Summary: I've owned this machine for about 2 years; it is used virtually every day for a shot of espresso. It does have some downsides as has been mentioned before - noisy, vibrates, mediocre steamer, etc. I use ESE packets and, up to a few months ago, have been satisfied with its performance.
Summary: I like this machine is very easy to use, to make espresso coffee very fast, easy to use and clean. The only problem I have found is to heat the milk, I never reached it I meant the point where the milk is hot and foamy... even I have followed the instructions it never happened... :(
Summary: This is my first espresso maker so I do not have alot to compare it to but I'm quite happy with it. It is responsive and quick and the steamer works really really awesome and fast. It also reheats quickly between cups. The red is attractive and it is compact.
Summary: I was looking for a machine that would make a good expresso and not be too expensive. This model seems to fit the bill. I am very satisfied with the quality of the beverage quality. The appearance of the machine is also good. The build quality is ok, not great but for the price not bad.