Stopped working after 2 years
Had issues with the main switch getting frother to come on after about 6 months of use.
Could only get the thing to do milk getting the switch between hot water and steam.
Today the seal on the coffee went and steamer doesn't work at its full mode.
:( was a good machine for a short time.
Purchased in December 2018 for $300.00.
The reviewer stated that an incentive was offered for this review
Coffee has been brilliant and has worked without problems for 2 years. Today it has just stopped putting water through the coffee and only puts it through the steam tap.
Purchased in November 2018 for $230.00.
Loved the coffee it made. But as other reviewers just over 15 months and leaking . As from today thermoblock does not shut off even when power light is off. My previous machine was much better value for money.
Good machine but short life span, 18 months.
So disappointed with my sunbeam 4300 machine and that the warranty won't cover it, being almost two years old. It makes great coffee but around the 17 month old mark it started leaking from underneath (where the drip tray is) and the thermoblock pump won't turn off even though the power button is off. I have always descaled my machine every 4 months and used it twice daily. My old machine lasted almost 4 years and the 4300 not even 18 months before issues began. The water leaking also damaged by kitchen bench top. Not happy.
Water is coming out of the wand when we are pouring coffee, therefore coffee is not pouring correctly. I descaled the machine, but it didnt help. I have sent it to a sunbeam approved repairer who said it cant be repaired. My machine also is 2 months over the warranty. Seems they only last this long. What can you do about this sunbeam?
Purchased in December 2018.
The Sunbeam EM 4300 makes good coffee but doesn't last
Machine makes very good Coffee but is unreliable as only lasted 15 months before started leaking and thermoblock pump won't turn off even though power button is off and now the machine is leaking water every whereI will not be buying another Sunbeam coffee machine as not happy with reliability
Great until it's not.
I bought the mini barista about 9 months ago from Good guys. It has only been used once or twice per week since then and has been well looked after. Unfortunately I've had the same thing happen as a lot of other people. Water has started leaking from the wand so you can't make a decent brew. I won't buy another one or even get a replacement under warranty. I'll go to another brand.
land fill awiting
the machine does make a nice coffee but like a lot of users 13 months later it is cactus it just pumps the water into the drip tray no coffee
Just had our second machine in 12 months break down
When we first bought this machine we were thrilled. It was in almost every way just like a mini version of the machines used in cafes. Both hubby and I have been baristas, so know how a great machine should function, and we also take impeccable care of our machines. And this one was fabulous. From having had Sunbeams in the past we knew you needed a very fine grind for the perfect cup of coffee. We were making 2-3 coffees a day. After close to 6 months the machine suddenly started leaking water from the steam wand when trying to extract the esp...resso, which led to a very weak brew. And when using the steam wand, water would also leak from the espresso outlet. Sunbeam replaced the machine straight away, which was much appreciated. But now just 6 months after that, the new machine began doing the same a few days ago. This time no replacement machine, but we have to wait without any machine while they repair it. From past experience with the original Cafe Series machine we bought when first released back in 2007, it had a faulty pump, it can take months for the repairs to be competed. This is not good enough, I would expect a temporary machine or $$ to hire one till the repaired machine is returned. Poor service Sunbeam.
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Good product at an affordable price
Overall it feels well made, easy to refill water and easy to clean and it is nice looking. Warm up time is around 1 minute. With coffee ground correctly I can produce a coffee as good as any coffee shop in my area. What I like is the group handle is the same size as a commercial machine, 58mm. And its metal so it holds the heat. Also the group head is high enough to fit a mug underneath. Steam wand takes about 30 seconds to get going, it does the job nicely. So far I'm very happy with this purchase, bought while on special at Target for...$200.00. The only complaint is that to put the group handle in and take out requires you to hold on to the whole machine, as it is so light. However because it makes such a nice coffee and was a good price, that is acceptable to me.
You get what you pay for
I initially loved this machine. I used it daily making one to two coffees and I was impressed with the ease of use and the fabulous results. However, like other reviewers here mine has started making the grinding noise as soon as you turn it on at the socket. It also leaks water into the drip tray. I tried to descale it (I have descaled the machine previously) but it’s of no use as water not only goes through the steam wand but also leaks into the drip tray meaning I have been unable to finish the descaling cycle. Unfortunately for me I can’t find the receipt but the machine would only be about 18 months old. I think I paid about $215 from Myer. Another piece of junk heading for landfill.
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Made nice coffee, then broke down
Made nice coffee for two weeks, then started spewing water all over the kitchen and broke down. Had used the machine perfectly with great care, machine is seriously faulty. Taking it back to the store now.
I am so disappointed that after 18 months of minimal use, 2 coffees per day, and not used at all for four months, that water is now leaking from beneath the machine. I live 300ks from a service centre, and it is not worth my time and petrol to take it there to be told it will then cost me more for repairs. Is it too hard to make a quality product? I must add that I had my LAST mini barista for three years before it gave up. I was told by sunbeam they should last five years. This seems to be a common problem with this machine. I am not buying another.
