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#2
The Gaggia Classic is by far the best machine, but it is the most expensive. The difference being the lack of plastic which the other three are draped in but also the Classic is solenoid controlled so the machine doesn't drip after you've finished the delivery.

I have an Evolution which is an earlier version of the Red, very good machine which makes excellent coffee. The downsides are the drip tray is very small and with the lack of solenoid delivery valve it does fill up quickly.
I also have a Classic at work which is excellent, cannot fault it in anyway. If money wasn't an issue then this is the one to go for.
The Cubika is a little under powered at 900 watts and the Viva is a poor relation in comparison to the Classic and Red.

The Classic is a steal at this price!

edit: The Espesso Manual is just a different colour to the Red, the internals are identical.

Edited By: pugw$sh on Dec 18, 2010 12:15
#3
would there be a huge difference between espresso red and the classic taking into consideration a £70 increase?
#4
Also second hand ones go on ebay for approx £100. Is it better to buy brand new with the two year guarantee or are gaggia's built well and last?
#5
Nespresso... fab coffee, easy to make and cleanlink

Edited By: mrsj2008 on Dec 18, 2010 12:49
#6
I've bought from E-Bay and had one good and one bad. Gaggia need regular descaling, if this hasn't been done then you can end up with a choked machine which is not easy to get working.
I bought a Classic from E_bay which was in excellent condition for £90, but before that I bought an Evolution for £70 which was nothing better than spares!
Gaggia used to sell reconditioned machines at their outlet stores, you could always grab a bargain. However Gaggia UK changed hands a few years back and I haven't seen any recon machines advertised recently.
http://www.homewares.co.uk/gaggiaspecialists/10080.html
Gaggia's are built to last, but the cheaper machines are draped in plastic rather than stainless steel. Descaling every three months keeps the internals tiptop but the plastic can show wear signs very quickly. A good second hand Classic or Baby will be better than a new Red, Cubika or Viva.
#7
mrsj2008
Nespresso... fab coffee, easy to make and cleanlink


I wouldn't want to trap anyone into buying expensive pods.

I'd go for this this bean to cup job with 300 quid off


Edited By: termite on Dec 18, 2010 13:23: coffee break
#8
£400 is a little too much atm, thanks. Not looking into pods want a proper espresso machine
#9
i have a delongi magnifica and had it 5 years. cant complain really. its a good machine for starting out with. its had one problem and that was fixed by a coffee servicing man last year, (my fault, hadnt cleaned it in yonks) I always wanted a gaggia and have for years and looked at replacing it with a Gaggia bean to cup last year but i didnt like the plastic look of some of them,but since Gaggia went into receivership in july 09 i stayed clear. parts couldnt be got for love nor money and coffee machine experts were telling me to stay well clear. Philips bought over saeco which is the uk service and distributor for Gaggia and like everything else, they arnt what they were.

im coveting a Jura Ena 3 or 5, its expensive but i think its possibly worth it.

good luck choosing, ohh and seriously avoid those pod type machines, its one step up from instant....
#10
The Nespresso capsules are around 28p each and are individually sealed and have a long shelf life (it's proper coffee not that instant muck). Personally I think these are far more economical than the short shelflife of buying the beans/ground coffee.

It's a minefield... google reviews on Amazon, etc., to see what joe public thinks of the machines you are looking at :D
#11
mrsj2008
The Nespresso capsules are around 28p each and are individually sealed and have a long shelf life (it's proper coffee not that instant muck). Personally I think these are far more economical than the short shelflife of buying the beans/ground coffee.

It's a minefield... google reviews on Amazon, etc., to see what joe public thinks of the machines you are looking at :D

it isn't proper coffee, is it? It is very expensive, you are buying a lot of aluminium and marketing. but some people like that.
#12
I am going to go for either the cubika plus or red espresso as cant justify £200 on something that in a few months might not be used. Which one would be best? More tempted for the red espresso

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