We are not ashamed to admit that we have been diggin' hard on the Francis Francis machines lately. We really love their auto-fill boiler and their sophisticated temperature control -- with only around a 2 degree variance instead of the 15-ish degree variance we sometimes see on single boiler espresso machines in this similar price class.

Watch Gail take us through the features of the X1 -- a stainless steel counterpart to the X7:

Now watch her compare the functional and feature differences between the X1 and the X7: