unclejoe Senior Member Joined: 28 Jun 2011 Posts: 11 Location: NJ Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Rancilio Silvia Drip: I perc
Posted Mon Aug 1, 2011, 8:57am Subject: Rancillio Silvia Vs. Nuova Simonelli Oscar
I am considering getting either a Rancilio Silvia V3 or the Nuova Oscar. Even though the Oscar is a het exchange model it seems to fetch the same price used as the Silvia. I want to make mostly latte’s and cappuccinos. I know the Silvia gets all the hype. Any reason why I may want the Silvia over the Oscar?
Posted Mon Aug 1, 2011, 9:12am Subject: Re: Rancillio Silvia Vs. Nuova Simonelli Oscar
Get the oscar for sure if you can. Temperature management is easier on oscar(flushing) as compared to silvia(temp surf,hit or miss) Plus, steaming performance is much better on oscar if cap and latte are what you/your spouse would drink often. In addition, Oscar would be a way much better candidate for guest entertaining. Producing more than 2 shots on Silvia at a time is a pain due to its single boiler dual use nature.
IMO, the only time to get Silvia over Oscar is that if your budget could only get a Silvia. Otherwise,Oscar is a no brainer.
Posted Mon Aug 1, 2011, 10:04am Subject: Re: Rancillio Silvia Vs. Nuova Simonelli Oscar
If memory serves (as it does occasionally) our host here (Mark P., our CG) went from Silvia to Oscar, and raved over the improvement at the time . Many of us have moved on since those times, but I too would recommend the Oscar over the Silvia. But if you are looking at new machines, there are others to consider in the range of the Oscar. It's biggest weakness as I see it is the lack of gauges to show brew pressure and boiler pressure. If you have used a SBDU machine for any length of time and then switch to a HX machine that allows going from steam to brew to steam any time you like (and even steam WHILE pulling a shot) you will never go back!
Not going to happen unless you find a deal on a used machine... or one that has fallen off the back of a truck... wink.. wink..
HX machines start at around $1000 There is a class in between that is sparsely populated. that is a dedicated brew boiler with a thermoblock steam unit. The Crossland is an example- with a dedicated, PID-controlled brew boiler, but there are few out there so far in the hands of consumers and so reviews are low in number (haven't looked but haven't seen any yet..
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