Purchased in June 2018.
Great coffee - until it stopped working 18mths later!
I was so happy with this great little machine. It made beautiful coffee with a great crema and deliciously silky micro foam. My family said it was even better than the coffee at many cafes. Unfortunately 18 months later it started leaking water from underneath, lost the ability to froth milk and died a slow death.
Out of warranty and living in regional Victoria with no service centre - I am not prepared to spend a fortune on repairs. I am angry that this great machine has cheap parts designed to fail after a short period of time, resulting in the whole thing going in the bin. What a waste!
Purchased in June 2018 for $250.00.
Great machine - found why the water kept emptying out
This is a great little machine - reliable and makes a great coffee.
The machine's pump suddenly started emptying out the water. I remembered that there'd been an electrical surge during a storm and the machine's pump had made a strange noise.
I realise now the electrics of the machine were damaged.
This could have been prevented with a protective devise at the powerpoint (I do this with all my expensive electrical items). I've heard even a double adapter will prevent damage during a surge.
I will definitely be putting in place this protection with the next machine.
Awesome little machine
Makes a great shot, easy to use, full size group head which you can set to single or double shot. Only minor comment is the stainless milk heating jug supplied is only big enough to heat one serve at a time, but you could easily buy another, bigger, jug.
Stopped Working After 18 Months
This machine produced consistently decent coffee for 18 months but then stopped working. Had another brand machine previously which lasted 10 years. Will return to that brand for our new espresso machine
The Sunbeam coffee machine that punches well above its weight
The Sunbeam Mini Barista EM4300 is an amazing machine. I paid $238 for mine, and from my research, delivers a coffee at least equal to others costing significantly more. It is a semi-automatic machine containing a PID for spot-on temperature control (sort of like a cruise control on a car, but always spot-on). As a result, coffee temperature is very consistent.
The machine is very easy to use and comes with a Quick Coffee Making Guide to ensure good procedure once the manual has been read. The dial, with its alert lights, indicates when to do ...a shot and when to steam milk. The dial also allows delivery of a pre-set shot for 1 or 2 cups. NOTE: a grinder is best to get that perfect shot. Store bought pre-ground coffee is generally too coarse. Some cafes will assist in finding your right grind if you buy beans from them. Sunbeam indicate on their guide where to fill the coffee basket to. This helps not only ensuring a consistent cup of coffee but also in determining a good grind setting. Included is a reasonably solid plastic tamper which fits the basket very neatly. Consistent and even tamping also help get that perfect cup. Sunbeam says to insert the group handle to the centre position. This can take a bit of effort, also to release it after the shot. The reason for this seems to be the light weight of the machine. That said, I've learnt to deal with it. Emptying the basket seems to need several attempts at hitting against the bin. I'm not sure what the handle will take but I do half a dozen tempered knocks to achieve an empty basket. I like strong coffee and so do a 2-cup setting into 1 cup. I have noticed the group handle delivers unevenly. If delivery was into 2 cups, the cups would receive uneven shots.
Can't even get started - dreadful
We bought this machine recently and today tried to use it. After following all priming instructions, the group handle, after properly being inserted, will not turn around to the centre. Sunbeam website is appalling, telling me I don't know what I'm talking about, wrong product name and I hadn't put in CAPTA message when there wasn't one showing until the 4th attempt. When I finally got onto Sunbeam call centre after a long wait I spoke with a woman I couldn't understand and had to ask to her keep repeating what she said. She told me she coul...d not help me and to take the machine back to the store. It was bought from Myers on the internet and delivered. I cannot take this heavy item to the station, catch a train then walk to Myers. I'm sick of inferior products and inferior service. I would give this product no stars if I could. Can't even get started.
Best value on the market
Still the best value espresso machine on the market.
I've had both the mini barista and the cafe crema from Sunbeam and both are outstanding.
I've just returned from 9 months in Italy and about to purchase another machine which will no doubt be a sunbeam. I gave the mini barista to my son before I left and he now won't part with it.
When you consider that a coffee in a cafe costs $5 these days, it doesn't take a lot of math to figure out the short pay back period of the cafe crema or the mini barista.
Purchased in February 2018 at K Mart for $200.00.
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Questions & Answers
My machine is pouring water from inside the spill tray when the machine is off. Only plugged in from the power point. It does not stop til the power point is turned off. You can’t make a coffee because the machine is trying to heat up when you turn the dial and will pour out cold coffee
Hi my coffee machine is running water directly into the drip tray (not from the group head) when the machine is not on on plugged in from the wall - it doesn’t stop til the power point is off
The machine was purchased 1 yr and 3 months ago
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