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Francis Francis X1
5.5 out of 10

Francis Francis X1

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Reviews and Problems with Francis Francis X1

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Overall 6
6.0

11 years of semi-faithful service

Acoquiner, Amazon
11 June 2014
  • Summary: I retired my 2nd generation red Francis Francis X1 when the temperature gauge failed. I appreciate that this had no implication for the function of the thermostat, and is not necessarily dangerous, but 11 years is a respectable life for such a machine.
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Overall 2
2.0

Don't waste your money on a refurbished Francis Francis X1

R. Nolen, Amazon
13 March 2014
  • Summary: I know the X1 is no longer available for sale new, but this is a warning for anyone who might buy one refurbished or passed on from someone else. As you know, this is a pretty expensive machine, and I had planned on having it for a lifetime. I had my first X1 for about 6 years, using it once day.
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Overall 2
2.0

Kia quality at BMW price

Jonathan, Amazon
26 May 2013
  • Summary: Received this machine as a gift. Within days of the original warranty expiring, the power switch shorted out. I called the manufacturer to order a new switch (which was no easy task, mind you; finding contact information for the maker is next to impossible) and I was told it was against their policy...
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Overall 8
8.0

I'm in love

M. Denton "Editor", Amazon
6 May 2008
  • Summary: I've had my Francis Francis for at least 5 years now. Mine is a pale pink. It is gorgeous and looks brand new. I've never had a single problem with it. I manage to make a delicious cup of espresso with plenty of cremma from my own ground coffee EVERY TIME.
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Overall 6
6.0

The revised version of this unit is greatly improved over the one which failed

Steven A. Boggs, Amazon
31 December 2007
  • Summary: I had an original version of this unit for about a year. As an espresso machine, it is not nearly as good as a Faema Family, for example. After about a year, it "smoked" so badly that the room it was in now has a strong smoke odor. Fortunately, it only created a lot of smoke and no fire.
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Overall 10
10

Conversation piece with a great purpose

B. McDaniel, Amazon
7 July 2007
  • Summary: I received this X1 classic as a gift, and after some initial trial and error have come to love the ease of use, and clean up. I do not use the pods in my machine and find it simple to fill the portafilter handle and tamper myself.
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Overall 10
10

Treat it like a gadget and you'll love it

Nolan Hoistad, Amazon
6 November 2006
  • Summary: So, the espresso machine is great. It's solidly built and has a very simple design to it. I recommend this machine to anyone who wants to make espresso at home and would like their machine to last more than a couple years.
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Overall 4
4.0

2 year life

Cith, Amazon
23 December 2005
  • Summary: We bought this beautiful machine after many other "cheaper ones". But within 6 months, the wand started leaking (have to leave a towel to soak up the excess water when not steaming). The temp. gauge never read the correct temp.
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Overall 2
2.0

Best looking way to make a terrible cappuccino

T. Manca "Tomaso", Amazon
2 August 2005
  • Summary: I'm Italian (born and raised there) and I grew up on cappuccinos. This is in absolute the most gorgeous way to make a terrible cappuccino. I have constant better result with the cheapest model made by Krupps. Pros: Beautiful to look at Espresso is good Cons: - It takes 15'-30' (minutes, not second!
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Overall 8
8.0

Overall, a great machine!

Angel "Shabby Chic Cherub Chick", Amazon
10 June 2005
  • Summary: Good points: 1) Heats up to the right temperature relatively quickly. 2) Makes a great, strong cup of espresso with great crema (I have been using the Lavazza Gran Crema E.S.E. pods, never tried with ground espresso, because I am trying to avoid a mess).
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