1 year in, with heavy office usage, and basically no problems to report
J. Yeager, Amazon
6 May 2014
Summary: After reading some of the other reviews here, maybe I just got lucky, but so far this machine has been great. I too bought this from WLL and haven't had a reason to try to use the warranty or get the machine serviced by their technicians. This is the first automatic espresso machine I have owned. I run this machine for my office and I'd say we go through 7-10 cups per day.
Summary: I will not attempt to re-write Gaggia's marketing stuff, but should weigh in on my experience with this machine. I brew about 9 double-shots a day to fill my .75 liter thermos in the morning. It runs quieter than most low-end SA's though not as quiet as some mid-level machines I have used; though taking off the bean hopper cover during grinding turns up the volume impressively. That rubbery cover earns its keep!
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! So far I have not regretted it .I purchased this Gaggia Brera from another website, but would like to share my experience with this Superautomatic Espresso Machine. I have had it for a little over 2 months and just love it!
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. As I'm the only one in the house that drinks coffee I wanted something that was compact and doesn't make a big mess and while I was happy with the iperespresso system, I had the desire to try something different.
Summary: After reading reviews on any website I could find, I decided to buy the machine because of the name behind it. I am extremely impressed with this machine. It makes fantastic espresso's. Even my father In-law(who is from Italy BTW), is impressed and said it rivals coffee shops from Italy and Brooklyn. I have to concur as I have sampled from both places. The machine is made mostly of plastic, but in my opinion that is a nice thing.
Summary: I bought the refurb machine Brera silver - I chose a superautomatic machine as apparently I am not capable of making a cappuccino with a simpler machine. I have only had it for about 5 weeks - once I got the preferred strength down - everything works perfectly -- I push its button which starts the engine, in a few seconds it's ready to roll - it makes my coffee perfectly and immediately, I can steam my milk (skim froths best for me).
Summary: I got this Machine from warehouse returns.(£165.00). Came boxed and in good condition with all parts and instructions. I have used this Majestic Machine every day since I brought It. I left the settings as per factory and it makes coffee to my satisfaction. I take my coffee black no sugar three time daily. It does require maintenance and the over flow tray will grow slimy if not disinfected regularly. Like all things mechanical a little care goes a long way.