Silvercrest Espresso Machine £39.99 (from Thurs 29th Nov) @ Lidl
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Silvercrest Espresso Machine £39.99 (from Thurs 29th Nov) @ Lidl

£39.99LIDL Deals
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Found 26th Nov 2012
Everything you need for an Italian-style coffee experience in your own home:

2-in-1 high pressure valve for making hot drinks and frothing milk
Suitable for ground coffee or pods
Automatic pre-brew to optimise the espresso flavour
Removable drip tray
With 2 interchangeable filter heads
1100w
Powerful, high-pressure pump (bar): 15
Includes 2 filters for 1 or 2 cups
Water capacity (L): 1.5
Size approx. (cm): H31 x W21 x D28
3 year manufacturer’s warranty

45 Comments

have had a couple of silvercrest things was unsure on what the quality was going to be like but always been really surprised had no problems excellent quality

We bought one a couple of years ago, the milk frother broke, a new machine was sent and got to keep the other as it still worked.

Good machine. Had to use the warranty and replacement no problem. Makes a decent cup of coffee. Has worked perfecctly up to 10 times a day for a year.

£39.99 for a semi-professional espresso machine with a 3 year warranty?? I'm sold!!

As a trained Barista, I loathe to drink poor quality coffee so short of spending £4000 plus on a La Marzocco that wouldn't fit in my kitchen, this is fantastic.

My wife is picking me one up as a Christmas present. Happy days!

Silvercrest DVD players are fine, IME.

HTH.

I'm nearly there, any more owner feedback?

Does anyone use the pods with this? If so, whats a cheap source?

terriclarkfan

Silvercrest DVD players are fine, IME. HTH.

It makes coffee, not the playing of DVD...

We bought food processor made by them was sceptical of their 3 years warranty , went faulty after 2 years n i called them they sent me a new one without making me send faulty one back!

Coffeee

Does anyone use the pods with this? If so, whats a cheap source?



get the pods out of lidl too i think 18 for £1.59 roughly

or get ground coffee or beans and grind them yourself

bought one last year, took it back. writing fell off and it dripped everywhere. bought a dualit espressivo for 100 and much prefer it. I would avoid.

why do you need a coffee maker at all? just brew grounds in a pan .. & froth your milk

wendy07

wbrew grounds in a pan


That's a joke, right? Espresso is made under pressure (15 bar pressure, with this machine, which is the same as £250 Gaggias). It's an entirely different drink from coffee produced any other way and especially in a pan.

Vasily_87

bought one last year, took it back. writing fell off and it dripped … bought one last year, took it back. writing fell off and it dripped everywhere. bought a dualit espressivo for 100 and much prefer it. I would avoid.


Be warned...we've had two Dualits and neither lasted long - won't be buying another. We've had other well-known brands too and they all failed within a couple of years, one way or another.

We've switched to Nespresso - expensive coffee but, from everything we've read, generally reliable machines with 19-bar pressure. You can buy a Which? Best Buy Magimix M100 with Aeroccino frother for £110 at present (Amazon and elsewhere) and get a £40 voucher for capsules (as well as the 16 that come with it). We bought ours from Debenhams a couple of weeks ago when it was 10% off and got 5% topcashback too, so net £94.

Tassimo and other systems offer cheaper capsules than Nespresso but generally don't have proper frothers - you have to use their milk capsules containing revolting UHT milk. The French (who rate themselves when it comes to cuisine) may be fond of UHT milk but most Brits quite rightly hate the stuff.
Edited by: "Arold" 28th Nov 2012

wendy07

why do you need a coffee maker at all? just brew grounds in a pan .. & … why do you need a coffee maker at all? just brew grounds in a pan .. & froth your milk



Although that wouldn't be espresso.

Seems these have been recalled.
I called into 2 stores this morning and both said the same.

Anyone know of any alternatives around same price £40-60?

Thanks

Tez131

Anyone know of any alternatives around same price £40-60?



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Edited by: "dooper" 29th Nov 2012

Tez131

Seems these have been recalled.I called into 2 stores this morning and … Seems these have been recalled.I called into 2 stores this morning and both said the same.


I just called Lidl H.O. and that's news to them. My store (Newbury) has stock.

Thanks Dooper.

Arold, really. I'm in N.Ireland, maybe sent us a dodgy batch.
Might try one more store on way home from work.

Can you check online stock in stores?

Also which is better this or Argos cookworks one Dooper posted?

Tez131

Also which is better this or Argos cookworks one Dooper posted?



I think (not 100% sure) that the Silvercrest is a rebadged DeLonghi, & is pretty decent.

I have the Cookworks from Argos. It's a Which? 'Best Buy'. Makes Espresso, Cappuccino & Latte. Extract from Which? review... 'Our expert taster highly rated the espresso's super dark gold crema, & the lovely sweet dark aroma & taste'. Score 79%. Note that Which? excludes price from assessment criteria, so the score reflects performance not price.

