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Rancilio Silvia V4

3.9

19 reviews · Statistics

PositivevsNegative
68% · 135 · 26%

Product is used
  • Daily (2)
Build Quality
3.0 (4)
Value for Money
3.5 (4)
Ease of Use
4.3 (4)
Cleaning & Maintenance
3.8 (4)
Noise Level
2.5 (2)
Consistency
4.7 (3)
Milk Frothing
4.3 (3)
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Reviews

Rancilio Silvia › V419 reviews
Bob S.
Bob S.NSWMid 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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Makingtide
MakingtideACTCanberra 2600, ACT3 posts
  V4

Rubbish disguised as commercial - I wish I could give zero stars

Loom is close to the boiler - burned out just after warranty, the second loom burned 18 months later. Chrome-effect peeled off the PLASTIC group-head. The boiler-gasket perished, spraying steam everywhere Show details
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Chris
ChrisNSWSydney, NSW18 posts
  V4

This is a great coffee machine

This is my second Rancilio Silva after the V1 and I have always been impressed with their quality and longevity. Commercial brass interior in a domestic package so it's a solid performer. Show details
Rob Boot
Rob BootMelbourne11 posts
  V4

What a coffee machine. Amazing. Superb coffee from a compact espresso machine. luv it!

Temperature always perfect.
Pours are always perfect.
Frother works a treat.
Robust: survived a trip from europe to aus in my backpack.
Easy to clean, easy to use.
Chunky and solid buttons.
Sturdy Steel construction. Show details
Dean
Dean
  V4

Great machine

A very reliable coffee maker that consistently makes great coffee, it just keeps going and going. Pressure and heat up are great, especially with a PID temp controller added. Milk for 2 is about the max - but that's to be expected. The machine also looks great on the bench.

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Greg J
Greg J2 posts
  V4

Outstanding

This is Italian authenticity and simplicity at its best. The perfect machine for brewing a short or long black. It is also extremely robust and, two years down the line, looks like the day I got it. Love it - highly recommended.

A slightly bigger water tank would be nice, but is not necessary.

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Salty
SaltyPerth4 posts
  V4
teckleicq
teckleicqAdelaide14 posts
  V4

Great espresso maker, if you know how to use it properly!

I've had this coffee machine for over 5 years now, and until a few months ago I was wondering why I wasn't getting great coffee out of it, and whether it needed a service, or something.

I googled and watched some video tutorials and found out it needed finer ground coffee in order for it to work at its best and since then i've been getting much better coffee from it.

Fairly easy to clean with the group head, catcher, frother, tray and tray cover to clean after making a flat white, but it is no Nespresso machine in convenience.

Do your research and get to know how to use your Rancilio Silvia first and maintain it with decalcification and cleaning the group head.

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Lrey
LreyPerth
  V4

So disappointing

Purchased this machine because of its fantastic reviews, many of my friends have had theirs for years and very happy. Unfortunately, I have not had this experience and I am obsessive about looking after my machine. In the three years I have had it I have had the element replaced twice.

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Donna Byrne
Donna ByrneBrisbane3 posts
  V4

Love this coffee machine

Absolutely can not live without this machine, it is a machine that is easy to use and can be easily cleaned. I have had the machine for over a year now and has not missed a heart beat. It still leaves the flavour of the beans at its fullest that delivers you an amazing coffee

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purplethings
purplethingsVICGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC36 posts
  V4

Coffee is a must!

If you are after a coffee machine that is not automatic, this is a good one. It does take a little practice in the beginning to get the coffee the way you like it (trying out different grinds and types of coffee etc), once you are there you can make a consistent great tasting coffee. There is a little work involved in cleaning it, however by taking care of the machine and keeping it clean, the coffee tastes much better.

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Sceptic
ScepticInaminka5 posts
  V4
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I wrote the review that began..."Context: Seven (7) home espresso machines since 1982." Would you like another more detailed review of the Rancilio after a further 3 months of fine tuning and despair?

Pa J
Pa J
  V4

Fiddly & time consuming

Before buying the latest Rancho Silvia, I read a number of product reviews & almost seemed to say this was a great machine. But I find the relatively small water reservoir, lack of any gauge to tell how much water is in it & the absolutely token drip tray painful features. I also hadn't heard about the water temperature issues until just now & didn't know I had to "temperature surf" to hit the right temp. The small basket is useless, as is the tamper. So all in all, I find the Silvia way too fiddly to be fun. It's a real disappointment. The Rocky grinder is good.

Anthony Goodwin
Anthony GoodwinNew South WalesLong Jetty, New South Wales10 posts
  V4

If you know what you're doing, this is your best value for money machine

Ok, so I've had mine for a few years now. Use it 2-3 times a day. Invest in a good grinder or you are wasting your time. To get best results, you also gotta buy a thermostat switch unit on ebay. It takes a bit of fiddling, but once on, you have all the control you need. Do your steamed milk first, then switch over to the extraction run water through till you are at 96 degrees celsius. Then pop in your group and run your coffee through.... DON'T leave your machine on, you'll burn it out! Another tip for longevity is to keep your steam wand stationary and the gaskets and seals will last longer.... mine has been serviced twice

Disgruntled consumer
Disgruntled consumer4 posts
  V4

Questions & Answers

stokeygilr2015
stokeygilr2015 · Silvia V4

Hello, My hubby had left my Rancilio Silvia Frothing button on for 2 days :( (i was in hosptial) now it won't work at all? I am thinking the milk frothing devise has died? Has anyone had this problem, or know of where i can get it fixed pretty quickly in Sydney or Canberra? Thanks in advance

Domino1352
Domino1352  
Anthony Goodwin
Anthony Goodwin  

Yep, bad news, most likely resulted in a burned out element. Pretty costly repair, couple of hundred. Good luck

Neil
Neil  
cousin it
cousin it · Silvia V4

My Rancilio Squirts water out of the coffee grounds holder whenever I make a coffee, not always but often enough to be frustrating. What am I doing wrong?

Andrew
Andrew  
Matty
Matty  
cousin it
cousin it  

thanks to both answers- wil give those suggestions a shot

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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 V5Rancilio Silvia V4

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