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Gaggia Classic Pro vs Rancilio Silvia: Which Espresso Machine Is Better?

    Gaggia Classic Pro vs Rancilio Silvia

    There is something about watching a barista make the perfect espresso or cappuccino. The speed at which they fill the basket, the tampering, the clicking of the portafilter, and of course, the sound of the steam wand. Today, you can do all of this yourself at home with a semi-automatic espresso machine.

    Today, we are going to look at two very different espresso machines from different brands, the Gaggia Classic Pro vs Rancilio Silvia. We will compare all their specifications from design, controls, and coffee types. You will be able to find a side-by-side chart to quickly compare the espresso machines as well as some pros and cons before the final verdict.

    Quick Side by Side Comparison

    Let’s take a quick look at the Gaggia Classic Pro and the Rancilio Silvia and their features side by side.

    Name
    Our Pick
    Gaggia RI9380/46 Classic Pro Espresso Machine, Solid, Brushed Stainless Steel
    Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine with Iron Frame and Stainless Steel Side Panels, 11.4 by 13.4-Inch
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    Gaggia RI9380/46 Classic Pro Espresso Machine, Solid, Brushed Stainless Steel
    Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine with Iron Frame and Stainless Steel Side Panels, 11.4 by 13.4-Inch
    Size
    8 x 9.5 x 14.2 inches
    9.3 x 11.4 x 13.4 inches
    Weight
    20lbs
    30.8lbs
    Color
    Brushed stainless steel, cherry red, classic blue, industrial gray, polar white, thunder black
    Stainless steel
    Coffee Options
    3 filter baskets for pressurized double shots, commercial single shot, and commercial double shot. Also compatible with pods.
    2 filter baskets, single and double
    Portafilter
    Commercial-style chrome plated brass 58mm portafilter
    Patented ergonomic 58mm portafilter
    Controls
    3 simple rocker switches
    4 simple rocker switches
    Heat Up Time
    30 seconds
    Not stated
    Frother Type
    Commercial steam wand
    Articulating stainless steel steam wand
    Water Tank Capacity
    72oz
    68oz
    Removable Drip Tray
    Warranty
    1 year
    Yes, but duration not stated
    Prime status
    -
    Our Pick
    Name
    Gaggia RI9380/46 Classic Pro Espresso Machine, Solid, Brushed Stainless Steel
    Image
    Gaggia RI9380/46 Classic Pro Espresso Machine, Solid, Brushed Stainless Steel
    Size
    8 x 9.5 x 14.2 inches
    Weight
    20lbs
    Color
    Brushed stainless steel, cherry red, classic blue, industrial gray, polar white, thunder black
    Coffee Options
    3 filter baskets for pressurized double shots, commercial single shot, and commercial double shot. Also compatible with pods.
    Portafilter
    Commercial-style chrome plated brass 58mm portafilter
    Controls
    3 simple rocker switches
    Heat Up Time
    30 seconds
    Frother Type
    Commercial steam wand
    Water Tank Capacity
    72oz
    Removable Drip Tray
    Warranty
    1 year
    Prime status
    Name
    Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine with Iron Frame and Stainless Steel Side Panels, 11.4 by 13.4-Inch
    Image
    Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine with Iron Frame and Stainless Steel Side Panels, 11.4 by 13.4-Inch
    Size
    9.3 x 11.4 x 13.4 inches
    Weight
    30.8lbs
    Color
    Stainless steel
    Coffee Options
    2 filter baskets, single and double
    Portafilter
    Patented ergonomic 58mm portafilter
    Controls
    4 simple rocker switches
    Heat Up Time
    Not stated
    Frother Type
    Articulating stainless steel steam wand
    Water Tank Capacity
    68oz
    Removable Drip Tray
    Warranty
    Yes, but duration not stated
    Prime status
    -

    The only similarity the Gaggia Classic Pro and the Rancilio Silvia have is the removable drip tray, so we will get straight on with the differences.

    Differences Between Gaggia Classic Pro vs Rancilio Silvia 

    Appearance

    Both espresso machines are compact but with a big difference in weight and color options.

