If you're willing to spend a bit more get one of the refurbished KitchenAid Pro Line espresso machines from Amazon.com. It's worth the usual new price of $800+, but at $400 with shipping it's impossible to beat. I bought 1 a week ago and feel it's the last espresso machine I'll ever have to buy. If you have any specific questions please reply or send me an e-mail. Later!