Summary: This thing is nothing short of brilliant, it gives you the ability to produce a coffee which is of a cafe quality (well, almost) in approximately 3 minutes max. The espresso is very nice with rich aroma, and milk frothing abilities are quite good for a little machine like this. In terms of the quality of the frothing, with a thermometer and some care, you can produce a nice froth, I will not fool you and say the best, but something more than acceptable.
Overall, a great machine with some opps for improvement
17 March 2012
Summary: The Good: - Capsules are easy to use and create no mess to clean up - The unit is attractively designed - The unit warms up quickly - The capsules are high quality products The Bad: - The reservoir seating mechanism is such that I am unable to remove the reservoir without spilling the water. It takes moderate effort to remove and, all of a sudden, it breaks free causing a small spill every time, even when I try to remove it in a very controlled manner.
Summary: I've used the X7 for about three months now.Putting it simply, the machine produces a perfect shot of espresso every time. It heats quickly (about a minute), is quiet, is tireless in pulling shots (little to no pause for heating between shots), and looks great on the counter. My old machine was a Gaggia Caprezza which required quite a bit of effort to get a decent shot..
Summary: My husband gave me this machine as a "new mommy" essential in September. We are now in December and the machine just blew up - an electrical short and smoke! We have contacted Illy for a replacement (we are outside of the Amazon return window) but I am a little concerned given the reputation Illy has for poor customer service.
Summary: We decided to invest in a good espresso maker so I began doing my research (probably like most of you) and quickly became confused - couldn't decide if we wanted to go all out and really spend a small fortune (easily a child's college tuition) on a new machine or go with a pod system and keep the cost moderate.
Summary: This machine looks gorgeous. Very stylish for the kitchen. Easy to use. But I wish I had taken notice of one of the reviewers who said the coffee doesn't get as hot as he liked because that's the problem I have with it. But I am still a novice with it so maybe I'm doing something wrong.
Summary: This is a very stylish machine, extremely quick and easy to use and it makes great coffee. Downside is that I have only been able to buy the pods online as high street shops do not stock them and only Illy capsules will fit.
Summary: If you are a coffee lover, this is a great coffee maker for your daily needs. Only Illy coffee pods can be used with this product. Makes a perfect cup of expresso or cappuccino at your finger tips.