I bought the Cookworks machine in December 2010. I've used it more than 1,000 times, & it's still in as new condition.

Either machine is an affordable way to enjoy good coffee at home. Far cheaper to own than the 'capsule'-based drinks machines.
Edited by: "dooper" 29th Nov 2012

Call and got put through to NI customer service, they confirmed its not being sold in any stores over here. They were not happy with quality of it during testing.

Not sure why in Mainland uk it is being stocked??

Dooper, really appreciate the extra info.

As I said looks like lidl NI are not selling this at present so think I will get the cookworks one.

Thanks again.

Tez131

Call and got put through to NI customer service, they confirmed its not … Call and got put through to NI customer service, they confirmed its not being sold in any stores over here. They were not happy with quality of it during testing.Not sure why in Mainland uk it is being stocked??



This exact model has been on sale at Lidl a few times now, back in late 2009 and early 2011 if I recall correctly. I'd be surprised if they re-tested it each time. They also have made a video demonstrating it on the Lidl website, I'd be surprised if that was made BEFORE testing?
It's entirely possible N.Ireland got a bad shipment I suppose, but if I were to guess (and I'm the cynical type) I'd say it was just N.Ireland getting screwed over as usual.

dooper

Tez131 Also which is better this or Argos cookworks one Dooper posted?I … Tez131 Also which is better this or Argos cookworks one Dooper posted?I think (not 100% sure) that the Silvercrest is a rebadged DeLonghi, & is pretty decent.I have the Cookworks from Argos. It's a Which? 'Best Buy'. Makes Espresso, Cappuccino & Latte. Extract from Which? review... 'Our expert taster highly rated the espresso's super dark gold crema, & the lovely sweet dark aroma & taste'. Score 79%. Note that Which? excludes price from assessment criteria, so the score reflects performance not price.I bought the Cookworks machine in December 2010. I've used it more than 1,000 times, & it's still in as new condition.Either machine is an affordable way to enjoy good coffee at home. Far cheaper to own than the 'capsule'-based drinks machines.Edited By: dooper on Nov 29, 2012 12:38



Do you use Pods with this?
If so which ones do you think are best?

Cheers

Tez131

Do you use Pods with this? If so which ones do you think are best?



I use Melangerie brand Pods from Lidl. £1.69 for 18. Gold Winner at The Grocer Own Label Food & Drink Awards 2011. Available in Colombia, Brazil & Kenya blends. All good.

Hi I tried the pod in mine yesterday and it was really week-can anyone help? I put it in where the strainer wd go- did I do something wrong? Thank you in advance!

Fern73

Hi I tried the pod in mine yesterday and it was really week-can anyone … Hi I tried the pod in mine yesterday and it was really week-can anyone help? I put it in where the strainer wd go- did I do something wrong? Thank you in advance!



You still use the filter and you still pack it down like you would using raw coffee powder. The more compact the coffee is, the stronger it'll be. Think of the pod as the same as the regular espresso powder, it just has a bag to make less of a mess. Also pay attention to the shape of the pod, it has a "top" and a "bottom". The curved side is the bottom.
Edited by: "Kushan" 30th Nov 2012

Tez131

Seems these have been recalled.I called into 2 stores this morning and … Seems these have been recalled.I called into 2 stores this morning and both said the same.Anyone know of any alternatives around same price £40-60?Thanks


Called into 3 lidls today and none have the melangerie pods! Looks like lidl think people in Northern Ireland don't like coffe machines or pods!!
Can they be bought anywhere else or any other suggestions to good pods to use withy the cookworks?
Can it take any pods or is there only certains compatible ones?

Sorry not a coffee drinker myself, it's for my wife.

Cheers

Tez131

Called into 3 lidls today and none have the melangerie pods! Looks like … Called into 3 lidls today and none have the melangerie pods! Looks like lidl think people in Northern Ireland don't like coffe machines or pods!!Can they be bought anywhere else or any other suggestions to good pods to use withy the cookworks?Can it take any pods or is there only certains compatible ones?


Why use pods at all? OK, they're convenient and save a bit of cleaning up but you'll probably get better coffee for less money if you buy ground coffee such as Illy or Lavazza. It MUST be an espresso grind though - that means it'll be very fine. I don't think Lidl do an espresso grind. Other ground coffee will be coarser and so the water, under 15-bar pressure, will flow through far too quickly and make a rotten drink. Better still, buy beans and a grinder - a proper grinder that will grind finely, not a whizzer with a sharp blade - but good grinders aren't cheap.

