If you only make espresso shots for your morning buzz, this is a great product!!
Positive Product Points
The Krups Gusto can produce "good" espresso and "thin" crema top with proper tamp and grind. The machine is very user friendly, and one with limited espresso experience can make a decent drink. Can remove the water resevior and drip plate. Comes with two baskets (small and large). Heats up very quickly.
Negative Product Points
The "Gusto" is not the prettiest machine on the market. It is ABS plastic through and through. Very lightweight but what can you expect from a machine under $100.00. Drip plate rattles cup uncontrollably when pump is turned on. (Can be annoying at 6:30 in the morning). Does not come with a cup warmer.
Usually in the south (as opposed to the North), the coffee is very robust, strong, thick crema, potent, and excellent for the soul. The poorer region people usually have a moka in every household and are happy with it. For the slightly middle class, a machine is staple. This Krups Gusto machine does provide me with a good thick coffee with a "thin" crema, however, only with proper bean, grind and tamp. The machine comes with 2 baskets (small & large). I usually use the large even with single shots. The tamper is a cheap piece of plastic that can break easily if leaned on too hard. Since I only make espresso shots and do not make "Starbucks" type frothy drinks, I can't comment on the milk frother, but, it does not seem to hold much steam when I empty it.
Bought this machine at my local store, with no problems.
Three Month Followup
After a while, my Gusto broke down . After reading the Solis SL 70 review on this site, I decided to try it out without the pressurized pf and a LaMarzocco basket. I couldn't be happier. The Rancilio Silvia seemed like an excellent step up, but I couldn't justify the price.