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The Rancilia Silvia has been the best-in-class single boiler espresso machines since its introduction in 1997. The semiprofessional machine remains popular because of its solid build quality, reasonable price point and its mod-ability. The newest V3 model includes commercial upgrades and POD capability, making it an affordable, versatile espresso machine that’s suitable for espresso lovers from beginners to pros.

 

CK Exclusive Gift

  • Free $25 Gift Certificate
  • Pro Barista Kit ($95 Value): drop violet wood tamper, 12 oz steam pitcher, two 1.5 oz shot glasses, tamp mat, and steaming thermometer
  • 2 year Extended Warranty

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Price: $685.00

Equipment Info

The Rancilio Silvia is, quite simply, the best espresso machine in the under-$1,000 field. Introduced in 1997, the Rancilio quickly became legendary for its quality stainless steel construction and its versatility. It’s not only the best-selling espresso machine of all time, it may be the most modified espresso machine ever. The V3 includes a number of important upgrades, including an adjustable expansion valve and a commercial articulating steam wand.

 

COMMERCIAL QUALITY FOR THE HOME

Rancilio makes commercial machines, and the Silvia benefits fom the company’s knowledge and experience. The Silvia features the same commercial grade components used on their professional machines, including a forged marine-grade brass boiler, chromed brass group head and chromed brass portafilter. The body is polished stainless steel over a solidly built iron frame.

 

IMPRESSIVE STEAM POWER FOR VELVETY FOAM

Turn out beautiful cappas and macchiatos with the articulated commercial steam arm. The Silvia works up an impressive head of steam and delivers it in a consistent, steady stream required for perfect microfoam.

 

CLEAN LINES, EFFICIENT DESIGN, NEW OPTIONS

The Rancilio Silvia is a workhorse machine with thoroughbred lines – clean, straight and built for efficiency. The convenience factors include a 3-way solenoid valve, which relieves residual water pressure and prevents exploding espresso, leaving you a nice, dry puck that’s much easier to clean up. In addition, the new Silvia V3 comes standard with an ergonomic commercial portafilter, and can be adapted for use with ESE espresso pods with the Rancilio Espresso Pod Adapter kit.

 

FEATURES

  • Quality brew group made of chrome-plated marine brass provides good temperature stability
  • 12 oz. marine brass boiler gets to temperature quickly and stays there; fast recovery time
  • Three thermostats for temperature control and safety
  • Commercial grade 58mm portafilter and baskets
  • 3-way solenoid valve relieves residual brewing pressure
  • Generous 67-oz. water reservoir lifts out for easy cleaning and refills
  • Heavy duty 15-bar pump with adjustable brew pressure
  • Cup warmer
  • Classy brushed stainless steel looks great, and doesn’t need constant polishing to stay looking great

 

PROS:

  • Steam power to the wow factor. Once the Silvia reaches steaming temperature, you’ll get a consistent stream of dry steam for perfect microfoam every time
  • Solid brass boiler for excellent heat retention and temperature stability
  • Commercial grade everything: from the stainless steel housing to the marine grade brass boiler, the Silvia is built to work hard for a long, long time
  • High resale value if/when you’re ready to move on to a higher level machine
  • Easy to clean
  • Pod adaptable for use with ESE espresso pods

 

CONS:

  • Shallow drip tray means you have to empty it frequently
  • Industrial styling isn’t for everyone, but we happen to like it a lot.      
Specs: 
Dimensions: 9.25 x 11.25 x 13.75
Weight: 30 lb
Automation: Semi-automatic
Boiler: Single, brass
Water Reservoir:          67 oz
Steam Arm: Stainless steel, one hole, articulating
Volts: 110
Portafilter: 58 mm
Warranty: 

Rancilio Silvia V3 Espresso Machine carries a 2 year extended warranty.

