Summary: Great machine which produces much better espresso, or Americano, than my previous Krups. One big advantage is that there is room to get a reasonable mug under the brewhead, so you can produce an Americano by letting it run until you have enough in the mug. The only downside so far is that it is very susceptible to leaks around the brewhead if you are not scrupulous with cleaning coffee off the rim before fitting to the machine.
Summary: This is a very handsome machine, well made and solid; unlike my 3 previous espresso machines it has a professional look about it. The 2 on-off buttons and the main knob are all solid and are positive in action - nothing flimsy or plasticy about them at all, as I have found on previous machines; also, they are on the front - not round the side where you might forget to turn them off.
Summary: This is my second dualit - love the dual functionality of it - have learnt not to use such finely ground expresso and I religiously use the filters ... Last one lasted 5 years but took a lot of abuse - didn't use filters for 2 years, persevered with expresso ground coffee and didn't de-scale - lesson learnt !
Summary: Just bought & compared to other well known makes. Plus points were; good reputation for solid reliable products; metal feel - others very "placky", price seemed fair & comparable, looked good. Experience was; ok, it's a little involved, but that's the case with any of these types of machines - accept it's not a convenience purchase, but once you get the routine then you get great coffee comparable to starbucks & costa etc.