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Rancilio Silvia V3 Espresso Machine

Equipment Type
Espresso Machine
Espresso Machine
Single Boiler

Availability: In stock


The Rancilio Silvia is, quite simply, the best espresso machine in the under-$1,000 field. Introduced in 1997, the Rancilio quickly became legendary for its quality stainless steel construction and its versatility. It’s not only the best-selling espresso machine of all time, it may be the most modified espresso machine ever. The V3 includes a number of important upgrades, including an adjustable expansion valve and a commercial articulating steam wand.



Rancilio makes commercial machines, and the Silvia benefits fom the company’s knowledge and experience. The Silvia features the same commercial grade components used on their professional machines, including a forged marine-grade brass boiler, chromed brass group head and chromed brass portafilter. The body is polished stainless steel over a solidly built iron frame.



Turn out beautiful cappas and macchiatos with the articulated commercial steam arm. The Silvia works up an impressive head of steam and delivers it in a consistent, steady stream required for perfect microfoam.



The Rancilio Silvia is a workhorse machine with thoroughbred lines – clean, straight and built for efficiency. The convenience factors include a 3-way solenoid valve, which relieves residual water pressure and prevents exploding espresso, leaving you a nice, dry puck that’s much easier to clean up. In addition, the new Silvia V3 comes standard with an ergonomic commercial portafilter, and can be adapted for use with ESE espresso pods with the Rancilio Espresso Pod Adapter kit.



  • Quality brew group made of chrome-plated marine brass provides good temperature stability
  • 12 oz. marine brass boiler gets to temperature quickly and stays there; fast recovery time
  • Three thermostats for temperature control and safety
  • Commercial grade 58mm portafilter and baskets
  • 3-way solenoid valve relieves residual brewing pressure
  • Generous 67-oz. water reservoir lifts out for easy cleaning and refills
  • Heavy duty 15-bar pump with adjustable brew pressure
  • Cup warmer
  • Classy brushed stainless steel looks great, and doesn’t need constant polishing to stay looking great



  • Steam power to the wow factor. Once the Silvia reaches steaming temperature, you’ll get a consistent stream of dry steam for perfect microfoam every time
  • Solid brass boiler for excellent heat retention and temperature stability
  • Commercial grade everything: from the stainless steel housing to the marine grade brass boiler, the Silvia is built to work hard for a long, long time
  • High resale value if/when you’re ready to move on to a higher level machine
  • Easy to clean
  • Pod adaptable for use with ESE espresso pods



  • Shallow drip tray means you have to empty it frequently
  • Industrial styling isn’t for everyone, but we happen to like it a lot.      
Dimensions: 9.25 x 11.25 x 13.75
Weight: 30 lb
Automation: Semi-automatic
Boiler: Single, brass
Water Reservoir:          67 oz
Steam Arm: Stainless steel, one hole, articulating
Volts: 110
Portafilter: 58 mm

Customer Reviews

Rancilio Silvia V3 Review Review by es
Overall I love my Silvia. I was a little hesitant to purchase this model as people have strong feelings it but it has served me well. It's a workhorse, well built and looks great. There is a little bit of a learning curve but only took a couple weeks to get consistent with it. I still have occasional bad shots but thats usually a result of my grind or tamp - not the machines fault. Many people add temperature controls to the silvia but I get good results without them. IMO the most important factor in pulling a great shot is quality beans and freshness (in that order). (Posted on 9/29/2015)
Great Machine! Review by terencekohn
I've had the Silvia for about 2 years now and have enjoyed it very much. I added a PID after 6 months to take some of the guess work out of the process. As I have gotten much better at controling the variables of espresso making my only concern with the Silvia has been the water distribution may not be as good as more expensive machines. At it's price, I find it rock solid and a very worthy investment. (Posted on 9/29/2015)
Rancilio Silvia V.3, Rock Solid Review by homerepairbear
I've had my Silvia for over a year and a half. Took me a while to learn how to dial in a good shot, as I have no friends who are into espresso, so lots of trial and error. My ordered my Silvia with a P.I.D. modification to take the mystery out of temp surfing.

The Sivia is well crafted, nicely designed, and at it's price point, a great espresso machine. With practice, I have achieved consistency. I've also purchased a digital thermometer that has allowed for even more control and now can check the water temperature at the group head. I've found my sweet spot with this machine for sure.