 

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Submitted by Mccauley on
This is a great entry level machine to the world of the perfect espresso. And when I say perfect I mean it. With the proper technique the Silvia will give you espresso much better than any capsule or automatic system can. But, it does take time and effort. The Silvia requires skill that only time provides. If you are really into great espresso, and you enjoy the process of making it, the Silvia is perfect for you. Note: it can make great cappuccinos too. But be warned, like any other home system, due to the limited frothing power (compared to commercial café machines) the practice required to achieve good results is lengthy. It took me 6 months to get it right. But once I did, my wife was happy…
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Submitted by clumeng on
A solid entry level machine. This is in the single boiler dual use category. Pros: sizeable boiler, great steaming power, well built, makes great espresso and caps. Cons: temp control will require some surfing to get right. delay to steam but this is the same on all SBDU machines. Will make very good espresso. To improve consistency consider adding a PID to better control temperature. There is significant resale value in this machine as well so keep that in mind for future upgrades.
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Submitted by djsenatore on
The Silvia is a great espresso machine and if we're talking new machine to new machine, it's cost to value ratio is pretty darn good. It's compact, powerful enough, has a small footprint and good performance. Delivers a consistent shot and steams good enough for home use. It can jump in price if you consider adding a pid kit, putting it close to a grand so depending on several factors, one may want to consider looking for a higher end used machine at that price or a little more. If you're not going to be steaming a lot of milk then it will fit your bill for as long as you want to hold onto it. The best part about the Silvia is that it holds it's value so well and there is always a demand for them. This is a great factor for entry level buyers because they can get an espresso machine that's going to give them the ability to get everything from their beans so they'll know if the espresso odyssey is for them. If not, they can get a darn good return on their investment.
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Submitted by sorvieto on
Makes great espresso and built very good. I did need to add a temperature control as it doesn't have one. Over all very good!
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I've had the Silvia for about 2 years now and have enjoyed it very much. I added a PID after 6 months to take some of the guess work out of the process. As I have gotten much better at controling the variables of espresso making my only concern with the Silvia has been the water distribution may not be as good as more expensive machines. At it's price, I find it rock solid and a very worthy investment.
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I've had my Silvia for over a year and a half. Took me a while to learn how to dial in a good shot, as I have no friends who are into espresso, so lots of trial and error. My ordered my Silvia with a P.I.D. modification to take the mystery out of temp surfing. The Sivia is well crafted, nicely designed, and at it's price point, a great espresso machine. With practice, I have achieved consistency. I've also purchased a digital thermometer that has allowed for even more control and now can check the water temperature at the group head. I've found my sweet spot with this machine for sure. I hear gripes about certain things, the drip tray is small, takes too long to reach temp again after pulling a shot, etc. This is not a commercial machine. It's built like one, but it's for home use. I make a couple lattes in the morning and might have a shot in late afternoon, 2-3 shots a day. This is an excellent machine to learn how to pull hots with. It's hands on, and everything you do affects the result. Espresso is not rocket science, but you have to be anal on some levels. It is a great enough machine to continue to use for years. I have had no mechanical issues. I did purchase a bottomless portafilter and have enjoyed that immensely. I like that cleaning this machine does not require a degree in advanced technology. This machine may take a little patience in the beginning, but once you learn how to operate it, you are in complete control. The manual doesn't offer much help past setting up your machine, but the website has several videos to help get any novice started. I learned a lot from videos on Youtube too. There are several there that are good how to's and one two that were excellent. No one becomes one with their espresso machine overnight. Bottom line, I would gladly buy another Silvia, and look forward to future tweaks and changes from Rancilio. For the price point, you get decades of Rancilio expertise, and a handcrafted machine built to last.
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Probably the best built espresso machine on the market and weighs a ton, none of that plasticy stuff. there is a learning curve to its operation, but you will quickly get the hang of it, I got a mini Mazzer grinder to go along and they love each other
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Submitted by mrbjvb on
Great entry level machine. Very well built. One of the best single boiler machines. There is a definite learning curve, but once you get it down, she performs great! You will need a good grinder!!
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Submitted by rcbmgc on
