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Rancilio Silvia - Mike K's Review
Posted: August 12, 2008, 5:17pm
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Rancilio Silvia
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Arrow The Rancilio Silvia has 231 Reviews
Arrow The Rancilio Silvia has been rated 8.54 overall by our member reviewers
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Chris Clark 9.13
Ed Lawless 9.00
Joe DP 8.88
Dave Borton 8.67
Eric Larson 8.62

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.8
Manufacturer: Rancilio Quality: 7
Average Price: $629.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $600.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Whole Latte Love Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 4+ years Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Nice machine for the money... a PID controller and a watchful eye are all you need!
Positive Product Points

Solid machine which provides a good quality intro expereince into espresso.  Can create good quality espresso with little effort (must have a good grinder of course).  Stylish, fits underneath the counter.

Negative Product Points

SMALL drip tray!   Watch it or it will overflow onto your counter.
Temperature stability could be better - consider putting in a PID if you really get into espresso.
Poor steaming

Detailed Commentary

I purchased this espresso machine many years back... at that time the Mazzer / Ms. Silvia was the popular choices.  Certainly for the money, it was the best bang for the buck and I have no regrets.   It creates a great quality espresso with little challenges as long as have a good grinder.  Its very compact and easily fits underneath my counter.  Its as stylish as most espresso machines can get, with a very cleanable stainless steel exterior.  They have made changes to the drip tray - the whole pattern is a little different on the newer models making it a little cleaner.  However, the drip tray is simply TOO SMALL.  You really need to watch it or it will overflow onto your counter.  I'm not much of a milk steamer - mainly straight espresso or cold drinks - from my limited experiences its not very good at steaming.  Certainly nothing like a dual boiler setup.

Buying Experience

Great - would buy from them again.

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