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Saeco Aroma - All - James Millet's Review
Posted: January 5, 2009, 6:59pm
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Saeco Aroma Espresso - All
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Tim Cashin 9.00
Tom Stubbs 8.33
Brian S 7.25
Nick Romancer 6.50
Dave S. 6.40

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.8
Product Reviewed: Aroma
Manufacturer: Saeco Quality: 9
Average Price: $300.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $240.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Costco Aesthetics 6
Owned for: 2 weeks Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Estro 410
Bottom Line: I'm happy; great performance at a bargain price.
Positive Product Points

Well constructed heavy metal case, large water container, easy access controls on front panel

Negative Product Points

No off/on light.  Drip tray grill is marginal

Detailed Commentary

After owning the Estro 410 for over ten years with outstanding service it finally gave up the ghost.  Just the excuse I needed to buy a new machine.  My budget was $300 to $600 and I wanted another semi-automatic machine.  After much research here and on other Coffee Forums I narrowed my choices down to the Rancilio Silvia and the Saeco Aroma.  It did not escape my notice that the Saeco Aroma is an updated, upgraded, repackaged, relabeled Estro 410.  I was leaning towards the Rancilio Silvia when I came accross a Costco special on the regularly $300 Saeco Aroma; $250 with a $50 rebate.  My "delivered to the door" price was $240 including 9% sales tax.
The Saeco Aroma has exceeded my expectations; it's a far better machine than my old Estro 410.  My only complaint on the Saeco Aroma is the absence of any kind of light indicating the machine is turned on and ready for use.  It's easy to forget to turn the machine off after use as the on/off button is located on the side of the case out of sight.
The true test will be longevity; will the Saeco Aroma provide the same long term service as its predecessor the Estro 410?  Only time will tell.

Buying Experience

Purchased via Internet from Costco.  Shipped next day via ground from Ohio and arrived at my door four days later.

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