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Izzo Alex Duetto II - Stefan Daney's Review
Posted: December 6, 2009, 10:19am
review rating: 5.8
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Izzo Alex Duetto II Dual Boiler PID
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Arrow The Izzo Alex Duetto II has 49 Reviews
Arrow The Izzo Alex Duetto II has been rated 9.34 overall by our member reviewers
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Jonathan Mohn 9.00
Michael Smith 8.00
Ron Bilow 8.00
Paul Levy 7.71
Tim Gilligan 7.33

Previous Review  
Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 10.0
Manufacturer: Izzo Quality: 10
Average Price: $2,295.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $2,295.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Chris Coffee Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 month Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned:
Bottom Line: In my opinion  "Best in Class Dual boiler"
Positive Product Points

A Beautiful machine, a work of art and O ya makes excellent espresso.
 A few points I could make note of:
 1) The fact you can turn off the steam boiler, via a switch is outstanding and on 20 amps it only takes 6 minutes from cold to hit steam temp.
 2) Changing  brew temp is a breeze ounce you have pushed the buttons a few times .
 3) Solid construction , well thought out routing of internals and wiring .
 4) "Plumb in" to "Pour over" easily changed via a valve under the tray. I have mine plumbed in, Chris supplied everything I needed to work with  my existing 1/4 hose, simply let them know your intended setup
 5)  Drain kit is included, as some machines must be purchased separate
 6) Excellent packaging .. Basically double boxed

Note:
Now available with optional "No burn steam wand" and cup tray top rails.
                 http://www.chriscoffee.com/products/home/espresso/izzoduetto

Negative Product Points

None..
  I've heard some people concerned  about the size, which honestly is not much bigger then most HX .. I love looking at it on my counter.

Detailed Commentary

I can't say enough, I love the Duetto II,  it took no time getting uses too and was ready to go out of the box's... ( yes, very well packaged )
The new Izzo was an upgrade from my 3 year old Silvia which also had a PID and pulled excellent shots, but waiting to steam on the Silvia was getting old.  The dual boiler has taken care of that problem
No special setup for a timer.  I have my on a  Aube by Honeywell TI033/U 7-Day Programmable Timer  (20 amp flavor) $22 from amazon  wired to a  MAX 2 20-AMP SURGE PROTECTOR  for a little piece of mind.

One thing I wish all manufactures of similar designs could look into ..although I understand it would drive the cost up. An option to make the steam and hot water locations interchangeable, as some counters lend themselves to easier steaming on left or right side of the machine.

Buying Experience

Outstanding .. a wonderful group of folks at "Chris Coffee" a very personal touch.  I have called several times with the odd ball question and have always been received with a caring voice at the other end of the phone.

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