I have been looking at them myself, watching videos, reading reviews, etc. I think I am going with Breville, they have a good name, I have been using their toaster oven and tea maker for years (the tea maker is awesome), and have been very happy with them.
I already have a decent grinder, but I am worried it’s not good enough for espresso, so I was considering a machine with an included grinder. I am not sure I want to tie the grinder to the maker though, so I am probably going to get a grinder-less model.
I was set on the Infuser after a coworker told me that is what he has been using and it has worked great. Relatively simple, has a pressure gauge, and the reviews are good. A common complaint on Amazon is that if it breaks you have to send it in to Breville since they won’t sell the parts. If it breaks after a year it’s going to cost you $250 to get it fixed. Here is the Seattle Coffee Gear review.
Then lazy, but realistic, me saw the Bambino Plus, which is fully automatic. I kind of wonder if this might be better for me. I am really not sure I have the patience to try to dial in a machine (or the palate) so this seems like it might be perfect for a Saturday more latte or two.
Seattle Coffee Gear comparison of the two models.
I really can’t afford it right now, so I am giving it time to think about it. So please share any thing you discover.