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Espresso machine - MN verdict please.

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SkiingGardeningTwinklyBauble Thu 09-Dec-10 16:25:39

I have an espresso machine, but it's on its last legs and I really feel like a new one for Christmas from DH.

For various reasons (I could spout 'design' but it's mainly a whim) I would like one in red, and there is a maximum price of £250.

I think this narrows it down to 3, so any opinions on these would be very warmly welcomed:

Dualit Espressivo

DeLonghi Icona

Gaggia Espresso Color

It would have been the Gaggia no question. But it seems the body is red plastic rather than nice shiny metal and now they have been taken over by Phillips they don't feel that special anymore.

All opinions and experiences welcome.

mugggletoeandwine Thu 09-Dec-10 16:27:30

I'd kill for a Gaggia.
I have a £50 DeLonghi so am of no help at all but get the Gaggia.

What I really want is a built in bean to cup but it would be bigger than my kitchen and about three years wages <sigh>

Montifer Thu 09-Dec-10 16:31:27

Vote here for Dualit Espressivo.

Haven't got the red one so not sure about the finish, but I like the look of it and it's quick and easy to use and makes a great crema.

greygirl Thu 09-Dec-10 16:31:39

we have a gaggia and we love it.

go and have a look at them in the shop - might help you decide.

SkiingGardeningTwinklyBauble Thu 09-Dec-10 16:41:54

You can get bean to cup for around £300 now muggle, so they are coming down in price.

I live in Southampton, so shops actually having these in store are a bit thin on the ground. I just have a feeling the plastic finish would be disappointing on the Gaggia. Is yours plastic greygirl?

SkiingGardeningTwinklyBauble Fri 10-Dec-10 09:50:39

So that's one for the Dualit and one for the Gaggia. Last night I think I had decided on the DeLonghi, but this morning I'm eyeing up the kitchen and the Gaggia is tempting.

Shameless bump to see if anyone else has an opinion.

LaurieFairyonthetreeEatsCake Fri 10-Dec-10 09:57:52

this is very gorgeous

I nearly considered buying the above but my m300

this one

has not let me down in 9 years - not one thing has gone wrong with it!

So even though it's not as good looking as the Paris one I can't upgrade for the sake of it - but if I was it would be the Paris one.

SkiingGardeningTwinklyBauble Fri 10-Dec-10 20:05:02

I managed to find a Gaggia and a DeLonghi to look at.

I really, really WANT to love the Gaggia, and I know it is probably a better machine, but it looks and feels so cheap. Since the main point of getting a new one is to look nice and make me smile when I see it it fails miserably.

I think it may be the DeLonghi, thanks for all your input

shoofly Fri 10-Dec-10 21:15:17

I have a gaggia bean to cup machine and absolutely love it. Having said that Gaggia customer service was second to none and phillips is rubbish. If you can buy from (Caffee shop Ltd) these guys - they really know what they are talking about and they are wonderful! You could also look at Which HTH

zanz1bar Sat 11-Dec-10 19:13:38

I also have a Gaggia bean to cup machine.The best wedding present ever.

Nothing beats a bean to cup machine. Do not get a pod style machine it costs so much more in the long term as you are tied into buying the dam pods.

I have had my Gaggia for 3 years now and it is used at least 4x a day.
The one time it broke(sent off and fixed within a week) my Dh said it had to be replaced no matter how much it would cost, and he watches every penny.

SkiingGardeningTwinklyBauble Sun 12-Dec-10 05:01:16

Gaggia ordered. I so nearly bought the DeLonghi and then thought, " what am I doing"!

The coffee is the important thing. So under my Christmas tree will be a nice shiny red Gaggia. Can't really afford a bean to cup although I would love one, they also don't make one in red. I do have a nice burr grinder also on my Christmas list though, so maybe I will be lucky enough to get one of those.

Thank you, the resounding chorus of Gaggia lovers made me see sense grin

SleepWhenImDead Sun 12-Dec-10 08:15:58

Oh well done, I was going to say gaggia too , you can't beat them. We love ours.

zanz1bar Sun 12-Dec-10 18:27:01

Try wait rose espresso beans in a black tin with red writing, half the price of lavazza and IMO better.

SkiingGardeningTwinklyBauble Sun 12-Dec-10 18:47:22

Will give them a go, thanks Zanz1bar I shall have fun with grinding I think!

lal123 Sun 12-Dec-10 18:54:32

We've had a Gaggia for about 5 years now. When we first bought it some of the reviews said that it was a bit flimsy - problems with buttons etc. Ours has been great, wouldn't swap it for the world - well might swap it for a bean to cup machine.....

We get our coffee here They do a coffee of the month and will sell beans or any grind you want. Not sure if htey do mail order

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