Rancilio Silvia M V6 Espresso Machine

(19 customer reviews)

$775.00


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Rancilio Silvia M V6 Espresso Machine

Firstly, no one knows the Rancilio Silvia espresso machine better than 1st-line Equipment! We have been carrying the Rancilio Miss Silvia espresso machines since 1998. Similarly, we are carrying today’s current version, the Rancilio Silvia M espresso machine.

Over the years decades, Rancilio has made countless improvements to this classic. Furthermore, the latest V6 upgrades include a solid tamper, which replaces the cheap plastic one that most customers discard. Additionally, the grouphead cover is now black plastic, which replaced the chrome-covered one that used to peel constantly. Currently, the wand is stainless steel when the previous wand was made of a chrome-covered brass that also used to peel over time.

In addition, if you are looking for a compatible espresso coffee grinder to grind Miscela d’Oro coffee for your Rancilio Silvia espresso machine, then take a look at the Rancilio Rocky Doser, Eureka Mignon Perfetto, Eureka Mignon Silenzio, or Rancilio Rocky Doserless!

Actually, would you like to upgrade to a Rancilio dual boiler espresso machine? Then learn more about the Rancilio Silvia Pro!

Silvia-boiler

Single Boiler, Dual-Purpose system

  • Brass boiler: Made of a high-quality press forged marine brass. Besides, the small 0.35 L boiler helps keep a constant water temperature and facilitate the espresso coffee extraction. Also, the insulation wrapping helps keep the boiler temperature stable.
  • Stainless steel heating element: This helps reduce the chance of limescale buildup.
  • Three separate thermostats (coffee, steam, & safety): Rather, other espresso machines just have two thermostats! However, please note the coffee thermostat is not adjustable. Thus, if you want to change the temperature of the machine, you will need to change to a higher temperature thermostat.
Silvia-wand

Steam / Hot Water Wand

  • Stainless steel: V6 UPGRADE! Instead, previous versions were made of a chrome-covered brass that would wear over time.
  • Multi-purpose: Used for both steam or hot water depending on the current mode.
  • Multi-directional: Enables you to prepare creamy cappuccinos.
  • Rubber grip: Protects our fingers when adjusting the steam wand.
Silvia-controls

Controls

  • Visible heating light for brewing and steaming.
  • Accordingly, there is a separate switch for hot water supply. Further, the steam knob needs to be in the open position for water to come out of the steam wand.
Silvia-tank

Tank/Reservoir System

  • Open top: Unlike others that only have a small hole, this is easier to clean the inside.
Silvia-grouphead

Grouphead

V6 UPGRADE! The grouphead cover is made of black plastic. However, the previous ones were chrome-covered and would peel over time.

Silvia-tray

Drip Tray / Grill

Correspondingly, this is easily removable and cleaned with a non-abrasive cloth and warm water.

Silvia-pump

Vibratory (Vibration) Pump

  • Efficient: Suitably, this is 41 watts, rated up to 15 bar with air valve bypass. Nevertheless, only 9 bar is necessary to extract espresso. Additionally, wattage has no correlation to longevity.
  • Cost-effective: Unfortunately, pumps will degrade in performance over time. Therefore, replacing a vibration pump will be less costly than a rotary vane pump.
Silvia-accessories

Parts & Accessories Included

  • Portafilters: 58mm dual spout portafilter with a commercial grade handle.
  • Filter baskets: First, there is a 1-cup filter basket that holds approximately 7 grams. In addition, there is a 2-cup filter basket that holds approximately 14 grams.
  • Blind insert: Use with the 2-cup filter basket to backflush the grouphead.
  • Tamper: V6 UPGRADE! A solid 58 mm tamper. Accordingly, there is no need to spend extra money.
  • Coffee scoop: If you are using pre-ground coffee, the Rancilio Silvia comes with a simple plastic scoop.
  • Instructional manual.

For more Rancilio products, please visit our Rancilio brands page. If you have any questions, please reference the Q&A tab on each product page.

