Gaggia Classic has been replaced by Gaggia New Classic.
This is a great machine - not perfect though
This review is for the Gaggia Classic - not the Gaggia Classic New.
I've owned one of these since about 2012, and it is still going strong despite making between 1 and 4 cups a day.
I love tinkering with stuff, so this is definitely my machine - would not really recommend it for a non-tinkerer, there are other alternatives.
Internally, the machine is good old fashion mechanical construction with heavy components, solid switches and heavy wiring - easy to open and see everything inside with no mystery components. The machine is fully user s...erviceable if you are that way inclined - and I think that if you want to keep any machine for more than a few years, you are going to have to learn or be prepared to send them away for servicing - as none of my previous machines lasted more than a couple of years at this rate of CPD (coffees per day) and I expect that unless you keep a religious cleaning routine, then any machine, no matter what the cost, will get clogged over time. There are a few significant drawbacks that buyers should be aware of, the most serious being the terrible plastic steam wand-like thing that bubbles milk into some kind of witch's brew, the other being the small gap between the basket and the tray is annoying. Both of these drawbacks are fairly easily fixed but not free - buy a Silvia wand (v2 I think, but check) and retrofit it, and buy another group handle that is 'naked' so there is no spout. Other things I recommend are adjusting the Over Pressure (OP) valve so that the pressure is dialed down a bit (marketing suggesting that high pressure is a good thing is rubbish - it will just make your coffee thin)
Purchased in March 2012.
Be Warned before you buy
Very disappointed with this machine. So disappointed that we had our trusty 12 year old Sunbeam Cafe series, repaired and will dispose of the Gaggia Classic. The machine is so small that you can only get the smallest cup under the filter. Don't even think of trying to use a mug or the new double wall glass cups. They just don't fit under the filter. We tried to avoid buying Chinese made, so went with Gaggia, but this machine is not the one for us.
Purchased in July 2020 at Barista Warehouse for $799.00.
Awesome coffee machine!
LOVE this machine, makes awesome coffee, easy to use and clean! Just don’t expect to get the perfect cup right away, took us a few goes after we purchased it and some practice. You definitely need to invest in a good grinder, or can get your ground beans from a local cafe. The steam wand is amazing, steams/froths the milk quickly and really well, and easy to clean. Also make sure you use the right tamping pressure to compact your coffee. We bought a new stainless steel coffee tamper as the one that comes in the box is a small plastic one. Overall, we’re happy with this purchase, the quality of the coffee is perfect and well worth the money spent.
Purchased in July 2020 at Harvey Norman.
Great home machine
We bought this machine in June 2020 and it's going great. Neither of us were coffee experts but we've picked it up pretty easily, this machine makes it simple enough.
Purchased in June 2020 at Appliances Online for $646.00.
The best household appliance I have ever owned.
The one possession that's been with me for 20 years. Coffee as good as it gets. gets used almost every day. parts are available and cheap if necessary, Worth every cent, wish all appliances were this good again.
Purchased at David Jones Retail Stores for $600.00.
Great home coffee machine with some tweeking
I bought my Gaggia second hand from a very disappointed owner that only had it a few months. At first I could see her frustration this simple machine is not just a press of a button and her comes a perfect espresso. I had to play with the beans and grinds to get the correct flow and even had to replace my cheap grinder with a good one.
After many years of service it is still producing excellent morning coffees and well worth the time and investment of new grinder.
Purchased in May 2015 for $300.00.
Keep saving up and buy a good machine for a bit more $
Went from the Saeco Via Venezia to this and they are world's apart. Within the first year of owning the machine, it needed a $100 of maintenance not covered by any warranty. The grind required for the coffee is very fine or it makes a weak coffee. The space between the arm and the base is too small for a standard mug so you have to take the tray out.
Took up all these with the imported to be told that these were all choices that I should have considered and really not interested.
My advise, save up a bit more than the $700 for this machine and get a good machine that is reliable.
Purchased in February 2018 for $700.00.
