Crew Review: Rancilio Silvia

The Rancilio Silvia is one of our best sellers and we think we know why: It’s an excellent mid-range machine that balances professional quality with economy.

To help you during your decision making process, here is our crew’s review on the pros and cons of this machine:

Pros

  • Steam Wand – Includes a traditional steam wand generally seen on higher end machines and does not have a pannarello frothing attachment
  • Case & Components – It’s stainless steel with a brass boiler and brew group, connected by copper tubing, which results in less mineral (scale) build-up and a
    consistently maintained temperature throughout extraction
  • 3-Way Pressure Release Valve – After you pull your shot, this valve will release the steam and dry the espresso in the portafilter, resulting in a dry ‘puck’ that is less messy to dispose
Cons
  • Requires a Quality Burr Grinder – As with all non-pressurized espresso machines, consistently ground
    espresso is required; some low-end grinders can’t grind evenly enough, which can result in frustration when first using a Rancilio Silvia
  • Single Boiler – Since brew temperature and steaming temperature are different, using a single boiler means you’ll have to switch back and forth between these temperatures
  • Poor Pod Adapter – We have received many returns of the Rancilio’s pod adapter with reports that it doesn’t work very well and doesn’t allow you to switch easily between grounds and pods without uninstalling the adapter

2 comments for “Crew Review: Rancilio Silvia

  1. Olivia
    July 15, 2011 at 4:59 am

    Hi Kat

    There’s a package which consists of a Rancilio Silvia and grinder. Is the grinder actually good? Or would it be better to buy the Rancilio Silvia and another grinder separate?

    Thank you!

    • Kat
      July 15, 2011 at 8:21 am

      You can select from a few different grinders that vary in price; they will all work with the Silvia.

      - Kat

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