Summary: I've had another Krups Espresso Machine for many years and loved it. This one came with a broken steam nozzle right out of the box. Unfortunately I didn't notice until I'd thrown the box away. I have sent away for a replacement part, but after reading reviews I am not confident that it will work either. This machine is much larger than my old one, which fit on my counter well. I would not buy this model again.
Summary: And when I ended up buying a new one elsewhere, it broke within months. I have had 7 of these since 2011 and they work REALLY GOOD when they are working, but they have too many issues. The frother was actually upgraded in the newer inventory because of complaints. I got shot a dozen or so ties in the face from these tips flying off. But the new ones turn and lock on, and stay on. The other issue is water.
Summary: A few things impressed me and one serious issue turned me off. Pros - Very cool milk froth/steamer nozzle. This made it very easy to make some pretty good looking cappuccinos. The big CON- The expresso made was not up to my standard. The crema was lacking heavily compared to the machine I am used to (Mellita 14 bar machine) and this unit, though much nicer looking, was more expensive than the Mellita.
Summary: We love this machine - its the 3rd Krups espresso machine that we've purchased (in 20 years) and it's by far the best performing. The auto-tamp feature is great and the steamer works much better than the other 2 machines that we've had. Only wish that the water reservoir was a bit bigger.
Summary: GREAT MACHINE READ!I would like to say first that I had a very hard time choosing a espresso machine. This is the first espresso machine I have ever owned. For the money I dont know how you could expect anything more and I do not understand the bad reviews. I mean it is a three star machine compared to the high dollar machines. But for the price and features five stars. The only machines with all great reviews are $1500 +.
Summary: After having a Krups espresso machine for 20 years which worked great, it was time to replace, and I thought another Krups would be a good choice. I bought the XP5240. I was never able to froth the milk, just heat it up. And frankly, the crema from my old machine was way better. I finally took the frothing wand apart and found that a flimsy plastic part inside was broken. It's a huge hassle to get the thing back on as well because of those three little prongs.
Summary: When my 4-year old Krups XP5220 gave out after it's daily use, I decided to look around. I did extensive reviewing and purchased a DeLonghi for about $175. After unpacking it, I simply put it back together and returned it because all the parts that looked like silver in the ad were plastic. I knew it wouldn't hold up to my daily use.