I have had this machine for almost a year now. Once dialed in with the Rocky doser-less grinder, it makes great espresso! I make lattes for people that come over and never is there a complaint, both in quality and a satisfying experience. Highly recommended for home and office use. Never a problem.
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Submitted by es on
Overall I love my Silvia. I was a little hesitant to purchase this model as people have strong feelings it but it has served me well. It's a workhorse, well built and looks great. There is a little bit of a learning curve but only took a couple weeks to get consistent with it. I still have occasional bad shots but thats usually a result of my grind or tamp - not the machines fault. Many people add temperature controls to the silvia but I get good results without them. IMO the most important factor in pulling a great shot is quality beans and freshness (in that order).
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Submitted by speedstar on
I started with this machine after reading many reviews discussing the benefits of the Silvia. I was not disappointed. It is built like a tank and really quite simple to operate once you start experimenting with it. I did choose to add a PID for temp control but this was my choice and not a requirement. I got great shots and very good microfoam from the machine. I highly recommend it as a good upper entry level machine.
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I prefer to use the bottomless portafilter from Chris' Coffee Service: (((( http://www.chriscoffee.com/products/home/espressoaccs/bottomlessportafilter )))) Also, it is important to attach a temperature probe to the top of the boiler: (((( http://www.web-tronics.com/csi6500.html )))) Here is a big long discussion on why you would do that: (((( http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1227428190/all ))))
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Generally disappointing product given the high reviews this machine typically garners. While construction is solid and the controls are simple and intuitive, significant issues include: - machine is very sensitive to grind fineness - will tip from a flood to just a few drops with very minor changes in grind - coffee output tends to by systematically uneven (i.e., one cup fills much faster than the other) - it is hard to get the machine to produce consistent crema - milk steaming wand appears to emit too much water in the steam as acheiving any kind of forth is almost impossible
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Submitted by masudkadri on
I purchased this machine from JL HUfford and have found this to be one of the best buys on the market. This unit compares with professional grade machines which I have used while working for coffee shops. I strongly recommend this model for anyone looking to selecct a premium espresso maker. Don't even think twice about it. It is grreat in all respeccts, cleaning maintenance and great looks.
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Submitted by dpablo19 on
A very good entry machine. With a PID, one can stave off upgrade-itis for several years. I found this machine to be pretty great while I still had it. Pluses: Stable brew temperatures, easily positioned steam wand, capable of creating microfoam, heavy commercial sized portafilter, easily maintained, easily accessible water tank, and the ability to get hot water from the steam wand. Minuses: Lag between going from brew to steam functions, temperature surfing (sans PID), constantly refilling the water tank, lag between espresso shots. If coupled with a solid grinder (Rancilio's Rocky is a really good compliment), this thing is capable of god shots. For that reason alone, it is a step above every other machine in its class.
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Submitted by wakeknot on
this is one of the best machines in its price class.
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Submitted by EricBNC on
<br>These are a lot of machine for the money - the design is solid and the quality of shot can match much more expensive machines - for one or two people this might be all you ever need.
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Submitted by lunaluz1 on
I was very happy with the assistance I received from roaste. The person helping me (Tim) was very knowledgeable and answered all my questions. As for the vendor, I was satisfied with my purchase and it was shipped carefully and without damage. I would definitely recommend the machine, as so many have reported for years, this is the machine to get for making excellent espresso and related drinks. All in all, I have no complaints and would buy from roaste. again.
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Submitted by jimh_01 on
This is my first espresso machine. I have found it everything that was described. Made pretty good espresso once I got the grind correct. Still learning some features though. I definately would recommend this to beginners .
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Submitted by jbviau on
This is a solid, capable machine in every way. However, I have yet to hear what I consider a truly good reason why you should fork over $200+ extra for this compared to, say, the Gaggia Classic. Many people add the Silvia's steam wand to their Classics, true, but you don't really *need* to do so.
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This is one of the most tried and true machines that you can get for your home that will still fit on the counter. The machine is built like a tank and if you take care of it, it will last a long time. The only problem is that this machine is picky about the grind of the coffee so you will need to have a proper espresso grinder and the temp can swing a lot on this type of machine so you will need an eye for detail. Just remember you can't pull and steam at the same time for making a latte so you will need to wait about a minute in between shots. The reason for the 4 stars is the price its pretty high!
