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La Spaziale Dream T Review: Great Value for Money

La Spaziale Dream T Review

When it comes to choosing the best espresso machine, the choice is overwhelming. But you will definitely end up making the right choice if you go for La Spaziale Dream T.

The machine offers the perfect balance of ease of use, customizable setting, and precision, so you end up with the same great taste every single time. Regardless of whether you are a newbie or an experienced user, you will end up with a delicious shot of espresso with this machine.

Let's take a quick look at the La Spaziale Dream T espresso machine and learn more about the features and specifications that make it one of the top choices for home and small commercial users.

About La Spaziale Dream T

La Spaziale Dream T

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La Spaziale Dream T is a highly rated home use espresso machine that is also suitable for small-scale commercial use. Made by the family-owned La Spaziale Company, the company is known for manufacturing some of the best quality espresso machines worldwide.

The machines offered by La Spaziale are not only durable but also offer precision, which gives you a great balance of texture and taste. Loaded with great features, the hand-built machines are designed to give the same perfect taste every single time and are available for the most appropriate price.

The machine is readily available for less than $2,200, along with financing options. Though it might seem like a huge investment, come to think of it, it's worth investing if you prefer to spend on espresso every day.

On average, your daily spending on espresso from a coffee shop can cost you between $3 and $7, and if you go out for coffee on most days of the week, you can recover the cost well within the first two years.

An additional bonus is the free coffee you can enjoy for the next few years (you will still need to pay for milk and coffee beans).     

Now let's look at La Spaziale Dream T's design and features that make it an amazing espresso machine.

The Design

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If you look at the La Spaziale Dream T design, it builds on the famous La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II.  Moreover, it adds a display and a touchpad that adds to convenience and style.

Once you take a closer look at the machine, you will notice that the cord is a standard plug that is set up for a 20A 120V receptacle standard. However, it also has an adapter for the more common 15A plug.

The machine can operate with both boiler elements working simultaneously when on the full power setting (20A). However, it alternates the heating of each boiler when operating on the more usual 15A setting.

While it is best to operate the machine at a dedicated 20A receptacle, if you have a standard kitchen receptacle, it’s best to leave the espresso machine on a 15A setting to ensure the safety of your appliance.

The option of setting to toggle between 20 and 15 amperes of current is a unique design element for the La Spaziale Dream T espresso machine.

From an ergonomic point of view, the smooth functioning of an espresso machine is critical when it comes to the use of the machine at home. And while the La Spaziale Dream T is not a basic machine, it comes with a user-friendly design and brings in some value for home users.

It is relatively easy to fill in water in the machine, prime it, and heat it up, and then you can play with the menu right away. The display may seem a bit complicated at first, but if you spend some time looking and understanding the options, it's relatively easy to use, and you will really enjoy working around it.

The machine is designed to cover the drip tray on each side of the group head. Hence, you will also notice small LED lights that provide some additional lighting.

You can set these LED lights on or off manually or via automatic setting. You will find the water sprout and steam wand on the left side of the machine, and you can also use the water sprout to clean up with the steam wand following the use.

Perhaps the one design feature that may not be the most ergonomic is the portafilters. They come with a football-shaped handle that may slide out of your hand if you are not careful.

Moreover, the spouts are slightly longer. However, once you get comfortable using the portafilters, you will get used to it, and the design will not appear bothersome.

Another interesting design feature about this machine is the handles of portafilters lock into place at a specific angle. It might seem unusual in the beginning, but again it is something about the design that you can quickly get accustomed to.

One design feature that distinguishes La Spaziale Dream T from other espresso machines is the built-in water tank. It makes the machine an ideal choice for home users who do not prefer direct plumb models.

Moreover, it also makes the La Spaziale Dream T a perfect choice for small-scale on-the-go commercial users or offices. What makes Dream T unique is that unlike many espresso machines with a tank, the water tank can be removed from the front.

The feature makes it easier to remove the tank as you don’t have to remove all the cups off the warming rack. Moreover, the tank simply slides out from the front.

However, to remove the tank, you will have to remove the drip tray before you can remove the tank. Hence, the machine is designed such that refilling and dumping the drip tray go hand in hand.

Now that you already have a detailed insight into the machine's design let's take a closer look at the feature of the La Spaziale Dream T, which makes it one of the best espresso machines you can find on the market.   

Features

The highlight of the La Spaziale Dream T espresso machine is the amazing, user-friendly features that allow you to get the perfect shot of espresso you deserve. Some of the features of the La Spaziale Dream T espresso machine that make it a worthy investment are highlighted below.

