Summary: I gave this machine as a present, and two parts were missing (the black plastic cover for the frother and the coffee tamper). I contacted the seller, who was on a trip and he promised to check in case these parts were left behind. He promised to respond after Jan 31, and it's only Jan. 30. If the parts appear, I'd be happy to change my evaluation.
Summary: I bought this machine in November 2008. Since then, I have been having problems with it, the gasket in the portafilter does not last much, and after a year or so, water starts dripping a lot when is been heated to be used as steam. I have called Gaggia but never were able to help me. Do not buy this model.
Summary: My husband and I were very excited about this purchase. We decided we wanted to spend a little more money and replace our old espresso machine and stovetop espresso makers and he'd read great reviews about the product at that time. We bought this product from wholelattelove. After the first month the machine started leaking from the filter basket. We disassembled the parts and cleaned them out just in case grinds had made their way up there.
JAMES BRUNO "Master of the Political Thriller", Amazon
26 November 2010
Summary: I bought my Dose two years ago and have been very pleased with its performance as well as the quality of espresso it produces. The water reservoir is more than adequate. The crema the machine produces is very satisfactory and the frothing function produces a fine capuccino. I find the quality of workmanship to be perfectly fine. I selected the Dose specifically for its stainless steel boiler. Controls are solid and the unit is sturdy.
Summary: I have owned a number of Gaggia machines and liked them. I bought this for my girlfriend and it is the worst espresso machine I have used. it is a poorly manufactured plastic imitation of a Gaggia machine. It is too light and you have to hold it down to attach the porta-filter. The heating tray on top is practically useless as it doesn't get hot. the Filter seal started leaking after 2 months and I have waited 3 months for a replacement.
Summary: This is my 5th espresso machine i've owned. I must say the picture is a bit deceiving on build quality and how flimsy the machine really is. I was very dissappointed when i received it from Amazon. Even mre so when I brewed my first cup. Coffee was very weak and with very little crema. I then noticed online that Gaggia offered an optional cremafilter for this machine which is almost impossible to find.
Summary: I've had this machine for about 3 weeks now and use it almost every day. I have never owned a espresso machine, so I have nothing to compare it with. There is quite a learning curve to making the perfect espresso, so expect to go through a half pound of coffee before you get the grind and the tamp right. So far I am pleased with my Gaggia. I can make everything that Starbucks can make for pennies! My kids love the Mocha Frappuccino, Hersheys syrup tastes the best.
Summary: Gaggia has a reputation for building relatively solid though finicky espresso makers. This machine is one of the new generation of Gaggias, which evidently are attempting to retreat from the reputation of solidity. This machine - the Espresso - has three iterations: the Pure (the simple black plastic cheap one), the Color (one color, red, costs more than the Pure evidently because of the color), and the Dose (which can be calibrated to deliver a fixed amount of liquid...
Summary: I bought this machine from Wholelattelove and am very dissapointed. It failed after 30 days. It started pumping spontaneously, pumped itself dry and then quit pumping. So far its taken Wholelattelove 2 months to repair it and I still dont have it. Its a lightweight flimsy machine, with some odd quirks. Why is the on/off switch in the back where you cant reach it. The water reservoir leaks, and steamer fell off.