Bought the Gaggia Classic last Saturday (26/10). Made my first coffee and the crema on it was rich and golden. Over the next two days, the Gaggia made beautiful coffee. On Tuesday, I couldn't extract any coffee. I could hear the pressure building as it tried to extract but the coffee was forced out of the three-way valve. Went to the store where I bought the machine and they gave me a new basket. The coffee came out like a watery mess. I contacted the store again and they told me I needed to pack more coffee into the filter, tamp it harder and ...make sure I have a finer grind on my coffee. Tried everything. I used to have a Saeco Via Venezia which lasted for 10 years. The consistently positive reviews for the Gaggia convinced me to buy it. I wish otherwise now and it has only been one issue after another.
Purchased in October 2019.
This machine is simple, and entirey appropriate technology for a good macchiato
Machine runs for years, spare parts (if required - any of them) are easily available, and very easy to fit.
Get a medium coffee to start with (half dark Arabica, half dark Robusta) and see how you go. Robusta beens are cheap, and a bit nasty, but add a very strong, aggressive flavour without much boiling. Getting a dark Arabica coffee, in strong format (eg. long black ) is nirvana, but I've never met a North American coffe shop who can actually serve it. Must have something to do with the bleach-sprayed chicken corpses that go into making bleac...
Purchased in June 2019 at Myer Online Store for $499.00.
Durable, affordable espresso machine
I have a 2004 Gaggia classic and with the right maintenance routine it will last forever. Parts are relatively cheap and easy to replace. The only reason not to get good espresso from this machine are bad coffee bins and grinder.
Purchased in April 2013.
Acquiring this machine has changed our coffee drinking habits and was well worth buying.
Once you get the hang of loading the coffee in and the sequence you need to follow to brew the coffee the results are pretty good.
The aroma in the early morning is not quite as good as the real barrista masters but its better than McCafe.
Frothing milk is bit if an art, and we had to find some special coffee cups not to big so they would not fit under the dispenser, not too small so they would overflow, just right.
So two months on its frothed latte fo...
A great starting espresso maker with a few minor setbacks
The Gaggia Classic is a easy machine to use and very forgiving. I have used many different kinds of beans in this machine and as long as the grind of the coffee is right, I am usually satisfied.
It is quite easy to use although it is a little clunky because of its size. I find myself having to negotiate the espresso cup under the portafilter to avoid spilling the coffee. Also the tamper is a little flimsy and is too small for the portafilter (easy fix, just buy a decent tamper). Cleaning isn't an issue.
I have had it for a little over a year and I am quite impressed with this device. I hope to have it for many more years to come.
Have 2, one at home, one at work.
Make excellent coffe, better than you can buy most of the time.
Combine with a good grinder and it’s one of the best things you’ll ever buy
Can’t fault it
Very very very very very good
I love my classic....
Had the machine 12 years. No real learning curve.. once you get the beans and grind of your desire, you'll want all your coffees made from a classic..
Cleaning is easy. Not sure if overflow pipe has been threaded since I purchased mine but it easily pulls out to allow resovoir tank access for cleaning.. Shower head only thing that needs a tool and in 12 years I've taken off twice to clean the holes (I'd advise to do more regularly, lol)..
the water pump has just gone on mine and again this machine shines, with everything inside easily disconnected with replaceable parts.. after a while you realise your in a secret club, only classic owners know the coffee that this machine can produce. Is there a fan club?
Excellent Coffee Every Day
If you love coffee you already know Gaggia and you might know about this machine too. It's the brilliant baby Gaggia and its sits in pride of place in our kitchen. I use it every day and am always interested in trying new roasters. This develops the real power you need to get a proper espresso extraction but you also need to have the touch and skill loading the basket just right, to get top results..I clean it after every coffee to keep it taint free - if you look after your equipment, it will look after you. It is solidly made and I expect to own ity for many years to come
Handy little thing, hard to clean
There are a couple of things about this machine that could be improved.
First up, for the price, it's a handy little thing, and it makes great espresso.
The milk frother is simple to use, although it's rigid, so you can't easily fit a larger milk jug under it (unless you raise the entire machine). If the arm had a flexible component to it, it would be much more useful. This is actually quite annoying.
Getting the water reservoir out to clean is also difficult. There's a metal pipe that runs down in front of it, into the drip tray. Unle...ss I'm missing something, you have to unscrew that pipe to remove and clean the reservoir. I want to clean it often, but that makes it hard. So, yes, wonderful to have a little coffee machine in the house, and a nice start for people. But the cleaning and milk frother side of things mean that, if I had my time over again, I'd make another choice. I may change in the near future if the tax man is kind to me.
