Summary: This is an excellent, high-quality espresso machine. But it is not for the brainless or those who want everything in their lives to run on automatic pilot. Great espresso is an art, the confluence of good beans, a high-quality grinder, operator tamping technique and a good machine. The Gaggia Classic is a sturdy machine whose output is as good or bad as the person using it.
Pros: With a little instruction and practice you can make a rick crema-topped espresso.
Summary: If you want a robust, quality espresso machine that will do everything you need it to, then this must be on your shortlist - not least because it has been around for ages and is considerably cheaper than many other 'professional' machines. I understand Gaggia is now owned by Philips. Ignore this fact and the awful portafilter that arrives with the machine. Go buy yourself a proper single / double / back flush portafilter at the same time as ordering this.
Summary: So to start off, I think the Gaggia Classic is great. I can understand why many see it as the entry-level "good" machine. It's my first espresso maker, it looks nice and does what it should. With that in mind, I had to return my first one due to a faulty steam valve and a cracked group head. I noticed the crack in the group head (near the shower screen) about 15 uses after getting it. Out of the box, the steam valve was leaky.
Good-looking and sturdy machine - but great coffee takes practise.
5 August 2013
Summary: I was looking for a good quality machine to replace the Krups machine that eventually died after many years service. I have been happy with the Classic so far, it is definitely a step up from my previous machine. Pros: sturdy and feels well made, easy to top fill the water tank, makes great coffee and the frother works well.
Summary: I've had this for getting on 2 years now and I'm still really happy with it. It makes great coffee every time. It's easy to clean and maintenance free, beautifully made, nice and heavy. It heats up fast and always works great.
Summary: Recently bought the Classic. After a period with Ascaso (their Pablo/Basic model)I thought that at Amazon's price the Gaggia was a bit of a bargain and since I had one about 5 years ago and it was great.... what could go wrong? A bit, as it happens. I put it down to the new 'perfect crema' system.
Summary: The machine does make good coffee however a week after we purchased it the boiler started leaking. The return procedure to Philips is so well organized that I expect a lot of machines get sent back. It leaked again a few days after maintenance and fed up we just put nappy pads under it and will probably write it off when we can afford another make.
Summary: This is a replacement machine to an identical one I have for 4 years. On its first use the black nozzle flew off spraying the side of my cheek with boiling hot milk. Double checked that the nozzle was fitted correctly which it was. Tried again the following day, again nozzle flew off. This machine has been through very poor quality control before being despatched to me.
Summary: Bought this as a gift for our daughter and husband for Christmas for their new kitchen. They both like it but the only negative comment they have is that you cannot put ordinary-sized cups under the spout to fill with coffee. the only way to do this is to take the 'dripmat' portion from the bottom and put them in their. Otherwise, they're very happy with it.