Brand

Rancilio

Height (inches)

13.5, approximate

Width (inches)

9, approximate

Depth (inches)

11, approximate

Weight (pounds)

31

Wattage (watts)

950

Voltage (volts)

110 – 120

Boiler capacity (liters)

0.35

Portafilter size (mm)

58

Tank capacity (liters)

2

Approvals

UL

Espresso Machine Warning:

  • ELECTRICAL WARNING: To avoid electrical damage to this espresso machine which is not considered a manufacturer's defect, please acquire and install a single-outlet surge suppressor rated at 1080 joules or higher. the lack of the recommended surge suppressor, the espresso machine can be damaged at the power switch, the electronics, the heating element, the pressurstat or the wiring inside.
  • WATER WARNING: To increase the useful life of and not damage your espresso machine, please use softened water. Softened water is water without calcium and without magnesium, but still has other minerals for espresso extraction. Do not use distilled water, purified water, nor reverse osmosis water as these types of water create oxidation with the metals and cause the same damaging effects as limescale.
  • DESCALING WARNING: We do not recommend descaling unless there is an issue with the espresso machine. The reason is that too much descaling can eat away at the metals and gaskets inside an espresso machine.

Please use the diagrams below to help find the exact part you are looking for. After you find the part, copy the SKU #. Then use the search bar at the top of our website. If there are no results in the search, we most likely do not have the part. We only special order parts if the specific model was purchased through 1st-line Equipment. For general questions, please use our parts inquiry page.
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25 34300049 (CABLE WITH PLUG)
34300052 (CABLE WITH PLUG AUSTRALIA)
34300085 (CABLE H05RN-F 3X0,75 L=2000 WITH PLUG)
34549025 (CABLE H05RN-F 3X0,75 L=2000 +SP UK)

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19 reviews for Rancilio Silvia M V6 Espresso Machine

  1. Dickran T

    I have had the good fortune of having several beautiful women take care of me, not least among them Miss Silvia. But she has been temperamental, partly because I was used to a Saeco, which delivered good crema. I was dismayed to learn that the Saeco had a “cheat” element in the cup. My pride hurt, I now had to demonstrate that I could make a good cup with Miss Silvia!

    I had been forewarned that Miss Silvia required a very fine grind, partially gained with a Solis grinder, though I’m still not quite satisfied with the grind.

    Miss Silvia is handsome and quite sturdy in her stainless steel raiment, so I was surprised when something in her gut went haywire in little over a year. The water would not heat up. I finally found a repair shop that identified the problem. For some reason, however, they were unable to find the part. I brought Miss Silvia home after a few weeks in the shop.

    A friend of mine, a retired professor of economics, noticing my gloom, recently volunteered to examine Miss Silvia. He claimed some expertise in repairing toasters. With the schematic that came with her instructions, my colleague was able to identify the problem and ordered the part from Ist-Line, which miraculously had the proper part, sent it out with dispatch, and the switch (or thermostat) was installed. Like Lazarous, Miss Silvia is risen from the dead!

    Do I make good espresso with her? I currently use Espresso Forte from Peets, more or less fresh. I continue to wrestle with the grinder. Even so, I fail the 20 second test, with those infamous “rat tails” wriggling into my cup!

    Taste is, well, taste, and I refuse to borrow cliches from the wine industry. I don’t make a perfect espresso, but it’s more palatable than what you get at the coffee shops, and I have no one to blame but myself for a mediocre cup. I can always try again. Miss Silvia, of course, remains inscrutable but perfection beyond attainment. She gets me up in the morning

  2. Mike W

    I’ve owned the Silvia for about eleven months now, and it has turned out so much better than I really expected.

    It took a fair amount of learning to get the best results with the Silvia, but the best is so-o-o good. One thing I have never liked about coffee is the bitterness. When I read that espresso could be produced with zero bitterness, I didn’t really believe it. But it’s true. It takes some work to get there, but it’s well worth it. I recommend David C. Schomer’s _Espresso Coffee: Professional Techniques_, even for non-professionals. It explains the key factors in producing excellent espresso, and much of it is applicable to the Silvia.

