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Gaggia Espresso - Ed's Review
Posted: May 6, 2000, 2:03pm
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Gaggia Espresso
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Arrow The Gaggia Espresso has 33 Reviews
Arrow The Gaggia Espresso has been rated 7.67 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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John Schmidt 8.56
Brad C. 8.45
Shawn Duden 8.00
Vils M. DiSanto 7.88
Stephen Bozler 7.87

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.0
Manufacturer: Gaggia Quality: 6
Average Price: $229.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 year Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Aficionado Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: Best value under $300.   Watch out for leaking though!
Positive Product Points

Price/Performance, ease of operation

Negative Product Points

Drippy/messy operation due to lack of Solenoid valve, poor durability, Cheap plastic enclosure

Detailed Commentary

This was my first pump espresso machine (may it rest in peace).  It performed quite well for the $150 I paid for it new. Prevailing retail price has gone up to $175 since I bought it.  These has been much discussion about refurb units showing up for about $60. I think know why. About 8 months after I purchased the machine I noticed a "sizzling" sound emanting from within.  I lived with it a month or so until one day I opened the case and noticed a plastic nipple attached to the steam valve assembly was leaking badly. Corrosion had set in on all the exposed metal parts.  I suppose I could have made a warranty claim, but I was in the market for a machine with a solenoid valve anyway.  I have since replaced it with a "Paros" but will keep the old "Espresso" for parts.  If I had to do it all over again, I'd have spent the extra money for one of the other Gaggia machines w/ Solenoid valve (Classic, Tebe, Paros and Baby)

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