Summary: We bought this device as a replacement for a "full bells and whistles" machine we bought in Europe and used in Australia. The voltage thing killed us and we didn't have enough budget to fully replace it. To be honest I prefer spending the 3 minutes it takes to build my own Latte and am even trying to do the foam art... to mixed successes. This machine is solid.
Summary: The warning lights for NO WATER and NO BEANS are side-by-side as are the lights for SCALING and PUCK CONTAINER FULL.
Pros: Adjusted the grind as directed. Makes great espresso and after adjusting the water volume, the Americana quite good also. The Saeco distributor helped me with my one 'con' in a matter of minutes.
Cons: The lights for "scaling" and for "Puck Container Full" were confusing to me.
Summary: My wife and I purchased this machine as a Christmas present for ourselves. So far no issues. After months of research through this site and watching web videos we decided to take the punt and we are glad that we settled with the Syntia Focus. The one push buttons are easy to use. Making a nice fresh hot cup of coffee before and after work is actually easier and quicker than boiling the kettle.
Summary: Couldn't be happier. Easy setup. After only a couple trial runs....making outstanding espresso drinks on a daily basis. Have had it for over a month now and not even the smallest of problems...
Summary: My husband and I just replaced the Saeco espresso maker we purchased 7 years ago and used all-day, every day. We estimate that our total per-cup cost-to-own was down at $0.03 per cup of coffee at the end. The machine was utterly reliable and the coffee great -- until it just stopped one day. So naturally we turned again to Saeco for a new machine. And the fact is, the new machine is far better even!