Well worth buying, but in my experience, not from wholelattelove
Positive Product Points
The MDF produces a consistent grind perfectly suited to my espresso machine, and has done so for years
Negative Product Points
It is a light machine with a doser. I grind only enough at a time for a double shot, which needs about 12 pulls on the lever to empty. The force of pulling the lever can set the machine to skittering around on the counter.
There are cleaning problems, exacerbated by the obstructive attitude of the vendor, wholelattelove.
Grinders need to be cleaned periodically. Gaggia ignores the issue in its operating instructions, restricting cleaning issues to those of a damp cloth to the exterior. Wholelattelove provides detailed cleaning instructions, containing one pitfall, which I will mention. To clean the machine, you first take it apart. It is held together by two tiny philips screws, whose heads are soft. After half a dozen unscrewings and rescrewings the heads become very worn, and the screws need replacement. This is normally after the expiration of warranty. The screws are of a very specific size, unobtainable except from the vendor. I ask wholelattelove for replacement. They offer to sell me the screws for $16. I perforce agree. They are backordered and never arrive. Wholelattelove support agree to find other screws that will fit. They send them and the screws do not fit. I complain to the service manager and get no response. These two screws constitute a serious defect in the grinder, which defect could be easily overcome if the vendor had a supportive attitude. So, whereas I would recommend buying this machine, first establish whether the vendor will come through with replacement screws!