Gaggia Carezza vs the Rancillio Silvia


New member
Jan 18, 2006
I have been researching which home espresso machine to get, and I've about narrowed it down to either the Gaggia Carezza or the Rancillio Silvia. I guess I would be classified as a rookie or newbie to making espressos. I've made many with a steam driven Mr. Coffee, but I have recently learned that I have a lot to learn in order to make the espresso I desire. (Thus the reasoning for looking into a good espresso machine and grinder) I did not orginally go into this planning to spend the amount required for a Rancillio Silvia, but I'm now starting to wonder if I might be better off in the long run to get a Rancillio Silvia.

Will the Rancillio produce a better tasting espresso than the Carezza? (Provide I learn how to master either machine)

I think I know the answer to this one, but will the Rancillio last longer than the Carezza? How many more years should I expect out of the Rancillio compared to the Carezza?