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Achille Gaggia reinvented the process of making espresso in 1936 by using hot water pressure instead of steam. In 1947, he went on to invent a lever-piston brewing mechanism, further improving the art of making espresso. A year later, he established Gaggia, a company with innovation in its DNA.
We’ve researched all the 34 espresso makers in Gaggia’s current lineup to select the 10 best ones based on multiple factors. The frother type dictates how you process your milk before adding it to the coffee. Also, with data on the reservoir capacity, you can ascertain how many cups of coffee you can make without needing to refill the device. As for the size and housing, you get to plan for kitchen installation as well as have an idea of how durable the machine is. Preparing for power usage is also in your best interests; hence wattage has been included here as well. You may even get different programs that help automate your coffee-making process. We concluded that our Editor’s Choice, the Gaggia Classic Pro, is the best representation of everything great in Gaggia’s products.
While the Gaggia RI9380/46 Classic Pro Espresso Machine is seemingly a home product, it does carry a few commercial-grade features. The three-way solenoid valve is one of them. The commercial style portafilter and steam wand are two others.
On the interior of the Gaggia espresso maker are dual heating elements. With this, the machine can get to brew ready in about five minutes. For steaming, these dual heating elements will get everything ready in 30 seconds.
Also, for a home coffee maker, you don’t want a noisy machine. As such, the vibration pump in this tool is mounted in such a way that the noise it produces is dampened.
Lastly, there are only three switches on the device for control. These even come with indicators to tell you when the machine is ready to brew or steam.
What are its best features? With only three switches, the espresso couldn’t be easier to use. You as well have quite a number of commercial-grade features in the espresso machine with the steam wand and portafilter being examples. Noise dampening technology is also a part of the invention. For larger families, the reservoir capacity is welcome as well.
What could be improved? A lack of programs means that you will have more work to do as you make your coffee. Also, power consumption may be a bit high due to the wattage.
With highly-priced equipment, buyers often expect more functionality, and the Gaggia Babila Espresso Machine doesn’t disappoint. Whether you buy pre-ground coffee or coffee beans, you will still be sorted with this purchase. After all, you do have a ceramic burr grinder and a bypass doser in the machine.
Accessories provided are also interesting. They include a Gaggia descaler, brew group lubricant, water hardness test strip, and more. A two-year warranty is added to that as well.
One-touch brewing is also possible since you have eight programmable brewing options. You can get espresso, latte, cappuccino, and five other options by pressing a button. However, you can make minor adjustments to these programs as well if the result is not up to your taste.
Interestingly, a manual steam wand is a prominent part of this device and can also be used as a hot water dispenser. This is in addition to a carafe as well. Also, do not forget the flow knob and the adjustable coffee dispenser. The flow knob helps control extraction while the dispenser can work with a variety of cup sizes.
What makes it stand out? Once you have programmed your coffee maker, you can live most of your life pushing a single button and waiting for the machine to do the rest. Also, you control what size cups you can use as well as coffee extraction levels. Another impressive feat is support for both pre-ground coffee and coffee beans. The warranty and accessories are also beneficial. Finally, having dual frothers is impressive.
Which disadvantages must you keep in mind? The Gaggia Babila Espresso Machine could be more affordable.
The Gaggia Anima Coffee and Espresso Machine is as well programmable, which is a plus. However, its default programs make only two variations of coffee, which are espresso and espresso lungo.
With its few buttons and LCD, ease of use is a significant selling point for the tool. As for the frothing, you will have to tackle it manually using the Panarello wand included.
Easy access to the reservoir means easy cleaning as well as easy refilling. The reservoir capacity is nothing to scoff at either. Similar to the Babila Espresso Machine, you are free to use pre-ground coffee and whole coffee beans as you like.
The Gaggia adapting system is also exciting. The machine can learn from your habits when it comes to grinding so that you get your preferred bean every time. Another positive is the removable brew group, and that makes cleaning this crucial component much easier.
Also, forgetting to turn off your Gaggia home espresso machine won’t have as much an effect on your utility bill as you would think. This is because of the low energy standby mode.
What are its best features? Programmability is high on the list of things that make use of the machine easier. The LCD and button layout also feature on the list. Further, the option to use whole beans and pre-ground coffee is welcome. For whole bean lovers, the machine even adapts to how you grind. Another thing is the temperature control that will give you coffee at the temperature you would like. Finally, a low energy standby mode saves on power use.
