I'm looking to buy my partner an espresso machine for Christmas. The trick? We just got back from Italy and are a little picky...and I don't want to spend more than $450. I have heard good things about the Saeco, but others tell me that I should just buy the De Longhi(?), as I will never use it anyway. I want one that makes great espresso, will last, not break the bank, is relatively fast and doesn't require that I buy little cartridges from a particular company. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.