Good espresso, but bad steamer wand & all-plastic body
13 October 2013
Summary: Any of the Francis Francis espresso machines are ideal for busy people who want a damn good espresso without the fuss of making it from scratch. It takes only Illy coffee capsules, so I suggest you try the brand and make sure you like it. Like Nespresso, this is an exclusive-to-brand machine.
Summary: My first Francis Francis espresso machine lasted about 6 years until it shorted out. This machine was my second, however it only lasted about 18 months before developing electric failure. It will be my last Francis Francis.
Summary: Based on the other reviews, I must have gotten lucky. I've had my X7 for over 2 years - I used it multiple times a day for over a year. I still use it, but not as often. Mine has never leaked and works like a charm.
Eventually get a nice coffee but leaks badly when using the ESE pods
Ess Adam, Amazon
23 February 2013
Summary: Looks great in kitchen and after a bit of trial and error trying different makes of ground espresso coffee I can get a decent espresso using the ground coffee holder. The ESE pod holder on the other hand has been a pain from day one - I use Illy's own ESE pods but nearly every time I do, hot water...
Summary: Any potential customers thinking that they are getting a bargain - please beware. This product does not have a list price of $599. it is on the Illy website for a list price of $295. So either you are being deliberatley misled or the vendor is quoting a very old list price.
Summary: I bought a Francis Francis X7 for iperEspresso on 6 May 2009. It died today, 8 January 2010. I use it 2-3 times a week; looking at the number of capsules I have purchased and have on hand, I have used it less than 80 times. I was making two espressos this morning. The first cup was fine.
Good espresso but continually breaks, not worth the price
Carolyn G "cg", Amazon
12 August 2012
Summary: I was very disappointed that after paying $495 for this machine it broke just 10 months later. When the decalcification light came on I followed the instructions and the machine wouldn't decalcify and stopped functioning.
Who needs expensive and complicated machines - this one is PERFECT!
Eric J. Robertson, Amazon
17 March 2012
Summary: I'll try not to gush too much - first the basics: The machine is a little bigger than a traditional drip machine. Not too big for small kitchens. It's very good looking even though the body is plastic. The metal accents, trim, and face look truly high end. Operation is a breeze.