Material

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One of the highlights of the La Spaziale Dream T is the housing of the machine. It is constructed using stainless steel that comes with glossy plastic side panels (or optional wood).

The side panels are available in glossy black and red colors, so you can choose the one that aligns with your style and personality as well as match your kitchen's construct. The panels are attached via two screws on top and bottom each and are easy to attach and remove.

The drip tray is made of durable plastic (glossy black) with a stainless steel cover. The drip tray can hold up to 1.6L. the drip tray is drainable, and is one of the best ways to go about draining your drip tray is doing so while refilling the tank (that also requires you to remove the drip tray).

Dual Boiler

La Spaziale Dream T

The La Spaziale Dream T is a dual boiler espresso machine. It contains two boilers; one is dedicated to brewing, whereas the other one is specific for steaming.

Essentially it means that the process of pulling shots is more efficient and streamlined because once the machine is preheated, a dual boiler espresso machine allows you to brew and steam your shot simultaneously.

Perhaps the biggest advantage of a dual boiler machine is that it streamlines the brewing and steaming processes, adding to your machine’s efficiency. However, there are two cons associated with dual boiler espresso machines.

One is that espresso machines with dual boilers take up a lot of space. Luckily, that's not an issue with La Spaziale Dream T, as it is not very bulky.

Secondly, espresso machines with dual boilers are a bit pricier. Again, if you feel the price of La Spaziale Dream T is higher, we feel it is justified if you like to have espresso on most days of your week.

The nickel-plated brass boilers have a capacity of 0.45L and 1.2L for brewing and steaming, respectively. Moreover, the insulated boilers fill in automatically and use a power of 800W and 1250W for brewing and steaming, respectively. 

Vibratory Pump

The La Spaziale Dream T is an espresso machine with a vibratory pump. While many users prefer an espresso machine with a rotary pump for its quiet and robust nature, others prefer espresso machines with a vibratory pump.

Espresso machines with a vibratory pump such as La Spaziale Dream T brew up pressure quite slowly, which results in a type of pre-infusion which makes better espresso.

The recommended brew pressure is 9 bars, but the machine also offers adjustable brew pressure. With La Spaziale Dream T, you can enjoy near-commercial efficiency with the same great taste every single time.

However, if you compare the taste of espresso brewed using an espresso machine that comes with a vibratory pump, it will have a milder taste and is not as rich as the espresso brewed through an espresso machine with a rotary pump.

Huge Water Tank

The La Spaziale Dream T is an espresso machine with a built-in water tank. So it is a great choice for users who do not prefer direct plumb models.

Moreover, the removable, built-in water tank is also an excellent feature for commercial users looking for portable espresso machines.

It has a 2.4L BPA-free reservoir that's easily removable from the front and has an automatic low water shutoff so you would know when it is time to refill the tank.

Stainless Steel Steam Wand

stainless steel steam wand

 

Almost all espresso machines come with a steam wand that's used for frothing and steaming milk. The La Spaziale Dream T is not an exception.

It comes with an articulated stainless steel steam wand with four steam tip holes and a 360-degree range of motion. The steam wand is insulated, an additional safety feature for home users, and offers optional steam tips. 

4 Programmable Profiles

Another distinguishing feature of La Spaziale Dream T is that it allows you to set up four programmable user profiles. With each profile, you can adjust and save the temperature of your espresso shot and the temperature of boilers and shot times for each of the different users.

This feature makes the La Spaziale Dream T a great choice for home users who have other temperature preferences for their shots. Moreover, it offers programming options for individuals who prefer their shots to run slightly shorter or longer.

You can simply hold on to one of the up or down arrows for a few seconds, and you will pull up the menu, which allows you to create a user profile and pull a shot that's exactly as per their liking.

The programming option may look intimidating to many users, but once you get to the menu, the interface is pretty simple and user-friendly, and you will not experience any trouble in understanding how this feature works.

Saturated Group Head

The La Spaziale Dream T comes with a saturated group head which is essentially an extension of the boiler, which means the espresso machine allows the group head to warm up much faster.

Moreover, with a saturated group head, you can enjoy the specified temperature more precisely.

Chrome-Plated Brass Portafilters

The portafilters are constructed using chrome-plated brass and come with a plastic handle. The single and double spouted portafilters are included.

Moreover, with the La Spaziale Dream T, you will get single and double baskets along with a backflush disk for cleaning.

Volumetric/Multiple Shot Pulling Options

One of the most exciting features of the La Spaziale Dream T espresso machine is the three options for pulling shots. You can go for the usual single and double shots pre-timed function.

Moreover, a middle button allows you to manually run the pump without using a timer. You can also use this button to purge the group head between the shots.

