I have owned a number of stove-top espresso machines, and this is by FAR the best quality one I've owned. The Bialetti ones (like so much of Italian engineering) are just too shoddy a product for my liking. They are cheaply manufactured and seem to have no care taken over their production. I have returned them in the past due to sloppy production and dubious quality. The Alessi, is however, a FAR superior product. The design is not the same - note the handle fastening, and the actual quality handle material. Make no mistake, the two manufacturers are NOT identical. And like most things in life, you get what you pay for - except that ironically, the Bialetti ones can actually be more expensive... This high-quality product looks great, works well and carries Alessi''s stamp of quality.