Rated 1 out of 5Â by ilikekohls2015 TWO FAILED MACHINES
The steam wand is inconsistent. Took our first machine back in hopes it was just a fluke. The steam wand would either work TOO fast or too sluggishly slow (to where you thought something was clogged). And on more than one occasion, the steam wand would spray hot water (when the dial was in the OFF position) when we were making either size of espresso shots. Even with consistency on our part for loading the portafilters, the espresso made was really hit or miss. Unfortunately, this happened (same problems to varying degrees, same inconsistent quality) on both machines. So disappointed...it was fun while it lasted. But...this one is going back to Kohl's as well.
Rated 2 out of 5Â by DiscerningTaste Loved when working but replaced EM-200 four times.
This machine (EM-200) is the upgraded version by Cuisinart from the EM-100 manual espresso maker. I have owned three EM-100s and FIVE of this version since 2007. I use two machines side-by-side daily (one to two lattes made on each per day), and all of them only last 1-2 years before having fatal breaks. The motors and steam wands are the most often fail. The steam wand attachment is plastic, and will eventually melt and fall off (no matter which model you buy). This happens in year 2-3, depenidng on daily use. Cusinart (served by Conair) will repair or replace a machine still under the one-year warranty, but the process is lengthy and can cost multiple shipping charges, depending on the situation. Ultimately, my most recent EM-200 machine (purchased in March 2014) has been repaired three times by the manufacturer, and I'm now waiting on a replacement. This EM-200 version, while slightly more convenient because of the programmable settings and more modern-looking, does not last as long as the manual verision, which requires you to control the length of the pour by hand.
Rated 5 out of 5Â by bwtejas easy to use
I have had many espresso makers and this by far is the best. Looks great on the counter, heats up fast, frother works well. T
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Muffly A great product
This is a great product for home use. I make two iced lattes a day. Makes delicious coffee. Would definatley recommend this product.