www.testfreaks.com

Reviews, reviews, reviews...

Breville ESP6SXL
6.0 out of 10

Breville ESP6SXL

The perfect introduction to at-home espresso drinks. Makes delic Read more

Best Price at Amazon

Reviews and Problems with Breville ESP6SXL

Showing 1-10 of 28
Overall 10
10

Still running strong

anon, Amazon
26 September 2013
  • Summary: I don't know why this product has so many low reviews, either I got the one gem of a machine or Breville no longer makes these like they use to. I bought this product in Sep 2010. Its now Sept 2013 and my machine is still awesome. 3 years of flawless espresso making! I've never had to send it in or use any special cleaner. At most I just run some hot water through it once in a while and wipe it down.
  • Read full review
Overall 6
6.0

Worked for 2 years but wouldn't buy it again.

L. Mckenzie "book worm", Amazon
17 January 2013
  • Summary: I owned my machine for 2 years and 2 months. We made on average 4-6 cups per day...usually lattes. I figure I got my money's worth out of the machine, but wouldn't buy it again. I was a barista for 13 years, so I know how to adjust the grind and brew perfect shots. I know how to steam milk without burning it. (put the tip just below the surface to make a sipping sound for good foam. Otherwise the milk backs up into the steamer wand and turns the steam to water.
  • Read full review
Overall 10
10

Secret to good froth :)

Jodi, Amazon
30 October 2012
  • Summary: I've had this machine for nearly two years... I recently read an online blog on how to make perfect foam and thus perfected my technique.... First, I use 1/2 cup cold whole milk. I add 1tsp of sugar in the raw to the cold milk. I steam the milk first bc if you do the espresso first, the steam wand spits out hot water before it becomes steam. I put a thermometer in my milk carafe and steam away.
  • Read full review
Overall 10
10

No more Starbucks!

Latehmocha, Amazon
3 January 2012
  • Summary: I wanted to purchase a reasonable priced espresso machine for my husband. I did a lot of research and was a little hesitant to purchase this machine due to some of the negative reviews, but I am so glad I did! It's been only two weeks since we've been using it, but the espresso comes out nice, hot, and perfect. I'm not an espresso fan, but I love making lattes and cappuccinos and after a few tries with using the frother I can now make great drinks.
  • Read full review
Overall 10
10

Great home espresso

Bits, Amazon
2 January 2012
  • Summary: Just received this item as a Christmas gift. So far, I've only used it to make lattes, but they've been delicious. The machine is easy to use and I seem to be getting the correct espresso extraction. The milk steamer/frother is great, too. I've been using Starbucks whole bean French roast (and a burr grinder) because that's what we had on hand, but I'll be trying espresso pods soon.
  • Read full review
Overall 8
8.0

Great little machine BUT read the directions and use common sense

Brandon B, Amazon
19 December 2011
  • Summary: We finally got one of these things from our neighbors after constantly oohing and ahhing over the fine lattes and expressos they served. I am certainly into "good" coffee (fresh beans from a local roaster, no syrups, sprinkles, or flavorings) and my wife is a Chai drinker. I read the reviews and from what it looks like, most negative reviews can be contributed to operator error. First of all: READ the directions! Not just the quick start guide but the book.
  • Read full review
Overall 10
10

An affordable, near perfect Expresso Machine

waltg2007, Ebay
3 December 2011
  • Summary: I purchased a rebuilt ESP6SXL model Breville Expresso maker off e-bay (as I did my Ham Radio equipment, by the way) and I am very pleased with the machine I received from the "factory authorized" re-conditioner. This machine will make any kind of coffee I can think of. It was almost half price compared to as new. Only one problem exists. It is very sensitive to the consistancy of the coffee grind.
  • Read full review
Overall 2
2.0

tried 2 machines - both were defective

Chip, Amazon
2 December 2011
  • Summary: I researched home espresso machines extensively before buying the Cafe Modena, noting that virtually all of them had too many owner-reported durability/reliability problems reported to instill much confidence in any selection I might have made. While I liked the features of the Modena, unit #1 only worked properly for ~10 days (making no more than one double-shot latte daily) before its heating element began to fail (I think the unit was from manufacturing batch# 1023).
  • Read full review
Overall 8
8.0

Does a great job!

T.A.R., Amazon
9 August 2011
  • Summary: This is the first espresso machine I've owned. I've had it about 6 weeks, and make 3 lattes a day - heats up my almond milk in about 45 seconds. A swivel wand would be nice, but that's why others are more expensive - more features. A little difficult (okay, impossible) to see water level, not a big deal to me, I can just open the top door and see.
  • Read full review
Overall 6
6.0

It works as advertised, but it's a love/hate relationship

Bruce W. Butler, Amazon
3 August 2011
  • Summary: I am a coffee snob. After years of using inexpensive $69.00 throw away espresso makers (which delivered great cups of coffee nonetheless), I decided to get the Breville Cafe Modena. First thing that I must say is that operating this unit is very easy. Love. But the knob is very hard to twist, particularly if you have arthritis. Hate. The water reservoir is a terrific idea, and you can make at least 6-8 cups before needing to refill it. Love.
  • Read full review
Next page >>