Easy, fast, quality expresso shots with lots of crema. Froths quite well. Also looks great too!
Negative Product Points
Not much of anything. Maybe a better tamper?
I use to own a Krups expresso machine and thought that it was great until it self destructed after about 1 year. Then I got the Breville 800ESXL about two weeks ago as a co-worker raved about this brand. Well, lets just say that its a great machine especially for a beginner expresso maker like myself. Its easy and very fast to make a shot of expresso. And to top it off the shots have a lot of crema like the ones in the restaurant / cafe. The frothing wand needs some getting use to but if you follow the instructions then it does work quite well.
Also this machine is very well made - solid like a rock - all diecast metal and the filter holder is also very heavy and solid. I have made on average about 2 cappuccinos per day for the last two weeks without any problems.
Highly recommended!!! But I would recommend that you order from Sears' website if you live in Canada as its $100 cheaper than in the store due to the US price matching.
Excellent buying experience from Sears website. I ordered it on a Thursday and got it on Saturday and this was during the Christmas holidays.