Summary: I have had this machine for 8 years now. They look great and mine still makes great coffee (I use lavazza). The problems I have had are temperature gauge going twice (costly to post to be repaired). The second is the paint chipping.
Summary: I bought this machine with high expectations. After the 3 week wait for delivery, I couldn't wait to get it. It looked stunnning. Unfortunately I was very disappointed with the quality of the coffee produced.
Summary: There are some pretty dim reviews on the X1. In order to put them into perspective here goes! I've used an X1 for 5 years and it is still going strong. Makes great espresso as long as you follow the following (easy!) rules. 1. Use fine ground (espresso) coffee or grind it yourself to a fine grind.
Summary: Our old and trustworthy Francis Francis machine was getting a bit senile so we decided to order a new one. Very nice looking etc but the wrong power cord for the UK. There is no interchangeable cord on the new model like it was on the old one.
It is just over a year since I bought this and it is still GREAT!
Anna G, Amazon
14 May 2014
Summary: This is the best coffee machine I have ever had. Granted it is the only one I have had but it is so PERFECT. The coffees it makes are delicious. The only thing I would say about it is that it takes a while to get the hang of but there are plenty of youtube how to videos that help.
Summary: This is my forth espresso machine i have tried capsule and full automatic machine. But nothing like this. I would like suggest for all before start using manual machine watch and learn the technic of making espresso and frothing milk, there are many videos in the YouTube can halp.
Long-term review - 8 years with a Francis Francis X1: update after getting a new one!
19 November 2013
Summary: First, my old X1 was a pale blue one (new one - see below - dark blue), but I've entered the review here on the almond one as this has most reviews of any colour, so I guess more people will see it.