Summary: it is a 'good enough' machine.given the price. It makes nice coffee, however, I am a little worried about the durability of the product as it is obviously made out of plastic and does not compare to my previous machine. Nonetheless, it is a fraction of the price and so far I have had no problems.
Good machine - requires effort to get good results.
11 January 2015
Summary: This machine can work very well but does require a bit of effort to get good results. It's relatively compact and to my eye it looks good. Yes, the body and knobs are plastic but the quality is perfectly acceptable. Initially I was concerned that the machine was faulty. The portafilter fit was so tight that I was worried about breaking something when I twisted it into position; after a dozen or so brews it eased to just being stiff.
I still think the Delonghi made a better cup of coffee
Eve "evesmith13", Amazon
22 December 2014
Summary: I bought this to replace a cheap delonghi that had died after 3 years service. I was persuaded by a review that suggested the innards are by Gaggia, I'm not sure this is actually true. It is taking some getting used to. I still think the Delonghi made a better cup of coffee, but one of the things I've had to get used to is that this produces a ready to drink cup of coffee.
Summary: This machine is very low budget, but amazing. Best value for money, and out performs machines in other leagues. I've had Gaggia's and paid nearly £300 and this beats all. I've also had other machines too, like a GAEF which i had for a day and took back for a refund. This produces very good crema every time and excellent on froth, the most powerful machine for froth I have seen to date. I'm really happy with the results after one day, and can't recommend this enough.