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Submitted by avaserfi on
The Silvia was my first machine and it is a good one, but there might be better options out there at similar or slightly higher price points. The Silvia is capable of brewing a great shot, but the barista must recognize its idiosyncratic nature. As with any machine, the grind and dose are very important. But you will have to concern yourself with temperature surfing or waiting for the boiler to reach an appropriate brewing temperature. This isn't too inconvenient, unless you are making multiple drinks at a time, especially if you are making multiple milk drinks. Being a single boiler unit, pulling a shot, steaming milk and then pulling another shot requires some cooling of the group because it tends to over heat as the boiler comes up to steaming temperature. Instead, I would pull all the shots I needed, then steam all the milk. This certainly came at the cost of quality in the cup, but I couldn't find a better way to deal with the Silvia. That said, I've recently upgraded and can instantly taste the difference in the cup. Higher end machines give more control over temperature, add pre-infusion and allow back to back shot pulls and steaming among other things. In the end, I think it depends on what you want from an espresso machine. If you will pull the occasional shot, the Silvia is a great option. If you will be making drinks for guests or multiple times throughout the day it might be better to save. One last note, I bought my Silvia used and it was 7 years old. I sold it at the age of 11 years and it is working perfectly still. They are built very well.
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Submitted by wubbydog55 on
I've had two machines in the past; a steam model and than a pump. We investigated long and hard, and decided on this model. It was a bit pricey and we had to save up for it. Let me tell you though, it was worth the wait! It performed as people said from the get-go. Let's see if it holds up better than our previous espresso machines.
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Submitted by jmorleyk on
I owned a V2 Rancilio Silvia for about 2 years. During that time I went through several grinders (cheap Starbucks burr grinder, baratza, and finally a Macap M4 Stepless with doser). The grinder matters a lot with the Silvia so don't skimp. You also need to plan on learning how to temperature surf, or you need a PID. Temperature surfing is pretty easy and gets you within 10 degrees or so of your target, which is decent. If you plan on adding a PID, then you're getting into this machine close to $800-900. At this point it makes sense to consider a more expensive machine (Quickmill Alexia perhaps). That said the Quickmill is probably the least expensive machine capable of making decent espresso. It's built like a tank and will easily last 10 years or more.
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Silvia and I have been sharing mornings together for 7 years now. What I love about her? - If something goes wrong, there's no weird black-box of computerized equipment, or plastic molded parts, I can reach right in see what's gone wrong. Easy to fix. Parts are available. The coffee is great - there is a learning curve, and having a quality grinder is, of course, essential.
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Submitted by drose005 on
After searching for a true espresso maker for several years the search has finally drawn to the Rancilio Silvia. I stumbled upon Ms. Silvia while searching thru several espresso forums and read mostly excellent reviews. The reviews that do not give her an excellent rating most likely are not giving this sweet heart a chance. After receiving the heavy package and the next day her stylist Ms. Rocky - I knew the investment paid off. The portafilter is a sculpture that is of professional grade - check the weight. I bought beans from costco - they were cheap. Do not buy cheap beans. They need to be fresh. After several adjustments to Rocky - the grinder - I was not getting a good crema. I then used the Illy whole beans and had mixed results. I finally got the crema and a great tasting espresso. You have to experiment and this can get you extremely high on caffeine. I must of had four or five whole shots and tasted about fifteen. I ordered a 58mm tamper because the tamper sent by Rancilio is garbage. As previous reviews stated, use Youtube.com to help you learn what turns Ms. Silvia on. Once you understand that you need a consistent bean grinder, a good 58mm tamper, clean water, fresh quality whole beans, and a willing to enjoy the learning that goes on with such an undervalued piece of art, you will not regret your investment. This is my second day with her and I am already comfortable with something that you should look into: temperature surfing. This is extremely valuable and to get a great video check Youtube. Basically, the manufacture suggest warming Ms. Silvia for a minimum of 30 min. to an hour of foreplay; but with temperature surfing (which is extremely easy) the time is more like >10 seconds. She's not as complicated as her first impression may imply.
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Submitted by fatnat79 on
This machine has it's quirks but if you're willing to invest the time and effort to learn the ins and outs of this machine, it is well worth it. In its heyday, it dominated the home prosumer market but there are a some other competitors to look at as well if you are considering this. Some are the Crossland CC1 and a Le'lit PL041.
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  • Rancilio Silvia V3 Espresso Machine