    It does take a while for the Silvia to heat up, but that fits my lifestyle just fine, since I have to prepare my wife’s breakfast before I fix my first cup. For those who want to have a cup at an moment’s notice and who don’t want to spend a lot of time learning, I recommend Taster’s Choice Gourmet Roast instant coffee.

    The only real mechanical problem I’ve seen is that the steam valve doesn’t stay tight after the machine cools, so you have to tighten it again later, or you end up with a puddle of water on the counter top. Now I keep a cup under the end of the wand, just in case I do forget. I managed to break the retaining spring on the valve handle by over-tightening, but 1st-Line is sending me a new one.

    The machine doesn’t quite get up to the temperature required for a perfect cappuccino unless the steam switch is on, but if you turn it on too early, it gets too hot. So, I turn it on after the initial 25-30-minute warm-up, while grinding the beans and getting everything else ready. Then, I brew the espresso as soon as the light goes out. The result is perfect espresso.

    One final point. To get the best out of this excellent machine, you should use the best coffee. Grind your own beans (see my review of the Rocky) and, if possible, roast your own beans (I use the Hearthware Precision roaster).

  3. Reasnor

    I have now owned my Silvia for a little over six months now. With Silvia, you’ll be able to make great espresso that matches or beats that which you purchase from a coffee shop. Most people have written that it is built like a tank, which it is – so I won’t dwell on that aspect. If you’re reading this, you know the Silvia is an awesome machine.

    As long as you don’t mind the short “”wait time”” between brewing and steaming, this may very well be the last machine you purchase. Personally, I have a little “”upgrade fever”” to a machine that is a heat exchanger…namely the Oscar (depending on the price or a package deal with a new grinder). But, if you don’t need steam on demand, there really is no reason to upgrade; this machine will do anything you ask (I’ve served up to 18 drinks consecutively, but it takes a little time).

    With my Silvia, I have since purchased the commercial portafilter and the three-hole steam tip. I consider both to be valuable purchases. Steaming is a little different with the three-hole tip, but doesn’t take much practice to begin making the great velvety micro-froth that encourages latte art. The commercial portafilter is just another improvement in temperature stability. My stock portafilter broke after a few months of use (not sure why), so I upgraded. I have no fear of this portafilter breaking, it’s massive and strong.

    Finally, your friends at 1st-Line are FIRST RATE. I was a little intimidated when first shopping for a machine because I live in the midwest and the three companies I was considering buying from weren’t. But, those fears were relieved when I talked to Jim on the phone. He’s a very personable guy, who loves what he does. He shares in the excitement that you have when looking to get a machine. Their service is outstanding as well. The minor problem I had (with the portafilter) was handled very timely. If you’re going to buy, buy from 1st-line…they’ll take care of you.

  4. jpcord

    The Rancilio Silvia is a truly amazing home espresso machine. Your first impression of it will be surprise at the weight of the machine. This is due in part to the iron frame and stainless body, but even more important are the heavy marine brass brewing components. Once heated up, they help to maintain a very consistent temperature in the brewing process, which is very important to the flavor and consistency of the espresso. The machine looks and feels like a smaller version of a commercial appliance.

    After developing a little finesse with the very simple controls, and using properly ground fresh-roasted beans, you can produce shots of espresso covered in thick layers of crema that will absolutely blow away what you have come to expect from 99.9% of commercial coffee houses. It produces excellent steam for frothing milk, if cappucino or latte is your preference (though once you get a Silvia and find out what espresso should taste like, you might, like me, find yourself drinking espresso instead).

    The Silvia does require that you learn to grind and tamp consistently, and that you provide it with good quality coffee (home roasting is so easy and inexpensive, and guarantees freshness). There are other machines that are easier to use, but from what I’m told, the espresso they produce does not compare with Silvia’s.

    Thought I haven’t had any problems with my Silvia, I can’t recommend the service from 1st Line highly enough. The unit arrived in just 2 days after ordering and in perfect condition. As I learned to use it, and questions arose that most dealers would have found annoying, Jim has been patient and helpful, even answering my questions through the alt.coffee newsgroup before I even had a chance to call him directly. In the nine months I’ve owned my Silvia, I have not had the least regret. Do I sound a little too enthusiastic about an espresso machine? Well, it’s just that good!

