Great little machine
Sep 29, 2006
a Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:works well, makes good coffee, looks good, easy to maintain.
Cons:you have to order capsules from Nespresso
The Bottom Line: If you like espresso, and don't want a huge, expensive contraption taking up counter space, this is the way to go.
The reason we hadn't considered buying an espresso maker is because it seems that they are very expensive, messy, they take up a lot of space, and everyone we know who owns one has had breakage problems with them.
Recommend this product?
One day last summer, we were shopping at Bloomingdales and saw the line of Nespresso machines being promoted and the more expensive ones with the cappucino and automatic functions being demonstrated. We noticed the smaller D90 that was priced under $200 and asked the salesperson what the difference was. Aside that it didn't have a milk steamer and auto shut-off, she said the espresso brewing capacity was exactly the same. We bought it and figured that if it lasted a year, it would pay for itself...we eat out 5 nights a week and my husband likes to order an espresso after dinner...at a restaurant, that adds up.
Well, we've used the D90 for a year and a half with no problems and it has more than paid for itself, even with the capsules costing .49 each. It is troubling that 1)the capsules are not available at retail stores...and 2) that no other pod can be used in the machine. One has to hope that Nespresso has the sense not to outprice themselves. I live in Manhattan, so I can pick up my orders at the Nespresso office instead of having them shipped. If I lived outside the city I might be 'steamed' at having to spend the exorbitant overnight shipping fee. But I must say the Nespresso Club 800 number proved itself helpful when I called for some tech support, so they are attentive to more than just taking orders.
One more word of advice: another cost involved with machine maintainance is having to purchase a rather expensive and complicated de-calcification package (you can't just run some vinegar through it like a regular coffee maker) to clean out the residue every so often. I use distilled water as opposed to tap water which makes this extra step un-necessary.
Oh...and it does make a great cup of espresso.
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