This machine lives up to the best of both worlds- solid piece of Kitchen Aid equipment and exceptional quality of Nespresso machinery.
The only downside is that I maybe used to drink 1-2 cups of coffee a month, and I am now having 1 every morning haha (so not really a downside... just a new addiction).
But in all seriousness, I was slightly concerned because I had heard the lever was super strong/overkill and had a tendency to crush the pods, but after going through 3 sleeves of pods thus far, I haven't experienced that at all. I'm not sure what people were doing to have that experience- as long as you drop the pod in as instructed, it falls into a little grip and operates smoothly. Seems like you'd really have to go out of your way to do something wrong/mess it up.
Biggest compliments I've gotten (from fellow nespresso-ers and friends) was the look. It's cool that it's a one of a kind style which I think blends a look of a fancy nespresso with the flare of a classic “Kitchen Aid look” - gives bragging rights amongst my friends of having the coolest looking nespresso.
So all and all, very happy! [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]