The Cuisinart EM-100 Espresso Maker is a stainless steel, manual pump espresso maker. It has an all stainless steel body with a detachable water supply in the rear. It has a red light to indicate that the unit is heating up and a red power button. There is a large bulky, easy to grip dial to switch from the steamer to the espresso brew setting. The steamer wand is easy to clean with a damp cloth and serves two purposes. Of course you can use it top steam your milk, but it can be used also for instant hot water which is good for making hot chocolate or even something like tea or hot water for grits. The top of the unit doubles as a cup warmer to preheat your favorite mugs. The drip tray is detachable and very easy to clean. Everything on the unit is to be wiped clean or cleaned with warm soapy water. No parts can be put in the dishwasher. The unit comes with easy to use directions and also includes an instructional dvd showing you exactly how to use every aspect of your espresso maker. The unit weighs in at about 15 lbs and is very sturdy. It is also appealing to look at and should brighten your kitchen. The only thing I would add is a thermometer for the frothing of the milk. You should never froth and steam your milk above 160 degrees. I only know this because my friend is a barista. Having a good thermometer is essential to getting your mochas and espressos tasting like they do at your favorite coffee shop. But once you get the hang of steaming the milk and tamping the espresso just right, it is fun and a cinch from there. There is a metal sleeve on the steaming wand. I would suggest that you let the wand put out steam before you put it in the milk, if not, the milk gets inside the sleeve and steams itself to the internal parts of the wand. If this happens, you just pull off the wand, scrape off the steamed milk, and try it untill you get it right.