I recant my last statement. They are discontinuing that model because it malfunctions. FYI.
Oh no! I posted the last U bundle deal for $149 (I think it was the last/most recent one). I have been using my U at least 6x a week since I received it in mid-February. It's been great! The only issue it has (that I've noticed so far) is that it is not very compatible with non-Nespresso capsules. The machine is unable to pierce the plastic HiLine capsules and although works with cheaper grocery-store brands purchased in Paris on a recent trip, I have noticed it does not dispense a consistent amount of espresso - for instance, I push the button for lungo (~ 4 oz) and it probably dispenses 2 oz and causes the machine to drip out the spout for a half a minute before dropping the capsule into the waste container. It's been fine for Nespresso capsules though. Is the malfunction you heard of related to the capsules?
I tried the HiLine Soho capsules and the machine was unable to pierce through the foil top of those capsules. I heard that HiLine has since updated their design - or at least has a few roasts with an updated design (not sure which) - so that the tops are pre-pierced and would work with the U... I think HiLine is currently the cheapest non-Nespresso disposable capsule in the US, but I did notice in Paris grocery stores there were A LOT of compatible capsules! I only purchased 2 kinds because I was not sure if they would work with the U, but it gives me hope that there will be more compatible products soon!
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