Summary: I loved this product but the pump died . The area anywhere near the old overflow coffee / water gets filthy and smelly fast . I got a Bialetti and burr grinder and am happier . It's not espresso but it's simpler , safer , and less stinky .
Summary: I have used only an expresso maker for 15 years, and this one caused more headaches and grief in one week than my old Krups did in all those years. Water poured onto the counter, read and re-read the instructions - and I never did get one cup of coffee out of this machine.
Summary: This espresso machine is a workhorse. I use it every morning and have been doing so for the past 4.5 years. I haven't had a single problem during that time. The machine doesn't make the world's most amazing espresso, but it is solid and was worth the price.
Summary: my wife go it for me for Christmass, so since yesterday I have made about 5 coffee... I found water on the counter, I check the drip tray and it was full of WATER (not coffee that would have drip after removing the cup) I cleaned and dried it and check why/how it was getting so much water.
Summary: The problem I have faced with pump cappuccino machines is the bad frothing system. I make micro-foam, and I rarely can find a machine that generates the steam pressure necessary. A lot of this has to do with the tip and shroud on the steam wand. A smaller opening generates more pressure.
Summary: Ages ago on a trip to Europe, my husband fell in love with espresso. We tried a few inexpensive brands of espresso makers over the years, but he was never very impressed. This machine -- at a very good price -- makes fabulous coffee.
Summary: Very nice looking espresso unit but, LARGER than advertised, correct height is 14.5". If you are trying to use under lower clearance cabinets (18") it's not a good fit, especially for using top warmer plate. Outer water reservoir makes it a bit bulky.