OK i bought one... i know its an espresso machine but why make a machine that wont fit a small mug (only a small cup). To make a white coffee in anything larger than a tea cup you need to fit a small jug under the steamer to heat the milk, then another cup under the coffee nozzle to make the coffee, then pour both into a 3rd mug! If only the gap was 1" taller you could just use one mug! Trying to use the biggest cup that will fit also means that you can't easily see it reaching full unless you use a clear glass cup as seen in the lidl video. Note that they demonstrate that a milky drink requires the 3 cup approach to make one mug! They made the same mistake on early senseos before increasing the gap to take a full size mug.
There is a clip to hold the sieve in place when you clean it out but its not big enough to wedge it and stop the sieve falling out. If you want 2 cups then the 2 holes don't always fill both cups equally. Don't bother with pods, most are weak when used in a senseo and come out even weaker in this machine. The milk steamer appear a little inconsistent. Sometimes it takes longer than others and adds significant water to the cup!
Having said the bad points... if you want good coffee cheap with the flexibility of not having to stick to the expensive and limited selection of pods/capsules and you don't mind a bit more effort and mess, this will do the job at 3 pence worth of coffee per cup (purchased 250g for 99p at B&M) and made 33 cups from it. One other positive is that the water container is bigger than some pod/capsule machines and the larger hole at the top makes it easy to fill via a jug in situ (a shortfall of the senseo hence the larger after market water containers).

itsmeagain69

OK i bought one... i know its an espresso machine but why make a machine … OK i bought one... i know its an espresso machine but why make a machine that wont fit a small mug (only a small cup)?


Because it's an espresso machine! Although I don't suppose it do any harm to allow more space but, if you want a mugful, you'd probably do better with a cafetiere - that's what we use when we want a long coffee.

itsmeagain69

There is a clip to hold the sieve in place when you clean it out but its … There is a clip to hold the sieve in place when you clean it out but its not big enough to wedge it and stop the sieve falling out.


It could be better but it works ok for me.

itsmeagain69

If you want 2 cups then the 2 holes don't always fill both cups equally.


They never do, in my experience of several different espresso machines.

itsmeagain69

IThe milk steamer appear a little inconsistent. Sometimes it takes longer … IThe milk steamer appear a little inconsistent. Sometimes it takes longer than others and adds significant water to the cup!


Again, this is true of all espresso machines. Follow the instructions to purge the steam pipe of water before steaming milk and you won't get added water.

Edited by: "Arold" 2nd Dec 2012

Tez131

Called into 3 lidls today and none have the melangerie pods! Looks like … Called into 3 lidls today and none have the melangerie pods! Looks like lidl think people in Northern Ireland don't like coffe machines or pods!!Can they be bought anywhere else or any other suggestions to good pods to use withy the cookworks?Can it take any pods or is there only certains compatible ones?Sorry not a coffee drinker myself, it's for my wife.Cheers



Senseo pods fit the Cookworks machine, so probably also fit the Silvercrest. For loose ground coffee, Lidl sell Bellarom Espresso. £2.50 for 200g. Very good.

I have had enough of filter coffee and went to Comet yesterday to look for an Espresso machine, still lousy discounts in my local store! Beginning to wish I'd popped into the Lidl next door instead. Under £40 and 3- year guarantees being honored by Lidl, you can't go wrong! I'm going to get one tomorrow!

Arold

Because it's an espresso machine! Although I don't suppose it do any harm … Because it's an espresso machine! Although I don't suppose it do any harm to allow more space but, if you want a mugful, you'd probably do better with a cafetiere - that's what we use when we want a long coffee.



Well... using a cafetiere would not help my efforts to make a frothy milky coffee with less things to wash up. A latte, cappuccino etc are all espresso coffees with frothy milk! Instead of owning several machines for different types of coffee, i'm just saying that an extra inch would make the machine far more flexible in its use. To get around the design limitation i may buy some cappuccino cups (low and wide diameter). This should allow me to make a 'long' milky espresso frothy coffee with just one cup!
Edited by: "itsmeagain69" 3rd Dec 2012

I purchased one from Lidl and made my first Cappucino today...

As I am a novice to the whole idea of espresso machines, I need to get to grips with how to use it, particularly the milk frother, but the result was good!

Bad point is that larger mugs can't fit in it. I would have liked my cappucinos larger in the morning, but espresso is strong enough to be drunk in smaller quantities.

Apparantly someone mentioned that this may have been a rebadged Delonghi, this blog states that it's a rebadged Delonghi EC152 (a model I considered buying before this one was on sale)

http://coffee-machinereviews.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/pulling-espresso-shot-on-silvercrest.html

All-in-all a rebadged Delonghi, only £39.99 (Delonghi EC152 is around £69.99 in shops) and if it goes wrong, keep the receipt and use the 3-year warranty. If only I could add more heat to this deal!

Just picked one up in Pembroke Dock they've got a pile of them left.
Can't go wrong with 3 year warranty ..

Hot from me...

For anybody wanting to use a larger mug, just remove the drip tray. Tadah!

liam2368

For anybody wanting to use a larger mug, just remove the drip tray. Tadah!



We stood ours on a handy Teapot Stand we had lying around.

Heat the milk in microwave before steaming makes a difference , and use Senseo pads for great tasting coffee..
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