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    3.2 (14)
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  • Consistency
    4.5 (33)
  • Milk Frothing
    4.2 (33)


Bev Bennett

Bev BennettHunter Region, NSW

  • 2 reviews

Great until it's not.

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I bought the mini barista about 9 months ago from Good guys. It has only been used once or twice per week since then and has been well looked after. Unfortunately I've had the same thing happen as a lot of other people. Water has started leaking from the wand so you can't make a decent brew. I won't buy another one or even get a replacement under warranty. I'll go to another brand.

Purchased in June 2019 at The Good Guys for $249.00.

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land fill awiting

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the machine does make a nice coffee but like a lot of users 13 months later it is cactus it just pumps the water into the drip tray no coffee

Purchased in December 2018 at JB Hifi Home for $249.00.

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Just had our second machine in 12 months break down

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Purchased in February 2019 at Harvey Norman for $279.00.

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shasta

shastaNew South Wales

  • 4 reviews
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Good product at an affordable price

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Purchased in November 2019 at Target Australia for $200.00.

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Customer CareSunbeam

Hello shasta,
Thank you for your GREAT Review. Happy to hear you're loving your Mini Barista.


Stephanie

StephanieSydney

  • 13 reviews

You get what you pay for

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I initially loved this machine. I used it daily making one to two coffees and I was impressed with the ease of use and the fabulous results. However, like other reviewers here mine has started making the grinding noise as soon as you turn it on at the socket. It also leaks water into the drip tray. I tried to descale it (I have descaled the machine previously) but it’s of no use as water not only goes through the steam wand but also leaks into the drip tray meaning I have been unable to finish the descaling cycle. Unfortunately for me I can’t find the receipt but the machine would only be about 18 months old. I think I paid about $215 from Myer. Another piece of junk heading for landfill.

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Nell

NellSouth East Queensland, QLD

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Made nice coffee, then broke down

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Made nice coffee for two weeks, then started spewing water all over the kitchen and broke down. Had used the machine perfectly with great care, machine is seriously faulty. Taking it back to the store now.

Purchased in December 2019 at Harvey Norman for $199.00.

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Mini barista1

Mini barista1Goulburn Valley, VIC

So disappointed!

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I am so disappointed that after 18 months of minimal use, 2 coffees per day, and not used at all for four months, that water is now leaking from beneath the machine. I live 300ks from a service centre, and it is not worth my time and petrol to take it there to be told it will then cost me more for repairs. Is it too hard to make a quality product? I must add that I had my LAST mini barista for three years before it gave up. I was told by sunbeam they should last five years. This seems to be a common problem with this machine. I am not buying another.

Purchased in June 2018.

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Great coffee - until it stopped working 18mths later!

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I was so happy with this great little machine. It made beautiful coffee with a great crema and deliciously silky micro foam. My family said it was even better than the coffee at many cafes. Unfortunately 18 months later it started leaking water from underneath, lost the ability to froth milk and died a slow death.
Out of warranty and living in regional Victoria with no service centre - I am not prepared to spend a fortune on repairs. I am angry that this great machine has cheap parts designed to fail after a short period of time, resulting in the whole thing going in the bin. What a waste!

Purchased in June 2018 for $250.00.

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Leisa

Leisa

  • 2 reviews

Great machine - found why the water kept emptying out

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This is a great little machine - reliable and makes a great coffee.
The machine's pump suddenly started emptying out the water. I remembered that there'd been an electrical surge during a storm and the machine's pump had made a strange noise.
I realise now the electrics of the machine were damaged.
This could have been prevented with a protective devise at the powerpoint (I do this with all my expensive electrical items). I've heard even a double adapter will prevent damage during a surge.
I will definitely be putting in place this protection with the next machine.

Purchased in December 2018 at The Good Guys for $220.00.

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Thank you for your informative feedback Leisa.

Davo

DavoNew South Wales

Awesome little machine

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Makes a great shot, easy to use, full size group head which you can set to single or double shot. Only minor comment is the stainless milk heating jug supplied is only big enough to heat one serve at a time, but you could easily buy another, bigger, jug.

Purchased in June 2018 at Myer for $250.00.

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Customer CareSunbeam

Thank you for the lovely review and I'll be sure to pass on your feedback.


Redlands

RedlandsBirkdale

  • 3 reviews

Stopped Working After 18 Months

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This machine produced consistently decent coffee for 18 months but then stopped working. Had another brand machine previously which lasted 10 years. Will return to that brand for our new espresso machine

Purchased in June 2018 at Harvey Norman for $250.00.

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Customer CareSunbeam

Hello Redlands,
So sorry to hear about your coffee troubles.
The problem might be a simple repair, here is a directory of our agents if you wanted to inquiry: https://www.sunbeam.com.au/en/Service-Agent-Locator/


Bassa

BassaMetropolitan Adelaide, SA

  • 7 reviews

The Sunbeam coffee machine that punches well above its weight

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Purchased in November 2019 at Myer for $238.00.