There's not a lot to dislike about a Gaggia Classic. it will make any type of coffee you have the skill to create and it will do it with beautiful extraction.
I only have one negative my steamer leaks spurts so i have to keep a small jug under it. This is very common from what i've read and requires some minor surgery and new parts to fix but even so, it's still making fantastic coffee and giving me milk that has enabled me to dabble in Latte art.
The machine is so good you can get away with cheaper beans if you want. The more educated you be...
They don't make them like this anymore
So easy to use, such a consistently good brew, and over 11 years old second hand. What more can you ask.... I would highly recommend this workhorse, especially if you use a good brand of coffee and don't burn the milk. It is also very portable for taking away with you on weekends.
The extract can be ok but not a reliable machine.
Having worked on a few Gaggias would not recommend these as a reliable machine. Ok at best.
I'm impressed people review them as highly as they are when there are cheaper options out there that can do both steam and coffee extraction at the same time.(breville(not recommended) or sunbeam)
Fantastic machine, great quality
Makes fantastic coffee and is very consistent but requires you to be involved (which I love!). Upgraded the steamer for perfect microfoam and bought a good grinder. It will make several cups in succession for groups, Easy to use and clean, just about perfect! Make sure you clean regularly for best results.
Questions & Answers
We’ve had our Gaggia Classic for about eight months having previously owned a Saeco Via Venezia for 10 years. We’re very disappointed with the Gaggia as we’re unable to achieve the right consistency of milk to create a successful flat white. We’ve tried everything we can think of, including watching tutorials on how to heat the milk, all to no avail. We didn’t have a problem with our previous machine.
I note that the Pannarello from the Saeco is said to fit a Gaggia Classic, but the one from our previous Saeco certainly doesn’t fit our Gaggia wand, so no luck there either, if we want to go down that avenue. Also, the Gaggia seems to be very touchy about the amount of grind the beans have.
Hi there, thanks for reaching out to us. We're sorry to hear that the Gaggia Classic hasn't met your expectations so far, and we'd like to help out. To do so, we recommend contacting our product team directly. They can be reached at 1300 363 391 (Australia, Mondays to Saturdays 7:00 am - 7:00 pm EST) or 0800 658 224 (New Zealand) Mondays to Saturdays: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm. Our colleagues will be then be able to take a closer look, and provide further assistance.
The Philips Australia Team
Hi I have the gaggia classic, half way through a shot the water stopped coming through the head as much... Now it's just dribbling through and won't make a proper shot. The steamer is still working fine. What is the warrenty, on what I think is an issue, with the solenoid valve? Or where can I get it fixed in inner Melbourne?
Both hoses in the water? Or Possibly a blockage, try descaling, cleaning shower head, or if it's an older machine, sometimes a deteriorating boiler can lose some inner wall lining that can block a channel?
Thanks for contacting us here. We're sorry to hear you are having some issues with your Gaggia Classic coffee machine. This must be very inconvenient, especially in the mornings without a fresh cup of coffee. We would recommend cleaning the shower disk first and filter the basket clogged because the coffee might be too fine or compressed too firmly. If this does not work, we recommend contacting our colleagues directly at this number here: 1300 363 391 from Monday - Friday: 07:00 am - 07:00 pm EST (AU) or 0800 658 224 from Monday - Friday: 09:00 am - 09:00 pm (NZ).
The Philips Australia Team
Hello! I have a gagglia brera - has worked perfectly for several years. Now the light in the top left comes on to indicate that the water tanks needs to be re-filled - but it continues to come on and the machine will not work regardless of the water level in the tank. Please kindly advise! thanks,
Hi there, thanks for asking. We advise you to contact our colleagues here for further assistance: https://www.segafredo.com.au/contact-us/
The Philips Australia Team
|Category||Semi-Automatic and Manual Coffee Machines|
|Pump Pressure||15 bar|
|Input Power||1,300 W|
|Dishwasher Safe Parts||No|
|Water Tank Capacity||2.1 L|
|Colour / Finish||Stainless Steel|
|Dimensions||380 x 230 x 240 mm|
|Milk Frother||Steam Wand|
|Release date||July 2002|
|Replaced by||Gaggia New Classic|
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