My husband and I read a zillion reviews of this and other espresso machines and compared notes. We arrived at the same conclusion: it's the very best choice in its price point and category. After using it for about three weeks, we are convinced that we made a good purchase. It's easy to use and the espresso is great. It looks good on the counter and it's fairly easy to maintain. The only problem is that it makes our French Press taste like swamp water!
We upgraded from a *** pod machine to the Breville. Before purchasing the Breville we researched several other machines, and are very happy with our decision. It is easy to use and works great! If this is your first espresso machine, for optimum performance, invest in a good quality grinder as well. We went with a Breville grinder. In this regard, I would stay away from the the Breville combo espresso/grinder. Although you'll be taking up less counter space, you'll pay extra for the 2 in 1 convenience, and double your trouble if something breaks on down the line. In terms of performance, the Breville makes a great cup of espresso and the milk steamer creates a wonderful layer of froth. We highly recommend! As an aside, Overstock had the best price - free shipping, no sales tax, and with a 12% off coupon, still over ***less than other sellers.
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