The Rancilio Silvia inherits a lot of good things from Rancilio Commercial Espresso Makers and it resembles a small commercial maker. We recommend it but for purists who like to invest in durability over features. Many machines in the class will give you greater programmability, slick digital displays and mobile apps but none give you commercial construction at this price point. If you value one-touch automated consistent drinks, then you should consider looking at other options.
The Silvia is a well built, semi-automatic espresso machine. Its strong lines and is notably heavy (over 30 pounds) for its size for a good reason. Unlike many machines with lots of Aluminum and plastic, the Silvia has an iron frame and stainless-steel side panels. It also has a coated brass boiler so underneath the hood are some very industrial strength elements.
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Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine Brewing
The Rancilio Silvia group head is commercial quality and provides excellent heat stability and very good coffee extraction. Also, their ergonomic porta filter handle is the same as the their Rancilio commercial machines. This makes it easy on your hands and fun to operate.
The Rancilio Silvia espresso machine includes their patented, signature ergonomically designed 58mm porta filter. These are also the same porta filters used on Rancilio commercial machines.
This Silvia is a single boiler machine. The boiler is brass with a chrome plating and it produces outstanding steaming power with rapid recovery time between shots. This allows you to make multiple drinks without the temperature and steam power dropping. The single boiler of the Silvia has the largest volume capacity of any home machine in its class. It heats slower than competing systems but holds its heat longer.
It has a two-quart, top fill water reservoir which you can remove any time during the operation.
Rancilio Silvia Milk Steaming
The Rancilio Silvia has an articulating stainless-steel steam wand with a wide range of motion. The knob is also commercial quality and offers great precision. The Silvia isn’t a fully automatic which means you need to practice making velvety smooth microfoam but the machine is fully capable of it.
Rancilio Silvia Cleaning and Care
The Rancilio Silvia was designed well and that shows in the care and maintenance. It is a well-built machine with lots of commercial designed parts. Many, like the boiler and machine frame are also made of commercial quality materials. Overall, it feels like a sturdy, well built espresso maker. The buttons are simple, Spartan but long lasting and the seams are tight allowing it to stay clean. Everything from the exterior to the reservoir are easy to clean and the removable parts are dishwasher safe.
Pod and capsule adaptor kit
Silvia can be equipped with special adaptors and filter holders, studied for the use of various pods and caps available on the market (optional). These systems allow to preserve the freshness of ground coffee aroma and facilitate to obtain an espresso always perfect
Rancilio Silvia Review 2020
Although we like all the commercial quality materials and design elements in the Rancilio Silvia we would recommend considering some other options. The machine doesn’t make our 20 best espresso machines list because it faces very stiff competition. You can also get great quality and a top reputation for delicious espresso drinks at a similar price point in a Gaggia Anima Prestige or a Gaggia Cadorna. Gaggia will allow you to make more customized drinks and most people will find steaming milk easier than with a Silvia.
Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine Specifications
- Dimensions (W×D×H) 9.2×11.4×13.4 in – 235×290×340 mm
- Boiler Power 800 W (120 V) – 1100 W
- Weight 30.9 lb – 14 kg
- Voltage 120 V / 230 V
- Boiler 0.3 l (0.07 gal UK)
- Frequency 50/60 Hz