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Gaggia Baby - All - Thing One's Review
Posted: January 14, 2005, 12:24pm
review rating: 3.0
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Arrow The Gaggia Baby - All has 27 Reviews
Arrow The Gaggia Baby - All has been rated 7.17 overall by our member reviewers
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
Nadav Caine 9.33
Patrick Sloane 9.20
Andrew King 8.50
Brad Franks 8.00
Jesse Robinson 7.11

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 6.0
Manufacturer: Gaggia Quality: 4
Average Price: Varies Usability: 10
Price Paid: $400.00 Cost vs. Value 4
Where Bought: amazon Aesthetics 6
Owned for: 1 month Overall 6
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: gaggia classic
Bottom Line: Great inner works, but terrible outer shell.  Avoid this unit.  The Gaggia Classic is worth the extra $100
Positive Product Points

The machine made excellent espresso.  Steaming/frothing milk was fine.  The 58mm portafilter is definitely the way to go.   Heating up was pretty quick, and the switch between steaming and brewing temperatures was fine -- a bit of a hassle but unavoidable at this price.  

In the end, it makes a fabulous espresso.

Negative Product Points

My power button broke within a few weeks and the machine became unusable.

All the buttons, housing and other exterior parts are ridiculously flimsy and cheap.  The problem looked like a result of cheap and inattentive design, not a manufacturing problem, and so I have no confidence that other units of the same model would be any better.  It is a bit of a scandal that Gaggia keeps selling this machine.  

It is very cumbersome to remove the water tank in the Baby.

Amazon.com took it back and I bought a Gaggia Classic instead.   I've been very happy since then.

Detailed Commentary

The espresso quality was great, but the construction of the machine was extremely poor.  At $400, you should expect a machine that will last years, not weeks, and I can't see this unit doing that.  

Gaggia sell the same inner works with different housings and buttons at different prices.  After my terrible Gaggia Baby experience, I shelled out an extra $100 to get the Gaggia Classic.   The Classic  also makes consistently great espresso but has a much sturdier feel.  The buttons are much better, the water tank is much easier to get access to, and it feels like it will last a while.   I ended up annoyed at having to move up the price chain, but at least now I'm enjoying good espresso while being annoyed.  The steam knob on the Classic is also a huge improvement over the weird 'pimple on top' knob of the Baby.

Avoid the Baby; get the Classic.

Buying Experience

Amazon was very helpful and prompt and accepted the return no questions asked (and they even paid the return shipping).

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