Looks so good and I can’t stop thinking of it
I have just one question. How long will it last if I made around 3 cups a day. Does it have to be replaced yearly or is it going to work perfect for a few years?
Absolutely worth it
Had it for 1 year and absolutely love it. Use it 2-3 times a day at least in our household. No issues with it, still looks brand new and no colour fading. The machine makes really good coffee! It’s always consistent and the temperature is always perfect. Could not be happier with it! Cant recommend enough!
expensive paper weight
Very very disappointed in this product, the coffee either pours too fast or too slow through the group head making the coffee quite bitter. The milk steamer takes a while to release all the water from the wand and takes a very long time to heat up the milk to a drinkable temperature, the worst part about the steamer is how badly stretches the milk and how frothy it is. There is no way I can have a latte from this machine and if i want to have a cappuccino the froth is pure foam with little milk.
I had hoped that I was buying quality when purch...
Bad decision I made. Do nor buy this.
Confusing to operate. Buttons flashing. Difficult to make multiple serves. Steam wand is too short. Too much froth. Had a Breville and Sunbeam over the years and both of them were much better. Platform for the cups is too small, even espresso cups barely fit. The only thing going for it is it looks nice. A good decoration with poor performance.
Don't buy one. It will last forever because I prefer to have instant than deal with the temperamental design.
Have to turn it of and on between functions. Takes up to 20 min to make 1 coffee. Doesn't blow through the coffee unless it's really lose, the wand is to short. Can't seem to warm it up prior, so often pumps hot water everywhere. Completely ignors push button requests. All buttons dumbly fash so you don't even know if pushing the button has worked. Seriously I've had 3 $100 sspecials all heaps better and all got heaps of use.
This is THE best compact manual coffee machine I have ever had.
One year on and it still produces the best coffee! Simple to use, easy to clean.
Only needs descaling when the lights start flashing.
Combine it with decent coffee beans and you will no longer go out for coffee, ever.
Thank you SMEG!
Love my machine!
Love my Smeg coffee machine. It is needing to be descaled more often as it gets older, but we have had it for over 3 years now. So simply to use and looks great on the bench. Highly recommend.
Purchased in March 2017.
Same as others out there !
Nothing special with this unit and like many others after a time the coffee starts to taste plain and even after regular cleaned, that you MUST do every few weeks, the taste just drops off. Coffee not hot enough either.
Purchased in January 2020 for $249.00.
- ECF01BLAU (Black)
- Verified purchase
Smeg at its absolute best!
Its is so simple to use. It works flawlessly every time. And the coffee is perfect and delicious every time. Have I mentioned how beautiful it looks? It is Italian design at its best.
Dont waste your money
Disappointing Smeg, this machine is made of plastic, it is annoying to clean with small groves everywhere. You can not use the frother without going through whole process of making a coffee which is annoying if making hot chocolates at same time as a coffee. You have to switch machine off and start again each coffee. The frother is short and makes it awkward to hold jug. There are superior products out there for similar price. This machine actually takes away any enjoyment from my morning coffee
Can't live without it!!
I have now purchased the 1950's style blender, mixmaster, 4 slice toaster, kettle and of course the coffee machine. We purchase merlo coffee online but for some reason it no longer pumps the coffee through. I have even tried soaking the filters in straight descaling solution and also tried vinegar. I've have only had it about 12 months and it's driving me insane as we no longer drink instant coffee.. I'd like to think they last longer than a year!!
The milk frother...
I love the look of the machine but after a few uses I wanted to throw it at a wall. The milk frother as is is impossible to get a good milk consistency. It bubbles up and overflows in seconds. After a few days I realised you could take the metal piece off and just have the silicone steam wand. That made ALL THE DIFFERENCE. I could get a decent swirl going and much silkier milk.
My advice; throw out that piece of steel crap if you value decently textured milk. After that I loved the machine.
Purchased in August 2020.
Loved this machine! Delicious coffee but unfortunately it’s stopped working.
I love my SMEG machine but unfortunately it’s stopped working. When the coffee button is pressed it powers on then seems to trail off and nothing comes out. Quite disappointed!
Purchased in October 2017.
Milk frother appears not to work
It appears that we may have to return our machine. Every time we try to froth milk, steam comes out but then hot water spurts our intermittently, this means we end up with horrible watery coffee every time. No pattern to this it just has a mind of its own.
I love this machine
The crema! So quick! So beautiful!
I have even stopped buying cafe coffee. The quality is consistent and the perfect temperature. I am surprised at the quality of the milk frother for such a small machine.
Love my new Smeg Coffee Machine.
Great colours and ease of use and looks good. I had another brand which use to leave the coffee weak but this machine brews a beautiful ground coffee. Easy to clean with just a wipe down. Wouldn't trade it for another machine. Not cheap but well worth it.
- ECF01CRAU (Cream)
- Verified purchase
Good machine - poor SMEG service
I’m a big fan of the machine, I think it makes excellent coffee time and time again. I have a decent non-SMEG grinder though so that probably helps. I agree with some of the comments about the milk steamer but I don’t think that’s a huge issue.
I am totally unimpressed with the SMEG promotions system though. I purchased my machine with the promise of a free milk jug and knock box. It’s now been 2 months and it hasn’t been delivered. In this day and age I don’t think that’s acceptable.
- ECF01CRAU (Cream)
- Verified purchase
Great coffee with limitations
This machine produces great coffee with a strong crema. The water tank size holds atleast a litre so you’re not having to fill it up all the time. The machine looks great sitting on the bench and receives many positive comments.
- The steam wand is very short. Make sure you only buy a small milk jug (I think mine is a 400ml capacity) or the wand won’t reach the milk.
- A normal size cup won’t fit under the group unless you remove the base. Even with the base removed, my 16oz keep cup won’t fit unless I put it on an angle...which means I have to stand there and hold it. - Sometimes, it can be a struggle to get the group back in. I have to run a cycle of hot water before it’ll slot back in. I got mine half price which is good because I don’t think it’s worth the full RRP. Good machine, but better ones out there for that price point.
- ECF01RDAU (Red)
- Verified purchase
I trusted the reviews on this machine but I wouldn't have bought this machine had I been able to see it in a shop and play with it a bit. The first big issue is it uses a pressure basket. I didn't see this before I bought it and must have missed it in the marketing material.
The machine can make average coffee without a doubt but it's just a bit painful compared to other machines. You pay more for a different machine but you pay more for a reason.
It's the little things like not being able to buy a proper tamper due to the basket size b...eing small. I looked around and asked the company but one is not available unless the company are nice enough to send one. Why is this important? Because you can't polish and tamp the coffee properly and if you can't do this then getting a predictable brew is rather difficult. The baskets only fit a 14 gram dose of coffee at best. This isn't adequate for a proper double shot which is 18grams +. The steam wand is just a silly size, it means having to use odd amounts of milk just to try to get a good milk swirl going. This is a pain.
This is a great looking, easy to use and easy to clean machine. The coffee tastes great, consistent time after time. I have had my machine for several months now and I look forward to every coffee. I prefer the coffees I make at home to most coffee shop coffees now.
Questions & Answers
My Smeg machine is 1 year old and it has started to make a very loud noise when steaming and the milk no longer froths as well
Can i change the portfilter and whats the best tamper for MY MACHINE
The steamer light started flashing a month after I bought this but I have lost the Manual.
I found the descaling function on the Manual online so did a descale ... I have rinsed through 4 times now and the steamer red light has still not stopped flashing ..... what’s wrong or what do I need to do ?
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