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Great Coffee!

byfromd2u Mar 30, 2010
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Pros Easy to Use
Cons none
Recommended it? Yes

This machine makes great espresso. My only complaint is that it's huge & takes up a lot of counter space. For the price, it's still a great machine. Read full review »


You get what you pay for.....

byrandy3712 Jan 17, 2010
1 Helpfuls 2 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Gives a very nice crema....IF- you have fairly fresh roasted and ground beans.Good...
Cons 37 days old-leaking considerably from head.Water cools and reheats while...
Recommended it? Yes

Sturdy unit.Like the sucktion cups on the bottom.Keeps the unit in place.Easy to remove and install water tank.Nice height between head and base,so u can get a regular coffee cup to set on the base under the head.It's a cheap machine.Both financially and quality speaking.Dont expect this to be an... Read full review »


Love My Hamilton Beach Cappuccino Plus

byidahobaird Mar 2, 2009
15 Helpfuls 16 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros - Well written intstructions.<br>- Nice DVD.<br>- Seems very well...
Cons - It didn't come with espresso cups or a pitcher. I found both at home.
Recommended it? Yes

I bought this machine as a replacement for my little Krups that was acting up. The reviews I read BEFORE I bought it were really good. Then I checked epinions AFTER I bought it and was sort of scared.  I was almost ready to take it back before I even used it.  Well, much to my delight, I have... Read full review »


Not to happy with this espresso machine

byangie828 Jan 2, 2009
10 Helpfuls 11 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros easy to clean, sleek design
Cons hard to use, instructions are not easy to read, doesn't come with pots or cups
Recommended it? No

We have wanted an expresso maker for so long that when we got one for Christmas last year we were extatic.  But after using the machine, we were disappointed.
The machine just did not live up to our expectations.  I love cappachino, and while I did not figure that the first few cups would come... Read full review »


Do not waste your money on this machine

byabove31rubies Apr 30, 2008
11 Helpfuls 12 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Not many- cup warming area, easy access water tank.
Cons frothing just ok, WILL NOT GIVE GOOD CREMA!
Recommended it? No

I had a DeLonghi ec140b and it worked fine- decent crema, decent frothing. It had an accident and I had to find a new machine. Money being extremely tight, I went with this Hamilton Beach machine thinking it looked similar enough but was cheaper on sale. I have had it for a few weeks and I am... Read full review »


Small quick easy

bymasanz1 Jan 27, 2008
3 Helpfuls 4 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Little counter space, quick, easy, looks good, good cup of espresso and of course price
Cons It does leaks steam and water a very little bit.
Recommended it? Yes

This is my first espresso machine. I have used it for one week straight and have not had any issues. I followed the out of the box procedure for cleaning the machine and did not experience any of the plastic smell or taste of other reviewers. It has been very good so far and makes a good cup of... Read full review »


You get what you pay for

bysilvercro Sep 24, 2007
14 Helpfuls 15 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Pump driven, steam wand is sufficient
Cons Very low quality. Steamed milk tastes very strange
Recommended it? No

I bought this machine about a year and a half ago based on the price (about $70.00 at K-Mart). I figured that for $70.00 I would try it (I held on the to receipt though). We I got it home I was quickly disappointed in the quality.

First off, the only way that I could get any espresso... Read full review »


HB 40729 Espresso Machine

byjoebslmont Aug 30, 2007
10 Helpfuls 11 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Fast warm up time, great results. Great for small kitchens. Came with DVD.
Cons Mine leaked from beginning, but still gave a great cup of espresso.
Recommended it? No

Great machine for the money, under $80 at K-mart. Mine leaked water under and around the grind holder. Took it back, made great espresso. The quality of the coffee determined the resulting espresso. I tried 2 brands of beans and found quality does count toward the results. Read full review »


Espresso Machines

byburkyii Apr 15, 2007
3 Helpfuls 4 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Good inexpensive entry level machine
Cons Time will tell
Recommended it? Yes

