Pros: Value for money, Easy to use, Good build quality, looks good
Cons: bad filter handle design
"I am very happy I purchased this coffee machine. In its price range it is without a doubt the most attractive machine available, which is important as it has to stay on the counter.
Build quality is great, albeit with more plastic than chrome, but this is a small compromise that allows what is a very attractive machine to be purchased at a third of the price of most other attractive machines.
The coffee it makes is really very excellent - the gauge enables you to see exactly what temperature the water is and you can make sure it runs through at optimum temperature every time.
Its stylish and retro looks, and the very 50s knobbly switches (which are metal), mean that I look forward to using it every morning, not just for the delicious coffee.
All in all, this machine really has everything I want - I don't use the steamer so I can't comment on that in great detail, though it works very well as far as I can see, keeping heat and pressure for much longer than my last machine.
The Cafe Retro is meant to take coffee pods too, though I prefer ground coffee which it makes very well. If you prefer coffee pods I imagine you could find a much cheaper machine that would work just as well.
The only slight flaw is that the filter cup and/or the grounds themselves will detach from the filter handle and stick to the machine if you don't remove them straight away, which is a bit annoying as I rarely remember to remove it straight away.
They can be removed easily by getting under the rim and easing them off with a butter knife or spoon, and it certainly isn't enough of a flaw to make me want to send the machine back, but it is a problem the manufacturers ought to address.
If good design is as important to you as the quality of the coffee, but you don't have the budget to spend £400+ on a desirable coffee machine, then this is the machine for you."
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