Refurbished Espresso Machines
I have noticed a number of Jura Capresso and other manufacturers offering refurbished models. Does anyone have knowledge or experience with these items. Outside of price alone, would they be suitable for an individual desiring a super automatic machine that is on a budget?
I do experience with refurb "small" appliances including espresso machines, but not Jura, though my comments may prove useful to you.
The majority of such refurbs simply did not perform the way that the purchaser thought/hoped they might and were returned. Then the manufacturer sends them to a service center where the technicians verify that it works as designed. The savings can be substantial, especially for the higher end stuff. I have a steam iron with a pump that would have sold for over $200 for under $100 and a fancy toaster with sensor that would sold for over $100 for half.
I also did buy an automatic espresso machine but was disappointed in its operation. I went back to a quality to high pressure pump espresso maker that I have more control of the temperature because I feel it makes a better cup of espresso or latte. I also upgraded to a commercial style grinder which makes a huge difference in giving a consistent cup of espresso/latte.a The automatic machines simply don't have very good temp control, can be erratic in the operation of the pump and can be horror to clean. Some of the "super autos" can be ever worse, especially in the way the froth milk (or try to).
SO -- I guess if know the limitations of the machine you are considering you might save quite a bit by going refurb, though when it comes to espresso makers simpler machines generally do a better job.