Coffee Machine - Gaggia Baby Twins (RI8159/40) only £183.75 delivered! RRP £399.99 using codes @ .philips-shop.
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Coffee Machine - Gaggia Baby Twins (RI8159/40) only £183.75 delivered! RRP £399.99 using codes @ .philips-shop.

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Found 14th Jun 2013
Been looking at the Gaggia range of Coffee machines but have been put off a little by the price... However found this one on the Philips website and by using the promotional code it takes the price from £245 (already the cheapest I could find!) down to £183.75 the code is 'Household25'.

Most websites elsewhere it seems to be between £350 and £400 so a complete bargain! The model number of this particular version is: RI8159/40

Hope this helps someone, in addition Philips offer 28 day returns.

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It's a good price for this model. Voted hot.

But note that the steam is generated using a thermal block, and many reviewer says it's weak.

Personally I'd get the Gaggia classic for £170.

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geekystar

It's a good price for this model. Voted hot.But note that the steam is … It's a good price for this model. Voted hot.But note that the steam is generated using a thermal block, and many reviewer says it's weak. Personally I'd get the Gaggia classic for £170.



I'm new to this coffee machine malarkey... What is the difference between the Baby and the Classic?

I was about to put an order, but was put off by so many bad reviews online.
Apparently, there are some design flaws for this particular type.

the Classic is slightly bigger, and have different/old school switch, etc, and it has been there for 15 years, while the baby series were on the market for 5 years.

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chenzz

I was about to put an order, but was put off by so many bad reviews … I was about to put an order, but was put off by so many bad reviews online.Apparently, there are some design flaws for this particular type.the Classic is slightly bigger, and have different/old school switch, etc, and it has been there for 15 years, while the baby series were on the market for 5 years.



I read the same reviews but most of them seem to be down to a couple of build issues (with those individuals particular units), my thoughts are that people always moan louder when something is wrong than when it is right. Which? have this as the best buy (at a much higher price) so I thought I would risk it... Let you know how I get on.

Edited by: "ipswich78" 14th Jun 2013

ipswich78

I'm new to this coffee machine malarkey... What is the difference between … I'm new to this coffee machine malarkey... What is the difference between the Baby and the Classic?



This model has all the new fancy electronics, so it will stop when a shot is finished. Gaggia classic is manual switch so you turn it on and off.
Classic shares the boiler between brewing and steaming, so you can only do one thing at a time. With the Twin you can do both.

Ignore all five and one star reviews. Voted hot.

ipswich78

I read the same reviews but most of them seem to be down to a couple of … I read the same reviews but most of them seem to be down to a couple of build issues, my thoughts are that people always moan louder when something is wrong than when it is right. Which? have this as the best buy (at a much higher price) so I thought I would risk it... Let you know how I get on.



After reading your reply, I changed my mind and placed the order! Will keep updating this post!
Thanks!

I got a classic recently. Its basic for sure but it produces great coffee and looks like it'll survive nuclear war!

Just some information, they will provide free UPS pick-up postage to send it back if you are not satisfied with the product in 28 days.
and the warranty covers 24 months.

While this heats milk and is very cool, you could get an Aeropress for £20 and get the same quality brew.

OOS

OH accidentally got rid of the metal rack on top of the drip tray. I have not been able to find another one anywhere, any ideas?

Both this and the Classic are good machines and the £180 mark is a good price. I bought a Classic after owning a Krups and it's a step up into decent home machines (now have a Rancilio Silvia). A boxed, barely used Classic on eBay will cost you half the price again delivered and may be worth considering? The comment above about an Aeropress/ brew methods is a fair one. People can get hung up on shiny espresso machines when the quality of your beans and your grinder (a good burr one) will be as/ far more important in determining the quality of the cup of coffee you make.

Bought a second hand gaggia classic for cheap off ebay and love it. Getting nice frothy milk is not as easy as it seems so be prepared to read and watch you tube. Everyone disagrees on technique too and recommends mods or upgrades.

Be warned if this is a new hobby then you will soon discover that to get the most out of your coffee machine investment, you will definitely need to buy a grinder to match (as mentioned above). This means more kitchen worktop space (electric grinders £130 to match) or a decent hand-grinder (£30 ish) if you can take the additional faffing. Rave Coffee do good value beans too.

Good bargain price - hot from me.



I was hoping........ But alas it is now Out of stock!

Last time I ordered this from Philips during their sale after Xmas, I had confirmation mail and then received a second email to advise a refund due to an error!!

booyip

Bought a second hand gaggia classic for cheap off ebay and love it. … Bought a second hand gaggia classic for cheap off ebay and love it. Getting nice frothy milk is not as easy as it seems so be prepared to read and watch you tube. Everyone disagrees on technique too and recommends mods or upgrades. Be warned if this is a new hobby then you will soon discover that to get the most out of your coffee machine investment, you will definitely need to buy a grinder to match (as mentioned above). This means more kitchen worktop space (electric grinders £130 to match) or a decent hand-grinder (£30 ish) if you can take the additional faffing. Rave Coffee do good value beans too. Good bargain price - hot from me.



Yes I also bought my classic on ebay second hand, and modded it with digital temperature control. Couldn't be happier!
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