    Rancilio Silvia V3 Espresso Machine

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    Brand Rancilio
    Equipment Type Espresso Machine, Semi-Automatic

    Overview

    The Rancilia Silvia has been the best-in-class single boiler espresso machines since its introduction in 1997. The semiprofessional machine remains popular because of its solid build quality, reasonable price point and its mod-ability. The newest V3 model includes commercial upgrades and POD capability, making it an affordable, versatile espresso machine that’s suitable for espresso lovers from beginners to pros.

     

    CK Exclusive Gift

    • Free $25 Gift Certificate
    • Pro Barista Kit ($95 Value): drop violet wood tamper, 12 oz steam pitcher, two 1.5 oz shot glasses, tamp mat, and steaming thermometer
    • 2 year Extended Warranty
    $685.00

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    Description

    The Rancilio Silvia is, quite simply, the best espresso machine in the under-$1,000 field. Introduced in 1997, the Rancilio quickly became legendary for its quality stainless steel construction and its versatility. It’s not only the best-selling espresso machine of all time, it may be the most modified espresso machine ever. The V3 includes a number of important upgrades, including an adjustable expansion valve and a commercial articulating steam wand.

     

    COMMERCIAL QUALITY FOR THE HOME

    Rancilio makes commercial machines, and the Silvia benefits fom the company’s knowledge and experience. The Silvia features the same commercial grade components used on their professional machines, including a forged marine-grade brass boiler, chromed brass group head and chromed brass portafilter. The body is polished stainless steel over a solidly built iron frame.

     

    IMPRESSIVE STEAM POWER FOR VELVETY FOAM

    Turn out beautiful cappas and macchiatos with the articulated commercial steam arm. The Silvia works up an impressive head of steam and delivers it in a consistent, steady stream required for perfect microfoam.

     

    CLEAN LINES, EFFICIENT DESIGN, NEW OPTIONS

    The Rancilio Silvia is a workhorse machine with thoroughbred lines – clean, straight and built for efficiency. The convenience factors include a 3-way solenoid valve, which relieves residual water pressure and prevents exploding espresso, leaving you a nice, dry puck that’s much easier to clean up. In addition, the new Silvia V3 comes standard with an ergonomic commercial portafilter, and can be adapted for use with ESE espresso pods with the Rancilio Espresso Pod Adapter kit.

     

    FEATURES

    • Quality brew group made of chrome-plated marine brass provides good temperature stability
    • 12 oz. marine brass boiler gets to temperature quickly and stays there; fast recovery time
    • Three thermostats for temperature control and safety
    • Commercial grade 58mm portafilter and baskets
    • 3-way solenoid valve relieves residual brewing pressure
    • Generous 67-oz. water reservoir lifts out for easy cleaning and refills
    • Heavy duty 15-bar pump with adjustable brew pressure
    • Cup warmer
    • Classy brushed stainless steel looks great, and doesn’t need constant polishing to stay looking great

     

    PROS:

    • Steam power to the wow factor. Once the Silvia reaches steaming temperature, you’ll get a consistent stream of dry steam for perfect microfoam every time
    • Solid brass boiler for excellent heat retention and temperature stability
    • Commercial grade everything: from the stainless steel housing to the marine grade brass boiler, the Silvia is built to work hard for a long, long time
    • High resale value if/when you’re ready to move on to a higher level machine
    • Easy to clean
    • Pod adaptable for use with ESE espresso pods

     

    CONS:

    • Shallow drip tray means you have to empty it frequently
    • Industrial styling isn’t for everyone, but we happen to like it a lot.      

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    Rancilio Silvia V3 Espresso Machine Rancilio
    Rated 4.1851851851852/5 based on 27 customer reviews
    $685.00 In stock

    The Rancilia Silvia has been the best-in-class single boiler espresso machines since its introduction in 1997. The semiprofessional machine remains popular because of its solid build quality, reasonable price point and its mod-ability. The newest V3 model includes commercial upgrades and POD capability, making it an affordable, versatile espresso machine that’s suitable for espresso lovers from beginners to pros.

     

    CK Exclusive Gift

    • Free $25 Gift Certificate
    • Pro Barista Kit ($95 Value): drop violet wood tamper, 12 oz steam pitcher, two 1.5 oz shot glasses, tamp mat, and steaming thermometer
    • 2 year Extended Warranty
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Best used for pulling ristrettos

    I prefer to use the bottomless portafilter from Chris' Coffee Service: (((( http://www.chriscoffee.com/products/home/espressoaccs/bottomlessportafilter )))) Also, it is important to attach a temperature probe to the top of the boiler: (((( http://www.web-tronics.com/csi6500.html )))) Here is a big long discussion on why you would do that: (((( http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1227428190/all ))))
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Very capable machine

    This machine has it's quirks but if you're willing to invest the time and effort to learn the ins and outs of this machine, it is well worth it. In its heyday, it dominated the home prosumer market but there are a some other competitors to look at as well if you are considering this. Some are the Crossland CC1 and a Le'lit PL041.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Rancilio Silvia is HOT!!!

