating: 6.0
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Lelit PL 043 Compact Coffee Grinder
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Marco Redaelli 10.00
S McRoberts 9.00
Compy Spaghetticode 8.00
Kyle Renfro 7.00
Jeffrey Ferdi 6.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.4
Manufacturer: Lelit Quality: 6
Average Price: $249.99 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $265.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Local Appliances store Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 1 week Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: 0
Bottom Line: Build quality could've been better, but the actual grinding is much to my liking. This grinder gets me my daily shots of espresso quickly and for a lovely price. I'm a happy man.
Positive Product Points

Small and compact
Fast: about 10 seconds to get 15gr. (average: dependant on the type of bean used)
"acceptable" noise level
Great cost/performance

Negative Product Points

Spills ground coffee if you're not carefull.
Looks "fragile", build quality of certain parts could've been better
Adjusting the settings when the hopper is filled feels rather bad.
"acceptable" noise while operating
Cannot be switched off.

Detailed Commentary

Gives good quality grinds, quite consistent, not perfect though. Doesn't do coarser grinds, not french press compatible.
Switch on the side, to my supprise, is for continuous grinding, not for switching on or off: If you plug the machine in, it's on and ready.
Noise is fine while in a conversation but is going to disturb it a bit.  I've heard worst, but it's not on the silent or mediocore level either.
Mine is from NEMOX: Type CAFFE LUX. These have not bars to protect your fingers near the burrs: Other brands may have these. They tend to be an issue, as oily coffee's clog to them, reducing the output of the machine. The version without these bars tends to "spit" coffee along the far edge of the plastic tube, tending to spill it more often. Make no mistake, eventhough this machine isn't exactly cheap, it's still "budget".
This is also noticed when handling it: The plastics feel quite meek, the metal on the base is thin, the adjustment ring / switch feel the oposite of solid... But nothing feels like you could break it easily. But this grinder is a device you should kind of handle with care. The actual grinding mechanism does seem to be quite solid, they just didn't feel like improving the exterior to keep the production price down. So you get a decent quality grinder for a low price. Fine by me!

Buying Experience

After trying it in the store when I returned a faulty Cuisinart DMB8, I took this grinder. The grinder in the store was more than three years old and actually still performing like my 10 day old one.

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