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. I'm writing this on the day that it finally died, after 8 years of service - mine was a second generation model (brass boiler and heavy brass coffee holder), rather than the third generation on sale now, but I think many things are the same.
Summary: Almost perfect balance of cost, looks and quality. Quick and easy to set up, easy to maintain. Would have been 5 star except for one minor niggle that it is slightly awkward to use the frothing nozzle.
Summary: I've had my X1 for a few years now. I love its looks, and it makes perfect espresso and cappuccino. But its weakness is the constant rusting of the drawer front. You could say it's the Lancia Beta of coffee-makers! I had a grapple with the importers when the first one rusted through, and had to pay £10 for a replacement, when I thought a gratis one would have been a more reasonable response. They couldn't have been less interested in seeing the old part.
Summary: Owning one of these machines, I found a recent review totally unfair and found myself having to clarify some of the points raised. 1.Water reservoir too small - This machine is designed to make espresso coffee (30 ml a shot) not mugs of instant coffee. 2.Only small cups can be used due to height- once again, this machine is designed to make espresso coffee (30 ml a shot) not mugs of instant coffee.
Summary: I did not purchase my Francis Francis from Amazon as it is possible to get this product cheaper from other online retailers. Keep an eye on the prices of coffee machines because apparently due to the credit crunch, we are drinking more coffee at home and the prices have gone through the roof. If you search the net, it is still possible to source a bargain. Initially, I was not impressed but this machine needs some getting used to.
Summary: Wir hatten bereits die Vorgängerversion und haben uns nach längerer Recherche wieder für dieses Modell entschieden, da uns das Design weiterhin sehr gefällt. Zum Vorgängermodell hat die Maschine sicher an Technik gewonnen, aber die Handhabung und gerade die Pflege ist aufwändiger geworden. Das Tassenablegegitter ist nicht mehr abnehmbar, so dass sich die Reinigung der Maschine darunter komplziert gestaltet.