Summary: What a disappointment. One time the water will come streaming forth so fast the espresso is too diluted; the next time, after trying to pack down the coffee only so slighty so as to cut the pace, not a drop will come out. Tried different coffee grinds--some more, some less coarse. Same result. A waste of money, and an easy way to get into a bad mood first thing in the morning.
Summary: We've had this machine for about 18 months, and it hasn't been all bad. *Fairly easy to use, though time consuming (10-15 minutes for 2 cups). Microwaving the milk prior to steaming helped cut down the time. *Very good tasting coffee/latte/cappuccino, much cheaper than Starbucks or other places (though the local gas station variety is better tasting and a quarter of the price of S.B.
Summary: This machine has ended up a disappointment. The steam wand only worked for a short time. Now only drops of water and very little steam are produced. I have tried multiple scale removal methods but none have worked. I have had mine for short of a year. Maybe this one is a fluke but I'm not sure where to turn.
Summary: This is the worst espresso maker we have ever owned. After 20 years of good and faithful service by other Krups machines, we thought we could trust Krups to produce a reliable replacement. What a mistake. The product was delivered with a defective seal, which required a lengthy trip to an authorized dealer (and a two week delay) in order to be repaired.
Summary: Little Back story : I am a Coffee drinker, I love coffee produced in a drip maker, press, percolator or steam. I have owned 3 espresso machines, two of the three have had steam pumps. I was at a local high-end kitchen store and they were having a close out of Krups XP 4000 they were reduced to $20.00! so I purchased one to replace my beloved older Seaco,Starbucks machine. The machine seems to be well made, nice heavy material.
Summary: I expected way less after some of the reviews I read but so far this machine has to my surprise actually hands down outperformed our Gaggia Carezza machine. I bought a reconditioned unit and in the couple of months months that I've had it no problems at all under heavy usage, nice thick crema and great coffee! The frothing thing is indeed pretty fool proof, I don't use it much but I tried it a couple of times, each successfully.
Summary: I purchased this espresso machine when I was ready to move up from my steam espresso machine. I have had it for almost one year and it has been great. I am able to make Starbucks type drinks for my family for a fraction of the price. A few things to watch for: Make sure you always have water in the tank. Let the machine heat up fully. Make sure you empty the resevoir or it will overflow.
Summary: I have owned this product for a couple years. I make expresso/cap/latte every weekend from ground beans as a treat for the family and a pod decaf on some evenings. Works VERY well and has held up well. The drip tray is a bit difficult to get out and the frother attachment has occassionally slipped off. (That makes a mess) But for the money it is a great machine. I hand wash the filters and attachments each use and have had not trouble with them.