DS, It can create great microfoam if used by a skilled person. It does take some practice and a learning curve but it does have the potential. It is not made for steaming large quantities of milk one right after the other. That would be one of the bigger differences versus a $2000 machine . Also it is not going to be as fast or powerful as the more expensive machines. Many people are completely happy with this machine and the steam tips that come with it just as it is.