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Lelit PL 043 Compact Grinder - Bryan Hains's Review
Posted: March 22, 2013, 1:15pm
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Lelit PL 043 Compact Coffee Grinder
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Arrow The Lelit PL 043 Compact Grinder has been rated 5.58 overall by our member reviewers
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Marco Redaelli 10.00
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Compy Spaghetticode 8.00
Kyle Renfro 7.00
Jeffrey Ferdi 6.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 0.8
Manufacturer: Lelit Quality: 0
Average Price: $249.99 Usability: 0
Price Paid: $249.00 Cost vs. Value 0
Where Bought: lelitespresso.com Aesthetics 4
Owned for: 1 week Overall 0
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Positive Product Points

Compact size, it's shiny

Negative Product Points

-Cheap plastic and metal build
-Poor mechanical quality broke after 2 days
-Makes horrible screaching noise
-Grind adjustment selector freezes in place

Detailed Commentary


I ordered a PL043 espresso grinder direct from Lelit (lelitespresso.com) with free shipping for $249. Customer service was initially fine, and the machine arrived quickly. After 2 days of very light use, the grinder stopped taking beans in from the hopper, the grind selector wheel wouldn’t turn, and the machine made a horrendous screeching noise. Beyond this the grinder was built very cheaply out of flimsy plastic and metal that wasn’t even molded properly (gaps at seams, blemishes, etc).

I email Lucy at Lelit to explain my issue and ask for a RMA to return the item and I’m promptly given a RMA. I take a few pictures of the grinder, clean it all up, pack it in the orig packing, and send it off. All is well so far.

Until they receive it. Remember that I paid $249 and had free shipping. Lucy tells me that they found nothing wrong with the grinder, and that my refund will be $204. The difference is that they’re not refunding my (FREE) “shipping” cost, and charging me a BS 15% restocking fee. They won’t budge on the refund amount.

Fortunately I paid through Paypal so I filed a dispute… to my surprise, Paypal actually came to the rescue refunded me an additional $55. Given my horrible experiences, I’m sharing my story to inform those considering buying a Lelit grinder or espresso machine.

DON’T BUY LELIT! The product is cheaply made, and their customer support is abysmal. They’ll try to screw you out of as much $$ as possible. Judging from multiple reviews/posts with essentially the same message, BUYER BEWARE!

Buying Experience

Terrible! May be better buying it from a shop you can return it to?

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