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Solis SL-90 - Jim's Review
Posted: November 11, 2000, 3:49pm
review rating: 2.8
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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: 6.4
Manufacturer: Solis/Saeco Quality: 10
Average Price: $449.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 2
Where Bought: Aesthetics 6
Owned for: 1 month Overall 6
Writer's Expertise: Aficionado Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: Acceptable if you are making milk based drinks, but not for straight espresso
Positive Product Points

Machine looks nice, coffee tastes good but not hot enough

Negative Product Points

Electronic water delivery is ridiculous, water temp is not hot enough, crema has large bubbles

Detailed Commentary

Impossible to get an accurate shot as far as timing and volume go because of the electronic water delivery.  You basically just have to get your tamp right, then keep hitting the button to turn it on longer till you get your 1 to 1-1/2 oz. shot, which I know is totally NOT the way the thing was designed to work.

Crema is REALLY UGLY, with big bubbles, uneven over the top.  This is from the crema- enhancing (hah!) basket.  The non-crema enhancing basket was not much better, though a little bit better.

Water is not as hot as it should be, and even when the portafilter, cup etc are preheated the shot is not hot.  The taste is pretty good though, so if you are only doing cappucinos, lattes etc. it would be ok.  I would be embarrassed to serve espresso to someone who was an experienced drinker because of the temp and the look of the crema.

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