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Solis SL-90 - Jim's Review
Posted: December 13, 2000, 12:45pm
review rating: 6.5
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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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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: 8.4
Manufacturer: Solis/Saeco Quality: 8
Average Price: $449.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 6 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Aficionado Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: Excellent machine for people who want very good espresso and milk based drinks in under 15 minutes a pop.
Positive Product Points

Consistent performance, excellent steam quantity, easy to use, thoughtful design, and quality construction.

Negative Product Points

Could use some more metal in stress areas.  Takes a while to get used to, and some fine tuning and adjustments to get just right.

Detailed Commentary

After owning a Gaggia machine, I was looking for something that was manufactured with a little more quality control. When I saw that the Solis was manufactured in Switzerland, I was sold.

I wanted a machine that would last for years, and make consisitent espresso and milk based drinks in a reasonable amount of time.  I was willing to donate about 15 minutes 1-3 times daily.  
The machine takes some getting used to, I would advise not using the pre-programmed times and volumes, they are not all that consistent.  I use the machine like a manual machine, with a Rocky grinder and get excellent results most of the time. The frothing on this machine far surpasses any other machine that I have ever seen or used.  The cup warmer surface could get hotter more rapidly, but I just use hot water from the machine.

Overall a great machine that will provide high quality shots with a minimum of fuss, and time.

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