I bought this machine at Kohl's on the clearance table without the benefit of ever reading a review on it. Total price was just over $30, so how could I go wrong? After reading a number of reviews and before using the machine, I realized that a lot could go wrong. Still my experience was good. It... Read full review »


Good (if you like the taste of burnt plastic)

bymshareski Mar 15, 2007
4 Helpfuls 5 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Nice and small. Doesn't take up much counter space. Hasn't exploded yet.
Cons Smells bad. Tastes bad. Makes me angry.
Recommended it? No

The instructions said to run it a couple times to clean it out but I have made about 25 drinks with this machine and they all taste just as bad as the first -- strong plastic smell and taste. The machine smells like burning plastic whenever I use it. It's just nasty. I could make better-tasting... Read full review »


Worthless piece of junk!

bymcstain Feb 4, 2007
13 Helpfuls 14 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Might make a nice door stop.
Cons Life is too short to list them all.
Recommended it? No

No matter the price, this machine is a not a good value for the money.

Never having owned an espresso machine before, this machine seemed to have a lot of nice features. I purchased mine at Kohl's back in Nov. 06 for $80. A week later I found it on sale at Target for $50 and Kohl's... Read full review »


machine rewards proper barista technique

byyetibiker Jan 4, 2007
12 Helpfuls 13 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros plenty of crema extracting pressure, makes lattes well, 58mm Portofilter, value packed,...
Cons Short steam wand, Brewgroup too low, reservoir and steam wand leak a bit, weak steam
Recommended it? Yes

First off this is no $400 Rancilio, Gaggia, or Saeco espresso maker. It is however the best machine that can be had new for 3 times its price. It is a huge value.

It features an 1100 watt aluminum thermoblock heating element that does the job well enough for a 2oz doubleshot of espresso... Read full review »



bylotherius Oct 9, 2006
18 Helpfuls 19 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Space-saving design, holds enough water for multiple cups and is easy to refill.
Cons Espresso is watery, steam wand is too short and doesn't make much froth.
Recommended it? No

Before I comment on this machine, let me say that I am a coffee geek. I have barristad at a friend's coffee shop in the past, and when I travel, I taste coffee at small shops the entire way. However, I firmly believe in value. I don't spend money that isn't needed to be spent. I understand that... Read full review »


Hamilton Beach Cappuccino Plus a Best Value in Sub $100 Category

byNewsView Jan 5, 2006
12 Helpfuls 13 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Compact size won't hog kitchen. Features relative to price. Save $$$ making espresso...
Cons O-rings holding steaming wand attachment in place broke. Learning curve.
Recommended it? Yes

Before I get to the good aspects of the Hamilton Beach Cappuccino Plus Espresso Maker, I'll start off with the bad: I used my Hamilton Beach Cappuccino Plus Espresso Maker [40729] less than six times when the rubber gaskets that hold on the plastic steamer cover fell off. Upon picking them up off... Read full review »


Hamilton Beach Cappuccino Plus Espresso Machine - A Huge Disappointment

bythaisnob Nov 4, 2005
18 Helpfuls 19 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Easy tasty espresso shots from ese pods (IF a 1.5oz shot does it for you)
Cons Too many to name! Mainly poor choice for latte, cappuccino. mocha drinks
Recommended it? No

I learned about this machine on Amazon and after reading all of the (mostly) glowing reviews decided to purchase one locally.

I currently have a $45 Krups mini espresso machine. It does an excellent job, steams milk beautifully and I can make great cappuccino or 12oz latte / mocha (my... Read full review »


Great Coffee, Shop around and get a great deal

byokieman1200 Aug 11, 2005
3 Helpfuls 4 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Great coffee, easy to use, little wait time, great results for the money.
Cons No boiler seen as a drawback by Espresso purists.
Recommended it? Yes

Ideally an espresso machine should have a boiler, a 15 bar pump and an Italian name, but if you can't spend upwards of $200 and want quality espresso the Hamilton Beach machine is what you want.

The HB has a 15 bar pump, this is no steam machine (usually you can tell steam machines... Read full review »

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