Summary: Previously I bought a Gaggia Titanium from WholeLatteLove.com. Worked solid for 5 years until the pump gave out one day. I felt that machine should have lasted longer but I guess I can't complain too much. However my next machine was and is the Brera.
Summary: After reading some of the negative reviews on Amazon I was a bit reluctant to purchase the Gaggia Brera at first, but when a sale came up - I paid $511.00 with two year warranty plan - I just had to try it out!
Summary: I've had the Brera for a full week now and I have to say that I am extremely pleased with my purchase. It replaced a Francis-Francis X-8 iperespresso machine that had broken down and was going to cost as much to repair as what I bought it for.
Summary: I relied heavily on the brand name and reviews when I purchased this product, but was extremely disappointed upon its arrival. For $897 I would have expected a much more robust structure, but it is almost entirely plastic and, frankly, very chintzy in feel and appearance.
Summary: Since Whole Latte Love won't print my review (please note others have assigned the machine 1 to 2 stars, yet only glowing reviews are published) I will back up the problems others have reported here.
Summary: Bought Gaggia Brera through Amazon about a year and a half ago and worked well until all of a sudden got stuck in a "prime loop" where all it could do was prime over and over again--no more brewing.
Summary: This is a very very nice machine, don't get me wrong, but I got a bargain and wouldn't be very pleased if I had paid full price for it. We have already had to send one back as, when it came to it's in built de-scaling alarm time I was unable tore-set the alarm as described in the manual.