This is one of the best espresso machine values for under $500
Positive Product Points
This is one of the few, true, out of the box espresso machines that gives pretty immediate results with the minimum of muss, fuss and reading.
Negative Product Points
The drip tray cover, I find, is a tad on the light and scratchable side.
The "Baby" has all the same plumbing as the other members of the gaggia product except a thermoplastic shell. It is, perhaps, a tad quieter, but only because of the shell construction. Just like the others in the Gaggia family, there is plenty of steaming pressure for endless lattes and cappuccinos and a fast recovery rate for shot after shot of perfectly extracted espresso! I find the Baby very easy to use and moderately forgiving of tamp and grind. As always, use fresh coffee and a good Burr grinder. If this is your method of choice for coffee consumption, you will quickly realize, as I did, that you use precise amounts of coffee and water in the preparation of your drinks making your coffee dollar go a lot further when you are making your own specialty drinks for you and your friends.
I received this machine from "the Planet" in Calgary. They have been very helpful with followup questions and after-sales support. They even tossed in some "Gaggia Baby" cleaning powder for good measure!
Three Month Followup
The Baby has since benn passed along to a partner in our web firm. He is very happy with it. I have moved up to the Gaggia Classic