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Not for me
on 24 July 2014
First, I have to confess I'm a De'Longhi girl through and through; I love their coffee machines, but I'm always happy to try out a rival and was keen to test drive the VonShef. It's certainly simple to use but alas, is nowhere near as good as my regular machine.
My main complaint is that it feels cheap: it's seems fragile; its detachable parts feel like they will break very easily. I could forgive it its faults if it made a great cup of coffee, but I'm sorry to say it doesn't - the coffee I brewed is acceptable enough, but it lacks that thick, creamy richness I want from an espresso. The steamer attachment - not something I use very often, but if it's there, it's nice to use it occasionally - is equally ineffective; it just doesn't froth the milk well, or heat it properly. The whole machine feel underpowered; lacking in pressure - a common enough complaint at the cheaper end of the market, but I have a De'Longhi espresso maker I bought for not a whole lot more, that makes a really good cup of coffee. Sadly, I have to say that there are MUCH better machines on the market in this price range that do a far better job, and consequently, cannot really recommend this machine.