Cuisinart EM-200 Review

Think Twice

This machine is programmable, so you can make one of two shot sizes with the press of a button. Users say it makes a pretty good brew, but there are complaints about an awkwardly placed steam wand, temperature levels, and leakage.

The Cuisinart EM-200 has good points and bad points, but Cuisinart EM-200 reviews indicate that the weaknesses outweigh the strengths. Consumers who posted reviews on Best Buy, for example, say espresso and related drinks taste as they should, hit the right temperatures, and showcase the proper consistency. The machine also wins points for ease of use: push a button to order up a single or double shot or choose manual control to dictate your pour preference.

And yet, users gripe about a variety of operational problems. Cuisinart EM-200 reviews at Whole Latte Love say pump pressure is often inadequate and others report that the pressure lessened over time. On Amazon one user writes that the pump never worked quite right despite frequent priming and attempts to brew a cup became an exercise in frustration. Other reviews variously complain that the machine takes a long while to build up sufficient pressure before it starts brewing, needs to rest between espresso making and milk frothing, and is fussy about the size of the grinds and the type of beans. Additionally, critical reviews report that the electronics go haywire, durability is limited, and the wand tends to leak and is awkwardly placed.

Like most inexpensive espresso makers, the Cuisinart EM-200 (starting at $179, Amazon) features a 15-bar pump and takes E.S.E. pods or loose grounds. It's distinguished from many by the pre-programmed push-button operation and a design that provides enough space under the brew head for a full-size mug (up to 7 inches). There's a 69-ounce water tank and atop the brushed-chrome housing sits a warming tray. This model comes with a tamping tool and stainless steel frothing cup and a generous thee-year warranty.

Although some consumers are pleasantly surprised by the performance of the Cuisinart EM-200, others are exasperated and disappointed. The mixed reception suggests that you think twice before loading it in your cart.

Elizabeth Sheer

Elizabeth Sheer is a Brooklyn-based writer and researcher. In addition to researching and writing about household appliances and other consumer items, Elizabeth draws on her history of preparing cooking-related articles to conduct taste tests on all things delicious.

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