Rated 2 out of 5 by Gillabean08 Frothing aid doesn't work
I just got this machine in today and couldn't wait to try it out! I carefully read the instructions (twice) and began. The espresso brewed quickly which was nice and the machine was surprisingly easy to use. However, when I turned the setting to steam to steam my milk, nothing. I tried several different approaches, all while reading the manual again, and still nothing. It did do one little "poof" of steam, but nothing else! This is so disappointing because other than this, it seems to be a great product for the price!
April 18, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by TulaBug Perfect Size and Price
I have used it for about a week. I got the hang of it quickly. My only complaint is that the espresso does not come out hot enough.
April 29, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by stevek The shape of the control & water knobs are useless
I bought the ECM160 4 days ago and set it up to use last night. I noticed right away that the knobs were very unusual shape. When I went to use the machine this morning it became quite obvious that the shape of the knobs make this espresso machine totally useless. I can't even imagine any manufacturer doing this when there was no reason whatsoever to not make them round, hex shaped, knurled, or anything but the way they made them smooth, sloped, and convexed so you can't grab hold of them.
March 31, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Brit12345 Wouldn't recommend
My boyfriend and I bought this machine 3 months ago. About a month ago, the espresso started smelling really funny when it was brewing. When we first got the machine, it worked great and only took a couple minutes. Now it takes forever because the espresso comes out one drop at a time. The steaming part of the machine doesn't move, which makes it somewhat difficult to use.
You get what you pay for, and with this being the cheapest option out there, I can't complain too much.
April 11, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by likecoffee very good for the price
I have that coffee machine since 5 years, and it makes a better coffee than a lot of expensive espresso machine
April 20, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by emilyk1585 Cheap quality
The plastic holding the part for the basket broke and there is no proper replacement. I had to Gorilla Glue it to hold.
March 28, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Kimberly N Great, Inexpensive Espresso Machine
The original Mr. Coffee espresso machine I purchased lasted for many years, and when it finally quit working, I replaced it with the ECM 160. The replacement has been working fine. I mainly use it to brew the espresso, not for the frothing capability. I use a glass frothing pitcher to make the hot milk and froth, because I did not have much success using the frother on this machine. This coffee maker makes great espresso, as long as you use a fairly fine grind of coffee (but not too fine of a grind - not powdery). I also use only filtered water and clean it regularly, otherwise the taste is a bit off - but our water is hard. The only thing that could be improved upon is that the handles for the brewing basket holders have broken off on both of the machines owned. I tried to get a replacement basket holder, but it has been impossible to find. However, I would still consider replacing my current machine with the same model.
December 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by akaomz Love it!!
this little machine makes perfect espresso EVERY TIME!
March 7, 2016