Look...you get what you pay for. This is a decent inexpensive espresso machine. My previous Mr Coffee lasted 8 years. I use it daily once, sometimes twice. Is it light weight, kinda thin plastic outer cover? Yes. Do you have to hold the unit with one hand to twist in the brewer handle with the coffee into the unit? Yes. But, it is fairly atractive on my counter next to the $30 Mr. Coffee grinder (looks great and works fine). As far as functionality, it does the job fine. I like that it heats up the water fast and the cycle is quick. In 2 minutes it’s done. Will it last as long as the previous one, who knows. I will tell you I use it daily and use ONLY distilled water. I don’t want to mess around with de-limers or vinegar. I’ve discovered if you want it to last, do two things: use distilled water or spring water that’s not hard, and, turn it off when the brewing cycle is over. Don’t leave it on for extended period of time with no water in it. Yes, it would be nice if it shut off after it finishes, but hey, it’s $40 people. Go spend three or four times that amount and you can get a classier looking unit with bells and whistles.