    After searching for a true espresso maker for several years the search has finally drawn to the Rancilio Silvia. I stumbled upon Ms. Silvia while searching thru several espresso forums and read mostly excellent reviews. The reviews that do not give her an excellent rating most likely are not giving this sweet heart a chance. After receiving the heavy package and the next day her stylist Ms. Rocky - I knew the investment paid off. The portafilter is a sculpture that is of professional grade - check the weight. I bought beans from costco - they were cheap. Do not buy cheap beans. They need to be fresh. After several adjustments to Rocky - the grinder - I was not getting a good crema. I then used the Illy whole beans and had mixed results. I finally got the crema and a great tasting espresso. You have to experiment and this can get you extremely high on caffeine. I must of had four or five whole shots and tasted about fifteen. I ordered a 58mm tamper because the tamper sent by Rancilio is garbage. As previous reviews stated, use Youtube.com to help you learn what turns Ms. Silvia on. Once you understand that you need a consistent bean grinder, a good 58mm tamper, clean water, fresh quality whole beans, and a willing to enjoy the learning that goes on with such an undervalued piece of art, you will not regret your investment. This is my second day with her and I am already comfortable with something that you should look into: temperature surfing. This is extremely valuable and to get a great video check Youtube. Basically, the manufacture suggest warming Ms. Silvia for a minimum of 30 min. to an hour of foreplay; but with temperature surfing (which is extremely easy) the time is more like >10 seconds. She's not as complicated as her first impression may imply.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    My morning friend

    Silvia and I have been sharing mornings together for 7 years now. What I love about her? - If something goes wrong, there's no weird black-box of computerized equipment, or plastic molded parts, I can reach right in see what's gone wrong. Easy to fix. Parts are available. The coffee is great - there is a learning curve, and having a quality grinder is, of course, essential.
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Great Machine but consider the Quickmill too

    I owned a V2 Rancilio Silvia for about 2 years. During that time I went through several grinders (cheap Starbucks burr grinder, baratza, and finally a Macap M4 Stepless with doser). The grinder matters a lot with the Silvia so don't skimp. You also need to plan on learning how to temperature surf, or you need a PID. Temperature surfing is pretty easy and gets you within 10 degrees or so of your target, which is decent. If you plan on adding a PID, then you're getting into this machine close to $800-900. At this point it makes sense to consider a more expensive machine (Quickmill Alexia perhaps). That said the Quickmill is probably the least expensive machine capable of making decent espresso. It's built like a tank and will easily last 10 years or more.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Rancilio Silvia V3 is Awesome!

    I've had two machines in the past; a steam model and than a pump. We investigated long and hard, and decided on this model. It was a bit pricey and we had to save up for it. Let me tell you though, it was worth the wait! It performed as people said from the get-go. Let's see if it holds up better than our previous espresso machines.
    4/ 5stars
    4

    A Good Option

    The Silvia was my first machine and it is a good one, but there might be better options out there at similar or slightly higher price points. The Silvia is capable of brewing a great shot, but the barista must recognize its idiosyncratic nature. As with any machine, the grind and dose are very important. But you will have to concern yourself with temperature surfing or waiting for the boiler to reach an appropriate brewing temperature. This isn't too inconvenient, unless you are making multiple drinks at a time, especially if you are making multiple milk drinks. Being a single boiler unit, pulling a shot, steaming milk and then pulling another shot requires some cooling of the group because it tends to over heat as the boiler comes up to steaming temperature. Instead, I would pull all the shots I needed, then steam all the milk. This certainly came at the cost of quality in the cup, but I couldn't find a better way to deal with the Silvia. That said, I've recently upgraded and can instantly taste the difference in the cup. Higher end machines give more control over temperature, add pre-infusion and allow back to back shot pulls and steaming among other things. In the end, I think it depends on what you want from an espresso machine. If you will pull the occasional shot, the Silvia is a great option. If you will be making drinks for guests or multiple times throughout the day it might be better to save. One last note, I bought my Silvia used and it was 7 years old. I sold it at the age of 11 years and it is working perfectly still. They are built very well.
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Tried and true

    This is one of the most tried and true machines that you can get for your home that will still fit on the counter. The machine is built like a tank and if you take care of it, it will last a long time. The only problem is that this machine is picky about the grind of the coffee so you will need to have a proper espresso grinder and the temp can swing a lot on this type of machine so you will need an eye for detail. Just remember you can't pull and steam at the same time for making a latte so you will need to wait about a minute in between shots. The reason for the 4 stars is the price its pretty high!
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Solid with a caveat

    This is a solid, capable machine in every way. However, I have yet to hear what I consider a truly good reason why you should fork over $200+ extra for this compared to, say, the Gaggia Classic. Many people add the Silvia's steam wand to their Classics, true, but you don't really *need* to do so.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Very Good Quality and Ease of Use

