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Liamjayjackson
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Posted Sun May 26, 2013, 2:38am
Subject: Which is better, gaggia baby or saeco xsmall?
 

Hi all,

I'm about to buy an espresso machine and the choice is between the saeco xsmall and a gaggia baby.....but which is the better, more reliable machine?

I have 200 to spend.  Or are there better options for the money,

Please help

Liam
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Posted Sun May 26, 2013, 6:34am
Subject: Re: Which is better, gaggia baby or saeco xsmall?
 

Try reading the "before you post new machine questions" sticky at the top of this section.  It will answer questions and ask you questions that need to be considered before you buy.  
"Please read before you post New Machine buying question."

To give you some sort of answer:

I would probably go with the one with the large boiler and the 3 way.  I am pretty sure the baby doesn't have a 3 way valve.  The post I gave you will tell you why a large boiler is important.  Not sure about the saeco.  But if you don't have a good grinder you could spend 2000 on a machine and not get good espresso.  What grinder do you have?

 
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Posted Sun May 26, 2013, 6:48am
Subject: Re: Which is better, gaggia baby or saeco xsmall?
 

Welcome to CG!

which is better?.......hmmn.......and we have to choose between a semi-auto SBDU and a super-suto?  This is like asking is an apple or an orange better...both fruit, but very different.

better in what respect?  More reliable?...I would suspect the Gaggia, but the other differences between the two machines are so vast that this is really a moot point.

I agree it would help a lot if you provide more info.  Once we have an idea what your needs and wants are we can try to help you spend your money wisely.

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Posted Thu May 30, 2013, 7:20am
Subject: Re: Which is better, gaggia baby or saeco xsmall?
 

The Baby would be the better machine.  Yes, the Baby does have a 3 way solenoid valve.  You have to realize you will have to get a grinder to go with the baby.  That would destroy your budget.  The superauto has a built in grinder, though not a very good one.  

My advice, save your money til you can buy a machine like the baby and an espresso capable grinder.

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