Do you have a link to the milk dispenser for the ESAM4200?
looking for a deal on the ECAM2800 - Which's best reviewed Bean to cup machine, but tempted by both this one and the 4200...
If using filtered water (you should) you can use a Pula sachet to discale every 2 months.
All the delonghi models (say under £500) use the same internals.. the only difference is the electrical control unit and optional milk dispenser. So from a coffee make perspective there is little difference. This looks very good value for the "push button" control unit. I ran a delonghi for 4 years without any issues. Made good espresso, however i found i proffered a larger shot so upgraded. Expect to drink out of cups in the 150 to 200ml region for Americano and Latte.
I have this machine on black and it is great! My only complaint is that the water tank doesn't hold very much and i've been caught out a few times making a long coffee, if it runs out of water mid way through then it just resets and doesn't let you add more water and continue. if anyone else knows of a way to continue making the coffee than please do share. For now i'll just have to get into the habit of checking the level before every brew