    This is my first espresso machine. I have found it everything that was described. Made pretty good espresso once I got the grind correct. Still learning some features though. I definately would recommend this to beginners .
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Review of rancilio Silvia v3 espresso machine

    I was very happy with the assistance I received from roaste. The person helping me (Tim) was very knowledgeable and answered all my questions. As for the vendor, I was satisfied with my purchase and it was shipped carefully and without damage. I would definitely recommend the machine, as so many have reported for years, this is the machine to get for making excellent espresso and related drinks. All in all, I have no complaints and would buy from roaste. again.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    A classic machine


    These are a lot of machine for the money - the design is solid and the quality of shot can match much more expensive machines - for one or two people this might be all you ever need.
    4/ 5stars
    4

    a classic

    this is one of the best machines in its price class.
    3/ 5stars
    3

    Rancilio Silvia

    A very good entry machine. With a PID, one can stave off upgrade-itis for several years. I found this machine to be pretty great while I still had it. Pluses: Stable brew temperatures, easily positioned steam wand, capable of creating microfoam, heavy commercial sized portafilter, easily maintained, easily accessible water tank, and the ability to get hot water from the steam wand. Minuses: Lag between going from brew to steam functions, temperature surfing (sans PID), constantly refilling the water tank, lag between espresso shots. If coupled with a solid grinder (Rancilio's Rocky is a really good compliment), this thing is capable of god shots. For that reason alone, it is a step above every other machine in its class.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    5 Star buy - Rancilio Silvia V3 Espresso Machine

    I purchased this machine from JL HUfford and have found this to be one of the best buys on the market. This unit compares with professional grade machines which I have used while working for coffee shops. I strongly recommend this model for anyone looking to selecct a premium espresso maker. Don't even think twice about it. It is grreat in all respeccts, cleaning maintenance and great looks.
    3/ 5stars
    3

    Rancilio Silvia

    Generally disappointing product given the high reviews this machine typically garners. While construction is solid and the controls are simple and intuitive, significant issues include: - machine is very sensitive to grind fineness - will tip from a flood to just a few drops with very minor changes in grind - coffee output tends to by systematically uneven (i.e., one cup fills much faster than the other) - it is hard to get the machine to produce consistent crema - milk steaming wand appears to emit too much water in the steam as acheiving any kind of forth is almost impossible
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Silvia - great machine

    I started with this machine after reading many reviews discussing the benefits of the Silvia. I was not disappointed. It is built like a tank and really quite simple to operate once you start experimenting with it. I did choose to add a PID for temp control but this was my choice and not a requirement. I got great shots and very good microfoam from the machine. I highly recommend it as a good upper entry level machine.
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Rancilio Silvia V3 Review

    Overall I love my Silvia. I was a little hesitant to purchase this model as people have strong feelings it but it has served me well. It's a workhorse, well built and looks great. There is a little bit of a learning curve but only took a couple weeks to get consistent with it. I still have occasional bad shots but thats usually a result of my grind or tamp - not the machines fault. Many people add temperature controls to the silvia but I get good results without them. IMO the most important factor in pulling a great shot is quality beans and freshness (in that order).
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Rancilio Silvia

    Great entry level machine. Very well built. One of the best single boiler machines. There is a definite learning curve, but once you get it down, she performs great! You will need a good grinder!!
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Awesome

    I have had this machine for almost a year now. Once dialed in with the Rocky doser-less grinder, it makes great espresso! I make lattes for people that come over and never is there a complaint, both in quality and a satisfying experience. Highly recommended for home and office use. Never a problem.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Rancilio Silvia

    Probably the best built espresso machine on the market and weighs a ton, none of that plasticy stuff. there is a learning curve to its operation, but you will quickly get the hang of it, I got a mini Mazzer grinder to go along and they love each other
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Rancilio Silvia V.3, Rock Solid

