There are no doubts about it – the Nespresso range is one of the most appreciated options on the market when in search of a coffee machine.
It is among the most common recommendations and for some good reasons. But as you dig deeper, you realize there are plenty of Nespresso machines out there. Some of them do stand out in the crowd though.
As you explore the Lattissima collection, many of these machines look relatively similar at first, yet they are priced differently.
Whether it is the quality, convenience, or value for money, Lattissima Touch is among the best-rated ones, but this particular machine has a few other varieties too, such as the Pro option.
- General overview
- What is the difference between Nespresso Lattissima Touch and Lattissima Touch Pro
- Benefits of Lattissima Touch and Lattissima Touch Pro
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Final words
The question is – are you willing to spend more for even more features? More importantly, what kind of value do you get for your money? The good news is both Lattissima Touch and Lattissima Touch Pro will give you some great beverages (multiple options too) without too much hassle – press a button and get the coffee you would normally pay a fortune for.
What makes the Lattissima stand out in the crowd is the built-in frothing feature. It is fully integrated and automatic. In other words, you do not have to do the frothing yourself. Instead, the machine will optimize it to the highest quality standards while you watch – no more shaking the cup, adjusting the pressure, and spilling foam all over the machine.
As for the price, the name makes it pretty clear. Lattissima Touch Pro will obviously cost a bit more than the classic alternative. The difference in price depends on where you get it from or what kind of deal you find for it. There is an extra cost, so you clearly need to know the differences in functionality as well before making a final decision.
What is the difference between Nespresso Lattissima Touch and Lattissima Touch Pro
Apart from the price, there are a few other small differences between the two coffee machines. As you browse them over the Internet, they will look relatively similar – pretty much the same shape and design, differently shaped frothing containers and that is pretty much it. The truth is there is actually more to justify the price difference.
#1: More options
De’Longhi Lattissima Touch comes with a simple and straightforward control panel. You have six individual buttons for the most common beverages. Now, the Pro variety comes with an extra option, so there are seven buttons and another beverage to choose.
The Lattissima Touch Pro is also a bit larger than the Lattissima Touch variety. The difference is not massive if you look at them online, but place them one next to the other and you will see it – not by much though. Given the extra size, there will obviously be more weight, so the Pro option feels a bit sturdier and more stable on the top.
#3: Aluminum vs Plastic
The weight is not given by the extra size only. While the De’Longhi Touch coffee machine comes with a hard plastic exterior – pretty solid and sturdy though, the Pro alternative has a brushed aluminum exterior. Aluminum will obviously last longer than plastic. It is also heavier, yet the hard plastic will also last for ages if you look after the machine.
#4: Separate spout for the hot water
Last, but not least, Touch is more compact and allows hot water through the coffee brewing spout. You can use it for tea, medication, your oatmeal, or perhaps an instant soup. You would have to remove everything first and ensure there is no coffee left – not such a big deal anyway. The Pro alternative has a separate spout for the hot water, so it is a bit more versatile.
#5: Drink selections
De’Longhi Lattissima Touch will let you have espresso lungo, ristretto, cappuccino, espresso, creamy latte macchiato or frothed milk. All that with a single touch of a button. Espresso lungo is the longer version of espresso, while ristretto is a lower version – well concentrated and quite strong. A latte macchiato is a milk-based drink with a shot of espresso, while frothed milk is nothing but foamy milk.
#6: Programming features
Whether you get the Touch or the Touch Pro machine, you will find the same drinks programmed into the machine.
A ristretto requires 0.75 ounces, while an espresso needs 1.35 ounces. The lungo is 3.7 ounces, while the cappuccino is 1.35 ounces (plus 1.7 ounces of milk). A creamy latte macchiato is based on milk, so it requires five ounces of milk and 1.35 ounces of espresso. As for the warm milk, you get just over four ounces.
Settings can be adjusted in small details, based on your personal differences. Lattissima Touch provides a straightforward application. Hold down the button associated with your favorite beverage for about three seconds and you will be in the programming mode.
Make sure there is a cup under it though. The button will blink, while the brewing process will begin.
When you reach the ideal volume, release the button. The machine will remember it for the next time.
If you need to program a drink that requires both espresso and milk, you will have to do it twice – once when it froths the milk and a second time for the espresso.
De’LonghiLattissima Touch Pro machine is a bit more sophisticated. You need to go to settings in the touchscreen menu and find volume programming. Once you are there, the process is intuitive – a bit confusing for someone who is not tech-savvy. Even so, the Touch machine has a simpler and more direct approach.
#7: Capacity considerations
Sizing standards and capacity are never to be overlooked when considering a coffee machine. The actual capacity can be a broad term and may refer to multiple aspects regarding the machine. You need to consider the water tank, the milk tank, and the compartment for used Nespresso capsules. Each of these things can add to the overall convenience.
The Lattissima Touch coffee machine will provide 30.5 ounces for the water tank. The milk container can take 12 ounces. The Pro variety is larger, so the containers will also take a bit more – 44 ounces for water and 16 ounces for milk. What does it mean? While both of them have plenty of choices, the Pro will ensure fewer trips to refill containers.
Now, Nespresso capsules capacity is just as important. Nespresso Lattissima Touch will take nine different capsules. Once the compartment is full, it will stop working – after all, there is no room to drop empty Nespresso capsules. You will not be able to insert a new capsule either, so you will have no other choice but to get rid of the old capsules.
