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KitchenAid ProLine - Walter Timpone's Review
Posted: January 30, 2005, 8:42am
review rating: 4.8
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Arrow The KitchenAid ProLine has been rated 6.99 overall by our member reviewers
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Russell B 10.00
Mike Martin 8.00
Glenn Little 7.75
Greg Hancock 7.42
Mike Garner 7.25

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.4
Manufacturer: KitchenAid Quality: 8
Average Price: $800.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $800.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: Williams Sonoma Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 year Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Foreign machines beware.  These guys deconstructed well and are able competitiors.
Positive Product Points

Makes a great espresso.  Two boilers permit steaming and coffee making without waiting.  Nice design and great, great customer serivce.

Negative Product Points

Cheesy plastic  tamper.  Buy a metal one.

Detailed Commentary

I have no quibble with the product except for the tamper.  I have been drinking more that my share since purchase.  The machine came with a very detailed instruction booklet and concomitant DVD.   The  machine is sturdy and retro looking.  It came in a basic steel gray  but now comes in colors.  The plastic  water resevior is on the lower  back of the machine and slides to the right or left for refilling.  This allows some discretion in counter placing.  There is a steaming attachment that can be removed (for cleaning or for purists).  The warming tray ontop of the machine is set at a good temperature.  I really like the double boilers, allowing for steaming and espresso making simultaneously.  Temperature is excellent for making a good espresso.   I would buy this machine again.

Buying Experience

Extraordinary .  When the steaming valve began leaking steam, they let me keep my machine until the replacement machine arrived (no repair- a new machine).   Turnaround time was less than a week.

Three Month Followup

Had trouble with the steamer.  company quickly replaced it.

One Year Followup

One year on and i am still delighted with the product.  About three months in the steamer value began to leak.  I called the company and they shipped me a new one.  I got to hold on to the old one until the replacement arrived.  Since then, nothing but great espresso and cappuchino.  I hardly ever brew drip coffee anymore having converted my grinders to regular and decaf filled with La Semuse beans.  One of the few reliable things in life right now.

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