I am a second generation George Forman grille owner and this by far blows the others away. Who can argue with easy removable trays that are easy to clean and safe for dishwashers!
I have tried nearly every espresso maker and coffee on the market, and have never been able to truly recreate the espressos you get at nearly any café in France or Italy. I've owned very expensive machines and brought espresso back from Europe, but no dice. A few years ago I was staying at a Waldorf property, and they had a Nespresso machine in the hotel room. I made a cup the first morning, and was so pleasantly surprised. Wonderful, smooth espresso that was foamy and didn't have the bitter after-taste of all machines/beans I'd tried in the US. Nespresso machines can be a little pricey, however you are able to buy refillable pods now, so you do not have to worry that it will only use Nespresso-brand coffees. If you do go that route, the coffee itself is easily purchased directly from the manufacturer's website, and arrives within 2 days, in my experience. There are always promotions, so you can generally find a reasonable price. The machine itself has a very narrow profile on my countertop. The only negative is that it is very deep (i.e. with the back against the wall, it still sticks out further than most of my other small electrics.) Make sure you look at the dimensions in the description, so you're not surprised. All in all, a fantastic purchase. Several months after buying the CitiZ, I bought a milk frother/steamer from Nespresso. Between the two gadgets, hands down the best cappuccino I have had "Stateside"!
HAD FOR 10 YEATS THE ORIGINAL SMALLER GRILL VERSION, BUT THIS NEW GENERATION IS FAR SUPERIOR, GRILLING AND THE CONVENIENCE TO TAKE OUT PLATES TO DISWASH..WIN!WIN!
I was looking for electric tea kettle, used to have Chefs Choice made in Germany, I evaluated Breville tea maker but ultimately could not bring myself to $250 purchase for the tea maker. I have gotten to point in life where I don't mind spending more for quality and ultimately it is more frugal to buy appliance which lasts rather than repurchasing every 2 years. I hope this one lasts. I researched web sites, cooks illustrated, amazon and overstock reviews and more or less this item got good reviews with occasional failures in and out of warranty. Pros: like multiple temp settings, easy to use. water boils rapidly, some learning curve but now all in family loves it. Seems easy to clean. Hope it lasts as it gets multiple daily use. Cons: made in China, I am always upset when china product because I am not sure their consumer fraud division is up to snuff eg lead in paint and dishes; Also would prefer that money went to American worker and I feel that at $150 product could be made in US with some (albeit lower) profit I have Breville toaster for several years, generally happy however after 6 months bagel setting light failed, as the button still worked and I did not want to receive rebuilt unit under warranty, I kept it as is. overall unit performing well and was as advertised on web sites; Overstock had best price.
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