Summary: I purchased this at a promotion discount from Illy. For espresso fans this is going to disappoint but it does produce an easy, satisfactory coffee (overpriced when you figure the cost per capsule).
For what it is, and what it cost, it works just fine!
Stephen Cook, Amazon
9 July 2013
Summary: I bought the X8 machine on promotion directly from Illy in 2009. It's outlived the Breville XL 900. Of course at this price($175.00) it's not perfection but it's paid for itself many times over. Never had a bad shot out of the machine it's always good... sometimes great!
Summary: I had purchased the machine approx. 2 years earlier. As noted by prior reviews, and seems to be a re-occuring theme, worked well and made great espresso until the machine stopped functioning. The wand on the machine no longer functions.
Summary: I love the simplicity with which you can make a good shot of espresso with minimum cleanup effort (great in the morning when you are in a rush to get to work). However, for a while now I've been experiencing problems with the lid of the machine not being able to close correctly, giving me the "red...
Summary: Ok, it is a nice machine, better espresso than any other I've tried, but still not as good as a shot you get in any street shops in Italy. I loved the machine while it worked, was taking care of it religiously, and cleaning it every 3 month with illyusa.com recommended cleaners.
Summary: Do not waste your money on this and if you have an issue with a defective machine, dont expect kindness from their "no customer service" wow, they are rude. I didn't receive all the cans of pods I ordered and they dont believe me!
Summary: Easy to use but you need to read instuctions first. not the video. after that it's easy and great espresso. also got free gifts from Illy. Francis Francis X8. it's better then any other model if you don't want to do the cleaning.