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Sunbeam EM6900 - Tony Cavill's Review
Posted: October 28, 2006, 4:35pm
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Travis Hall 7.33
Syd Low 6.75
Tony Cavill 6.00
Andrew J 5.00
Stephen Dean 5.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.6
Manufacturer: Sunbeam Quality: 7
Average Price: $599.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $400.00 Cost vs. Value 6
Where Bought: Harvey Norman Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 3 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Breville ESP4
Bottom Line: We love it.
Positive Product Points

Good looking Solid Machine. 3L water tank means you don't have to keep refilling. Easy to use, Easy to clean. Great for making a dinner party load of coffees.

Negative Product Points

Steamer on Left meant we had to rearrange the kitchen to fit it in!
Pump can be a bit noisy.
No auto cappuccino attachment (Kids loved using this on the Krups)
Requires some care to Tamp the grind into the filter to prevent water forcing a channel and making watery coffee - but that is probably more to do with my incompetence than the machine.

Unit had to be returned after 2 weeks as it started to leak and then the steamer stopped working - replacement has been fine now for 3 months.

Detailed Commentary

After using a Breville ESP4 on holiday (which incidentally I made fantastic coffee with) we decided to invest in a machine (it's going too pay for itself in under 6 months) So we went into Harvey Norman without any real investigation and I asked for one that could steam and make coffee simultaneously, the EM6900 was the only one that could and so I decided there and then we had to have it - however my wife thought it a little big for our kitchen and so after much discussion (and my desire for instant buying gratification) we bought a Krups XP4050 - to cut a long story short, the Krups Krapped after a week, so we took it back and bought this one - which we should have done in the beginning.....

The ergonomics are just great, warms up really quickly and is a complete breeze to use.  I love the steamer wand and just like using a machine that is so well built. It has great Tactile performance.

Can it produce great coffee? - no doubt about it, but it has taken some time to get a flat white out of this machine that matches what I produced with the ESP4 (which by the way is only about $80 NZ whereas this was $600 NZ)  The Sunbeam just seems to need so much more care than the Breville does in terms of the grind, the tamping of the coffee and the steaming - it's all quite bizzare really.

For the price, I don't think anything else matches it on the market - I can't help thinking $30 for a second hand Breville ESP4 would be better value. I think i might buy one just to do the comparrison.

Buying Experience

Harvey Norman were really good about taking back the Krups and then replacing the Sunbeam
I don't think they employ coffee experts in their sales department  though.

Three Month Followup

Still think it is great even though we had to return the first one after 2 weeks due to the leak. We went on holiday recently and took the Breville with us as it is small - couldn't wait to get back to using this one again - it's just a pleasure to operate.

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