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Nuova Simonelli Oscar - KC Y's Review
Posted: January 21, 2010, 11:18am
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Nuova Simonelli Oscar
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Arrow The Nuova Simonelli Oscar has 36 Reviews
Arrow The Nuova Simonelli Oscar has been rated 8.51 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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Ünsal ORLU 10.00
Jay H 9.38
Andrea Karsh 9.00
Lisa Swehla 9.00
Rob B 9.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.0
Manufacturer: Nuova Simonelli Quality: 8
Average Price: $1,050.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $1,200.00 Cost vs. Value 4
Where Bought: Highlander Coffee Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 2 months Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: Just starting Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Good starter machine that can last for years
Positive Product Points

-Produces great and consistent shots
-Plastic body is easy to clean

Negative Product Points

- Cups left on plastic warmer has a residual "plasticky" smell, interferes with aroma of coffee.
- The steam wand gets in the way when locking the portafilter
- Buttons feel a bit flimsy, and feels like they may fail after long term use

Detailed Commentary

This was my first pro-sumer machine, nothing much to compare it with. The shots prepared were better than any I've had before. I've paired it with the Isomac stepped grinder, which was insufficient to get the right grind level. Later, I changed to the Ascaso i-mini stepless, and was able to get better and more consistent shots.

The cups that were left on the warmer have a plasticky smell and I had to place a piece of aluminum foil to prevent the smell transfer. The water reservoir also has the same plasticky smell, and I suspect that some of it is transferred into the brewing water.

Buying Experience

The owner was really aggressive and later found out that it was overpriced. The machine was also bundled with accessories with inflated prices to make it look attractive. Could have ordered a full-fledged stainless machine from overseas and including shipping, it would still be cheaper.  The Isomac grinder that was recommended to go with it was woefully inadequate. I would buy this machine again, but not from the same vendor and hopefully at a more reasonable price.

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