Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Lelit PL41TEMD v NS Oscar v Other?

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Lelit PL41TEMD v NS Oscar v Other?

    I'm about to spend $1500 on a machine/grinder combo.
    Before I spend this money I thought I'd bounce my options around here a little.

    Grinder
    - Compak K3T ($439)

    Machines
    - Rancilio Sylvia ($749)
    - Lelit PL41LEM ($769)
    - Lelit PL41TEMD ($989)
    - Nuova Siminelli Oscar ($1249)
    - Breville BES920 (w BCG920 grinder, dropping the Compak - $1449)

    This is machine would be used to make two coffees, three times per day (nearly always milk coffees).
    I would occasionally make 4-6 coffees at a time (monthly?)

    I'm leaning towards the PL41TEMD, but wonder if the HX NSO might be the better machine?

    To complicate matters a local coffee machine shop has closed their doors and have one display, but never used, NSO for sale. Thus could be had for around $850 (possibly with dubious warranty status?)

    Are there any other machines that I am overlooking?

    Thanks for any assistance!

  • #2
    Sorry to be off-topic, but where can you get a compak k3t for that much? I'm looking for one...

    Comment


    • #3
      Lelit is a single boiler, NSO is a HX. If I had a choice either or I'd personally go NSO for the HX.

      Comment


      • #4
        Originally posted by pat_00 View Post
        Sorry to be off-topic, but where can you get a compak k3t for that much? I'm looking for one...
        oops! as you might have guessed, that's a typo. Should have been the K3P model.

        Comment


        • #5
          Originally posted by saoye View Post
          Lelit is a single boiler, NSO is a HX. If I had a choice either or I'd personally go NSO for the HX.
          I guess I was wondering if I'm buying a heavier duty machine in the Lelit, given that I probably don't make enough coffee in one sitting to really see the benefit of the HX machine.

          The possibility of getting the NSO for around $850 though does alter the thinking a bit.

          Comment


          • #6
            My guess is you would upgrade well before anything breaks.

            Comment


            • #7
              Not that anything would break. Both machines are excellent beginner machines...just a bit more mucking around with priming single boilers if you like to texture milk.

              Comment


              • #8
                Ive got an Oscar. Its great in that it is easy to work on and there's opportunity to mod if your that way inclined. Steam is fantastic. I would say rather than it being a beginner machine, it is a machine that you can grow with and as you do, your pours will get better and better.
                I would go the $825 Oscar and get a better grinder. I have found coffee is like photography. Its not the camera body that gives you the great shot, but the lens you are using. With coffee, its not the machine, but the grinder that really makes the difference in your shot.

                Comment


                • #9
                  I guess the term "beginner" in this context depends on what benchmark you are comparing it with. In this forum most would bypass all the pressurised portafilters and start from single boilers and the NSO. The sunbeam em0480 and breville smart grinder are also the bear minimum electric grinders when it comes to grinding for espresso.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    I wanted to avoid the Sunbeams due to their poor reliability. Family member has had two of them - both with issues within 2 years.

                    Thanks for all the opinions so far!

                    On the grinder topic, does anyone have an opinion on the Macap M2M? One of the site sponsors had offered the NSO + Macap M2M at a very reasonable price.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      M2M is a great little grinder. On a par with my K3T according to my tastebuds. It is a stepped grinder, unlike the K3s.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        I will second the M2M, sold my K3 after getting it. Really really delivers for such a ( solid ) small package.

                        I have come to like the reliability of the stepped adjustment, tweak the dose by 0.5 to 0.75g to really nail down a shot.

                        The hopper really needs to be at least 1/4 to 1/3 full to get a consistent grind. Ie: reproducible shots from same weight of grounds.

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          I've seen Wega Mini Instants (ie black k3t) for $425.

                          I'd be jumping on that NS Oscar in a heartbeat.

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Hildy View Post
                            I've seen Wega Mini Instants (ie black k3t) for $425.

                            I'd be jumping on that NS Oscar in a heartbeat.
                            What's the etiquette on posting a sponsors offer here?
                            ie do they want the publicity or would they prefer offers kept private?

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Hildy View Post
                              I've seen Wega Mini Instants (ie black k3t) for $425.
                              NB the Mini-instant ships with the old style regular hopper, not the smaller gourmet hopper of the current K3P/T. The upgrade (which most would want) is overpriced at the best part of $100.

                              Originally posted by vandozza View Post
                              What's the etiquette on posting a sponsors offer here?
                              ie do they want the publicity or would they prefer offers kept private?
                              I think if the sponsor wants an offer posted, they will do it themselves. At the very least, I'd be asking permission of the sponsor concerned.

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X