Best Gaggia Coffee Machine

If you’re an avid coffee lover, you will most likely be familiar with the Italian company Gaggia. Since 1938, when founder Achille Gaggia designed the first steam-less coffee machine and created the beloved espresso crema, this brand has been dedicated to producing premium coffee machines and accessories. From dedicated manual machines to fully automatic models, these beautiful espresso machines are designed with the discerning coffee drinker in mind. However, they do more than just espresso, and are an at-home barista’s dream come true. Below is a roundup of the best Gaggia coffee machines available.

1. Gaggia Brera Bean to Cup Coffee Machine

This espresso machine looks the part, with a stylish brushed-metal design that would look right at home in any upmarket café. Designed for the low-to mid-range market, this is a super-automatic espresso machine that makes it a breeze to create the ultimate espresso.The unique pre-infusion brew system extracts the full aroma from the beans, and the buttons are programmable to set to your own tastes.

Gaggia Brera Bean to Cup Coffee Machine-300

Pros:

  • Automatic cleaning and descaling (with descaling alarm).
  • Digital display.
  • Energy saving stand-by mode.

Cons:

  • Maintenance can be time-consuming.
  • Water tank is small and needs refilling regularly.

2. Gaggia Carezza RI8525/08

Coming in at a close second on our best Gaggia coffee machines list is this cute looking espresso machine. With a hipster, retro design, this model creates fantastic coffee from either ground coffee or ESE (easy serve espresso) pods. The attached panarello steamer has an adjustable tap to control the flow, and creates a fantastic, creamy froth. The wand can also be used to dispense hot water.

Gaggia RI8525-08 Carezza Manual Espresso-300

Pros:

  • Easy to clean and maintain.
  • Coffee produced is piping hot.

Cons:

  • Looks attractive, but body is mainly plastic, not metal.
  • Gives a degree of control over coffee.
  • The buttons on the control panel are a bit slow to respond when pressed.

3. Gaggia Gran RI8323/01

This manual espresso maker is perfect for those of us dying for a Gaggia machine, but unable to afford the higher price tag that usually comes attached. It is still a fantastic model, featuring 15 bar pressure and the signature panarello frothing stick. With either ground coffee or ESE pods, the new Crema Perfetta filter guarantees a delicious crema that lasts until the last sip.

Gaggia RI8323/01 Gran Manual Espresso Machine

Pros:

  • Compact design.
  • Complete with cup plate on top of the machine

Cons:

  • Drip tray can be tricky to clean.
  • The body is made of plastic and is quite light, tends to slide around when replacing the filter.
  • Small water reservoir.

4. Gaggia Naviglio

With a rather unique design for Gaggia, the Naviglio fully automatic bean to cup espresso machine gives you a nice balance between simple and straightforward operation, but with the ability to control and customise some aspects of the process.It features specific buttons for an espresso shot or a longer coffee, as well as a two-cup button for those times when one is just not enough.

Gaggia Naviglio - coffee makers

Pros:

  • Small footprint (but tall).
  • Large reservoir (1.5L).
  • Auto standby after 25 minutes.

Cons:

  • Needs cleaning every day, thorough clean once a week and greasing every month.
  • Loud operation.
  • Rather clunky looking.

5. Gaggia Accademia RI9702/04

With a jump in price, the final model featured in our Gaggia reviews certainly earns its price tag. While the Accademia is fully automatic, the touch screen display provides an array of programming options. The twin boiler means only a few seconds wait between producing coffee and dispensing steam to create milk froth. If you don’t feel like customising your own cup, not to worry, there are seven pre-set beverage buttons to deliver exactly what you desire.

Gaggia Accademia RI9702/04 Bean to Cup Espresso and Cappuccino Coffee Machine

Pros:

  • Adjustable drip tray.
  • Heating element beneath plate keeps up to four cups warm at once.

Cons:

  • The water tank is on the small side.
  • The milk needs to be manually heated using the frother.

Conclusion

Although Gaggia machines are certainly not the cheapest on the market, they are definitely priced competitively, and you can be assured that by buying this brand you are purchasing top quality appliances that will produce coffee of incredible quality, to rival even that produced by your local barista. These five best Gaggia coffee machines give you a few options. If you want to fine-tune every aspect of your final beverage, there is the perfect machine for you, yet if you are a beginner, they also have machines designed to help streamline the process, while helping you easily and quickly create aromatic and delicious coffee.

Stephen Richardson
 

Hi there, I’m Stephen Richardson, chief editor at Coffee Caboodle and we believe in sharing our passion for all things coffee.

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