If you can find a supplier and you love coffee - nothing beats the Brisilia Club --- Elixer Vitae, Eureka!
Positive Product Points
I have had this unit for 10 + years and have never had a problem with it other than descaling and a bad heater switched (repaired in 2 days). Solid Metal construction, professional group and portafilter. Excellent steam (4 cups in a single heating).
Negative Product Points
I have none
This unit is on every day all day ... I have never seen a machine that can compare to the quality and durability of this "semi-professionl" home unit. Holding the portafilter in your hands tells you right off the bat that this is a quality product. I have had my machine for 10 + years and am still impressed by the heat and steam that my Brazilia Club can generate. I hold down the heater switch for about 30-40 seconds and I generate enough steam to foam milk for 4 cups. Espresso is produced at 190 degrees after about 10 -15 minutes of preheating.
Great - traded it for a case of wine - about $200.00 US. I have recommended this unit to others and here in Canada the Brisilia "Lady" (same quality) sells for about $600.00 US