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Rancilio Silvia

alaTest has collected and analyzed 394 reviews of Rancilio Silvia. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Coffee & Espresso Makers for all reviews. People really like the design and reliability. The price and durability also get good feedback, whereas there are some critical views about the noise and size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Coffee & Espresso Makers the Rancilio Silvia is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 user reviews of Rancilio Silvia from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Coffee & Espresso Makers on Reviewers really like the durability and maintenance. The noise and price are also appreciated.

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85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Rancilio Silvia (V1/V2) Steam WandRancilio Silvia (V1/V2) Steam Wand

Jan, 2018

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of Rancilio Silvia from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Coffee & Espresso Makers on Comments about the performance and durability are overall positive. The reliability and design are also appreciated, whereas the noise and price get critical comments.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Rancilio HSD-BS50 Base for Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine/Rocky GrinderRancilio HSD-BS50 Base for Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine/Rocky Grinder

Jan, 2018

Expert review by: Max Mutter (

Rancilio Silvia Review


A great machine for experienced baristas, but it will leave most newcomer frustrated

Great taste, allows for endless experimentation

Expensive,requires skill to use effectively, no built-in grinder

The Rancilio Silvia is a great machine for a very specific user: one who already has experience pulling espresso shots and wants to me able to experiment with their technique at home. If you're a newcomer to espresso that wants the great taste of a...

Apr, 2017

Expert review by: (

Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine


Best semi-automatic espresso machine

Attractive ; Many commercial-grade components ; Extremely durable ; Small footprint

Learning curve to get best results ; Need a high-quality grinder

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (

Rancillio Silvia Espresso Maker Review!!


Makes great espresso and offers plenty of control over the brewing process.

The Silvia is not a beginners espresso machine: you can't just plug it in and pull a great shot. It needs practice to get the most out of it, but it rewards this with great performance and a killer shot of espresso. It doesn't have fancy features, but...

Dec, 2011

Consumer review by: Dwayne Primeau (

CoffeeGeek - Rancilio Silvia - Dwayne Primeau's Review


Quality, well built, works great, looks great

Standard PID would be a great addition

Feb, 2011

Consumer review by: William Hendrix (

CoffeeGeek - Rancilio Silvia - William Hendrix's Review


Mainly like the machine with the exception of the brewing process.The coffee should be better tasting. My other machine produces better tasting coffee using the same coffee and grind. The thermostat failed within a year of purchase. That seems to be a...

Steamer works well ; Coffee is okay

Thermostat failed within one year. Coffee is fair. Seems the water temperature is too low. Water is pumped too quickly thru the grounds

Jan, 2011

Consumer review by: Jennifer Cowles (

CoffeeGeek - Rancilio Silvia - Jennifer Cowles's Review


I bought this machine to upgrade from my Starbucks Barista machine I got for Christmas several years ago because my more sophisticated taste in coffee required a better machine. I was very impressed seeing it in person. Its all stainless steel and is a...

Pulls great shots of espresso, steams milk beautifully and fast, very easy to make microfoam, compact so it fits on my counter

took a while to get the grind right for the shots, takes about 30 min to heat up when it is first turned on to hit peak temp

Jan, 2011

Consumer review by: Stanley Wong (

CoffeeGeek - Rancilio Silvia - Stanley Wong's Review


Previously, I had a Krups consumer-grade Espresso machine. It was good for what is was but it felt like a toy compared to the Rancilio.

Solid build. Looks good. Potential to make a really good Espresso

It has its quirks. You need some technical expertise to get good results

Dec, 2010

Consumer review by: Samurai K (

CoffeeGeek - Rancilio Silvia - Samurai K's Review



Super reliable and built like a tank ; Lots of information on internet to perform DIY maintenance and upgrades ; Once warmed up, it can pull a good shot with good technique

Poor temperature control without a PID ; Only good for one or two milk-based drinks before you run out of steam ; V2 steam wand does not articulate up and down

Nov, 2010

Consumer review by: Petey Overton (

CoffeeGeek - Rancilio Silvia - Petey Overton's Review


Bought this one and received it a week later.

semi industrial ; stainless steel exterior ; brass components ; well built/ and accessories

thermostat is no good ; single boiler

Oct, 2010

Consumer review by: Brian Rose (

CoffeeGeek - Rancilio Silvia - Brian Rose's Review


I had achieved a level of frustration with my "15 bar pump" Krups espresso machine sufficient to get me over the sticker shock that comes with that first leap into the world of true home espresso production. I found this website and,...

Makes good to very good espresso with attentive operator ; Can steam at least small quantities of milk very well ; Looks good ; Has quality "prosumer" components

Very operator dependent for quality output (OK, we've all heard this already!) ; Wide deadband for boiler requires some form of temperature surfing or an expensive but very convenient PID ; Sharp corners on drip tray (OK, this is pretty minor)

Sep, 2010