  5. Danielle A

    Bought over two years ago – making a purchase of that size, buying it over the internet and not being able to touch the machines in person before the charge hit my visa made me understandably nervous. I would have never predicted that I would be as happy as I am with it over two years later.

    The box arrived well packed and sooner than anticipated after I made the purchase. The ordering went smoothly and I got the shipment so quickly it was scary.

    I will tell you that it took up much more space than I imagined. After using them both with the base and without, I will advise you that the base is well worth the money and space that it occupies.

    Having worked a commercial machine, I knew what a machine was capable of – the question was, how close would the Sylvia come to this standard. I was impressed. There are of course, some short falls in comparison – but for the money I am very pleased.

    The Rocky… hmmm, I am not sure there is not a better grinder out there for the money. With a career, husband and three children, I have yet to stop and take the time to modify the grinder as so recommended by many reviewers. I the actual grinding is great. The dosing is still hard after two years and the beans we use stick and need stirred/shaken on a reg basis. I know there are ways to fix these problems, but I unfortunately have much more mundane but important things that consume my time.

    The only thing in two years that has been any problem is the handle on the porta-filter broke off. It is plastic, it happens. The new porta-filter was purchased from 1st-line and they came thru with flying colors.

    Over-all… it all sits in my kitchen and truly is my pride. It is used daily, not always free of a scattering of grounds, dried milk or splashes of espresso – but continues to impress me, make a damn fine americano every morning and lattes that impress the friends.

  6. Bob R1

    Continued from Rocky Review:
    https://www.1st-line.com/buy/rancilio-rocky-espresso-grinder-v3-doser/
    After I go through my Rocky & Silvia routine which I’ve perfected over the last 3 months which takes only about 10 minutes, including clean-up, I sit down with my pre-heated, thick Italian ceramic cup of Danesi Gold espresso and sip the most wonderful, frothy, rich-textured, brown-marbled crema-covered, deep strong chocolate-tinged flavored elixir. If I ever had doubts about selecting the right equipment, finding the right source, spending the money, taking up the kitchen space, spending the time performing the ritual tasks, they easily float away as I sit comfortably back sipping myself into espresso heaven [have I gone off the deep end?]. There is a downside to this whole affair (pun intended), my poor wife must listen to my incessant ravings about the Crema! the Flavor! the Perfect Espresso!
    Silvia is substantial in spades. You can crank that heavy portafilter onto her grouphead with full torque and she doesn’t budge from her spot. I do have to flip the on-switch to warm her up a good + hour or more before use which is never a problem for me. 1st-Line’s included Marzocco filter basket and optional African Rosewood, flat-bottomed, heavy tamper are a perfect combination for holding a full dose of finely ground and properly tamped espresso. I don’t find the lack of reservoir indicator any problem at all, I simply fill it back up after each use. Same with the heavy, shallow stainless drip tray, I just dump it, rinse it, dry it and replace it after each use. She’s easy to keep beautiful with a quick wipe of her stainless surfaces. It’s all done along with everything else during my cup-preheating, grinding, dosing, tamping, cranking, shot-pulling, cleaning-up, and enjoying, daily ritual.
    Unless you haven’t already guessed: I’m a happy customer.

  7. Tom V

    This machine can make some great coffee and coffee drinks but it can just as easily make swill you wouldn’t serve to anyone. There is an art to getting a perfect espresso out of this unit and it takes time and practice to be able to consistently pull the perfect shot…………………………………………………………………………..

    It’s very sensitive to changes in tamp pressure, grind and even portafilter temperature. You absoultely need a top of the line grinder to take full advantage of this machine. I tried using a cheap Capresso burr grinder and the results were very inconsistent. Upon swithcing to a Mini Mazzer my results have greatly improved……………………………………………………….

