Suzzanne, There are certainly some options to consider that will work well in that price range. I really like the Gaggia a lot as they will last as well as do a great job. Look at the Gaggia Evolution - http://www.wholelattelove.com/Gaggia/gaggia_evo_black.cfm This would be my first choice. I woudl also look at the Delonghi EC 702 -http://www.wholelattelove.com/DeLonghi/delonghi_ec702.cfm, another one to consider would be the Capresso EC 100 =http://www.wholelattelove.com/JuraCapresso/capresso_ec100.cfm. If you watch the videos it will help. The Gaggia has the most potential for the best shot as well as lasting the longest.