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Rancilio Silvia - Jim Robins's Review
Posted: May 6, 2001, 1:11am
review rating: 4.0
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Rancilio Silvia
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 5.2
Manufacturer: Rancilio Quality: 6
Average Price: $629.00 Usability: 6
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 6
Where Bought: Aesthetics 4
Owned for: 1 month Overall 4
Writer's Expertise: Intermediate Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: Poor temperature stability, possibly a defective unit.  Importer insists it is OK.  If that is true, then this is not a good machine.
Positive Product Points

Nice, heavy stainless steel housing.  Good looking, solid feeling.  Commercial sized group.

Negative Product Points

Poor temperature stability.  Fit and finish a little crude on close inspection.

Detailed Commentary

The major problem I encountered with this machine is overheating.  This is common in home machines that do not use heat exchangers, and Silvia is no exception.  The machine took a relatively long time to reach operating temperature, but it then became too hot to produce a good espresso quite quickly.  I could pull one double, but not two in a row.  It was necessary to run water through the group untill the machine cooled down, then bring it back up to temperature for that second shot.  Otherwise, it produced a very hot mixture of steam and water for the second shot and ruined the coffee.

Fit and finish were a bit sloppy on the Silvia I used, but not a major complaint.  Temperature stability issues were serious enough so that I finally returned it to the dealer.  This would be a nice home machine if the thermostats were better.

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