Great machine for the price and with a good grinder can produce excellent shots. Some might be disappointed in the steaming but it should not be a deal breaker.
Positive Product Points
First shot ready in less than 5 minutes. Fast recovery between shots. Transparent water reservoir. PID controller and pressure gauge. New model will have bigger wattage thermobloc. Introductory $795
Negative Product Points
Steaming is a learning curve due to thermoblock. Small boiler, lower wattage coming with new model. Now $995
Only owned entry level Gaggia machines before this Quick Mill purchase. Very good looking stainless steel machine. Needs a good grinder to pull great shots.
They have a used a Gicar PID which looks elegant and not out of place in the upper left of the machine. Pressure gauge is below PID and seems accurate. Four toggle switches on the right of the machine control power, pump, hot water, steam. The steam power switch is in back and has a indication light. Portafilter is 58mm and has single, double basket with a blind for backflushing. Swivel steam arm with 1 hole steam tip is also used for hot water. Seeing the water level in the tank on the right rear of the machine was a huge selling point for me. I can pull it out halfway and fill from a pitcher without removing it. Large drip tray so no need to empty very often. Steaming works OK with the thermobloc.
Chris's customer service is great. No problems with shipping or billing.