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: 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: Had it working for 3 months, the steamer was pretty weak, well just ok for making two cups of milk but not brilliant. All of a sudden the power dropped from the steamer and it would only heat the milk slowly not foam!! Phillips have been good so far and I have booked it for repair, let see what happens.
Great Machine - but you will need to learn how to use it properly and budget for other stuff
3 April 2013
Summary: I bought the Gaggia Classic after agonising for weeks over which machine to buy - there seem to be hundreds of different models on the market. I have owned a manual lever operated Pavoni Piccola for years, and every so often dug it out, used it a few times and then put in back in the cupboard after realising it was inconsistent, all too much trouble and mess (although perfectly capable of producing top quality espressos).
Summary: First machine started to leak after a few weeks replacement machine sent next day. New machine brilliant for first few months but now takes about 5 minutes to make tiny cup of coffee. Tried descaling (£9) to no effect also had to replace handle(£10). After just over one year machine virtually useless.
Summary: I'm now on my second Gaggia Classic. The last one lasted about ten years before it finally packed up. I didn't hesitate to buy another one. I think it's fair to describe this machine as a serious machine for serious espresso lovers. I'm not making judgements here about "my kind of coffee is better than your coffee". But if you're not really up for putting in a bit of effort then this machine probably isn't for you.
Summary: Well, let's start with the usual: Absolutely fantastic service from Amazon, delivered on-time and for free! There are plenty of reviews about this item, so I will try not to focus on the product itself but instead the my experience with this machine since I got it about 4 weeks ago. This was an upgrade from a DeLonghi Icona, a very basic, entry level coffee machine. It lasted for a a few years and then it broke, so I decided to invest in something real.
Summary: There are probably far too many reviews for you, dear reader, to have got this far..... so I will make it brief. I've tried so many pod machines (Nespresso, Tassimo etc) and also various drip filter methods. However, having recently discovered Illy ground coffee and become somewhat addicted to it, I thought I would try a proper espresso machine. When the large box arrived my wife rolled her eyes to the ceiling 'not another coffee machine'. And now? She's also addicted!
Summary: Beware, the much vaunted 'crema perfetta' filter baskets supplied with this machine are nothing more than pressurised baskets with a plastic bung in the base of the "professional filter holder" to stop the very highly pressurised coffee output spraying everywhere. It's astonishing that Phillips choose to send out a good quality machine like the Gaggia Classic with a pair of pressurised filter baskets.
Brilliant machine, stupid baskets, no customer service from Philips
1 July 2011
Summary: This is a really solidly built machine which works really well once you sort it out. Philips have decided that all machines should have modified baskets for the portafilter. See plenty of other reviews. They have done this so that people can get a good crema with the wrong grind of coffee. I imagine they are trying to make the machine appeal to people who want a machine with worktop appeal, but who don't know how or can't be bothered to make espresso properly.