Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine

Rancilio Miss Silvia: Pros and Cons

Rancilio Silvia espresso machine is very popular with home users. Why is it the case? What are the pros and cons? And how does the new version 3 compare to the earlier models? Read on to find out...

Rancilio Miss Silvia The Rancilio Company was founded in 1927 in Milan, Italy, and has been known for producing professional-grade espresso machines ever since. During the early years of its existence, Rancilio concentrated on becoming a leader in the Italian market, and since the 1960's has expanded around the world. In 1981, a line of espresso machines for the home was introduced, and met with acclaim.

The Rancilio Silvia now claims to be "one of the best single boiler machines in production." Many of its parts are made of brass including the boiler, lines, and the brewing head, which is chromed brass. These top-quality components, similar to those in Rancilio's commercial machines, help the Silvia to maintain optimal temperature and heat distribution so that you can produce a nearly perfect espresso drink.

In addition to its sleek, stainless steel exterior, Miss Silvia has a 15 bar heavy-duty pump that has plenty of power to force water through your coffee grounds for the fullest flavor. The water tank holds 67 oz. and can be removed and filled at the sink, or left in place and filled while the machine is in use. Its commercial-grade pressure relief system reduces splattering if you should mistakenly remove the portafilter too quickly, and it also reduces dripping after brewing stops. The machine produces a dry puck of grounds that is easy to clean up.

Rancilio Silvia version 3

Rancilio Silvia version 3 was released in 2009 and it differs from earlier models in a few ways. The portafilter handle has changed in shape and now resembles those used on the commercial Rancilio machines. The new steam knob has a sleek, modern look.

The biggest upgrade made to version 3, however, concerns the steam arm. It is longer than on previous models and allows users to purchase a couple of different tips as options. Customers will be most pleased with the new way the steam arm moves. Instead of merely swinging from side to side as it did on version 2 machines, the arm now swivels from a ball and socket structure, allowing for greater ease of use.

Pros and Cons of Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine

Purchasers who have used this machine have been pleased with its performance for the most part. Here are some of the positive points mentioned by reviewers:

Criticisms by users of the Rancilio Silvia espresso machine include:

On the whole, most owners of the Silvia are pleased with their purchase. It is one the espresso machines that has excellent reviews. Users enjoy the high-end features and are willing to work at perfecting their brewing method to produce a drink they love. The majority of users consider the Rancilio Silvia espresso machine a good value for the money, and it may well be the best appliance for you if you want professional quality at an affordable price.

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