Summary: I have always wanted one of these machines. I am the type of person who will get up early enough to leave the house with at least 1/2 hour to stand in line in front of my favorite coffee shop, (we all know the one,) and get my early morning latte. But, after sitting down with my financial adviser, I found I was spending a WHOPPING $2,200 each year, to enjoy my favorite blend of coffee each morning.
Summary: This is a great unit that makes real, honest espresso. As far as I can see, the people who DON'T like it are either A) hardcore coffee snobs who want professional performance from a consumer product or B) people who got a lemon. I bought mine used on the cheap and have had no problems with it. I get an actual crema in my espresso shots - a feat never before achieved in my house. So, this is a great first entry-level machine. To do better, you'll be paying $300 or so.
Summary: I just bought this machine on sale and when running it through its initial cleaning cycles it leaked water everywhere!. I checked and double checked the drain catcher and it is installed properly. Anyone else have this problem, and how did you fix it?
Summary: I've been through TWO Krups Expresso Machines. The first I paid full price for at Bed, Bath & Beyond for around $150.00. It lasted less than a year before the steamer stopped steaming. We replaced it with a factory refurbished model for half the price. From the get-go, the steamer only worked by turning it on and off multiple times - definitely not the way it was designed to work.
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.