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Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine

There are very few espresso maker brands that I would consider a "staple" brand, but Gaggia (made by Saeco) is definitely one of them. With such a huge array of machines available and such a large customer base, Gaggia always delivers and the Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine is no exception. Is this the machine for you? Let's find out today...

Let's Look At The Specs Of This Machine

Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso MachineThe first thing you'll notice is the stylish stainless steel housing which gives it a very sleek look. It has brass portafilters and grouphead which is slightly unique to this machine and a very nice feature that gives you a measure of even-ness to the temperature control.

Amazingly enough, this little machine produces 17 and a half bars of pump pressure! That's just unheard of in a world where 15 bars is the norm for virtually all machines of this class. I'm not sure how they pulled this off, but it's pretty cool, to say the least!

The Gaggia Classic also comes with a seventy-two ounce water tank, which is pretty good sized for a machine of this size. The tank is fully removable so filling it and cleaning it's a snap. It also comes with a frother wand so that you can make all your favorite espresso drinks like cappuccinos, lattes, mocha's, Americano's, etc.

This is a bigger machine than you might expect by looking at the picture. At 14 1/2 x 8 x 9 inches, it weighs in at a whopping nineteen pounds. I've seen fully automatic machines that weighed that much! So be aware of that, it's going to take up a little space on your counter.

What Other People Are Saying

Out of thirty four customer reviews at Amazon, fourteen rated it a 5-star machine, ten gave it 4-stars, six gave it 3-stars, one person gave it 2-stars, and three people gave it 1-star. That's an average of about 4 out of 5 stars which is about as high as you see.

These are pretty solid numbers and nothing really jumps out at me and makes me want to raise any red flags at all.

What's The Bottom Line?

The Classic is one of Gaggia's best selling espresso machines and has been for years. It's true that at $399, this is a fairly expensive machine for a manual unit. But those near-commercial quality brass parts and rugged construction are the reason why it costs a little more than other manual espresso makers. That quality will shine through in both better tasting espresso and (hopefully) a longer machine life.

In my opinion, the Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine is a very nice machine worth purchasing. If you like Gaggia machines and have a little extra money to spend (and therefore want something a little nicer than the entry level machines offered by Gaggia or others), then this is definitely the espresso maker for you.