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Solis SL-90 - Susie L (Roxie's mom)'s Review
Posted: March 12, 2003, 3:42pm
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Solis SL-90
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Arrow The Solis SL-90 has 26 Reviews
Arrow The Solis SL-90 has been rated 7.98 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.
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Rick Waits 9.50
Rohan Durrant 9.50
Rob Novak 7.87
Mark Thacker 7.66
Mark Prince 7.63

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.6
Manufacturer: Solis/Saeco Quality: 10
Average Price: $449.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $400.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: 1st Line Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 2 years Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: IMO, best home machine in the $400 and less category.
Positive Product Points

Works well.  Steams well.

Negative Product Points

Can't think of any.

Detailed Commentary

I’ve had the Solis SL90 2 ½ years and am very pleased with this purchase.  This is an automatic that can also be used as a manual.  (I don’t know if that’s standard on other automatics.)  I’m not a purist, so I’m quite content to place my cup under the spouts, press the double shot button & go do something else during the time the shot is pulled.  The housing on this machine is plastic, so if you dislike paying this kind of $$ for plastic, this is not the machine for you.  I had already owned two steam toys & was upgrading from a Krups Espresso Vivo.  Once I narrowed the choice down to a Silvia or the SL-90, the reasons I selected this machine are that Mark (Coffeekid) Prince said this machine steamed like an engine (I do lots of lattes, ‘chinos, mochas), the footprint (the Silvia is deeper, the SL-90 wider & the SL-90 was better suited to the space I had available) and I liked the fact I could get it in white.  (Yes, I know 99% of you are rolling your eyes – it’s a ‘girl thing.’)  Other reasons I liked this machine is that it has a large reservoir and I liked the idea of the cup warmer, although in practice, I rarely use it.  

Don’t buy this machine for the built in tamper.  Nice idea, but it just doesn’t work.  

Since I’m a high end coffee consumer (I normally drink at least 48 ounces of coffee each day – I know, not good), drip is what I drink most often, simply due to the ‘return of investment’ & ease of cleanup.  I consider espresso beverages as treats/rewards.  Therefore, I use this machine only an average of 3-4 times per week.  

Although I purchased the machine, the support was from Kyle Anderson at Baratza.  There have only been three things I needed support for.  The first time I used the machine, I turned the steamer too far “off”.  The next day, it wouldn’t work.  The second time, I wanted to boost the brew temp on the machine.  Third, when I replaced my old dishwasher, the new one melted the drip tray (old dishwasher did not) and I needed a replacement.  All three times, the support was fast & very pleasant.  

I really like this machine and would buy it again.

Buying Experience

Buying experience was great.

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