Reviews and Problems with Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine
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If you're on the fence. . .I'd jump on it! : )
6 days ago
Summary: After researching the Gaggia Classic 14101 for a few months I decided it was time to make the purchase, and what a purchase it was. This machine can perform as well as some at $1000. With a rapid stainless steel boiler, heavy brass 58mm portafilter, 3-way solenoid pressure valve and single, double and e.s.e baskets. . .what's not to like @ a sub $350's price point? If you expect more. . .pay more, but for me I'm a happy camper.
Summary: Great machine. Originally I had the Espresso Pure that I do not recommend. This Gaggia surpasses other more expensive machines. so far I cant find anything that I dont like about the Classic. It is fast at heating the boiler and quick at reheating. The Selonoid valve is also a plus.
Gaggia is a good solid consumer choice. Not the best, but very, very good.
25 August 2012
Summary: Gaggia makes the classic workhorse among decent serious espresso machines. It's not a Ferrari; more of a Chevy. Durable, robust and a product that has withstood the test of time. A good solid consumer choice.
Summary: I have an old Starbucks Estro Vapore machine that had been passed down to me through several family members. I used it so much it lost pressure to steam. After much research online, I purchased a Gaggia Classic because I liked the reviews posted. I also love the way it looks - I purchased a stainless steel machine. I think the Gaggia is a very good quality machine, and the Classic feels heavy duty without plastic in the housing.
Summary: My husband wanted an espresso maker for Father's Day and a good friend recommended this model. The machine is a bit hard to use initially but once researched and mastered, it makes SUPER espresso and cappuccino!
Summary: This espresso machine is the Harley-Davidson of espresso makers -- that is, it's simple (almost primitive) but it's absolutely solid. The design hasn't changed much because it's nearly perfect as it is. I draw excellent espresso at least twice a day, with a quite decent crema. I rarely make drinks that require steamed milk, so my expertise there is not extensive; however, I did make cappuccino after Christmas dinner (last night!) and it was excellent.
Summary: This is a classic espresso machine - there are 1000s in the world for a reason. There are better machines out there, but not with this price/performance. Also, it fits nicely on my counter. :) It is as manual as manual gets short of having to build a fire to boil the water, but with a few weeks of practice, you can get a really nice shot of espresso pretty reliably. To get started in quality home espresso making, you could do much worse than start here.
Summary: The Gaggia Classic is a semi automatic machine that is built solid and well designed. You won't find a lot of plastic parts, like other machines have. It has a fairly large commercial grade boiler that heats the water to an optimal temperature for pulling rich tasting espresso shots with full crema. This machine is user friendly, but does require some practice to obtain the perfect shot.
Pros: heavy duty constuction, heats up quickly, consistently produces a rich thick product, easy to operate, good value, has single double shot & ese pod filter basket