What could be improved? You could benefit from a few more coffee programs, and some people could benefit from more control over the coffee output.
More features: easy to clean; user-friendly display; rapid steam technology; one-year warranty
This 40oz Gaggia Brera Super Automatic Espresso Machine is one of the lower capacity devices listed. If you’re not serving many people coffee, this option may be what you need. You get to choose from three coffee strength options as well as to program the cup sizes that you use.
Being easy to clean is made possible by the detachable and easy-to-reach components, which include the brew group, water reservoir, drip tray, and dregs drawer.
The display will help you tweak your coffee output since you can see the changes you are making to the settings. The hopper and doser are a part of this system, as is the Gaggia adapting system. Remember that you can change how the grinder operates manually as well.
Also, this machine will be ready to steam your milk in under ten seconds, so you save time.
Why are we impressed? The one-year guarantee could be handy. As for the easy-access removable components, they make your cleaning work easier. Also, you do get some control over the coffee output, and the rapid steam technology can be a time saver.
What negatives must you be aware of? If you do use the warranty, you will have to ship the espresso machine back to the manufacturer at a cost. Regular maintenance, which can be time-consuming, is also a must.
This plastic construction Gaggia Velasca Espresso Machine is also impressive. Like the Anima Coffee and Espresso Machine, your coffee options are limited to espresso and espresso lungo.
The Gaggia home superautomatic espresso machine also comes with three temperature settings. You can choose one, depending on how hot you want your coffee.
If you are not new to Gaggia coffee makers, you may not even need to read the manual. The simple interface means you can figure things out quite easily. However, we do still recommend that you read the manual, so you don’t make any costly mistakes in operation.
A ceramic burr grinder is a pro for the device. The minimal heat transfer when grinding is a plus. As for the Gaggia adapting system, it has not been left out of this device. Neither has the removable brew group, water reservoir, or the dreg chamber.
The removable components all provide easy access and are easy to clean. Back to the burr grinder, you get ten fineness settings to choose from. As well, you can pick from five brew strength options depending on your mood.
Another pro is the controls seem intuitive and easy to use. Of course, the LCD is there to complement these controls as well.
What do we love it for? Various components are easy to clean since they are detachable. The controls make the use of the machine straightforward, whether you are choosing coffee fineness, strength, or the program to use. Also, the ceramic burr grinder keeps heat transference at minimal.
What were we disappointed with? The grinder could work better with more oily beans, and that can help curb the coffee wastage that some users are complaining about.
If you prefer carafe-type frothers and still want a Gaggia coffee maker, you can get the Gaggia Velasca Prestige Espresso Machine. The coffee machine does better than the Gaggia Velasca Espresso Machine, where program options are concerned.
Where the Velasca was limited to espresso and espresso lungo, this option adds cappuccino to the mix. The housing is made of a mix of stainless steel and ABS. With this, you can be comfortable with the durability of the device.
The carafe on this device is removable and capable of steaming and frothing milk. What’s more, you have three temperature options available every time you brew a cup. Additionally, the carafe is not the only removable component.
Seemingly you have most of what you need to make the ideal beverage. Even a ceramic burr grinder is present.
What makes it stand out? The coffee maker has three different programs at the ready. However, you can tweak some minor settings here and there so that your beverage is perfect. As for the ceramic burr grinder, it can get the job done without degrading the quality of your coffee with heat. Also, cleaning may be easier, thanks to the removable components. The two-year warranty can bail you out of a tricky situation.
Which disadvantages must you keep in mind? The manufacturer could provide better instructions on programming beforehand. Furthermore, the machine may not handle oily coffee beans well.
As for the Gaggia Anima Prestige Automatic Coffee Machine, it uses a frother that is unique to the Gaggia manufacturer known as cappuccinatore. This is an auto-frothing attachment.
The program’s list for the machine is impressive. It includes lattes, espresso, cappuccinos, and macchiatos. Temperature control is another pro, although you have a maximum of three temperatures to choose from.
Also, you don’t need to add frothed milk to your coffee cup manually. The device can siphon it from the frother and add it to your coffee automatically.
Additionally, there are only seven buttons on the device, including the power on/off. It should take a short time to figure out what each does, especially since they are well labeled, and an LCD is present as well. Also, the low energy standby is welcome.