    I've had my Silvia for over a year and a half. Took me a while to learn how to dial in a good shot, as I have no friends who are into espresso, so lots of trial and error. My ordered my Silvia with a P.I.D. modification to take the mystery out of temp surfing. The Sivia is well crafted, nicely designed, and at it's price point, a great espresso machine. With practice, I have achieved consistency. I've also purchased a digital thermometer that has allowed for even more control and now can check the water temperature at the group head. I've found my sweet spot with this machine for sure. I hear gripes about certain things, the drip tray is small, takes too long to reach temp again after pulling a shot, etc. This is not a commercial machine. It's built like one, but it's for home use. I make a couple lattes in the morning and might have a shot in late afternoon, 2-3 shots a day. This is an excellent machine to learn how to pull hots with. It's hands on, and everything you do affects the result. Espresso is not rocket science, but you have to be anal on some levels. It is a great enough machine to continue to use for years. I have had no mechanical issues. I did purchase a bottomless portafilter and have enjoyed that immensely. I like that cleaning this machine does not require a degree in advanced technology. This machine may take a little patience in the beginning, but once you learn how to operate it, you are in complete control. The manual doesn't offer much help past setting up your machine, but the website has several videos to help get any novice started. I learned a lot from videos on Youtube too. There are several there that are good how to's and one two that were excellent. No one becomes one with their espresso machine overnight. Bottom line, I would gladly buy another Silvia, and look forward to future tweaks and changes from Rancilio. For the price point, you get decades of Rancilio expertise, and a handcrafted machine built to last.
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Great Machine!

    I've had the Silvia for about 2 years now and have enjoyed it very much. I added a PID after 6 months to take some of the guess work out of the process. As I have gotten much better at controling the variables of espresso making my only concern with the Silvia has been the water distribution may not be as good as more expensive machines. At it's price, I find it rock solid and a very worthy investment.
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Espresso machine

    Makes great espresso and built very good. I did need to add a temperature control as it doesn't have one. Over all very good!
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Tried and True Stepping Stone

    The Silvia is a great espresso machine and if we're talking new machine to new machine, it's cost to value ratio is pretty darn good. It's compact, powerful enough, has a small footprint and good performance. Delivers a consistent shot and steams good enough for home use. It can jump in price if you consider adding a pid kit, putting it close to a grand so depending on several factors, one may want to consider looking for a higher end used machine at that price or a little more. If you're not going to be steaming a lot of milk then it will fit your bill for as long as you want to hold onto it. The best part about the Silvia is that it holds it's value so well and there is always a demand for them. This is a great factor for entry level buyers because they can get an espresso machine that's going to give them the ability to get everything from their beans so they'll know if the espresso odyssey is for them. If not, they can get a darn good return on their investment.
    4/ 5stars
    4

    A solid entry level machine.

    A solid entry level machine. This is in the single boiler dual use category. Pros: sizeable boiler, great steaming power, well built, makes great espresso and caps. Cons: temp control will require some surfing to get right. delay to steam but this is the same on all SBDU machines. Will make very good espresso. To improve consistency consider adding a PID to better control temperature. There is significant resale value in this machine as well so keep that in mind for future upgrades.
    0/ 5stars
    0

    For the perfect espresso!

    This is a great entry level machine to the world of the perfect espresso. And when I say perfect I mean it. With the proper technique the Silvia will give you espresso much better than any capsule or automatic system can. But, it does take time and effort. The Silvia requires skill that only time provides. If you are really into great espresso, and you enjoy the process of making it, the Silvia is perfect for you. Note: it can make great cappuccinos too. But be warned, like any other home system, due to the limited frothing power (compared to commercial café machines) the practice required to achieve good results is lengthy. It took me 6 months to get it right. But once I did, my wife was happy…

    Specs

    Dimensions: 9.25 x 11.25 x 13.75
    Weight: 30 lb
    Automation: Semi-automatic
    Boiler: Single, brass
    Water Reservoir:          67 oz
    Steam Arm: Stainless steel, one hole, articulating
    Volts: 110
    Portafilter: 58 mm

    Warranty

    Rancilio Silvia V3 Espresso Machine carries a 2 year extended warranty.

     

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    Brand Info

    Rancilio, founded by Roberto Rancilio in 1927, has been driven by a passion for extraordinary espresso.  We devote each day to the development of professional machines that meet the highest design and functionality standards.

    Our daily actions are guided by four principles which convey our commitment to our customers and the global community: Roots, Research, Relationships and Results.

    In following these four foundational tenets, we continue to build upon Roberto Rancilio's enthusiasm. Today, Silvia, Giorgio, Luca and Roberto Rancilio work to promote the Italian espresso coffee culture worldwide. On this firm basis, we strive to uphold the standards Roberto set nearly 80 years ago, and to help our customers reach their goal of a perfect espresso cup every time.