Originally Posted by DavidR link=1215839304/0#0 date=1215839304
That depends on how you intend to use whatever machine you will have in future!
If you make quite a few coffees in a row from time to time (like I do).... then emptying the drip tray, refilling the reservoir etc is all a real pain.... but having a plumbed in machine.... these are things you just dont have to worry about.... the quality of the espresso wont really vary.... but the convenience of a plumbed in setup (in my situation.... and possibly yours) is invaluable.
Having to retrofit the services (high powered mains run, water supply and drainage is both difficult and very expensive..... believe me!) so if you feel you might ever upgrade to such a machine.... have a 15A (25A if you might get a two group like mine) power run, water and drainage fitted to the location during building.... it will give you greater flexibility if you ever decide to upgrade to that level.