This machine is amazing............ly bad, for the 150 dollars, I would rather just buy my coffee for a few months than purchase this again. Quality espresso will only come out of a quality machine, for which you need to spend quality money on, and this machine says nothing to me about quality. One of the few upsides to this machine is that the milk frothing device works well for those people who are afraid of steaming milk, all youj do is put the tip into the milk turn the steam wand on, and presto, semi-drinkable milk.
I cannot tell you how much I hate the espresso that comes out of this machine, it flaccid, flat, lifeless, and just plain bitter. This is because the machine doesn't get the water hot enough for a decent extraction, which is a little important. I got a few pod's from a friend, and they where one of worst coffee experiences in my life, don't use them unless you're going to die, literally. If you spent 100 dollars more on a machine, you would be much, much better off. I suggest that you purchase something better quality, and better smelling.