Summary: To start off this machine is excellent. My best friend has worked in the gourmet espresso industry for 15+ years. So stating this I had access to professional machines at a deep discount. The reason I went with this machine is because unlike my friend's machines I would have needed plumbing installed (water feed and waste). Perhaps when I redo my kitchen.
Summary: I received my X7 in January 2009 and I could not be happier with my purchase. First, let me start with Amazon. My purchase online was very convenient and the shipping was first class and fast - eventhough I did the free shipping. Also, the price was cheaper that what I had found on some other websites - - and Illy's own website for that matter. As of today, Amazon is about $200 cheaper than the Illy website. Now for choosing the coffee machine.
Summary: I've a fairly decent machine at home and I got this with a few workmates for the office. Before that I was using a lavazza modo mio which was good (I would recommend -4stars) and I've tried nesspresso a few times (enough to know I prefer real coffee). Coffee pod availability is the biggest concern, but it is improving - especially when you can use Amazon.de etc.
If you want a 'real coffee' pod machine, then this is the one.
Belle Noir, Amazon
24 February 2014
Summary: Okay, so maybe the Illy Iperespresso pods are a tad on the expensive side, they are difficult to buy in the UK (bar from amazon), and we are unable to buy the full range of Iperespresso pods. Maybe the X7.1 does take a while to brew up more than one milky coffee at a time (offer your guests instant instead) - it's really a one or two coffees max at a time kinda machine. But I love the retro-futuristic Italian design ... no other machine looks as hip as this one.
Summary: This coffee maker looks brilliant in our kitchen! But is doesn't just look good it makes great coffee, the decaffe is nice. Although the capsules cost about 40p each, its worth it for not having to clean up coffee debris, as it all contained in the capsule. I also use the steam for making hot frothy milk for hot chocolate, which just tastes divine.
Summary: This is the best espresso I have ever had, apart from in a little bar just off st marks square. It makes beautiful coffee, is simple to use and looks great in the kitchen. The coffee choices are good and I just wish I had found it earlier. I can't say enough good things about this product.
Summary: before buying this, i spent alot of time researching as i was very sceptical about it as it is a capsule machine. i consider myself to be quite a connoisseur, who overs the years has purchased manual espresso machines only. this time i wanted something easier and cleaner, but also the same great taste that i can get from a manual espresso machine. having read good reviews i took the plunge and i must say it is absolutely excellent.
Summary: I was over the moon when the machine arrived ,after alot of research and one bad purchase of a simalar priced machine I had high expectations of this coffee maker.We were not disapointed.So quick and clean ,a beautiful looking item to have on your work surface.It came with everything we needed to get a brew on. A few weeks later and still no doubt that this was an excellant choice.Capsules are available from Amazon.
Summary: I bought this machine after visiting my Italian friends who are always raving about it... in addition to great coffee it is very beautiful and makes a great centrepiece for my kitchen. The steamer is much better than any other I have tried both for steaming and ease of cleaning. The x7.1 has a better steamer than my friends x7.0 (which is metal and really hard to clean)...