This machine was purchased as part of a set which included the Moka grinder, and two drawer base. This machine coupled with the excellent grinder produces the most consistent espresso I have ever made with a home machine. The steam power is more than adequate, and heats milk in less than 30sec. The cup warmer on top does a nice job of heating your espresso cups. You could very easily entertain a large group of people and this machine would not blink an eye.
The construction of this machine is very commercial. The housing is all stainless steel and wipes up very easily. The drip tray is made out of stainless steel as well, but the drip pan is plastic (which I don't mind). I purchased the automatic model which works quite well for me. You just grind and tamp as you would normally, then program the amount of water you want to flow through the coffee. There is a single, double, and a program/manual button.
1st Line was a pleasure to deal with and will match any price.