Silvia is Rancilio's semi-professional single boiler home espresso machine. It offers excellent performance and high quality beverages, qualities for which the Rancilio Company has been known for since 1927, and appreciated around the world. This newly redesigned Rancilio Silvia V4 now comes standard with an ergonomic commercial portafilter. Another upgrade now made standard is the commercial articulating steam wand with a new 1 hole steam tip. The machine also features something previous Silvia owners have been asking for: a redesigned, contoured steam knob that adds even more style to an already sleek machine.
The Rancilio Silvia V4 espresso machine is POD adaptable; this is a big change that we at Chris' Coffee Service are excited about. We offered no POD machines on our website in the past and feel this is an excellent alternative. A beginner can starting out by adding the Silvia POD kit to this machine at the start and if they decide to graduate to ground coffee at a later date, they can simply remove the kit, purchase a grinder and they are set without having to try and sell a POD only machine. One other great thing about the Silvia is its tremendous resale value. There is no other machine on the market that holds its value like the Silvia.
Warranty: 2 Years parts and labor
New style drip tray
New style group assembly
New adjustable expansion valve (set the maximum brew pressure you desire)
More attractive group cover
Commercial articulating steam wand with new 1 hole steam tip
Contoured steam knob
Double spout 58 mm ergonomic commercial portafilter
Two portafilter inserts (one single & one double)
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 cafÃ© 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 happyâ¦ (Posted on 9/29/2015)
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.