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Not the cheapest its been however seems to be the cheapest right now for quite a popular unit.
Myer also have the item for $479 and it's $599 at JB Hifi.
What's the cheapest this machine has gone down to? Anyone have it and can give a review?
A cursory search on this site suggests $319 was the lowest or close to. Don't have it so can't comment on whether it's good.
Wow, downvoted for trying to help. Happy New Year that person!
Ignore those people who think they can affect your mood by downvoting you simply because they can.
By the way, lowest was $299 in WA Retravision. Omg… I happened to watch a review of this coffee machine on YouTube a day ago (unsure why it was recommended to me by YouTube) and people on the YouTube seemed to like this as a first home coffee machine for beginners.
I've had one for 8 years. Super reliable. Mine is an earlier revision so doesn't have the PID temperature setting feature that this one would.
I use one. It's one of the best choices in its class due to the pressure gauge and built in (but basic) pid. The only gripe I have with it is that it uses a 54mm portafilter, and standard size is 58mm, so most upgrades to accessories are less common. It has some known issues with the solenoid making buzzing sounds to indicate that it's on its way out.
I've used mine for 2 years and it's been going fine. Will upgrade, not replace, when it dies.
I’m new to getting a coffee machine and has been only using capsule ones.
If I get this, should I pair it with the Smart Grinder? Or what else do you guys recommend?
Smart grinder is Ozbargain's favourite electric grinder. It's the best place to start if you don't mind paying 160-170 on a grinder. From there, you can look into the enthusiast range from niche or baratza, etc and go all the way up to however much you want to spend. The other path you can take is look at manual grinders if that's more your thing. Good quality manual grinders will set you back 300 plus, like comandante, orphan espresso, etc. If you're just beginning, the smart grinder is a solid choice.
Is the Dual boiler essentially the upgrade for this?
Yes, but at this point I'd personally like to explore what enthusiast brands like lelit etc offer. My grinder is already decent (lido e) so upgrading to something that can output better steam and more consistent shots would be an area of interest for me.
@shiny1: We bought a Lelit Elizabeth v3, and can recommend it. Use a smart plug to turn it on and off in the morning, and you're good to go. I ended up spending a couple of hundred dollars getting filtered and softened water on tap for it, so bear in mind costs like that. The Lelit distribution tool was a fantastic purchase too.
@sjbartley: Thanks for the heads up. This comment may bear some good amount of weight in my purchasing decision later on!
I bought the Smart Grinder and it is really very good. Just enough control but ultimately simple to use, which is good if you are starting out. My only wish would be for it to weigh the beans and/or ground coffee as it goes so you could be a bit more consistent. It only grinds by time and 1/2 shots.
Even expensive grinders like the Niche won't weigh the beans for you.
I just keep the smart grinder empty, weigh the beans for the shot - put them in and grind that.
19.5g in to the hopper, grind until it speeds up (empty), tamp, 40g shot.
How does this compare to to the automated Delonghi coffee machine?
I had one of these for 4yrs, and my parents are onto their 2nd automatic Delonghi
These require more skill and practice, but the quality is far better
This is a good machine. Would recommend. Buy fresh beans no more than a month old and smart grinder.
If you want the stainless steel version, $10 more on Amazon:
I bought it recently and am very happy with it.
I will put this here as a comparison of two Breville machines at the same pricepoint.
LOL at the pressurised filter carnage on the right.
yeah. another $24 upgrade for a single wall basket
Or about $75 for a new portafilter
the single wall baskets make so much difference when you are grinding your beans (instead of buying pre-ground coffee).
Surely the Breville Bambino Plus is a better buy at Good Guys Commercial?
I've been looking at the infuser to replace my slowly dying old sunbeam Cafe Series (yes I realise the Cafe Series is probably better, but I want to keep the cost down if I can) . The question I have with this is, does anyone know how long the steam takes to start when selected. I've watched reviews, but they are all American and not sure if the lower power outputs in the states would have an impact on this (it seems to take quite a while to create steam). Thanks in advance for any advice
I am in exactly the same boat - my cafe series is all but dead - i have the smart grinder and deciding if i get the infuser. My friend keeps telling me to wait as I won't enjoy moving down to a 54 basket from the 58. I would love to get the Breville Dual boiler but the cost is too high for me.
The other problem is the infuser only has a single boiler so no frothing milk at the same time. I'm thinking of the going a different direction all together and getting a Delonghi Magnifica S. There is something appealing about not needing to wipe up coffee grounds from my kitchen bench every morning. Decisions decisions