    If you are going to steam milk I would suggest getting the three hole replacement tip for the steam wand. It does a great job in producing a dry foam perfect for Cappacunio. You should also open the nozzel first to let the water blow out until you are only getting steam before putting the wand in the milk……………………………………………………..

    In summary to get the most from this machine you need the following:
    1) Good quality grinder.
    2) Good quality, fresh roasted beans.
    3) Freshly ground coffee.
    4) Practice, practice, parctice.
    5) Hot machine, including portafilter head.
    6) Hot espresso cup.
    7) If you want Lattes or Cappacunios you should get the 3 hole tip……………………………………………………………….Once you get it right with this machine you will never find as good an espresso in any restaurant or in most coffee shops.”

  8. Les Nadon

    I started a few years ago with one of those simple steam jobs, did okay, but I knew that real espresso must taste better. I finally got a decent deal on ebay for a Krups 2300. This made the espresso a little better, but sometimes the machine just couldn’t pump it through and I struggled for a few months looking for something better… All in the same week, I got a good deal on a used Rocky and I purchased his sister, Silvia, brand new. Talk about heaven! Some say that there is a definite learning curve to using Miss Silvia, that she can be tempermental. I must treat her okay, all she has done for me is to make great coffee (espresso). From the first shot every thing has been great. My wife prefers cappucino, and Miss Silvia can definitely handle the steam side also. (Get a thermometer for the milk, I thought I was scalding the milk all the time, but when I stuck a thermometer in it, it was not even close to being done) I quite often pull a double for myself, make her cap, then pull another double for me again. Silvia makes it easy to cool the boiler back down from the raised steam temperature. (Open the steam valve, press the switch to pump hot water, wait for the light to come on and you will have cooled down the boiler temp) Rocky, a definite must! You don’t necessarily need Silvia’s brother to grind your beans, but you definitely need a decent burr grinder that can give controllable and systematic results. Otherwise you end up with a clogged filter basket like I did, or shots that run through to quickly, under-extracted. Would I buy Miss Silvia again if I had to do it all over — Definitely. But I don’t plan on buying another machine for a good time to come, Silvia is built like a brick $#it house – she will last forever! Good strong, heavy machine, quality throughout…

  9. Daniel B

    I’m not sure that I can say anything about this machine that hasn’t been said, but here goes:
    1. This machine definitely has a fairly narrow “window” in which is produces excellent espresso. The grind needs to be right, the tamp needs to be right, the portafilter needs to be nice and warm, etc. Once you get all the variables put together, it produces seriously good espresso.
    2. Whoever first said that the grinder is more important that the espresso machine hit it right on the head. I’ve used this machine both with and without a quality grinder, and frankly, it’s like two different machines. I use a Rocky set at 9, but I’m sure there are other machines just as good. Bottom line, don’t buy this machine unless you have or plan to buy a good grinder.
    3. Because the tamp is so darned important, unless you’re really good I recommend the tampers that “”click”” at 30 lbs. It won’t create a God shot by itself, but it will prevent a terrible shot due to a lousy tamp, and your cups will be much more consistent. I’m not a slave to consistency, but if you eliminate the tamp pressure as a variable you can better isolate the other variables like grind and play with them.
    4. Don’t cheat Ms. Sylvia! You’ll see instructions elsewhere for “”speeding up”” the process. The problem with this is that one component of the process (heating the portafilter) can’t be sped up. So if you follow the speed instructions you’ll be making coffee with a cold portafilter. This won’t make bad coffee, but it won’t make good coffee either.
    5. The FIRST thing you do when you turn on the machine is to run some water through the portafiler as if you were making coffee. This flushes out any old grinds. Then rinse the filter and let it heat up.
    This is no “set it and forget it” machine, but it is built well and does make good coffee.”

