I had a Krups personal espresso machine (pump type, not steam) for fifteen years before the vessel finally cracked earlier this year. It was a great unit and made great coffee - I used regular grounds most of the time, rather than espresso beans, because it would make such mellow coffee with a delicious crema, especially with Ethiopian Yrgicheffe. It was a predecessor of the XP5220 shown here, a nice unit for only $200. Only knock is brewing into a regular coffee cup can be tricky (not designed for that) and usually requires 2 'passes'.
I have a Keurig that I'm currently using, with a basket to use my own grounds, but the coffee it makes has no crema at all and just isn't as full-bodied as what the Krups would make.
Here's to ya in the eternal search for the perfect cup!