I have owned super-automatics and other semi-automatics and have always been disappointed with the cupping quality and how inconsistent my coffee was. I kept thinking there's GOT to be a way I can match The Barista on the corner in Espresso quality without spending 10k. I took a chance and bought a Rocket R58 after reading and watching everything I could get my hands on and I am so pleased! The shots are absolutely delicious! I HIGHLY recommend this machine.
Do yourself a favor and get a good grinder, a timer and a good scale. These three things are critical in making superior shots!
Just pony up and buy this machine! You won't regret it.