Rancilio HSD-SILVIA Review

Rancilio HSD-SILVIA Review

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Review of the Rancilio HSD-SILVIA

The Rancilio HSD is a great mid-entry level espresso machine with a number of qualities that make it great for beginners or those who want something efficient and easy to use. First, the .3 liter boiler allows users to brew multiple shots of espresso very quickly. This makes it ideal for those who serve multiple people or like more than one shot in their drinks. In terms of quality, Rancilio has included their commercial grade group head in this build, which allows for superb heat stability and excellent extraction capabilities. The patented 58mm portafilter is ergonomic and is crucial to the extraction quality the Rancilio provides. The machine itself is built very minimally, with an iron frame and stainless steel side panels. This makes the Rancilio HSD very durable and helps prevent the machine “walking” across the counter when it is running.

Pros and Cons of the Rancilio HSD

Pros

  • Durability/Design Quality
  • Quality of Espresso Output
  • Versatility
  • Ease of Use

Cons

  • No Included Grinder
  • Non-Programmable

Pros and Cons Explained

The simplistic and high quality build are great selling points for the Rancilio HSD. The exterior, interior, and working parts of the machine are all built to last (and last they will) through everyday wear and tear. It is simplistic enough for beginners to use easily, and the espresso output quality is great given the price point. However, the simplicity of its design is also a flaw for some buyers who are looking for something more high tech that they can program and fine tune to their exact specifications. Another con is that the machine does not include a built in grinder. This means that user will have to find their own and, without quality grounds, the ability of the machine to provide superb flavor is wasted.

Final Thoughts on the Rancilio HSD

Bottom line with the Rancilio HSD is that it is a fantastic espresso machine that has a very high quality output and is built with durable and commercial grade components. If you do not want intricate and sometimes confusing presets and programmable features or are a beginner, it is perfect for you!

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