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Briel Lido Espresso Machine - Michael Hast's Review
Posted: May 17, 2007, 5:02pm
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Briel Lido Espresso Machine
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Arrow The Briel Lido Espresso Machine has 15 Reviews
Arrow The Briel Lido Espresso Machine has been rated 5.81 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Andy Panda 10.00
Skip Thomsen 6.60
Lane Wilkins 6.33
Kevin Johnson 6.00
Joel Stevens 6.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.0
Manufacturer: Briel Quality: 7
Average Price: $130.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $35.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: ebay Aesthetics 2
Owned for: 3 years Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: Pro Barista Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: A Krupps (don't remember model and a brand-new, shiny Briel Domus Uno
Bottom Line: I hold the ES-15 Lido in the same contempt that you would a compact sedan.  Yes, it does it's job.  Yes, it's reliable and efficient.  But, it will never be a Porsche.
Positive Product Points

Ease of use
15-bar pump
The fact that it was cheap enough that I don't worry about it.
Honestly, it will do everything that a far higher-priced machine will
Made in Italy.
It doesn't take up much space on the countertop

Negative Product Points

Crappy-looking plastic unit
As durable as a crappy-looking plastic appliance is
Underwhelming in the wow-factor
Settled for it instead of an ES62, which is what I wanted, but money was too tight at the time.
It doesn't take up much space on the countertop.  (yes, I know.  It's a plus and a minus.)

Detailed Commentary

I bought this machine used on ebay.  It was quite well-used when I got it.  It was apparent that the previous owner had used and abused the crap out of it.  The drip tray was melted on the back corner and there were cracks in the handle on the filter cup.  The case was scratched, and the paint on the metal was mostly worn off.  But, heck if this little thing didn't make coffee for my wife and me reliably for the next three years until the handle on the filter cup finally gave out!  We replaced it recently with a Briel Domus Uno.  I love the new machine!  Everything works on the old one just fine, except for the broken handle.  Currently, I'm trying to find a replacement filter cup for it because a friend wants to buy it from me.  Like I said, as old and ugly as it is, it still works fine.

Buying Experience

The buying experience was  a typical ebay purchase.  The seller represented it accurately on a couple of technicalities, and everything went smoothly otherwise.

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