Why are we impressed? This is an energy-saving product with its low energy standby mode. The button layout and screen make control a walk in the park. Furthermore, most of the espresso maker’s functions are automatic, where pressing a button is enough. If something in the machine breaks, you will thank your lucky stars that you have a warranty as well. Compatibility with both whole beans and pre-ground coffee gives you more options.
What negatives must you be aware of? While making coffee is a breeze, keeping the coffee maker in pristine condition can be hectic due to all the cleaning, descaling, and greasing you have to do.
More features: pressurized portafilter brews; automatic power-down; front-loaded water reservoir; one-year warranty; rapid heating
This Gaggia home espresso machine is one of three listed that don’t have an LCD. Also, the reservoir capacity is smaller in comparison to most of the list. Nevertheless, it is ideal for a specific niche in the market.
First off, those looking to save a buck will love the Gaggia Carezza De LUXE Espresso Machine. You save both on initial cost and power consumption. Heating time is worth the money as well. The machine can be ready to start brewing in about a minute.
Also, after making your coffee, you can use the top part of the Gaggia coffee machine to keep it warm for longer. Remember that programs have been exempt from the design of this tool. You will thus have to do more work while brewing. Additionally, you can’t beat the nine-minute auto-shutoff time of this invention.
What makes it stand out? You save on time, utility bills, and initial costs with this device. This is because the pricing is consumer-friendly, the wattage is relatively low, and heat up time is quite short. Also, on saving power, the espresso maker powers down quickly even if you forget to turn it off.
Which disadvantages must you keep in mind? With a more extensive reservoir, trips to the sink to fill up the device would be reduced by a lot.
Another option to feature is the Gaggia 1003380 Accademia Espresso Machine. Also, since the Gaggia Babila Espresso Machine, which is our premium pick and this device are close in terms of pricing, similarities are bound to occur.
The adjustable telescopic coffee dispenser is one similarity. This product as well has dual frothers where one is a carafe while the other is a steam wand.
An additional similarity is the presence of a flow knob. With this, the strength of your coffee is under your control.
Remember, the carafe is useful where you want to leave the whole frothing process to the machine while the steam wand is for manual frothing.
Additionally, there is pre-infusion of the grounds before brewing, and that ensures full flavor and aroma extraction. The ceramic burr grinder is also present in this model.
What makes it special? The frothers available will cater to different types of people, whether you prefer manual or automatic frothing. The cup size you use is entirely up to you since you have the adjustable dispenser. As for the ceramic burr grinder, it is an asset in most of the above models and should be one in this device as well.
What cons did we find? If the device were less expensive, a lot more people would be looking to own it.
The Gaggia Naviglio Milk One-Touch Cappuccino and Espresso Machine is the last product on this list. It comes with both a Panarello wand and a Capp in Cup milk frother.
This machine doesn’t have a screen. However, it still is easy to use due to the well-labeled dedicated buttons. You even get one-touch cappuccino functionality.
Also, the rapid heat-up time is something this product provides, along with a year-long warranty. Finally, easy access to all components that need regular cleaning is guaranteed.
Why are we impressed? The warranty can be a lifesaver. You also won’t need to spend too much time waiting for the device to finish brewing. Intuitive control is another thing we liked. Finally, cleaning will be more straightforward with the easy access water tank, dregs drawer, and drip tray.
What negatives must you be aware of? Plastic construction may not hold up well against impact and falls.
Things to Consider
Despite all the Gaggia espresso machines mentioned above being from the same factories, they are made for different people. This buying guide offers advice on how to determine whether the espresso maker is for you.
Why do you need a Gaggia espresso machine?
Some of you may need a cup of espresso to kick start your day. You end up having to spend some time queuing at a Starbucks or a different coffee shop for your daily dose. You could avoid this hassle by having an espresso machine at home.
The Gaggia manufacturer has a line of products for varying needs, wants, budgets, and market segments. By buying one, you will likely save money as you reduce the cash you spend on an espresso daily. Also, Gaggia machines seem to feature intuitive controls and are thus user friendly.
Features to consider before you buy a Gaggia espresso machine
There are ten different Gaggia coffee makers mentioned above, all with different attributes. You only require one, and hence you may have to pick the best option. As mentioned in the introduction, an excellent Gaggia espresso machine for you may not even be a good option for someone else. Also, the most efficient way to tell what would be a Gaggia machine that would work for you from one that wouldn’t is to analyze the features. For a guide on the same, read below.
