Rated 2.5 out of 5Â by 4
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Arcturias Robust, well designed and easy to use.
I spent some time reading reviews on the internet and found that the main criterion that reviewers homed in on was the quality of the "crema" i.e. the foam on top. I am not interested in this (neither am I interested in the head on my real ale). I go for taste.
The XP5620 produces flavoursome strong coffee and, if you use two measures as instructed, you can get two strong espresso cups. Of course, no doubt, the main influence on flavour would be the quality and freshness of the coffee you use.
The design of the machine has been well thought out and the construction executed well. It has a slightly industrial look about it, but that's a personal judgement. The only design feature which I find annoying is that you can't tell how full the water reservoir is without lifting the cover to look in, which in my kitchen means that I have to pull the whole thing forward to peer inside.
One of the features mentioned in reviews as an advantage over others is the distance between the base plate and the underside of the spouts, which enables you to fit cups taller than espresso cups if you want to. I can vouch for this. The clearance is a minimum of 85mm. This could be increased to 114mm if you take out the drip tray. The drip tray has a simple red plastic float which pops up above the base plate when the tray needs emptying.
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Dunk Better than you may think!
I bought this machine to replace my long serving and much loved Magimix Espresso et Filtre Automatique which met its demise when the frother failed.
Having read some less than flattering reviews here and elsewhere my purchase was made with me resolving to return it immediately should it poorly perform or develop a fault. I am pleased to say that after a month, I still have it!
Pros: Heats up quickly, good crema, good frother, clearance height accepts a 90mm cup size, significantly quieter than my Magimix.
Cons: Cup warmer ineffective, water tank not huge, spill tray requires emptying frequently, instructions recommend using a special filter (not supplied).
Regarding reliability, it is early days, however, I believe mine has, an improved frother which works well. Elsewhere, I have seen negative reports of the machine spilling water - this is only the spill tray overflowing. If owners had read the manual properly this would not arise.
It is a good simple machine. Just use good coffee (I use Illy or Lavazza) and ensure your cup is hot beforehand. Enjoy!
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Susie52 Looks smart but that's about it!
Looks nice, but makes a racket, takes ~5mins to make a shot of espresso, and quality of espresso isn't consistent.
I may have received a bad product though; had to return it after 6 months when it started leaking water everywhere, turning itself on randomly and not heating up when actually turned on.
Would not recommend; deLonghi is about the same price, go for that!
Rated 1 out of 5Â by pcjd Very disappointed
Am just about to return my second Krups machine in 18 months as the steamer part becomes faulty very quickly. Such a shame as the self tamping is a great feature and the machine produces a very good crema.