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: Would not recommend this machine. Bought on the net it would not froth milk properly and after the brew, there was much hot water on top of the coffee grounds resulting in a very messy procedure. I emailed Krups to complain who told me that as it had been bought from an unofficial supplier it carried no warranty. I asked the supplier to contact Krups who later telephoned me to apologise and offered to repair the machine.