We always owned an Espresso machine. We had a very expensive Krups but the durability isn't so good so after 3 years it didn't work as good as before and I got my husband this one for Christmas since he loves to drink his Espressos twice a day.
The steaming function has often been a problem at other machines but since I love a good Cappucino this had to be agood one. It also shouldn't be to expensive since we will only use it for a short time since we will be on the move again the voltage is different on other continents!
My mother in law has a 1400 $ machine and always kept talking about drinking only coffee from her machine which is just great. But when she visited us she was very imptessed with the quality of the coffe from our machine and we only took Lavazzo, the italian brand espresso which Pathmark carries from time to time.
Also my husband is very satisfied and my kids love to get the hot chocolate with steamed milk on top.
Considering the price a great deal even if ii si a little loud and my husband always complaints about the cleaning.