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Rancilio Silvia - Steve UK's Review
Posted: February 15, 2004, 12:22pm
review rating: 5.3
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Rancilio Silvia
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Arrow The Rancilio Silvia has 231 Reviews
Arrow The Rancilio Silvia has been rated 8.54 overall by our member reviewers
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Chris Clark 9.13
Ed Lawless 9.00
Joe DP 8.88
Dave Borton 8.67
Eric Larson 8.62

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.4
Manufacturer: Rancilio Quality: 9
Average Price: $629.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $450.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: drury tea and coffee (uk) Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 year Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Quality pays for itself - owned one for over a year now and never regretted it
Positive Product Points

Built like a tank
Looks fantastic
Consistantly good espresso
Straightforward to maintain

Negative Product Points

Shallow drip tray

Detailed Commentary

Having owned a sylvia for over a year I thought I would post a few comments on how it has been to live with over that time. As this was my first 'proper' espresso machine taking the plunge with a relatively expensive machine such as this was a bit of a milestone, but as, at the time, it was almost impossible to get a decent espresso in my home town it really wasnt a luxury buy as far as I was concerned. It is a fantastic machine and I have never regretted buying it, and apart from blowing the thermostat after leaving it switched on for two weeks solid (easily, quickly and cheaply fixed thanks to great parts availablity in the UK) it has been totally reliable.
     I have recently started using a blind filter and detergent as part of a regular maintanence routine (along with descaling etc). Looking at some comments posted here there seems to be a bit of a debate about this, but personally I have found it significantly improves the machines performance, and the amount of gunk it flushes out is just amazing!

Buying Experience

Excellent - both for the initial purchase and after sales support. Drury Tea and Coffee are the sole UK retailers for Rancilio machines and do a great deal for the Sylvia and Rocky if purchased together

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