Summary: Returned 2 of these to amazon during the guarantee period, ended up getting a refund. Same problem occurred with both of them, the pump stopped working properly and just a dribble of water came out. Checked all the usuals, filter etc, to no avail. Can't really recommend this machine.
Summary: I purchased this time for use in a second home which I visit for only 8 weeks each year. After 14 months, it is starting to fail. It sounds like the motor is failing but it is now out of guarantee. I am a big fan of DeLonghi but would not recommend this product.
Summary: I bought the De'Longhi Icona Espresso machine from Amazon (they had the best price) back in February 2011 as there were so many positive reviews. I got it in blue and love the colour - it's nice & bright in the kitchen. My husband and I both loved it. It's easy to use, heats up quickly and simple to clean and made lovely coffee (which may depend on the type/strength of coffee used - we used a finely ground coffee from M&S or Tesco-strength 4. You can also use pods).
Looks great - but the design quality does not match the looks.
Stephen McGregor "Wee Stee McG", Amazon
19 October 2011
Summary: Disappointing design lets this attractively coloured number down. It is awkward to slot the coffee holder into its slot. The steam nozzle leaks, but not into the drip tray. The tamper spreads coffee just outside the drip tray... you get the idea. Could do better, but the coffee tastes great and it does look good!