The process is fairly simple. There’s a sliding drip tray, so the container can slide out without too much hassle. Keep in mind that coffee might be spilled around it, so be careful. Rinsing also helps in the process. The Pro machine can take 14 Nespresso capsules – not a massive difference, but it could be helpful on a groggy morning. In some cases, you may store up to 15 capsules. Again, you cannot insert new Nespresso capsules if you fail to empty the container.
#8: Sizing standards and considerations
Lattissima Touch is compact and excellent for small kitchens or those without too much counter space. Based on the features it comes with, its size is incredibly small. It is about 6.8×10.2×12.6 inches in size, so it can fit anywhere. The size covers everything, including the milk and water containers. You might as well bring it to your office and leave it there.
On the other hand, the Pro version is a bit larger. It has an extra inch in width and almost half an inch in both depth and height. Unless they are one next to another, you would not be able to tell the difference. But then, as you lift them up, you will notice that Pro is almost three pounds heavier than the other one – it is all about the materials in its construction.
#9: Materials and finishing
Talking about weight, the Touch espresso machine is mostly based on hard plastic. Sure, plastic is known to be fragile, but at the end of the day, you are not smashing it against floors to make coffee. If well looked after (not too much trouble anyway), the hard plastic can last for ages without showing any signs of wear and tear.
The build materials make a massive difference in both the price and the weight. Most people base their perception of durability and quality standards based on these materials. It comes in a few different colors and they all look great, but Pro makes a statement when you notice how heavy it is – there is obviously more than just hard plastic.
Made of brushed aluminum, the Pro machine is likely to last for longer. Both machines are well put together and solid, but the Nespresso Lattissima Touch Pro alternative is more solid and sturdier. In terms of design, it still looks good, as brushed aluminum is similar to brushed steel. All in all, it is not the extra button in the control panel, the touchscreen or the extra size that adds to the price, but the brushed aluminum.
#10: Cup sizes and tall cups
The Pro coffee machine is a bit taller, so it can take taller mugs. The difference is not too relevant though. The Lattissima Touch espresso machine can take the same mugs if you remove the drip tray, so this aspect will not really help you make a decision. On the same note, the Pro machine can go even further if you remove its drip tray as well.
Now, there is a small feature that could make the difference. If you have tiny espresso or ristretto cups, Lattissima Touch will have the coffee falling for around five inches. It will obviously splash around the rim of the cup, so you might lose some of the caffeine. The Pro alternative comes with a small platform that folds away like Murphy beds. Fold it down and you can place the tiny cup there to avoid splashing.
Generally speaking, none of these coffee machines is designed to take tall travel mugs. Some mugs will go in, but others will require using regular cups and then pouring your creamy latte macchiato into your travel mug.
Benefits of Lattissima Touch and Lattissima Touch Pro
Apart from the small differences, both the Lattissima Touch and Lattissima Touch Pro models come with a series of similarities as well.
#1: They heat up in no time.
Each model features a fast heat-up energy-saving mode. That means can get ready to brew coffee within 40 seconds. Yes, there’s no typo: 40 seconds! It’s less than that if you only need some milk. Some residential machines may take up to 15 minutes or even more to heat up. Whether your mornings are busy or you cannot be bothered waiting, these machines will have your espresso waiting for you in less than a minute.
#2: They are quiet
Other than that, if you have a few late risers in your family, running the espresso machine will not wake them up. None of these models rattles while preparing your coffee. Nespresso has managed to sort this problem out. Older models used to rattle a little and cause some noise, but these are by far the quietest options in its line.
#3: Warm milk froth
Built-in warm milk froth does not give you too much control, so it makes perfect sense to be skeptical about them. Nothing will really beat a barista, but these machines are close enough. You may not get a silky thick foam to come up with fancy designs on top of a cappuccino, but the foam is better than what you might get from other similar machines.
#4: Handy water reservoir
The water reservoir is easy to remove and can be refilled with tap water without moving the machines. They come with lids and handles – sturdy enough to carry the unit even when full. From this point of view, cleaning and maintenance are just as simple.
Talking about maintenance, you should know that Nespresso machines must be descaled every few months, as mineral deposits will inevitably build up. Descaling is not that complicated though. You only need to run a couple of cycles with an acidic solution. You will then need to run a few more cycles to rinse everything out. How often do you need to descale? It depends on how hard the water is.
Both machines come with strips that will measure the water hardness. You can get an accurate reading of the tap water. Once you have the reading, simply input these details into the machine and it will give you a reminder whenever the time comes. It will do it by itself – no need to worry about it.
#6: Super easy to use
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you make a cappuccino with Nespresso Lattissima touch?
It’s very easy. Actually, you can do it with one touch of a button. Just insert a capsule, select a coffee type (remember to refill the milk container for if you are making a latte or cappuccino), and begin the preparation. Your coffee should be ready in under 40 seconds.
Does it come in black color only?
Not at all! It’s true that the black model is the most popular one, but you can buy your espresso machine in various different colors. The two other most popular ones are glam red and white.
What’s the ideal temperature for milk in a cappuccino?
The Specialty Coffee Association recommends that milk temperature should be between 122°F (50°C) and 149°F (65°C). Fortunately for you, this De’Longhi coffee machine includes an innovative milk system that makes your coffee properly warm.
Both models seem relatively similar, but their prices are different. It’s important to understand what dictates the price. Becoming familiar with the similarities and differences between the two machines will help you make a more informed decision.
I would pick the Lattissima Touch model. Mainly because the differences are really small and I’m not sure if the extra features are really worth the money. The only strong point behind the price tag is the material, but it’s not a game-changer for me.
But remember that no matter which option you pick, you will make a good decision as both machines will deliver the highest quality creamy latte directly to your stomach 🙂