View Poll Results: What price range is sweet spot for Espresso machines?

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  • Below $700

    5 31.25%
  • $700 to $1,100

    3 18.75%
  • $1,100 to $1,400

    3 18.75%
  • $1,400 to $1,700

    1 6.25%
  • $1,700 to $2,100

    3 18.75%
  • Above $2,100

    1 6.25%
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  1. #1
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    Best Quality Home Espresso Machine

    Hello,

    I'm interested in what you think the sweet spot is on the price performance curve for Espresso machines. Seems they run up to $2500.

    What would you recommend for a machine to last that makes good brew? Doesn't have to have all the bells and whistles however, it shouldn't be really hard to use (i.e. not pump).

    Thanks.

    -William

  2. #2
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    Jura Capresso S9, easy to use and clean. Looks great and makes pretty good espresso. If you don't want to spend that much you can always drop down to a S7 or S8, a few less features but the same great machine.
    Have you ever walked through the aisle of your local grocer and smelled the death of a dying bean?

  3. #3
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    Clarification

    Hello,

    Let me try and clarify in case it was not clear.

    I am wondering on the price performance curve at what point do the benefits start falling off per dollar? That is at what price does Quality divided by Cost result in the largest number?

    Seems strange that it would be the most expensive ones, usually in markets the sweet spot is not the very highest end.

    Thanks.

    -William

  4. #4
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    The JURA E8 makes almost the same quality as the S7 S8 and S9. The S's have dual 1350w Thermalblock heaters. The only feature the S9 has is the frothXpress PLUS which is an option for the other models at about $79.00 for that option.

    Go with the E8 for 999 at reatilers or presently at ebay for 889. The S7 is 1799. from retailers or 1599 at ebay. Capresso said they will nnot warranty units purchased on ebay.

    My S7 is shipping today!

  5. #5
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    I'm no expert by any means, and I'm on the lower end, with a Saeco Vienna I think around $400. Superautomatic, espresso for dummies as I would call it. Great espresso, does everything but drink it for you. Only drawback is the one hopper/grinder, does not allow easy change for decaf or other beans. But what's the point of decaf espresso?

  6. #6
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    Semi-Automatic

    Hello,

    I think semi-automatic would be more taste / less feature.

    Any opinions about these Semi / Automatic Heat Exchanger Boiler commercial rated models:

    Isomac Tea
    Pasquini Livia 90
    Isomac Millenium
    ECM Giotto
    Wega MiniNova

    Thanks.

    -William

  7. #7
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    Sorry, I mixed you up with a home machine message.

  8. #8
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    Not Saeco Vienna

    I had such a difficult time with Saeco Vienna. Within 6 months, it had problem 3 times. Saeco service is really bad too. After spending so much on shipping my unit for repair, i decided to get rid of it and buy another. I think i will buy Gaggia Syncrony.

  9. #9
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    Has anyone esle had a bad experience with Saeco? I haven't had a major problem yet. I had one issue with a part sticking, and they were nothing but accomodating, even sent free beans to make up for my trouble, and paid for my shipping. Interesting that you had so much trouble. I'm going on year 3 and love it. How often did you use the machine? Maybe that's the difference?

  10. #10
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    The Saeco machines are in my humble opinion garbage, no matter the price point. Lot's of cheap plastic, temp instability all producing a mediocre shot at best.

    There are many better options out there such as any of the Isomacs, Marcuzzi, Wega etc.

 

 
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