I've own several espresso makers that cost under $70, and this is by far the cheapest at $26, but you can also tell. The "basket" that holds the coffee feels like it doesn't hold well (although it does seal air tight enough to make yummy espresso!) and the basket arm being off to the side means it takes up slightly more space than it needs to and is also awkward to attach to the maker, but you get used to it. Like all inexpensive espresso makers, you must take great care not to cross-thread the water container cap! I have never used the steam spout (I drink espresso black) but it is completely immobile, which I have neever seen and looks like that may make it awkward to steam milk and force you to use the glass "cup" that comes with it. All other makers I've bought the steam spout swiveled for ease of use and you could switch to a metal steam cup (some people perfer this so they don't have to fear breaking the glass "cup"), that being said the little glass "cup" is wicked durable considering how thin the glass is. I've dropped it on laminate, banged it like crazy with metal spoons, I'm a big clutz so I've put it to the test and it passed.
All in all, good product for the price! I live in the mountains with hard water so even using twice-filtered water in my espresso machines and cleaning them regularly, they still die within a year or two because of mineral build up. So these cheap machines are my love affair ;-)
Oh and I use this maker several times a day because I'm a java junkie
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