Attractive and User-Friendly Display

If you are not used to displaying a lot of information on an espresso machine, then the La Spaziale Dream T might come as a surprise.

It has a user-friendly interface and a display that shows you all the information ranging from the shot timer to boiler temperature, the number of shots pulled, and even the clock, which shows the current time.

The user-friendly and compact display also reads out the extraction time, the pressure of the waterline, and the next time the machine will turn on or off based on your programmed schedule.

Once you get used to the display, you will find all the information on the display quite useful.

Digital Controls

This feature may be last on the list, but it is exceptionally interesting. The La Spaziale Dream T gives you a variety of great features and a unique ability to customize your espresso exactly as per your needs.

It has a built-in timer that you can use to your advantage. With the built-in timer, you don't have to wait for your machine to reach a specified temperature in the morning, and you can enjoy the same great taste even with the first extraction of your day.

Moreover, there is a digital temperature control that efficiently maintains the boiler's temperature. Furthermore, you can adjust the brew and steam boiler temperature precisely to individual degrees Celsius.

Given that the La Spaziale Dream T is a smart machine, it has the ability to turn itself on and off using a built-in timer. Moreover, you do not need any extra equipment to time the processes with its cool digital controls.

Pros and Cons of La Spaziale Dream T

La Spaziale Dream T

So far, you are aware of all the design and specifications of the La Spaziale Dream T espresso machine, but it would still be helpful to know more about the pros and cons of the equipment to make an informed purchase decision.

Let's take a closer look at the pros and cons of La Spaziale Dream T.

Pros of La Spaziale Dream T

  • Pocket-friendly choice – Almost all the espresso machines that come with similar features cost at least $1,000 more.
  • Ease of assembly and installation – With the La Spaziale Dream T, you get everything that you need with the equipment to get the perfect shot of espresso.
  • A stainless steel front with a crisp appearance and colored side panels (available in red and black colors) for a striking design.
  • It comes with an automatic timer that allows you to set the machine for the entire week. Moreover, you can use the timer to set up timing for up to 2 times every day. So you can enjoy your hot shot of espresso as soon as you wake up. You also have a choice to switch off the timer.
  • An articulated stainless steel steam wand with four steam tip holes and a 360 degree range of motion.
  • Offers four programmable profiles for users with different preference for temperature and style.
  • Digital controls, which allow you to program every single step so you can get your perfect shot of espresso.
  • A dual boiler espresso machine that is designed to work with 15A circuits but works equally well with 20A circuits. Moreover, you can enjoy greater efficiency with the dual boiler as you can brew and steam simultaneously.
  • Large drip tray that can hold up to 1.6L of fluid and extra LED lights for better visibility.
  • Additional features allow you to use the machine manually or rely on the built-in tech features that will enable you to pre-program profiles.
  • It offers several valuable features, but all the features are not only value-adding but are also user-friendly.
  • Temperature control that gives you a perfect shot of espresso every single time.
  • Removable water tank with automatic low water shutoff and easy refill option.

    Cons of La Spaziale Dream T

    While there are numerous advantages of the La Spaziale Dream T espresso machine, there are a few cons that you should know before you invest in this equipment.

    With knowledge of some of the potential drawbacks of the La Spaziale Dream T, you can make a more informed purchase decision.

    • The stainless steel wand that offers a 360-degree range of motion is very short and cannot move far enough from the machine.
    • The steam knob is quite slippery, and once the steam hits the knob, it gets more difficult to turn it off.
    • The popular 58 mm portafilter accessories may not go with the machine as it comes with the 53 mm deeper portafilters, which may hold as much as 58 mm equivalents but do not perform as well as 58 mm portafilters.
    • The water tank can hold up to 2.4L of water which will require frequent refilling.

      Final Thoughts

      In all, the La Spaziale Dream T is an amazing espresso machine that provides great value for money. It is more affordable than several other espresso machines that come with similar features.

      Moreover, with this volumetric, dual boiler espresso machine that allows you to program profiles and set timers, you can look forward to creating perfect espresso drinks throughout the week.

      Furthermore, its unique features, such as digital controls and a user-friendly display, enable you to look forward to your favorite espresso shot at home, in the office or at your on-the-go café.

      Though the La Spaziale Dream T espresso machine comes with a few drawbacks that can potentially seem like a big deal to many users, it is a great piece of equipment for all espresso lovers.

      All you need is to accessorize the espresso machine with the right accessories and enjoy your favorite shot of espresso at any time throughout the day.

      Cafe Last is the premier destination for all of your espresso machine and coffee equipment needs. We carry products from top brands, including La Spaziale. Check us out!


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