We bought this machine to replace a fantastic 25 year old salton espresso machine. The gaggia looks great and once we had de-ciphered the confusing instructions and figured out how to use it, it makes good espresso and nice frothy cappuccino. The wand works particularly well, it turns half a pint of cold milk into a hot creamy froth in 90 seconds. The downside is that the filter is smaller than on our previous machine so you can only make 2 small espresso’s at a time. If we could give half stars, we would give it 4. Overall it is good value and an attractive addition to our kitchen.
Lovely supplier as had small issue with first item they replaced very quickly and had no problems since. I love the coffee i get at home now.
- Does what it says
- and I am delighted about that
- Very good machine.
Good, cheap entry-level machine but with a fairly modest practical lifespan. This is a nice product providing the customer understands that, notwithstanding all the branding and the promises, at this price level we’re essentially talking about a disposable product. Remember that for the obvious reasons a gaggia is like a car: it’s a machine with moving parts that has to handle hot liquids and pressure on a constant basis and over time this will inevitably mean that even for the most careful owner who follows the user’s manual diligently a thorough professional servicing, taking it apart and ensuring everything is back in good working order, is going to be required. But that’s where the similarity ends. With a car you”ll never find that the servicing costs come to more than a small fraction of the purchase price. With a gaggia at this sort of price i’m afraid you will. In fact we’ve twice bought gaggias in the £120-£150 range and then found that after 4 or 5 years’ careful handling they have required to be sent away for servicing. And at a combination of around an £80 standard fee plus in our case £35 return postage and packing you actually find yourself having to decide whether to write it off and buy a brand new one or take the financial hit in order to be able to keep the familiar old friend on the kitchen work surface. The ratio of servicing costs to purchase price is so skewed with the cheaper gaggias that you may well be better off simply chucking them out once they’ve given you 4 or 5 years’ espresso and buying yourself a replacement.
A great buy and a great compact machine that works perfectly. A great buy and a great compact machine that works perfectly. I’ve had loads of different coffee machines and this one so far is really impressive for the money.
Merkmal der Gaggia RI8327/01 Gran Manual Espresso Machine, 1 Litre, 950 Watt, 15 Bar – Stainless Steel
- Pressurized Filter Holder
- ABS Plastic Body with Chrome Finish
- Stainless steel boiler
- Pod Ready
- Pannarello Frother
So far this seems like a very good machine, if it lasts then i will be happy as our last machine seemed wonderful but went wrong after just five months. So we wait and see but so far it is very good.
I love switching on the machine in the morning – some. My husband received this as a christmas gift so it is early days but we are both really enjoying using it. I love switching on the machine in the morning – some weekdays and certainly weekends – and anticipating the delicious coffee. This machine is neat and compact but looks good on the counter top. Some have commented it is a bit more plasticky than others, but it feels weighty enough to me and is very reasonably priced. It’s easy to use, we have followed the instructions and haven’t gone wrong. A couple of things really help including having some decent strength coffee that is espresso ground. We have been using costa ready ground which is very tasty, but since we liked the versatility of grinding our own beans for our trusty cafetiere using a blade grinder, we are considering buying a graded espresso grinder for this. Another thing is a proper weighty metal tamp (but don’t press too hard, or the coffee can get scalded as the hot water takes too long to pass through) the coffee should have a regular, level surface before inserting into the machine – which along with evenly graded espresso helps to moderate the speed at which water passes through and ensures a smooth, not bitter, taste. On steaming, i gather none of these little machines can produce quite the power of the big machines like the one in the coffee shop where i used to work, but this one can deliver a good result with a little practice. Besten Gaggia RI8327/01 Gran Manual Espresso Machine, 1 Litre, 950 Watt, 15 Bar – Stainless Steel Einkaufsführer