Summary: Had Krups Orchestro 889, finally died after nearly a decade. Found this model. Frother not quite as good, but otherwise everything works great, even better in some respects. Logical menu driven options for many functions. Coffee hot and hearty and fantastic tasting. I looked extensively at the reviews at all major sites (epinions, Amazon, etc.). This one seemed like ideal combination of reliability, taste, options, durability, and reasonable price.
Summary: Not the best coffee maker I've had, but still very good and very convenient. Not the best coffee maker I've had, but still very good and very convenient. Not the best coffee maker I've had, but still very good and very convenient. Not the best coffee maker I've had, but still very good and very convenient. Not the best coffee maker I've had, but still very good and very convenient. Not the best coffee maker I've had, but still very good and very convenient.
Summary: I thought I loved this machine. I have the xp7260 version, which is the exact same machine with a frothing device. But, alas, just walk away. Better... Run. I figured out the problem. The strainer at the base of the "portafilter" slowly gets clogged with unfortunately sized coffee bits getting jammed into the small holes - and cannot be easily cleaned. Rinsing cycle doesn't clean it. Cleaning cycle, with Krups own tablets doesn't clean it.
Summary: I bought the XP7225 to replace and older Krups espresso machine that served me well for 11 years. I have had the XP7225 for 2 months and have made 225 cups of espresso according to its built-in odometer. The coffee has been of consistently high quality and I have had not problems. There are numerous online reviews that report problems with this machine, so I bought it at Bed Bath & Beyond because of their return policy.
Summary: After purchasing Krups' fancy products for descaling and cleaning this machine and following the directions, step by step, the machine stopped working. When I called Krups, they said that since the machine is no longer under the 1-year warranty (it's about 1.5 years old), I had to pay shipping costs to send it to Maryland, and then they would tell me how much it would cost to repair it. They are not willing to cover any of the costs.
Summary: (1) It's funny how incorrect and negative reviewers can be. Perhaps they don't read instructions or they want to be heard for their negative reviews. But the reviewers who have said and played videos of the machine leaking from the bottom, are incorrect. The drip tray is designed to catch left over steam. (not to be removed, to fit a large travel mug) I use a 16 oz carafe/measuring cup to steam milk and catch espresso shot then pour into my travel mug.
Summary: I would have given it a 5-star review if not for the fact that now it spews water all over the place from the bottom of the unit. As others mentioned, it's off to the service center for repairs with an estimate of 2 to 4 weeks. It's a shame because while it was working the first few months it made a good cup of espresso. The unit was maintained and cleaned to the letter of what the manual calls for and only saw R/O water and good quality beans.
Summary: We purchased this from WS after tasting all the espressos from their machines at the flagship store in San Francisco. It made superb espresso! However, several months after purchase, it stopped working. We called Krups who promptly sent us a VIP return kit and told us that it would be repaired within 2 weeks. After 2 months and repeated calls to the service center whose representatives were often rude and never informative, we received our machine back.
Summary: Bed Bath and Beyond had this machines on sale for 399. I was able to apply a 20% bb&b coupon making the final price 320. When you add in bb&b's lifetime, no questions asked return policy, this was an easy purchase. In the past 4 months we've produced over 800 shots with no issues what so ever. I typically make 4 shot lattes. The machine makes what I consider pretty good coffee using costco's house blend coffee roasted by starbucks.