There are brands of coffee machines that differ from the generalist trends and the general public and aim directly at a very specific segment of consumers.
It is precisely the case of Lelit, an Italian manufacturer with a long tradition in the world of espresso and whose name may not be known to many of our readers. However, Lelit espresso machines have a real legion of followers in Europe. They are the undisputed reference among those who put the quality and purity of espresso before any other consideration.
Lelit manufactures and markets exclusively top-of-the-range coffee machines, with top quality materials and elements focused on offering the user all possible control parameters when making an espresso. These are quite expensive stainless steel coffee makers, which compete in a very exclusive market sector.
The Lelit company is still a family business today and has its headquarters in Brescia, Italy. It manufactures both domestic coffee machines (which are listed on this page) and coffee machines for the hotel and catering industry. They are characterised by the fact that they manufacture all their products by hand and because they prioritise the durability and quality of the pieces above any other issue.
In their own words, each Lelit coffee maker has been conceived and designed to guarantee the user the optimum water pressure and temperature for making exceptional espressos. They also allow each consumer to define all the control parameters of their espresso manually and become true experts in the art of the barista.
Comparative table of Lelit coffee makers
As you well know, every time we talk about a brand, we draw up a basic comparative table so that you can evaluate at a glance the main qualities of each coffee machine and know how to distinguish them clearly. When buying a Lelit coffee machine online, you will first need to know what its prices are:
Differences between Lelit coffee machines
Buying a Lelit espresso machine is an important investment, so it is important to know them in-depth and to be aware of the differences between them. Lelit espresso coffee machines are divided into two main well-differentiated lines of business. However, all the models share common characteristics; they have very large tanks (over 2.5 litres), stainless steel housings, boiler systems for heating the water, integrated pressure gauges, etc. The two main branches of Lelit coffee machines are the retro line, or Line 50s, and the VIP line, or VIP Line.
Lelit Retro coffee machines – Line 50s
The PL41, PL42 and PL62 coffee machines are part of the Lelit retro coffee machines line. Lelit Anna, Lelit Anita and Lelit Mara, respectively.
The Lelit PL41 is the basic Lelit coffee machine, the standard model.
The Lelit PL42 goes one step further and is the only Lelit coffee machine with an integrated grinder. And the grinder is top quality, don’t think that it is just a grinder to get out of the way. It mounts conical steel grinders with a diameter of 38 mm and allows you to select the thickness of the grinder with micrometric precision manually.
And above them stands out the Lelit PL62, one of the best domestic coffee machines in the world. Its incredible performance and its price (over 1000 pounds) make it a piece only suitable for true experts in the art of making and consuming espresso coffee. For the sample, we leave you only some data: it has a copper boiler of 1.5 litres size. It also has a heat exchanger. It has a double manometer (to control both the coffee and the vaporiser pressure) and 58 mm filters, larger than usual. The water tank is 2.7 litres, and there are also some versions with electronic PID control of the temperature. In short, the “no more” in this segment.
Lelit VIP coffee machines – VIP Line
In the VIP line of Lelit espresso machines, we find two other very similar models: the PL81 and the PL91, which are called Lelit Grace and Lelit Victoria, respectively. The differences between them are hardly significant, and you can find them in the reviews we have just linked.
In these Lelit VIP coffee machines, we find, unlike those of the retro group. This high-resolution LCD screen serves, apart from offering information about each process that happens in the machine, to be able to control the coffee extraction temperature electronically. One degree up, one degree down; it’s just a matter of pressing a button and testing until you find the perfect spot for you.
Also, the Lelit PL91T (like the Lelit PL81T) has a brass boiler, a 2.7-litre tank, a pressure gauge, indicator lights, graphic warnings and alarms (for example, to tell us when there is little water left in the tank), a programmable pre-infusion system, in short, a great alternative for those who are not satisfied with the basic models.
What about you? Which Lelit coffee machine do you prefer?