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6.3 out of 10

Francis Francis X1

The X1 became an icon in the world of coffee machines, and is no Read more

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Reviews and Problems with Francis Francis X1

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Overall 2

Servicing your francis francis X1 machine

sheree56, epinions.com
11 March 2009
  • Excerpt: Within the first 6-9 months, my thermostat stopped working.
  • Pros: It looks nice. It makes a great gift.
  • Cons: Way too expensive. Extremely poor customer service, both from Empire Fulfillment and Illy.
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Overall 10

Espresso with style

dfelfoldi, epinions.com
7 April 2008
  • Summary: If you have the disposable income, buy it and enjoy the work of art.
  • Pros: easy to use, makes a great espresso, steam wand a great plus
  • Cons: expensive,
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Overall 8

Great Espresso from a Fab Looking Machine

Eutek, epinions.com
31 January 2007
  • Summary: The X-1 looks fabulous, is easy to use and produces wonderful espresso/cappuccino/latté. It might be a bit dear, but you only live once!
  • Pros: Great styling, easy to use, well constructed
  • Cons: Expensive
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Overall 10

FrancisFrancis FabulousFabulous

spongiebob, epinions.com
30 January 2006
  • Excerpt: This machine is both gorgeous to look at and simple to use. It has three toggle switches: (left) pow
  • Pros: beautiful to look at; easy to use; fast heating times; perfect coffee.
  • Cons: expensive; tedious to clean (but no more so than others); no automatic shut-off.
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Overall 6

Dead X1

jasonshort, epinions.com
17 January 2005
  • Excerpt: I bought an X1 from Williams-Sonoma. After 3 years of moderate use the unit is essentially now dead.
  • Pros: sweet looking machine
  • Cons: needs coarser grinds, temperature instability, only good for two lattes at a time.
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Overall 2

Big Mistake! Never should have bought one.

sadbuyer, epinions.com
15 December 2004
  • Excerpt: I've had it a year. Used it about 5 times per week. It made decent espresso for the first month then
  • Pros: Worked for exactly one month
  • Cons: Everything. It is really a piece of junk.
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Overall 8

Beautiful machine, expensive, but you won't regret having it

arshad, epinions.com
10 January 2004
  • Summary: If you can afford it, worth the money for the style, and it's fun to use and great to look at.
  • Pros: Beautiful design, super easy cleanup, delicious espresso
  • Cons: A bit expensive, no double boiler.
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Overall 8

Good machine with a few minor drawbacks

dutchman65, epinions.com
5 August 2003
  • Summary: Good machine, reliable, nice design with a few drawbacks. My next machine would be a Gaggia for its stronger construction and slightly improved performance.
  • Pros: Reliable, design, easy-to-use
  • Cons: Cupholder does not get warm, useful for making 1-2 espressos (slow)
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Overall 10

A machine for serious espresso fans

ymaike, epinions.com
23 June 2003
  • Summary: This is THE machine for serious coffee fans; if you are only going to use it to impress your dinner guests every few weeks, it's probably overkill.
  • Pros: Longevity of machine Retro Italian styling Steam pressure Fit and finish
  • Cons: Reservoir a chore to fill Electrical cord placement
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Overall 6

Sports car styling and price for a basic machine.

gk14, epinions.com
27 May 2003
  • Summary: 5 stars for aesthetics. 1 star for function/price. Great machine, but it's not for everyone.
  • Pros: Hip. Aesthetic beauty. Nifty Temp Gauge.
  • Cons: Small water reservoir. Difficult to fill.
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