The best advice I can give to anyone looking for an espresso setup is to try and find someone with a setup like the one you're considering, see it in action, ask about their experiences with it. This would apply just as much to someone looking for a two hundred dollar machine as to someone looking at a two thousand dollar machine. Or, as drgary said, at least try to find a store where you can see a demo model.
I think it's going to be really difficult for the folks on this forum to recommend low-end equipment, because by its nature it draws people who are very picky, and probably would not be pleased with it themselves. That doesn't mean you won't be satisfied with it. I have a relative who has been making lattes with the same Starbucks Barista machine and a whirley-blade grinder (now replaced with a Baratza Encore) for I don't know how many years, at least three, probably more like five, and seems to be quite pleased. I don't drink her coffee though.
These Starbucks/Saeco espresso machines seem to be fairly solid, from what I can tell, and are very plentiful, so they go cheap and replacement parts are easy to find. One option if you're willing to go with a used machine.