8Rancilio Silvia

Rancilio Silvia

8Rancilio Silvia
4.2

121 reviews

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Product is used
  • Daily
  • Several times a week
Build Quality
4.0
Value for Money
4.1
Ease of Use
4.0
Cleaning & Maintenance
4.2
Noise Level
3.1
Consistency
4.3
Milk Frothing
4.4
Makes consistently good coffee
Durable build quality
Reliable PID controller
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Reviews

121 reviews
Brozz100
Brozz100
  V5

Spoil yourself

After 9 years, my Rancillio is still producing great coffee results, so much so I now don't order coffee at cafes because 9 times out of 10 it is not what you get at home with the Rancillio.
Great robust machine. Show details
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Ricardo
Ricardo2 posts
  V1

A bit of practice required

See Dom’s review above (awesome machine. Get a PID. Patience.) - a very good summary.

I’ve had a V1 since 2005 and still going strong. Besides adding a PID, I upgraded the shower screen plus a steam arm from a later version. Show details

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BanjoPaterson
BanjoPatersonForrest 2603, ACT114 posts
  Verified V6
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Gianc C.
Gianc C.Southwest, VIC3 posts
  V3

Love my Rancilio coffee machine

Making a coffee with a Rancilio Silvia machine is like making art, you have total control on how strong, how hot and how much you want, this is not an automatic machine. From grinding the fresh coffee beans to placing the ground coffee into the group head to tapping it down and extracting the coffee via the machine it's all up to you. Once you get it right and all the elements are measured and tested the coffee that is produced is creamy and silky, I feel like a real barista, it's Italian ingenuity at its best. Give me a Rancilio Silvia machine any day over an automatic machine. Show details
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Westie
Westie20 posts
  V6

Good stuff

Love it. Good basic machine with no frivolous bells and whistles but made from commercial components.
Makes very good coffee once you get the hang of it. Easy to maintain too.
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Pickle
PickleSouth East Queensland, QLD6 posts
  V2

15 years of great service and saved me thousands $$$

Hasn't missed a beat in all these years my Rancilio Silva matched with a Rocky grinder. Price was $1300 the pair and I can make as good as most good cafes and sometimes better as I use quality milk and beans. Even cheap beans can make good coffee. I have replaced the grinder plates couple of times but not expensive. Do need to clean to look after but the savings made are huge. Show details
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Bec G.
Bec G.Greater Melbourne (Inner), VIC
  Verified V6

Complete waste of money, don’t bother

Bought this machine for my husbands 40th birthday, worked fabulous for 2 weeks and now just sits on the bench because it doesn’t work. Biggest waste of time and money. Show details
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larry
larryGippsland, VIC2 posts
  V3

Great machine

7 years old and used twice daily. Have replaced a group head seal - easy to do. Cleaned and flushed regularly. Makes great coffee and simple to use. Drip tray is warped and its a bit noisy - but hey, it's Italian. Show details
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Jason
JasonRichmond-Tweed, NSW2 posts
  V5
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Damien P
Damien PCanberra 2600, ACT10 posts
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J and F Marsland
J and F Marsland
  V5

worst machine ever

Inconsistent is the only way to describe the machine. One shot is under extracted the next is over extracted. At first I joked about the machine being a temperamental Italian but after throwing coffee after coffe down the drain I'm pretty sick of it. I've had many machines over the last 20 years but this is definitely the worst. No other machine can ruin an expensive bean quite like this.
Also in an amazing piece of stupid design the milk wand is too low to fit a milk jug (small one) under so after steaming the milk you have to lift the whole machine to remove the jug, brilliant! If the drip tray is has some water in it beware because at this point the water will spill over your bench.  Show details
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Edward
EdwardMetropolitan Adelaide, SA2 posts
  V5
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Rob
RobSydney, NSW5 posts
  V2

Best, robust and great coffee!

Very happy with this machine as it came but have upgraded it over the years, including adding a pid controller. It is a genuine Italian boiler based coffee machine and with the right grind makes as good a coffee as you will get. Now over 10yo still going strong. Easy availability of spare parts. Love it. Show details
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Monsooned Malabar
Monsooned MalabarGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC
  V2

Harley Davidson of Coffee Machines

I have had my Silvia for over 10 years and think it is fantastic. Note that these machines are fully manual and you need to learn how to use them. But once you do, you really can make a coffee as good as any cafe. An added bonus is that parts are cheap and widely available online as they use the same components as commercial machines. If you're reasonably handy you can maintain or fix it yourself. Considering they are likely to still be making Silvia's in another 25 years, it could be the last Espresso machine you ever need to buy! Last piece of advice. You MUST pair it with a quality grinder or you'll never make a decent coffee. I use a Rancilio Rocky.  Show details
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Bob S.
Bob S.Mid North Coast, NSW2 posts
  V4

Not overly impressed

Produces ok coffee. My grinder passed away, now using supermarket coffee which is no real indicator.
Older version was better. New machine is noisy and build quality is 2 stars max. Show details
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Questions & Answers

ann
ann · Silvia

Can I purchase this machine in Christchurch

Westie
Westie  

I’m pretty sure you purchase it in any church you like if you order online.

Maree C.
Maree C. · Silvia

The portafilter on my Rancilio Silvia won’t stay in place unless I hold it now and only moves a fraction when I slot it in. I’ve done a full clean on the machine and regularly backwash it too. Any ideas?

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Ronnie Atlas
Ronnie Atlas · Silvia

Hi There, I want to replace the driptray of my Silvia which is a little rusty.... anyone want to recommend someone selling spare parts or wrecking Rancilios?? Also for new gaskets and other service needs, I'm sure they could help too....Most grateful for any leads! Thanks, Ronnie (ronnieatlas@gmail.com)

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Details

Features

  • Filter baskets are provided to make either 8 grams or 14 grams of ground coffee.
  • The brass boiler has a 300mL capacity for coffee.
  • Contains a 2-litre water tank.
  • A thermostat controls the brew temperature, allowing the machine to reach heat.
  • A stainless steel frame and steam wand offer a sturdy construction.
  • The water reservoir, cup tray and drip tray are all removable, for easier cleaning.
  • Auto-off function turns the appliance off automatically after 30 minutes, but you can program this so it doesn’t turn off.

Points of praise

  • Durable and reliable, the Rancilio Silva produces consistently good quality coffee that rivals coffee made in cafes.
  • This machine was reported to have longevity, with many reviewers saying it lasted them for years, provided they cleaned and maintained it often.
  • A PID controller lets you directly control the temperature of the coffee machine, as well as the infusion, shot duration and steam temperature. Coffee lovers enjoyed the consistent reliability of the PID controller.
  • While parts usually last a long time, if you do need a replacement the parts are cheap to replace and also easy enough to source.
  • Reviewers were fans of the paired Rocky grinder for the Silvia coffee machine.
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CategorySemi-Automatic and Manual Coffee MachinesSemi-Automatic and Manual Coffee MachinesSemi-Automatic and Manual Coffee MachinesSemi-Automatic and Manual Coffee Machines
Price (RRP) $1,199$999
Pump Pressure15 bar15 bar
Input Power1,100 W1,100 W
Dishwasher Safe PartsNoNo
Water Tank Capacity2.5 L2.5 L
Dimensions 340 x 235 x 290 mm340 x 235 x 290 mm
Weight14 kg14 kg
Milk FrotherSteam WandSteam Wand
Bean GrinderNoneNone
Colour / FinishStainless SteelStainless Steel
Release date
Replaced byRancilio Silvia V4Rancilio Silvia V5
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