For you to judge reservoir capacity, you would need to know how many cups of espresso each member of your household needs at a time. If you are solo in your house and only need a single cup of the beverage going for a small capacity, Gaggia home espresso machine is wise. The Gaggia Brera Super Automatic Espresso Machine is an excellent example of its 40oz reservoir. If you increase the people in the house and the number of espresso cups needed, then you will need a more extensive tank as well.
Remember that it can be inefficient to keep refilling the same reservoir with fresh water so that every person in your house can get a cup of the beverage.
The frother type you pick can be a matter of preference. The standard options available are the carafe, steam wand, and Panarello wand. However, there are some unique frothers, as well. Most espresso machines come with a single frother. In rare cases, an invention like the Gaggia 1003380 Accademia Espresso Machine will have dual frothers. The image of the shows the steam wand on the left while the carafe is on the right.
Most professional coffee stores, however, use a steam wand and a milk jug to froth their milk. A Panarello is a variation of the steam wand as well. An attachment to the wand differentiates it from the regular steam wand.
How you froth your milk will be dependent on the frother type you pick. If you want to find your milk already frothed and in your cup, you may even go for the unique options like the cappuccinator on the Gaggia Anima Prestige Automatic Coffee Machine.
Programs are automatic settings built into the coffee maker to make it easier for you to make an espresso. The more programs you have, the more coffee options you can get by pushing a button. With some of the Gaggia models, for instance, the Gaggia Velasca Espresso Machine, you can tweak some of these programs to your liking. Of course, options with no programs require the whole espresso-making process to be manual.
Espresso maker housing is a simple thing to choose from. Devices like the Gaggia RI9380/46 Classic Pro Espresso Machine are more durable. This is due to the metal casing. If your kids are around, it is probably a good idea to purchase the machine with the most damage-resistant housing.
A Gaggia home superautomatic espresso machine that fits in your kitchen should be a priority. Remember that if it can’t find space on your counter, you might be better off leaving it in the store.
These devices are electric, and that means they will consume power, and that will lead to a higher utility bill in your home. How much higher the utility bill goes is dependent on the wattage. Go for the lowest wattage range you can find, and you will be saving more money. On the list above, the Gaggia Carezza De LUXE Espresso Machine seems like the best pick where wattage is concerned.
Also, despite being from the same source, various Gaggia gear comes with different warranties. Some are two years. Others are one year or don’t exist at all. Supposing all the other terms and conditions are the same, you would benefit more from a more extended warranty.
Start by turning off the frother. If you have any removable parts, for instance, a lid, take them out as well. Follow up by running warm water inside the carafe. At this point, add water to the carafe and leave to sit for a while. Two hours should be enough. Rinse again with warm water. Clean the parts you had set aside with warm water and even add soap and a brush if necessary. Remember to rinse them as well. Clean the exterior using a soft cloth then proceed to wipe all components dry. Ensure no moisture is left before storage. Steam wand frothers are easier to clean. You wipe the exterior with a cloth then turn the steam function on for ten seconds.
This process is best suited to the Gaggia RI9380/46 Classic Pro Espresso Machine. Remember that grinding just before brewing will give you the best aroma and flavor. The filter holder should be attached to the group while empty. Next, turn the device on and wait for the water to heat up. The machine will notify you when the coffee temperature has been reached. Turn the middle switch on and dispense a bit of hot water from the device before turning it back off. Remove the filter holder and fill it with ground coffee. Remember to tamp it so that it is even and compact on the holder. Reattach the filter holder to the group and turn the middle switch on again. Place cups below the brew group as you do this. While this is the basic process where classic espresso makers are concerned, it might be different for other devices.
If you aren’t rushing, you may want to make sure your espresso brew is perfect, and the Gaggia RI9380/46 Classic Pro Espresso Machine allows you to do that. You control the entire brewing process. The instructions we have presented above show how easy it is to make an espresso.
For easier brewing, picking the Gaggia Babila Espresso Machine is a no brainer. The eight available programs are most impressive, and if you can tweak them to your liking, you will only need to push a button in the morning to get your beverage. High pricing is, however, a deterrent for some who would otherwise purchase this option.
The Gaggia Velasca Espresso Machine is another prominent feature in our list of best Gaggia espresso machines. You get a two-year warranty, a relatively large reservoir, a few programs, and easy-to-use controls. For the money you pay, this seems more like a bargain. Having provided a lot of data and options, we wish you the best as you contemplate which model to buy out of the ten above.