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Krups XP4050 review

 
Design
5.0


 
Value for money
3.0


 
Quality
4.0


 
Features
3.0


 
Total Score
3.8
3.8/10


User Rating
4 total ratings

 


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Posted September 7, 2014 by

The German engineered Krups XP4050 is a well-designed compact semi-automatic espresso machine.

The unit’s biggest drawback is the price. It is priced at a around $300, and that makes it hard to compete against long time established espresso maker brands such as DeLonghi, and Gaggia. This is most likely why the Krups XP4050 is at the bottom of the bestseller list at number 47 out of 50 semi-automatic espresso machines.

The Krups XP4050 Review Score is 3.8 out of 10.

 

Krups XP4050 at a Glance

Heat up time: 60 sec.

9 out of 50 semi automatic coffee machines in the survey is faster than the XP4050. See the complete heat up time survey.

Energy consumption: 1200 Watts

The unit uses 1200 Watts and 26 of the semi automatic espresso machines in the survey uses less Watts. See the complete energy survey result.

Price:  300 US Dollars

The XP4050 cost $300 and 50% of the semi automatic espresso machines costs less than this unit.See the complete price survey result.

Water tank: 32 onces

Just 10% of all semi automatic espresso machines in the survey has a smaller water tank than the XP4050. See the complete water tank survey result.

Weight: 12 pounds

40% of the semi automatic espresso machines are lighter than the XP4050. See the complete weight tank survey result.

Size

25% of the units in the survey are smaller. See the complete size survey result.

 

Design

The machine is designed to fit into any kitchen environment with its small size and discreet appearance. The actual size of the Krups XP4050 is 10x10x13 inches, and that is 30% smaller than average, which makes it one of the smallest semi espresso machines on the market.

The cabinet of the machine is made of plastic but the front is made of stainless steel, and this gives it an expensive appearance.

The machine is designed to be easy to use, and this means that it has few settings and control buttons. You manage the machine by push buttons that let you programme the coffee strength and the size of the drinks.

One design feature that is worth mentioning is the fact that you can change the filter setting, which enables single, double or the use of ESE pods, and this gives you the flexibility to brew what might be convenient for you at different times.

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Price

Value for money

The price of the machine is around the $300 mark, and this places it about 30% below the average price of a semi-automatic espresso maker.

The machine scores three out of  10 on price, and there are seval reasons for this. The machine is not feature packed, the quality is not top of the class and you can get many different models at this price level that out match it on many of the vital evaluation points.

The machine can do the basics but a lot is missing. There are no control gauges, it cannot be programmed to fit your individual needs, so you do not get anything with this machine that other machines do not have.

Compared to the competition

The competition in the $300 segment is hard. You have a lot of world class coffee brands and classic espresso makers to compete against, such as the DeLonghi Kmix or the Gaggia New Baby and the Krups is not really a good match compared to such machines.

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Quality

The machine is more compact and this means that the weight is lower than average. It weighs 12 pounds and that is 25% under the norm.

The removeable water tank is also smaller, it is only 32 ounces, which is just 50% under average, and that is in fact one of the smallest water tanks in any semi-automatic espresso machine. The small size would be fine if you only plan to make one or two cups of coffee a day; if not then you should be prepared to refill the unit quite often.

One positive quality element is the heat up time. It is just 1 minute, which is more than 50% faster than average. Another positive feature is the ability to use coffee pods.

The energy consumption is 1200w and that is average compared to the other available models.

The unit has a thermo block 15 bar pump system that produces the pressure to make espresso. 15 bar is enough to extract oils and fragrances from the coffee beans, but high-end machines work with 18-19 bar, which gives you more options to choose the level that you find appropriate for the coffee you prefer.

The Krups XP4050 comes with a frother that makes it possible to produce steam that can be used for cappuccino, latte and other hot water based drinks.

Other quality features include a drip tray and the ability to warm up cups on the top of the machine. The cup warmer uses recycled heat from the coffee production, so do not expect great results from it. A faster way of heating up the cups would be to put in hot water just before you brew coffee into them.

It can sometime be a hassle to clean an espresso maker because it is a complex mechanical construction, but this is not the case for the Krups XP4050. It does not have a self-cleaning programmer, but even so, it is simple to clean it.

One last quality feature or rather lack of feature is the missing thermometer and pressure gauge. Those two instruments makes it possible to monitor the brewing process, without them, you do not really know how your coffee is brewed, and this makes it difficult to perfect your brewing techniques.

Features

  • Thermobloc 15 bar pump system
  • Push bottom programming (stength and size)
  • Fliter for ether Single, duble or ESE pods
  • Frother
  • Removeable water tank
  • Drip tray
  • Cup warming tray
  • German engineered
  • Stainless steel frontx

Benchmarks

Benchmarked against 50 semi automatic espresso machines

Overall score 3.8 out of 10
Bestseller 47 out of 50
Price level $300 30% below the average price
Weight 12 pounds 25% less than the average weight
Size 10,10,13 inches 30% smaller than average
Water tank size 32 ounces 50% less than the average size
Heat up time 1 minute 55% faster that average
Energy comsumption 1200 W 5% less than the average consumption

You can find more information on the complete analysis and its assumptions here.

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Features

  • Thermobloc 15 bar pump system
  • Push bottom programming (stength and size)
  • Fliter for ether Single, duble or ESE pods
  • Frother
  • Removeable water tank
  • Drip tray
  • Cup warming tray
  • German engineered
  • Stainless steel frontx
 

Positive

    1. Nice simple design
    2. Compact size
    3. Price vs. value

Negative

    1. Small water tank
    2. Price vs. features
    3. No thermometer or pressure gauge

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