Our Valued Sponsor
OpinionsConsumer ReviewsGuides and How TosCoffeeGeek ReviewsResourcesForums
consumer product reviews
consumer espresso machine reviews
Rancilio Silvia - Chris Beck's Review
Posted: March 29, 2001, 10:39am
review rating: 6.5
feedback: (0) comments | read | write
Rancilio Silvia
Where to Buy
Arrow 1st-line Equipment
Arrow Prima Coffee Equipment
Arrow WholeLatteLove.com
 List your business site here.
About "Where to Buy"

More About This Product
Arrow The Rancilio Silvia has 231 Reviews
Arrow The Rancilio Silvia has been rated 8.54 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
Arrow Rancilio Silvia reviews have been viewed 1,719,292 times (updated hourly).

Quality Reviews
These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
Chris Clark 9.13
Joe DP 8.88
Dave Borton 8.67
Eric Larson 8.62
Gregory Scace 8.39

Previous Review Next Review
Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.6
Manufacturer: Rancilio Quality: 10
Average Price: $629.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 month Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: Aficionado Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: Buy one, you won't regret it.  She's a beautiful machine.
Positive Product Points

Beautifully engineered and built machine.  Very solid, heavy, and attractive.  Brews amazing espresso shots and steams great for a home machine.

Negative Product Points

Temperature control of the boiler is poor, but no worse than any other home class machine.  For the price point of the machine, it is a screaming bargain.

Detailed Commentary

I bought my Silvia from Lee at 1st-Line.com for $389 with the commercial portafilter, shipping included.  The commercial portafilter is much heavier than the stock portafilter and just feels great in the hand.

Right away, I was pulling some great shots and learned how to steam milk pretty well.  I did notice some inconsistency to the espresso due to the wide variations in temperature within the boiler. This is a well documented phenomenon on alt.coffee.  I have since modified my Silvia with a PID temperature controller which holds boiler temp. to within a few degrees, making the shots much more consistent.  There are several tricks floating around to work around the temperature issue without resorting to machine modifications which most likely void the warranty.

Nevertheless, shortcomings aside, the Silvia is no doubt the best machine for the home user on a budget that cannot or will not spend $800, $1000, or more on an espresso machine.  It has the build quality of a commercial machine on a smaller scale and should last for ages if cared for.

Buying Experience

No comment

Previous Review Next Review
Write a Review for this Product
review rating: 6.5
Posted: March 29, 2001, 10:39am
feedback: (0) comments | read | write
Login Password
forgot pw | signup
Learn @seattlecoffeegear
Learn all about coffee, watch videos, read how-to articles.
Rocket R58 Double Boiler
Rocket Espresso R58 Double Boiler -  Everything you need for the perfect shot!
Home | Opinions | Consumer Reviews | Guides & How Tos | CoffeeGeek Reviews | Resources | Forums | Contact Us
CoffeeGeek.com, CoffeeGeek, and Coffee Geek, along with all associated content & images are copyright ©2000-2015 by Mark Prince, all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. Content, code, and images may not be reused without permission. Usage of this website signifies agreement with our Terms and Conditions. (0.198337078094)
Privacy Policy | Copyright Info | Terms and Conditions | CoffeeGeek Advertisers | RSS | Find us on Google+