The Lelit Bianca PL162T is an Italian-designed and built dual boiler, rotary pump, E61 espresso machine with a built-in PID, and shot timer that can be direct plumbed or run on its built-in reservoir. It also features a unique flow control paddle.
Who is it for?
The home barista who is excited about diving deep into the world of espresso. You want something that'll enable you to get the most out of every coffee by allowing you to control flow so you can ramp up the pressure, reduce channeling, and nail every extraction. You don't need a commercial workhorse, but you certainly hope to serve groups of friends with cappuccinos and straight shots once you've perfected that new recipe.
Why do we carry it?
The Lelit Bianca occupies a unique spot in our lineup. It's not only the most affordable flow control machine by a large margin, but it's also our only E61 espresso machine capable of flow control. Having access to this powerful feature on an E61 machine is great on its own, but the Bianca doesn't rest on its laurels. Its large boilers are fitted with powerful 1400W heating elements, making nearly bottomless power for shots and steamed milk.
Its rotary pump isn't just silent – it also allows this machine to be used with either its reservoir or directly plumbed. In a unique stroke of genius, the reservoir is modular. It can be detached when direct plumbed, making the machine drastically smaller. When in use, it can be fitted to the left, right, or back of the machine to suit your kitchen's needs.
On top of all that, you get an included bottomless portafilter and all of the wood trimmings. We've been drooling over this thing since the day we got it in our showroom – at least the included premium microfiber towel makes cleanup easy.
Bottomless walnut portafilter
Double spouted walnut portafilter
Lelit stainless steel and aluminum tamper
Lelit in-tank water softener
2-hole and 4-hole steam tip
Braided plumb-in line
Drip tray drain attachment
Group head brush
3-year parts and labor warranty provided by manufacturer
Manufactured in Italy
Flow control paddle
Group head pressure gauge
PID temperature control
Built-in shot timer
'No-burn', stainless steel steam and hot water arms
Pump pressure gauge
Steam pressure gauge
Walnut steam and hot water knobs
Brew boiler: Stainless steel, .8L
Steam boiler: Stainless steel, 1.5L
Reservoir: 2.5L with low water sensor, BPA Free
19.1 in (15.9 in without reservoir)
Drip Tray Cover:
Drainable Drip Tray:
Reservoir or Plumbed:
2.5 L / 85 fl oz
BPA free plastic
Low Water Shutoff:
No Burn (Insulated):
Articulating, full rotation
Steam Tip Holes:
2 and 4
Optional Steam Tips:
Brew Temperature Adjustment:
Steam Boiler Adjustment:
Display Can Be Disabled:
Integrated Shot Timer:
Built-In On/Off Timer:
3, group head, pump, and steam boiler
Cup Warming Tray
Portafilters & Tampers
Chrome-plated brass, walnut handle
Commercial 58 mm
2, bottomless and double spouted
Single, double, triple, and backflush blank for cleaning
Lelit tamper with stainless base and aluminum handle