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.
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.
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.
Once the Silvia is up to steaming temperature, it produces surprisingly powerful, dry steam.
Many espresso machines in Silvia's price range have aluminum boilers, which don't retain heat as well as brass.
From the commercial portafilter to the internal workings, everything on the Silvia is built to last.
If you don't empty the drip tray after each use, you'll have a mess on your countertops.
Silvia is built to last, but its boxy housing isn't for everyone.
With a single boiler, you can't steam and brew in unison, but with a little technique (see FAQ tab for details), you'll get great results.