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Gaggia Classic

alaTest has collected and analyzed 192 reviews of Gaggia Classic. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Coffee & Espresso Makers for all reviews. Reviewers really like the maintenance and size. The reliability and price are also appreciated. There are some less positive reviews about the capacity.

usability, price, reliability, size, maintenance


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Coffee & Espresso Makers the Gaggia Classic is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Best value espresso machine


Reviewers say that the Gaggia Classic produces a nearly perfect espresso for a fraction of the cost of high-end machines. Several users who have owned their machines for years say the Gaggia is very durable and holds up well to consistent daily use....

Simple controls, compact, durable, uses ground coffee or ESE pods

Hard to judge water level, cheap plastic tamper, cheap frothing wand, aluminum boiler susceptible to corrosion

Nov, 2010

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Gaggia Classic


Read about the functions and features of the Gaggia Classic that make it stand out as a quality espresso machine.

The Gaggia Classic comes in a variety of colors to match your kitchen color scheme

This espresso machine lacks important safety features including a polarized plug and a short cord

Coming straight from Italy, the Gaggia Classic makes espresso using a powerful bar pump pressure system.

Expert review by: (

Gaggia Classic Review


The Gaggia Classic coffee machine is one of the most popular home coffee machines on the market. It is made by the Italian company, Gaggia, which is a name synonymous with espresso and espresso machines. Here we take a look at what it is about the...

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Expert review by: David Ludlow (

Gaggia Classic review


It's what a good espresso machine should be: simple to operate and capable of producing perfect espresso shots

These minor points can't distract from the quality of the Gaggia Classic. It's a pure and simple espresso machine that delivers excellent coffee. Its pro group handle means you need to learn a bit of technique to get the right results, but it's not...

Mar, 2014

Consumer review by: Alex DiCicco (

CoffeeGeek - Gaggia Classic Machine - Alex DiCicco's Review


I've had the Classic for a year and it is a very solid machine that produces great espresso. A lot of commercial components and stainless steel body gives it that 'prosumer' feel. Heats up to temp rather quickly due to the small boiler. The fact...

Built like a tank ; Can produce great espresso ; Commercial components ; Quick heat up time

Small boiler ; Frothing attachment

Feb, 2011

Consumer review by: Bob Pasternak (

CoffeeGeek - Gaggia Classic Machine - Bob Pasternak's Review


I'm new to making espresso.

Produces real espresso, with syrupy mouth feel and good crema ; Warm up is quick ; 3-Way solenoid valve is nice feature ; Doesn't take up a lot of room on kitchen counter ; Stainless Steel construction is nice

Every shot, without even one exception, is sour ; Small boiler is inadequate for steaming. I have to wait in the middle of steaming 6 ounces of milk

Feb, 2011

Consumer review by: Simon Weatherley (

Great home espresso machine, well built with good support/spares. A few shortcomings but overall a good compromise.


Like most people who make espresso at home, I did plenty of research on machines. I soon found out that for the budget I was on (GBP250-300) I would be better off getting a second hand machine and a decent grinder than a new machine and a cheap (or no)...

Solid build quality ; Quick heat-up ; 58 mm PF

Small boiler causes temperature drop ; Some temperature surfing required

Nov, 2009

Consumer review by: Ray Valiani (

Great machine if it is PID'd.


Initially I purchased this unit, because it was $200 less than a comparable Silvia. Additionally I liked the fact that it did not have dimensions that would dominate my kitchen. I PID'd this unit (, paired it with a Baratza Virtuiso...

Works well, great parts availablity. Easy to PID

8 degree temp change though a shot ; Steaming milk is not the best but acceptable

Nov, 2009

Consumer review by: Dredg (

If you purchase one machine to provide great espresso for years this is it!


I purchased this Machine from the Daily Grind for $399 USD. The first day I had it, it worked like a charm. Best espresso I‘ve had in a long time. The espresso had perfect crema from the very first shot. The machine is very easy to control and cleans...

Great Design, Great Espresso, Easy to use, Easy to control

Doesn‘t have to boiler capacity of the Rancillio Silvia

Oct, 2009

Consumer review by: J M (

40 Years of Success for a Reason!


I have loved using this machine. It is really easy to pull consistently good shots with ease. A little time to master and you can really tweak your results to tailor the results to your taste. Compact size and footprint will keep the kitchen in fine...

Easy to use, solid construction and --most importantly-- quality in the cup. In the single boiler category this is a great option

Steaming ability could be better but using the trick of starting the steam prior to the boiler reaching full steam temp works wonders

Sep, 2009

Product Specifications


Cappuccino making: Yes