Our Guide to the Best Gaggia Coffee Makers on the Market
The aroma, the flavor, the comfort and of course, the pick-me-up – nothing beats a steaming cup of coffee in the morning. But to brew the perfect cup of java, you need a good coffee maker. In other words, you need a Gaggia.
Gaggia 90500 Titanium Super Automatic Espresso Machine
Our favorite for 2017
Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine
A very close runner-up
Gaggia RI8762 Anima Prestige Super Automatic Espresso Machine
An espresso machine that ensures maximum flavor
Gaggia is one of the most respected brands in the coffee maker industry, and while their machines tend to fall into the mid-to-high-end range, they’re worth every penny.
We’re going to review five of the best coffee makers from Gaggia, but first, let’s talk about how to compare these models:
- Coffee, Espresso, or Both: Decide whether you want a Gaggia machine that can make both regular coffee and espresso, or just espresso. If you entertain guests that may not want a shot of espresso, you may want a model that can also brew regular coffee.
- Size: Consider the size of the water reservoir. Larger reservoirs are ideal for avid coffee drinkers or for entertaining guests. But if you only brew one or two cups per day, a smaller machine may be a better fit. Aside from the reservoir size, you also want to think about the size of the machine itself. If you’re short on space, you’ll naturally want to choose a more compact coffee maker.
- Superautomatic or Manual: Gaggia makes both manual and superautomatic espresso machines. Manual machines require more prep work on your end, but superautoamtic machines tend to come at a much higher price. Decide which type is the best fit for you and your budget to find the right model for you.
Our Top Gaggia Reviews for 2017
Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine – The Gaggia Classic is a coffee and espresso machine with a large, 72-ounce water reservoir. It’s simple in design and a manual unit, but it’s one of the most affordable models in Gaggia’s lineup.
The stainless steel housing creates a sleek look and adds to the machine’s durability, and brass grouphead and portafilters keep the temperature stable.
With 17.5 bar pump pressure, this machine brews authentic espresso. And if you enjoy a good latte or cappuccino, the frothing wand and hot-water dispenser allows you to make these coffeehouse drinks in your kitchen. You can even make a hot cup of tea with this machine.
Gaggia Brera Superautomatic Espresso Machine – The Brera is an Italian espresso machine that costs a little bit more than the previous model, but is superautomatic for easy brewing.
The Brera comes fully loaded with a Mavea water filter, programmable features, a pre-infusion feature and a coffee grinder for freshly ground beans with each brew.
The built-in, 8.8oz hopper is airtight and UV-proof to preserve the freshness of your beans. The machine uses a ceramic grinder for maximum consistency and to minimize heat transfer.
This machine uses 15-bar pump pressure and a stainless steel boiler, and also comes with a frothing wand to make coffeehouse style drinks with ease.
Gaggia RI8762 Anima Prestige – The Amima Prestige is the ultimate espresso machine for serious coffee connoisseurs. A large 60-ounce reservoir lets you brew enough coffee for a large party without having to constantly refill the machine, and the adjustable coffee dispenser allows you to brew in cups over 5.9” in height.
With one-touch automatic frothing and rapid steam technology, you can create a variety of coffee drinks with this machine. With the touch of a button, you can brew espresso, cappuccino, espresso lungo, and latte macchiato. You can even adjust the aroma strength.
The LCD screen allows you to adjust a variety of settings, and a built-in hopper lets you grind beans just before brewing for the freshest coffee every time.
Gaggia 90500 Titanium – The Titanium is a superautomatic espresso machine with a commercial-grade look and feel. With a cup warmer on top, LCD controls and the ability to brew two shots at once, this machine offers just about all the features you could ever want in an espresso maker.
This Gaggia espresso machine features a 15 bar pump, and two stainless steel boilers (one for brewing and one for steaming). With excellent temperature control, this machine brews an authentic shot of espresso.
The 60-ounce water reservoir holds plenty of water, and the conical burr grinder (built-in) has 18 adjustable settings.
A frothing wand and rapid steam generation complete this superautomatic espressos machine.
Gaggia Synchrony Logic – Want an espresso machine that does it all? The Synchrony Logic from Gaggia grinds beans, tamps and brews – all with the touch of a single button.
This superautomatic espresso machine has a volume dial that allows you to brew between one and 12 ounces of espresso. You can also adjust the dosing between six and nine grams for a truly personalized brew.
The 15-bar pump brews a truly authentic shot of espresso, and the built-in conical burr grinder offers 18 grind settings. With a large 58-ounce water reservoir, you can brew several shots in succession without having to refill.
The built-in steam wand lets you create cappuccinos and lattes, and the dual boiler system ensures the brew temperature doesn’t interfere with the steam temperature.
Buyer’s Guide – How to Choose the Right Gaggia for You
You’ve read through all of your Gaggia reviews, but you still don’t know which machine to choose (we’ve all been there). The great thing about Gaggia machines is that each model has its own unique design and features, which really helps make it easier to narrow down your choices.
Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for a Gaggia coffee maker:
- Automatic Brewing: Some Gaggia models take care of the grinding, tamping, brewing and even the frothing with just the touch of a button. Other models are simple, like our first pick, in that you’ll need to do the grinding and tamping yourself. The automatic machines are more convenient, but they do come at a much higher cost, so keep this in mind. If you’re on a tighter budget or you enjoy the preparation process, a manual machine may be the best choice for you.
- Grinding: Most Gaggia machines have burr grinders, but not all of them. If you already have a grinder, you may not need a model with this feature. However, if you don’t have a grinder, we highly recommend you choose a model that has one built-in. Gaggia’s grinder are usually burr and conical, so the grind is even and consistent. And the best-tasting espresso (or any coffee) comes from freshly ground beans.
- Price: Naturally, you want to consider the cost of the machine. Gaggia espresso makers are in the mid-to-high price range. Some models are under a mid range price point, while others exceed teh cost of a premium unit. If you have the budget, the higher price models include more convenient features (like automatic frothing), but if you’re on a tighter budget, the entry-level models are still extremely high quality.