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Wega MiniNova - Shai Herzog's Review
Posted: August 24, 2005, 11:47pm
review rating: 4.5
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Arrow The Wega MiniNova has 16 Reviews
Arrow The Wega MiniNova has been rated 9.13 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Bruce Coker 8.66
Francis Vaughan 8.00
Gary Dahl 8.00
Robert Shupp 7.93
Gregory Fierro 7.50

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 3.4
Product Reviewed: MiniNova
Manufacturer: Wega Quality: 4
Average Price: Varies Usability: 5
Price Paid: $1,200.00 Cost vs. Value 2
Where Bought: aabree Aesthetics 3
Owned for: 1 month Overall 3
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: Don't buy this elephant - it is big and impressive looking, but it doesn't perform.
Positive Product Points

Big and massive look - makes folks believe you have a professional machine at home

Negative Product Points

Very short wimpy steam (20 seonds - hard drop). Inconsistent shots, home made construction, large air gaps inside (big machine with small machine performace).

Detailed Commentary

I owned it for one month, was badly dissapointed by the quality, sent it back for technical evaluation (It was so bad I assumed it was broken). Got an answer that everything I pointed out was "normal" and within specs. So I told them to keep the machine and return my money.

I'm currently an owner of the Andreja Premium, what a difference. See my review on it for more details.
Don't waste any money on this piece of junk - it just looks big, but it really doesn't perform well at all. I can't explain why others rate it high - perhaps my specific one was broken (but they did check it and swore to me that there is nothign wrong with it), perhaps the other owners just experienced a single machine, and never got their hands on a really good one (if you had one girlfriend all your life, she's the best :-). Hard to tell why.

The engineer in me didn't like the Wega on many fronts - I could see inside it, and it looked home made. The empty spaces inside made the machine huge, but didn't contribute to quality. If the Andreja Premium reminds me of my Honda Pilot, the Wega reminds me of my previous car - the ML 320 - which was also expensive, but a piece of (*&^*(. Don't fall for its "professional look" - it is mostly empty air spaces.

Buying Experience

Not great. See my previous description. When I complained about the quality of the machine I was made to feel like an idiot - what was especially funny was the technician telling me that 20 second steam is normal and acceptible for semi-pro machines. He just told me to froth less milk - such that I'll be done by 20 sec. I was charged $80 for shipping it back

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