franxious Senior Member Joined: 16 Aug 2009 Posts: 16 Location: Midwest Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Wed Sep 2, 2009, 7:10pm Subject: Re: Rancilio Silvia: V3 versus V2. Which should I get?
Well, I never thought my small question would elicit so much interesting information. Many thanks to you all for your helpful and informative posts.
After all this, maybe I won't buy the Silvia. Maybe I'll go back to McDonald's. Hell, maybe I'll even go back to drinking tea.
My head is spinning and I think I need a cup of coffee.
Haha, I kid, I kid...really though, I truly appreciate this site and all the informed and helpful people who populate it. To make a long story short, I'm going to keep reading reviews and forum threads. It looks like the Silvia has a strong fan base, but that the Gaggia is a worthy machine too. I'll make my choice in the next few months, probably.
In the meantime...I just found out that a cafe opened up here close to my work and they have the Nuova Simonelli Premier Maxi. I am very much looking forward to my first espresso there tomorrow.
Posted Fri Apr 16, 2010, 12:10am Subject: Re: Rancilio Silvia: V3 versus V2. Which should I get?
I need to replace my Briel Espresso machine which although was very cheap £140 ($200) has lasted 5 years of daily use. I'm considering upgrading to the Silvia, but was interested in the posts recommending the LeLit and Gaggia. I'm still going for the Silvia but not only based on features or spec.
In my opinion Rancilio will be a better long term investment because I think the company will provide support and spares for longer. Gaggia has been bought out by Philips, and LeLit has a very small product range. Will it be possible to get spares and repairs for all their machines in 5 years time?
I've already had this problem with my Briel machine when spares and repairs ceased in the UK just 18 months after I bough the machine. Luckily my machine has lasted another 3 years before the filter holder seal failed - which I'm sure if I could get spares would have only cost a few pounds to fix.
V2 or V3? - I'm going for the V3 just because it won't have been sitting in a warehouse for months and the price difference is not that great in the UK.
Europe Senior Member Joined: 5 Nov 2011 Posts: 1 Location: Australia Expertise: Just starting
Posted Sat Nov 5, 2011, 6:14pm Subject: Re: Rancilio Silvia: V3 versus V2. Which should I get?
Hi,I just went try your conversation and I bought Rancilio Rocker grinder and Rancilio V3 expresso machine. When I went to bay this I looked on display the V3 on the display had all what you listed but when I bought thouse machines I came home and I saw it is all brand new all good but the nossle doesn't have 3 holes it has 1 hole for steem!!!!! I recived open box from dealer they told me they tested machine it is thay policy to make shore it is all in working order!!!
What do you think about this and should I go and ask dealer why my machine came up with single hole insted 3 holes on steam nossle? As I said the machine had protection stickers on top of machine and still smell new! Thanks
Make sure you're considering the age of posts and reviews. If you're concluding that Silvia and Rocky are the way to go, I suspect you're relying on old information. They were the go-to option back in 2002 when I bought my Silvia but a lot of recent threads seem to suggest that people don't tend to find them to be the value option that they were in the past.
Yes, that is no more than my opinion. But the fact that the Silvia has a larger brass boiler, heavier more solid chassis, heavier brewgroup and 58mm portafilter (with resulting superior temperature stability) and years of proven performance by a large body of users was what I intended to imply.
Better is always highly subjective. If you plan on keeping your next machine for a long time the Silvia could be a better option for the reason you cited. If, on the other hand, you upgrade away from SBDU's (as quite a few have around here) the added cost may not be worth it.
What do you think about this and should I go and ask dealer why my machine came up with single hole insted 3 holes on steam nossle? As I said the machine had protection stickers on top of machine and still smell new!
You might want to read this thread again carefully. From a post above (emphasis added):
The original V3s came with a 3-hole steam tip that was harder to use than the old 1-hole tip on the V2. Rancilio has switched back to the 1-hole tip, but some V3s in dealer stock still have the 3-hole tip.
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