I hear gripes about certain things, the drip tray is small, takes too long to reach temp again after pulling a shot, etc. This is not a commercial machine. It's built like one, but it's for home use. I make a couple lattes in the morning and might have a shot in late afternoon, 2-3 shots a day. This is an excellent machine to learn how to pull hots with. It's hands on, and everything you do affects the result. Espresso is not rocket science, but you have to be anal on some levels. It is a great enough machine to continue to use for years.

I have had no mechanical issues. I did purchase a bottomless portafilter and have enjoyed that immensely. I like that cleaning this machine does not require a degree in advanced technology. This machine may take a little patience in the beginning, but once you learn how to operate it, you are in complete control.

The manual doesn't offer much help past setting up your machine, but the website has several videos to help get any novice started. I learned a lot from videos on Youtube too. There are several there that are good how to's and one two that were excellent. No one becomes one with their espresso machine overnight.

Bottom line, I would gladly buy another Silvia, and look forward to future tweaks and changes from Rancilio. For the price point, you get decades of Rancilio expertise, and a handcrafted machine built to last. (Posted on 9/29/2015)
Rancilio Silvia Review by tarekmokhtar
Probably the best built espresso machine on the market and weighs a ton, none of that plasticy stuff.
there is a learning curve to its operation, but you will quickly get the hang of it, I got a mini Mazzer grinder to go along and they love each other (Posted on 9/29/2015)
Rancilio Silvia Review by mrbjvb
Great entry level machine. Very well built. One of the best single boiler machines.
There is a definite learning curve, but once you get it down, she performs great! You will need a good grinder!! (Posted on 9/29/2015)
Awesome Review by rcbmgc
I have had this machine for almost a year now. Once dialed in with the Rocky doser-less grinder, it makes great espresso! I make lattes for people that come over and never is there a complaint, both in quality and a satisfying experience. Highly recommended for home and office use. Never a problem. (Posted on 9/29/2015)
Tried and True Stepping Stone Review by djsenatore
The Silvia is a great espresso machine and if we're talking new machine to new machine, it's cost to value ratio is pretty darn good. It's compact, powerful enough, has a small footprint and good performance. Delivers a consistent shot and steams good enough for home use. It can jump in price if you consider adding a pid kit, putting it close to a grand so depending on several factors, one may want to consider looking for a higher end used machine at that price or a little more. If you're not going to be steaming a lot of milk then it will fit your bill for as long as you want to hold onto it. The best part about the Silvia is that it holds it's value so well and there is always a demand for them. This is a great factor for entry level buyers because they can get an espresso machine that's going to give them the ability to get everything from their beans so they'll know if the espresso odyssey is for them. If not, they can get a darn good return on their investment. (Posted on 9/29/2015)
Espresso machine Review by sorvieto
Makes great espresso and built very good. I did need to add a temperature control as it doesn't have one. Over all very good! (Posted on 9/29/2015)
A solid entry level machine. Review by clumeng
A solid entry level machine. This is in the single boiler dual use category. Pros: sizeable boiler, great steaming power, well built, makes great espresso and caps. Cons: temp control will require some surfing to get right. delay to steam but this is the same on all SBDU machines.

Will make very good espresso. To improve consistency consider adding a PID to better control temperature. There is significant resale value in this machine as well so keep that in mind for future upgrades. (Posted on 9/29/2015)
For the perfect espresso! Review by eyal
This is a great entry level machine to the world of the perfect espresso. And when I say perfect I mean it. With the proper technique the Silvia will give you espresso much better than any capsule or automatic system can. But, it does take time and effort. The Silvia requires skill that only time provides. If you are really into great espresso, and you enjoy the process of making it, the Silvia is perfect for you.

Note: it can make great cappuccinos too. But be warned, like any other home system, due to the limited frothing power (compared to commercial café machines) the practice required to achieve good results is lengthy. It took me 6 months to get it right. But once I did, my wife was happy… (Posted on 9/29/2015)

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Rancilio, founded by Roberto Rancilio in 1927, has been driven by a passion for extraordinary espresso. We devote each day to the development of professional machines that meet the highest design and functionality standards. Our daily actions are guided by four principles which convey our commitment to our customers and the global community: Roots, Research, Relationships and Results. In following these four foundational tenets, we continue to build upon Roberto Rancilio's enthusiasm. Today, Silvia, Giorgio, Luca and Roberto Rancilio work to promote the Italian espresso coffee culture worldwide. On this firm basis, we strive to uphold the standards Roberto set nearly 80 years ago, and to help our customers reach their goal of a perfect espresso cup every time.