Nice starting machine quality of the "inside" produce more steam than needed for foaming milk
Negative Product Points
looks cheap, the front panel is glued on a "lumpy surface" filter size: 53 mm instead of 58 mm which seems to be a standard size
I bought it based on what I read here. I originally wanted to buy a super-automatic but taste test done in the stores and at home on machine on loan convinced us to go to a semi-automatic.
Have been making 6 to 10 drink a day from the start. The Solis gives me coffee that I'm proud of offering to my espresso drinking friends.
But please note that: I'm not a coffeegeek I wanted something to turn on, make my espresso and not worry about it. I don't want to learn temp surfing, PID, etc.. There was no way I was going to spend a thousand dollars or more on a semi-automatic espresso machine. And that following what I read here, I spent as much for my grinder as I did for the Solis which helps make the SL-70 make good coffee.
Both my wife and I had never used a similar machine and used it after reading the instruction without problems. We got better with time but the first espresso were drinkable.
The only major problem I have found is after using it for a couple of weeks, I cannot tolerate the espresso offered at most restaurant around here.
Bought it online and the less I say about that store the better I will feel
Three Month Followup
It's really more than a year but still working great and still doing 6 to 10 drink a day. Spending $1k or more on a machine does not seems impossible now. But unless this one breaks it won't happen.
There is a discussion on the forum on the SL-70 about the OPV and other subject. If you own one you should read it.