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Gaggia MDF74516

alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 reviews of Gaggia MDF74516. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Coffee & Espresso Makers for all reviews. Reviewers really like the durability and design. The reliability and price also get good comments, whereas views about the capacity and maintenance are different. Some have doubts about the size.

noise, price, reliability, design, durability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Coffee & Espresso Makers the Gaggia MDF74516 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: Alex DiCicco (

CoffeeGeek - Gaggia MDF Espresso - Alex DiCicco's Review


After a lot of research I narrowed it down to the gaggia mdf and the rocky. I bought the MDF because Peet's had it on sale for $199 which was a great deal. I paired it with the Gaggia Classic and have been very happy with the performance of this...

Commercial quality burrs ; Grind consistency ; Doser helps reduce clumping

Doser lever

Feb, 2011

Consumer review by: Jason Haeger (

A decent beginners grinder, but not the workhorse it could be with its solid construction and commercial grade burrs.


The grind is REALLY slow, as a few have mentioned. The commercial style burrs produce a pretty consistent grind and the gearing mechanism allows for a decreased speed. Slower grinding means less heat build-up. The machine is also relatively decent...

Aesthetically pleasing. Large flat burrs. Little to no static or heat build-up. Relatively quiet

The feet are plastic. This is easily and cheaply solved, but it's a hassle I wouldn't expect to deal with for the cash it costs ; The doser handle is terrible. Sometimes while fast-flipping (to break up clumps of grounds) the doser handle will...

May, 2010

Consumer review by: Mark Babbe (

If your espresso budget is tight, this is the grinder to get.


Pros definitely outweigh to cons. If your espresso budget is tight, this is the grinder to get.

Fineness of grind ; Great price point for heavy-duty burrs ; Acceptable level of noise

Doser is imprecise. Two pulls does NOT yield a double shot ; Somewhat slow ; Lack of a manual ; Brew time is sometimes inconsistency, from shot to shot. After only two weeks of practice,brew time varies from 17 seconds to 40 seconds, even while I try...

Jul, 2009

Consumer review by: David Walsh (

Solid, reliable, stepped grinder - gets the job done.


This is my first burr grinder, having previously only owned a whirly-blade grinder. From various review I had read, I was aware that perhaps, at least for espresso, there were better grinders in the sub-€200 price bracket - like the Iberital MC2, or...

Consistent grind quality ; Can grind fine enough for espresso (fine enough to choke my Gaggia Classic) ; Easy to switch between espresso grind and french press grind, which can be a pain to dial in on some stepless grinders

Some fines in cup ; Obviously not being stepless also has a negative side on the lack of micro-adjustments. However, I have not had much trouble with this ; At almost €200 - is it a bit expensive for what it is ; Some grind retention in the machine ;...

Jul, 2009

Consumer review by: Walter MacEachern (

Requires time and patience to use properly. The doser makes a mess. The grind is wonderful.


This was a step up from our previous Bodum burr grinder (bought in a Caribou Coffee store) and I now see what all the fuss was about. There's an enormous improvement in grind consistency, as big a jump as when we moved from our Krups blade grinder...

Excellent and consistent grind. Very well constructed

Lack of timer combined with an inconsistent doser assembly puts onus on user to develop compensating measures. Requires extensive testing before proper grind and tamp combinations are produced. No rubber feet (put a rubber pad we had to open jars under...

Feb, 2009

Consumer review by: Grant G (

Great grind quality, very consistent, usable espresso grind range, price is excellent


I grind for espresso in a gaggia classic. It seems to have a very useable range for espresso grinding. the doser is interesting and I havent been able to have it give me two doses in the same ammount yet, the pull sticks for it as well, though it...

Great grind quality, very consistent, usable espresso grind range, price is excellent

doser is not consistent, but is useable. no rubber feet (slides on smooth surface) however this is easily solved with a rubber mat ; getting grounds without the doser (for thati brewing or press) seems like it might present a problem

Mar, 2008

Consumer review by: Kurt Swanson (

By far the best choice in price range


This was the second grinder upgrade for me, having started with a whirlybird, then progressing to a cheap burr grinder. I received this unit at the same time as a Gaggia Coffee, and both were a big step up for me. It only took me about 3-4 shots...

Consistent grind ; Quiet ; Great price/quality ratio

Somewhat slow ; Doser not really useful for a home model

Jan, 2008

Consumer review by: John Gill (

A good all around coffee grinder but not an exceptionally good grinder for espresso, due to its lack of adjustment points.


This review is based upon a mid 1980's MDF grinder I purchased on Ebay, so it may not reflect the current production configuration.

The Gaggia MDF is a very well designed and built coffee grinder. It does not suffer from static build-up unlike some other cheaper plastic bodied grinders

The real downfall of this grinder is its lack of adjustment points (or steps)

Jun, 2007

Consumer review by: Al Sterling (

This is your best value "starting point" to properly support your espresso cravings.


Everyone will say the same thing; "Good value in a burr grinder for under $200...and it does grind fine enough." Why worry about FINE ENOUGH? I made the mistake of wasting a couple weeks using a Cuisinart Supreme Grind machine from Costco. Sugg. retail...

Grinds fine enough for espresso...and that's part of the story. Consistent grounds is something that higher quality grinders can better insure. Represents adequate value in entry level burr grinder for espresso to drip. Compared to Macap or Mazzer,...

Doser (join the club): Should be called a "dispensor" as it was not engineered to be a true precision measuring and dispensing device. However, it does dispense the ground coffee. All plastic appears sufficient, but it would be nice to see metal...

Dec, 2005

Consumer review by: Patrick T (

Great value with enough quality that you may not need to spend hundreds more to improve upon.


I have been using the Gaggia MDF for two years now. I feel no need to upgrade to a more expensive grinder although I use another more expensive grinder at work. I roast my own beans for my syphoned coffee maker (Yama) and both my Espresso machines...

The Gaggia MDF has enough ranges to grind beans for espresso, press or syphon coffees. The grinding mechanism is very well build. It doesn't generate heat when grinding, so the grinds always come out powdery and do not stick together, even for very...

Flimsy doser lever. Hard to reach for cleaning. Cheesy optional base with knock box, which is good only for its looks. This optional base anchors the grinder with rubber feet. Without it, one would need to fit rubber feet under the MDF to prevent it...

Nov, 2005