I needed a compact toaster oven to replace a DeLonghi I'd had for many years. I bought this model based on its favorable reviews, features, and appearance, and I haven't been disappointed. The size works well with my limited counter space, it looks sleek and modern, and it has performed beautifully so far. Hope it lasts as long as my previous one!
After years of using my Breville, the steam wand quit working. I was hesitant to spend a lot of money on another machine so I scoured reviews of less expensive models. I first ordered a Delonghi (not from this site) and it was junk. It was so lightweight that it flew across the counter when I locked the basket in place. This Cuisinart feels almost as heavy duty as my Breville. It's substantial (about 25 pounds, I guess). The water filter is convenient to fill and the machine is gorgeous (stainless). The pre-programmed buttons (I use the doubleshot) are a little off by default, but it's not a big deal since you can stop the pour or re-program the buttons. I use espresso-specific shot glasses and they overflowed. The steam wand is pretty good - you can remove the foaming attachment to minimize foam production. I don't like a lot of foam so this is perfect. The only flaw I can find in this machine is that the steam wand isn't fully mobile. It swings side to side, but not up and down. I prefer full mobility so I can use different foaming pitchers without restriciton, but it's not that big a problem. I can still foam milk without any problems. This is a great, inexpensive machine that looks and acts like one much more expensive. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to someone new or experienced with espresso machines.
I am espresso lover and I am using machine to make 12-16 shots a day with steaming milk also- making latte. I had before this one Delonghi with pump for several years and it was getting bad- water was dripping after I shut it down, was very slowly releasing presure, so when I wanted to dispose used coffe if I do not wait for 1/2 h I had coffe all over the kitchen. I decided to buy this product but I am know not very happy- after 2 weeks use, I can make only one run for coffe, with second coffe is running very fast thru, sreamer has actually two parts not one as on the picture so you have to clean both, otherwise milk is on inner tube, so if you don't clean it pretty soon it will be cloged...over all I expected much more from this brand name- turn out that I have another one almost similar like 4 year old. Do I recomend to friend- O do not want them to blame me- it is probably good for somebody who makes one or two espresso daily, for more serious use I do not recomend it
I replaced a DeLonghi toaster with this Cuisinart. The Cuisinart falls way short of what I was used to. It toasts erratically, and unevenly and has a "tinny" feel to it compared to my old one. I kept it, but it is disappointing.
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