Just keeps making GREAT coffee, day after day after day...
Positive Product Points
Easy to use. Trouble Free. Die hard machine!
Negative Product Points
Switch lights go out after a few years. But no big deal to replace with parts from Saeco.
I used to drink Melitta style drip coffee. In 2002 I was visiting my wife's relatives in Europe. They do not make "American" coffee in that country, they make espresso. It was all I had to replace the drip coffee I had always drank. Upon returning to the US, I found that I had developed a taste for the espresso and lost the taste for the drip coffee. I researched machines and settled on the Saeco Classico SS. I have been using this machine for 3 years now. I make approximately 10-15 double shots a day (I know that's a bit much but hey, I like coffee!) Anyhow, after 2 years I had to purchase another portafilter for the machine since it was having trouble pushing the hot water through the coffee grounds. I called Saeco parts and got a new one for about $15.00 (can't beat that!) I also replaced one of the front switches since the little green light had stopped working (another easy fix!) I think the switch was about $5.00.
I have bought more drip machines in my lifetime than this one. Each one of the drip machines would last about 1 year before needing replacement. For the cost of the worn parts, this machine has been perfect, day in and day out! I WILL buy another one if they still make it when mine finally dies. I don't see that happening anytime soon. Especially when parts for these machines are so readily available and cheap!
I bought this machine from an online retailer in Oregon (I believe). Sorry, it's been a while. Since then, the price has gone down about $100.00 and is now sold in a black model at Costco!