Rancilio HSD Silvia Espresso Machine Review

By Paul Carabis | Price Range $501 - $1000

Sep 03

Rancilio just brought commercial quality espresso into your home. Our advice, do not kick them out. They are friends. That and they are going to brew you steaming cups of espresso nearly automatically. Seriously, invite them in, ask them to stay a while. The company was founded in 1927 in Milan, and quickly became synonymous with reliability, beautiful industrial design and great coffee. With our Rancilio HSD Silvia Espresso Machine Review, you will find out why coffee drinkers who use this brand tend to never stray.

Rancilio HSD Silvia Espresso Machine Review

What Makes it Different?

You have got the palette that can tell the difference between a quality drink and something that was born from a cheap machine. Rancilio appreciates you and so do we. This machine was created with quality and ease of use being its number one priority. Other machines offer some heat control, but the HSD Silvia has café grade heads that allow you to achieve the perfect flavor extraction and temperature. Look at the amazing stuff they put under the hid of this automated barista:

Product Details

  • Coffee Compatibility: Ground coffee
  • Frother: Comes with a steaming wand with a full range of motion.
  • Hot Water: Yes.
  • Pressure System: 15 Bar
  • Pressure Power: 1100 Watts
  • Boiler Size: 0.3 Liters
  • Wait Time: 6 minutes
  • Water Level Detection: Yes.
  • Removable Tank: Yes.
  • Tank Capacity: 2 Liters
  • Auto Power Off System: No
  • Grinder: Not included
  • Size: 9.2” x 11.4” x 13.3” inches
  • Weight: 31 pounds
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Indicator Lights/Buttons: Heating, steaming, brewing, and power switches that have indicating lights.

You might look at some of this info and think, “What does some of that mean?” Really, it just means that Rancilio put in A LOT of time and research to give you a machine you can use to replace your morning coffee shop stop. Do not take our word for it though. Look at what everyone else is saying about it.

What Other Quality Espresso Seekers Are Saying

Amazon Rating: Since 2009 this machine has been saving at-home baristas money and time everywhere. It is no surprise they have managed to hold a 4.1 out of 5 star rating. Most buyers are still using their machines and it is still producing the quality it did from day one. Here is what they said:

“Quality and Built To Last. This is a beautiful machine! I started learning about brewing espresso at home with a Gaggia Coffee. I’ve since stepped up to the Silvia and I wish I had bought it right away. The espresso I produce with it is far superior, never sour or bitter if I use the right amount and tamp it properly, and I can make micro foam. I also appreciate its heaviness, good looks, quiet operation and metal steam wand.”

A “real” espresso maker for the home! This machine is the perfect blend of quality, durability, and ease of repair for a home machine under $500. It makes espresso that rivals any you can buy at a coffee house. I’ve been making home espresso for 25 years and have used many different machines of various prices which all died. I bought one for $250 from Starbucks which died in one year. They told me parts were not available. This machine is practically bullet-proof. I’ve had it for over 5 years and it is still running like new. Sure it hurts to spend this much on an espresso machine, but how many $250 machines will you go through? Learn from my mistake(s) and get a good one.”

Reviews do not get much better than this. One thing we have noticed is that it is important to use a quality grinder to extract a better flavor. The finer the bean, the better the drink as we always say. Do yourself a favor and listen to the happy buyers, we did!

Similar Products

If paying around $700 seems a bit steep, there is a comparable machine for about $100 less. The Breville BES870XL offers a lot of the same features but is more complex to use. For either of these machines though, we recommend the Rancilio HSD-ROC-SD Rocky Coffee Grinder. It sounds like a cartoon name but is going to give you the best and fullest flavor from your bean.

Final Thoughts

We love the espresso! It is definitely an investment worth making. On average you will save yourself an extra $600 a year through the life of the machine. That is pretty hard to beat, especially when you getting taste and strength that rivals a coffee house. This machine is not going anywhere soon, so search around. We bet you will be back for this one though!

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About the Author

Hi, I'm Paul Carabis, coffee lover (ok, maybe coffee addict). I started this website as a way to document the best coffee machines, products and information for personal use and it took off from there! Now I help thousands of readers per month and I trust that I've helped you too!