Balance of price and performance; a "Rocky" just wasn‘t in the budget
Negative Product Points
We like it -- the auto shut off is about useless, but that really is no big deal for us
January 4, 2002 -- Follow-up; product died shortly after a year; can't say I could recommend it anymore.
We bought this after looking over reviews here -- a balance of price / performance. It suits us fine -- however, one note; we do not make espresso in a "proper" machine. Use mocha pots and a Krups "steam toy". Mostly use it for drip and french press -- no complaints.
Don‘t remember exact price -- seems that it was around $60.
Problem came with reliablity -- this product died on us after a year's use. We kept the product cleaned -- our use may have been the problem; there are three coffee drinkers in the house with an average of three pots a day being made as a minimum.
Three Month Followup
OK for a starter -- slight step about "whirly bird". In market for one of better quality. Cheap isn't always the answer