inexpensive, works reasonably well, would buy again for stated use.
Positive Product Points
Works as advertised. Very easy to use. Very reasonable price.
Negative Product Points
Continues to steam for about 5-10 seconds after you release the button. Takes a little bit of experimentation to get the results you might want.
Just bought a Silvia and was concerned that I'd run short on steam power for multiple lattes when entertaining. I saw the Capresso FrothXpress on several on line sites and thought that this would be the solution. It works quite well. I measured the temperature and was able to get over 160 degrees. The flow control knob balances froth and how hot the milk can get. With some practice you can get good results but still not as hot as with the froth wand on the Silvia. As stated in the instructions the machine continues to steam for about 10 seconds after you turn it off, a little inconvenient until you get used to it. Doesn't quite match the fit and finish of the Silvia but it was only $69.00. When making 1 or 2 lattes, I just use the Silvia, but the FrothXpress is great for large groups and is certainly less money than a new, expensive high capacity, heat exchanger machine. Easy to clean too. I'd love to see a high end version that is a better match for the Silvia.
delivered as promised
Three Month Followup
I don't use this product as much as I thought I would. I've found my Silvia works quite nicely and is superior for steaming milk for a latte or 2. The 10 second delay after you turn the unit off until it stops steaming is still a bit bothersome. Again you have to adjust the control knob to get hot milk. But if you are going to make multiple lattes and don't have a machine with a heat exchanger this product will be very useful. I would still recommend it for entertaining purposes.
One Year Followup
For one or 2 lattes I don't bother with the frother, but over the holidays with a larger group wanting lattes, I was able to keep up with the orders using my Silvia and the Capresso frothxpress.
The froth output does not equal the Silvia, but my guest were all happy.