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Customer CareSunbeam

Hello Bassa,
WOW what a wonderfully in-depth review! We're so happy to hear that you're loving your Sunbeam Mini Barista EM4300. By the sound of your knowledge and skills, it seems like you now have a little cafe right in your kitchen.

Bassa
Bassa

Thanks. We do love our coffee.


Kate C

Kate CSydney

  • 5 reviews

Can't even get started - dreadful

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Purchased in November 2019 at Myer Online Store.

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A and K Amor

A and K AmorSouth East Queensland, QLD

  • 2 reviews

Best value on the market

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Still the best value espresso machine on the market.
I've had both the mini barista and the cafe crema from Sunbeam and both are outstanding.
I've just returned from 9 months in Italy and about to purchase another machine which will no doubt be a sunbeam. I gave the mini barista to my son before I left and he now won't part with it.
When you consider that a coffee in a cafe costs $5 these days, it doesn't take a lot of math to figure out the short pay back period of the cafe crema or the mini barista.

Purchased in February 2018 at K Mart for $200.00.

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Hi A and K Amor,
Love the review, thank you!

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A fantastic Coffee machine for its price but get a good extended warranty

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Purchased in April 2018 at The Good Guys for $229.00.

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Hi Laurence,
I will forward the feedback...

JMD

JMDPerth, WA

  • 3 reviews

Love it, not as sturdy as the previous model though.

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I've had the previous model to this one for about 6 years before getting this one when my last one died. This one is a little more flimsy + light feeling that the old one but overall still a great machine. Consistently good quality coffee. You can choose 1 or 2 shots. Temperature is great. Perfect home machine - one of us drinks a double espresso and the other a coffee with milk, we use it daily and haven't had any problems. With the previous model I found that the seal would start to leak after a few years, will have to wait and see what happens with this one, I've only had it for a year.

Purchased in August 2018 at The Good Guys for $200.00.

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Hi JMD,
Thanks for reviewing for us...


Sarah

SarahGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC

  • 2 reviews

Great machine!

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Purchased this machine for $240 and it is excellent, nothing bad to say. Coffee crema is cafe worthy, if not better than many and the milk frothing wand works perfectly. We use the machine daily and it's easy to use and clean.

Purchased in August 2018.

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Customer C.Sunbeam

Hi Sarah,
Thank you. We believe it is a great machine as well!!


Steph B

Steph BMelbourne

  • 3 reviews
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So far so great

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Had been having plunger coffee for approx 6 m before taking the leap and buying the Mini Barista. Can say, the quality of the coffee is fantastic. Easy to use and clean. No complaints whatsoever

Purchased in October 2019 at The Good Guys Narre Warren for $220.00.

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Hi Steph B,
Thank you for your great review!!


Kate

KateGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC

Great until it stopped working!

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A great machine until it stopped working for some unknown reason few days ago. The pump turned on when the machine was off (but plugged in at the wall), and started leaking water. Now it doesn’t work at all. Very disappointing given the warranty ran out a few months ago.

Purchased in April 2018 for $220.00.

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Hi Kate,
Please call our team on 1300 881 861 to see if we can assist with this.


Brian.

Brian.South East Queensland, QLD

Decent machine

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Product overall is top notch for its price, I would say its espresso shots are better than some automatics costing 5 times more. However, there are some problems which may or may not apply to everyone.

The group head spouts are too far apart. I take my espresso as a shot, with a small cup whose diameter is about the same as distance between the spouts. Do we see a problem :) Its not too bad, it spills over the sides if I don't centre it properly.

The biggest issue would be the water container, the plastic used is terrible. It imparts a plasticky taste if water is left in it overnight. I have soaked and rinsed it in hot water a few times but its still there. Resorted to emptying out the container every morning to pour fresh water in.

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Hi Brian,
Thank you for the wonderful review!


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Becs

Becsasked

The steam light seems to flash, even when not using steam wand.
When trying to pour coffee shot, steam light starts flashing and machine stops. Only way to stop it from flashing is to turn off and try again.
At times when I turn the machine on, steam light flashes straight away and no other function works on machine.

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Kate

Kateasked

Hi I'm having the same issue as Brad and Penny, my Sunbeam Mini Barista leaks out of the steam wand instead of through the coffee filter. The machine is only 13-14 months old. We've done our best to troubleshoot ourselves. Hoping there is a solution.

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Penny

Pennyasked

I came to this site to see if there was anything l could do that l hadn't already.
Just like the customer here Brad, my machine has suddenly started squirting water out of the steam wand when lm trying to make a coffee. The coffee is just dripping and nothing much else is happening.
I have cleaned and tried everything suggested In the manual.

Just a little disappointed as l only purchased this little over a year ago.

Is there anything you can help me with?

Penny
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