My husband got me this machine a couple of years ago as a holiday gift. I'm embarassed to admit that the machine was really an afterthought - he needed something to go with the adorable stackable espresso cups that he had found and wanted to give me as a stocking stuffer. I've always been a big consumer of espresso drinks from a certain national coffee chain, so I think he was also trying to push me in the direction of making more of my drinks at home. I thought I would prefer a nice fancy espresso machine, but truthfully this one has been fine. I don't think the drink is as strong as it might be with a better machine, and I have to do the loading of the espresso and pressing by hand, but other than that, I don't really have any complaints. It's easy to clean, makes a fine latte in the morning, and there's nothing aggregious about its appearance. Would I love to have a super high end machine with all the bells and whistles? Sure! But for the money, this one's fine.
Wake Forest, NC