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FrancisFrancis! X1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 186 reviews of FrancisFrancis! X1. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Coffee & Espresso Makers for all reviews. Opinions about the maintenance and reliability are overall positive. The durability and usability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the capacity and size. There are some mixed opinions about the noise.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Coffee & Espresso Makers the FrancisFrancis! X1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 user reviews of FrancisFrancis! X1 from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Coffee & Espresso Makers on Reviewers really like the performance and durability, whereas many are less positive about the maintenance and reliability. There are mixed comments on the size and noise.

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72% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Aug, 2017

Expert review by: 3LUXE (



You might not have heard of the Francis Francis! X1 espresso machine but we bet that you've seen one. That's because this "Best Of" pick is the most photographed espresso machine in the world, including being seen on hit comedies like "Will and Grace."...

Mar, 2007

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FrancisFrancis! X1 almond review

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The Francis Francis X1 almond coffee machine is only compatible with ground coffee; it promises to deliver a really quick espresso, as well as creamy cappuccinos. We put this coffee machine to the taste test, too, checking how well it performs for...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Insider Staff (

Francis Francis! X1 review


A coffee machine that looks like a coffee machine should - no fancy stuff here - and pumps out its brews in double-quick fashion.

There's no hint of middle-of-the-road blandness here. You can put your own coffee blends through it rather than having to use pods, the looks are pure Italian overkill and there's an 18 bar pump for cream-crowned, viscous espresso. The flavours aren't...

You won't be able to use anything other than a smallish cappuccino cup under the low-slung nozzle. Despite being a fair bit more expensive than most Brits will stomach for a coffee maker, competition is fierce in this price-range, with big hitters such...

Feb, 2009

Consumer review by: Chrisss (

not quite worth the nice pretty color.


nice to look at

Price, availability

Mar, 2007

Consumer review by: LasVegasKitty (

My First Espresso Maker - I May Be Ruined For All Others!


Although I don't have a whole lot of experience with other espresso makers, I could tell immediately that the FrancisFrancis! is quality! Just the way it's built - its design is solid and sturdy, but it also looks like a work of art on my kitchen...

Sep, 2014

Consumer review by: kyriad (

more form than function - espresso is good & it looks fantastic!


the one time i chose form over function in the kitchen, and i'm still happy with it. i read the reviews and bought the extra warranty and didhave to replace it once - but then all my other esspreso makers have broken over time and i never liked any...

Nov, 2011

Consumer review by: flowerpower67 (

makes the best drinks


i love my coffee and i love espressos even more! this model is very expensive but since i got it as a wedding gift i did not have to pay anything for it. After using this model for a few months, i think it is so good that i would have bought it any way...

Jul, 2010

Consumer review by: Richard Bluestein (

Get it it you‘re in love with the design.


Worthwhile to those who have lots of patience and are very style conscious. Otherwise, a waste of money. I just love the way the stainless steel model looks on my counter. I have the newer version with the correct voltage... real pressure is 8 bar, per...

Looks beautiful. Makes great espresso once you know the machine extremely well. Accepts pods or ground coffee. Froths very well

No solenoid valve so repeat shots can be messy. Not user friendly for ground coffee... requires lots of practice

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: J J (

Looks nice outside, cheap parts inside, machine-specific parts are not available. All beauty, with no brawn.


This review is based on a machine that died after three and a half years of use, and has been sitting in my garage, for the last three years. Although it's a totally different machine, for comparison purposes I'll be comparing the X1 to my Saeco...

Pretty, Exterior is of good materials, Exterior is durable, Convenience of pods, easy to open up and repair for do it yourselfer

Internals have a lot of plastic fittings, aluminum boiler (has been upgraded in newer models), repair service is horrible, nonexistence of replacement parts (have to send in for repair)

Nov, 2009

Consumer review by: sheree56 (

Servicing your francis francis X1 machine


Within the first 6-9 months, my thermostat stopped working.  Within the next year or so, an electrical problem arose.  The machine's "on" lights were flickering and the machine wasn't even on.  It was overheating (extremely overheating while not even...

It looks nice.  It makes a great gift

Way too expensive.  Extremely poor customer service, both from Empire Fulfillment and

Mar, 2009

Product Specifications

The X1 Trio Espresso machine consistently brews excellent coffee, regardless of the user's experience and ability. The X1Trio machine uses pods only. The machine was designed by Luca Trazzi. The Body is made of steel. The finish is a baked-on powder coat epoxy. The 18 bar pump ensures enough pressure for the perfect extraction. The Trio head allows for a short, medium or long espresso using the same handle. Like the other Francis Francis! machines, the boiler is brass, the brewing head is chrome-plated brass, and the dual electronic thermostats control the coffee temperature and steam temperature. Easily identifiable symbols, lights and sounds makes this machine user friendly.


Cappuccino making: Yes
Espresso making: Yes
Latte macchiato making: Yes
Lungo making: Yes
Ristretto making: Yes