Rancilio Silvia V3 Espresso Machine
We think this is the best single-boiler espresso machine available for under $1,000.
Average rating of 4.7 from 15 reviewer(s).
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In our opinion this is the best espresso machine available for under $1,000. Silvia is a solid, commercial grade machine offering reliability, clean design, and no cheap plastic parts. With a little bit of practice you'll be pulling beautiful, thick espresso shots with ease.
This remarkable machine delivers impressive quality normally seen on much more expensive models. It features a forged marine-grade brass boiler, with chrome-plated brass group head and portafilter. The polished stainless steel housing envelops a sturdy iron frame.
PERFECT MACCHIATOS AND CAPPUCCINOS
Silvia lets out a rambunctious yet smooth hiss of steam that is easily controlled with a perfectly positioned knob. It’s easy to steam up billowing, velvety micro-foam for macchiato or cappuccino. The commercial style steam wand is solid and easy to clean with a wet towel.
SIMPLE, TIMELESS DESIGN
The Silvia is a genuine work-horse, with a simple, easy to clean Italian design. To minimize mess, a 3-way solenoid valve relieves residual water pressure from the brew head and moves it to the drip tray. This means the excess moisture is pulled from the portafilter, leaving a solid espresso puck.
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- Model: Silvia Version 3
- Powerful 15 BAR pump brews rich espresso every time
- Espresso cups kept on top of the Silvia will be kept at optimum temperature through radiant heat
- Hot water can be dispensed through the steam wand for rinsing and pre-heating cups.
- Dimensions: 9.25 inches wide x 11.5 inches deep x 13.75 inches high
- Weight: 35 pounds
- Rancilio 1-year warranty
- Includes single & double shot filter baskets, plastic tamper and coffee scoop
- Best deal guaranteed: We work very hard to offer high quality products at the best price. If you find a better deal, let us know and we'll match it.
- We use this machine: We say no to a lot of products because they don't meet our stringent demands. If it's on our site, we love it and use it ourselves.
- Love it or send it back: Our 30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee means we make it easy for you to return it if you don't love it.
- Repair service: We can service your machine and take care of any issues that might come up. With our rock solid 1 year warranty policy, you can rest assured.
In our opinion this is the best single-boiler espresso machine available for the home espresso enthusiast for under $1,000. This remarkable machine delivers impressive quality normally seen on much more expensive models.
The Silvia lets out a rambunctious yet smooth hiss that is easily controlled with a perfectly positioned knob. It’s so easy (almost cathartic) to steam up billowing, velvety micro-foam for a free pour macchiato or cappuccino.
Limited 1 year warranty. Repair or replacement of machine within 12 months of the original purchase.
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You must refill the boiler after steaming milk by switching the machine out of steam mode and engaging the brew switch until hot water comes out of the grouphead. This refills your boiler with water AND self-corects the brewing temperature to near 200 degrees. Failure to refill the boiler may burn out your heating element. Repair for this is NOT covered by the warranty.
Need Spare Parts?
We keep the most common spare parts on hand. Click here to see a selection on Silvia parts. If you don't see what you need, give us a call at 800-520-2890, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll help you out.
We recognize that there are hundreds of machines out there that cost less than the Silvia, and we’ve tested many of them. In a nutshell, we’ve found the Silvia to be the only machine in its price range or below that we can stand behind. It's the first machine under $700 that features high-quality components, professional build quality, dependability, sturdy feel in your hand, and true espresso coffee. Nothing on the machine feels cheap or plasticky. We ship these out with confidence that our customers will be satisfied with their experience.
You can spend less on an espresso machine but you will sacrifice power and performance, not to mention espresso quality and, overall, the level of pleasure you get from using the machine. Too many people find that their espresso machine sits unused on their countertop because it simply doesn’t make espresso drinks that taste that good. With a good grinder and a bit of practice, you too can make café quality espresso drinks with the Rancilio Silvia.
The boiler will heat from a cold start in five to ten minutes. Even though the boiler power indicator light will turn off in this time, it’s best to wait for all the lines and the brass elements of the group head and portafilter to heat adequately before pulling a shot. This will take between 20 to 25 minutes. You can cheat the machine a little by running water from a hot boiler through the lines and out the group head to quicken the heating of the brewing elements.
‘Single boiler’ means exactly that: there is one boiler in the machine. Some espresso machines that cost much more than the Silvia have two boilers, one dedicated exclusively to the steaming mechanism and another dedicated to the brewing mechanism. A single boiler machine provides hot water to brew and super-hot steam for milk foaming from a single heat source. With a single boiler machine, you have the ability to change modes at the flip of a switch to heat the machine up for steaming and cool down to the default mode for brewing espresso.
The Silvia features a heavy-duty brass boiler, which is more durable than aluminum. Aluminum expands and contracts with sharp fluctuations in temperature, which can cause leakage. Also, aluminum is prone to significant corrosion, depending on the ph level of your water. Many people are concerned about drinking hot water that has touched materials like plastic and aluminum. Brass is superior in terms of heat retention and much less likely to corrode.
A PID (Proportional Integral Derivative) Control is a popular upgrade to Silvia machines. Basically, a PID controller closely monitors and electronically regulates the water temperature at the brew group. PIDs help you to dial in a precise brewing temperature. However, we find that a bit of attention and the right technique can reliably produce very fine espresso from the Silvia without the need for a $200-$300 upgrade and without voiding your warranty.
Adding $300 to the $699 price of a Silvia gets you within striking distance of an E-61 grouphead machine, which would mean much better temperature stability and you would retain the manufacturer’s warranty. We recommend checking out the Quickmill alexia which provides a number of dramatic upgrades in temperature stability, capacity, aesthetics, power and performance for just a little more money than a PID-adapted Silvia.
If you’ve done any online research about the Rancilio Silvia, chances are you’ve come across talk of something called “temperature surfing.” Temperature surfing refers to a method of regulating the temperature of the brew water. It requires determining the precise water temperature relative to the machine’s position in the boiler heating cycle and timing the preparation of your shots accordingly. Some people recommend timing the shot while the boiler is heating (how many seconds since the boiler power indicator light switches on.) Other methods recommend timing the shot as the boiler is cooling (how many seconds after the light switches off.) There are a number of different methods described on various websites; some are quite simple while others require specialized measurement devices and repeated scientific experimentation. How deeply involved you care to get is entirely up to you.
Over the years we’ve tested many ways to regulate temperature on the Silvia, and we have a simpler method. It may not be as precise as some of the 19 step processes you’ll find online, but for most people it will suffice to pull a sweet, rich shot.
In short, we recommend that you steam the milk first, then bleed off the excess pressure and steam out of the grouphead. If you leave the brew switch on for about 15-25 seconds, or until the steam dissipates and only water is coming out of the grouphead, there will be enough of a temperature drop in the boiler that the thermostat will force the boiler to start heating up again. Once the boiler has turned off, if you wait about 30 seconds, you’ll be pretty close to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and ready to pull a good shot. This process should take 2-3 minutes, which is just about the time you’ll need to grind and tamp in preparation for pulling a shot. Be sure to swirl and gently knock your pitcher of steamed milk to maintain consistent texture and “keep it alive.”
Ensure that the portafilter has no grounds around the top edge before you place it in the group head. Engage the portafilter firmly into the grouphead in order to create a tight seal against the gasket.
Use a Coffeetool 3-in-1 Group head Brush to remove any grounds or coffee residue from the gasket.
If the gasket is cracked or excessively worn, it's time to replace it. You'll find instructions here.