Espresso Machines for Absolute Beginners

Breville Infuser vs Rancilio Silvia, the Modern or the Classic?

We compare the Breville Infuser which is a modern espresso machine and Rancilio Silvia, one of the most known classic espresso maker. Here is the side by side in comparison and our review summary of each machine.
Breville Infuser vs Rancilio Silvia

Breville Infuser

Rancilio Silvia

Spec Comparison of Breville Infuser and Rancilio Silvia

Breville Infuser Rancilio Silvia
Our Rating
The Breville Infuser is a great candidate for beginners who look for an entry-level espresso machine. It is a semi-automatic machine with a powerful 15 bar triple-prime pump.
It has great features for beginners, like having both pressurized and non-pressurized portafilter baskets. So that, with the non-pressurized portafilter, you can practice how to dial in with your grind. This machine has two programmable buttons and a programmable PID temperature control which allows you to set the water at the right temperature.
It does not have a built-in grinder: we recommend getting the Breville Smart Grinder Pro with this machine. Other features we like are the pressure gauge which shows what pressure the machine is operating at, the pre-infusion system and the manual steam wand.
If you prefer a semi-automatic espresso machine that will last a lifetime the Rancilio Silvia is for you. It is made of top-quality materials, housing is constructed of an iron frame and has stainless steel side panels. In terms of build quality, this entry-level espresso machine has only one competitor, the Gaggia Classic.
It does not have a PID temperature control and the process is more manual than modern machines. There are three thermostats to check to ensure that the steam, espresso and boiler heat are all ok. Like the Gaggia Classic, it is a great machine for beginners if you like to be more involved in the process.
As we pointed out above the build-quality is great and it has many parts that are commercial-grade, like the chrome-plated steamer wand and 58mm ergonomic porta-filters.
Machine Type
Semi-Automatic Semi-Automatic
Pump Pressure
15 Bar Pump
15 Bar Pump
Pressure Gauge
Water Tank Capacity
61 fl. oz
67 fl. oz
Removable Water Tank
Built-in Grinder
Cup Warmer
1 year 1 year

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