Kdelisi, Having read about the differences, you probably are now wondering which one is for me?kdelisi said:I'm a rookie. What's the difference?
KittJ said:SO, if you are going to make milk based drinks, do not mind having the more complicated automatic break occasionally, can comfortably spend $1200 on your system and do not want to spend much time making each drink, then you probably want an automatic. If you want to play with your machine or want to spend a lot less, then you will lean toward a semi-auto. If you want the best espresso you can make and money is no object (entry price $2000, innsurance of outcome $10,000+) then you want a Semi-automatic. It depends on what you want and what your trade offs are.
For a machine, I would argue that the little Gaggia Espresso for $200 will make as good an espresso as anything costing less than $700+. All the other things you get with the more expensive machines (with perhaps the exception of a solenoid valve) are pretty much features that are not critical to the individual drink.
CCafe said:What I was trying to imply by using the Silvia as an example, was that machines under $1000 tend to lean toward simplicity and cheap design. The Silvia's 10oz boiler has the heating element welded in to it. So by destroying the heating element it was going to cost more to fix then a more expensive model with a bolt on heating element.
Now so I don’t get flamed, I am only implying this line of thinking towards home espresso machines that are traditional type machines only. Home super autos are a whole other topic all together and by trying to say that $1000 machines are better then $500 can not be justified because supers are built on different types of technology and can be hard to compare.