    Rancilio Silvia Espresso machine

    Gaggia Classic Pro

    The overall measurements are 8 x 9.5 x 14.2 inches, and it weighs 20 pounds. There is an impressive range of colors including brushed stainless steel, cherry red, classic blue, industrial gray, polar white, and thunder black.

    Rancilio Silvia

    While the size is similar at 9.3 x 11.4 x 13.4 inches, it weighs 30.8 pounds. It comes in stainless steel.

    The Winner Is- The Gaggia Classic Pro

    Coffee Options

    With the milk frother, you can make espressos and cappuccinos, but it is nice to have an espresso machine that offers more versatility.

    Rancilio Silvia review

    Gaggia Classic Pro

    It comes with 3 filter baskets. The baskets are for pressurized double shots, commercial single shots, and commercial double shots. You can also use ESE coffee pods with this machine.

    Rancilio Silvia

    There are 2 filter baskets for single and double shots.

    The Winner Is- The Gaggia Classic Pro

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    The Portafilter

    Both the espresso machines come with a commercial-style and size portafilter.

    Gaggia Classic Pro review

    Gaggia Classic Pro

    The portafilter is 58mm made from chrome-plated brass, like what you would find in commercial machines and coffee houses. It has a rounded handle.

    Rancilio Silvia

    This is also a 58mm portafilter. The handle design is patented ergonomic for the perfect grip.

    The Winner Is- A Tie


    Controls

    The espresso machines have rocker switch controls for ease of use.

    Gaggia Classic Pro comparison

    Gaggia Classic Pro

    There are 3 controls on the front of the espresso machine. One is the power button, the other is for the coffee brew and the last is for the steam wand. On the side of the machine, there is a dial knob to control the pressure of the milk frother.

    Rancilio Silvia

    There is a power button, steam button, coffee brew button, and an additional button for hot water. The pressure dial is on the front of the machine.

    The Winner Is- The Rancilio Silvia

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    Frother Type

    Again, one similarity is that the steam wands are both rotating to make them easier to use with various milk jug sizes.

    Gaggia Classic Pro espresso machine

    Gaggia Classic Pro

    It comes with a commercial steam wand, not just for steaming and frothing milk, but also with tight microfoam to create latte art.

    Rancilio Silvia

    The articulating steam wand is made from stainless steel.

    The Winner Is- The Gaggia Classic Pro

    Water Tank

    The larger the water tank, the less often you have to fill it.

    Rancilio Silvia comparison

    Gaggia Classic Pro

    The water tank has a capacity of 72 ounces.

    Rancilio Silvia

    The water tank holds 68 ounces.

    The Winner Is- The Gaggia Classic Pro

    Value For Money

    One of the main advantages of owning an espresso machine is to be able to save money on coffee house beverages while at home. The cost of the espresso machine will impact the cost per cup and your savings.

    Gaggia Classic Pro

    Right now, this espresso machine is almost half the price of the Rancilio Silvia. It comes with a 1-year warranty.

    Rancilio Silvia

    As well as being the more expensive espresso machine, the length of the warranty isn’t stated.

    The Winner Is- The Gaggia Classic Pro

    Pros and Cons

    Just before the final verdict, we have some pros and cons of the Gaggia Classic Pro and the Rancilio Silvia.

    Gaggia Classic Pro

    Gaggia Classic Pro

    Pros:

    • The pump mounts have been upgraded so the espresso machine is quiet
    • All parts of the machine are made from quality materials
    • Excellent espressos, even with lower quality coffee

    Cons:

    • The water tank could be better designed

    Rancilio Silvia

    Rancilio Silvia 

    Pros:

    • Rich tasting coffee drinks
    • The milk frother makes thick crema and is easy to clean
    • The machine feels sturdy and durable

    Cons:

    • There is a steep learning curve with this espresso machine

    The Final Verdict

    The most important thing is that the Gaggia Classic Pro and the Rancilio Silvia make excellent, creamy, aromatic, and strong coffee drinks, so you won’t go wrong with either when it comes to the crucial feature. Other similarities include the top-quality materials and excellent build. However, the significant price difference wasn’t seen in the use or quality of the espresso machines. In fact, with the smaller design, great color options, less noise, and more coffee options, the Gaggia Classic Pro stood out from the Rancilio Silvia in many ways, making it today’s best buy.