  10. Edwin de G

    “My first espresso machine was a Delonghi Bar 14. Until it broke down, probably due to the lack of descaling, I was quite happy with it. Almost immediately the need for a new machine was felt.
    A lot of internet study teached that the machine to go for was a Rancilio Silvia. A bit on the high end of my budget, but most reviews so far were very positive and looking at the the cost / weight ratio, it wasnÆt bad deal. One thing I especially like is the look of the machine. No fancy gadgets, retro styling, or other less functional additions. A few switches, a few indicator lights and a steam knob surrounded by a lot of stainless steel.
    Having used the machine for about a month now, IÆm very pleased with it. However, you will need quite some time to get acquainted with the machine. With the Delonghi I used to put (pre-ground) coffee in the basket, tamp a bit and hit the brew switch. Usually giving the same not so bad result without much hassle. With Silvia Iæm enjoying to play around with grind settings (Indeed, donÆt even think of Silvia without considering a decent grinder), tamp strength, temperature surfing, milk steaming techniques, and so on.
    Just spending the money on this machine is not enough to give you good espresso at all.
    Being happy with Silvia requires that you enjoy a lot of fiddling with the parameters in the quest for the perfect cup. In that case it seems you can hardly go wrong with this machine.
    Some positive notes:
    – Solid construction
    – Heavy commercial size portafilter
    – Tremendous steam power
    – Aesthetics
    And a negative note:
    – Temperature stability. Although temperature surfing is a sufficient way of obtaining the proper brew temperature, I think that a machine of this class should have a better way of maintaining the correct temperature.”

  11. e-bobby

    After playing around with “steam toys” and then Melitta’s top of the line pump espresso machine. I finally made the right move and purchased the Rocky/Silvia/and Base combo. Jim gave me a great deal, and the customer service before and after the purchase has been excellent. Who da’ thought you could find this kind of customer service from an internet vendor. Certainly not me, I thought you lost that right when you shop the internet for best prices. How wrong I was!! I not only recommend this machine, but I recommend Jim and his staff at 1st line. I did alot of research and wanted the best machine for my needs and at the best price. Let’s face it, I could of bought the machine from other vendors but they didn’t take the time before the sale that Jim did in answering my 101 questions.

    Between my wife and I, we only drink 2-4 drinks per day and weren’t needing a machine that needed to be plummbed and had to be left on 24hrs a day. We did however, want a machine that was solid, and of professional quality with the consistency to produce excellent espresso and steam milk like a locamotive(the look of the machine and grinder in the kitchen with all that stainless steel didn’t hurt either).

    We’re espresso aficinados and we know good espresso quality, taste, and texture and didn’t want to compromise on a machine that wouldn’t produce an espresso to our standards. On the other hand, we didn’t need to throw our money away on a bunch of bells and whistles. The Silvia and the Rocky was the perfect match. Get one in your life and you too will be as eager as I am to start each morning off with a crema filled espresso drink of your choice.”

  12. Marty Brown

    There are more expensive machines than the Rancilio Silvia. There are cheaper ones, too. But I doubt you will find a better made espresso machine than this one. I purchased mine in August 2002. I used it daily – sometimes many times daily – for about fourteen years. I now have backed off my caffeine intake a bit and use it 2-3X per week and it is now 17 years old. (What other appliances last 17 years?) It still looks great and still produces a better shot of espresso than I can purchase at Peets Coffee.

    Yes – the grind is important.
    Yes – the machine takes a little getting used to.
    Yes – you have to keep the reservoir filled with water and
    Yes – you have to let this machine warm up for at least 10-15 minutes if you want a good shot.

    But Miss Silvia will last you a lifetime. I have had two issues in 17 years: the power cord shorted out because I was leaving my machine on for hours – sometimes all day. After about ten years of this abuse, the cord broke. 1st-Line fixed it mui pronto. Second, the steam knob got loose and I had to buy a new one… I think it cost about $5.

    Buy this espresso machine. You will love it and 1st-Line will treat you like family.

  13. Al Viscito

    We’ve owned our Rancilio Silvia for 18 years. From the very start 1st Line provided excellent advise regarding Grinders that helped us turn out great lattes and also supplied us with screens and small parts like O-rings that wear out over time. After 18 years we had to replace the Steam Cock that started leaking, a very simple procedure involving loosening 3 bolts and installing the new part. We wanted to express how pleased we are with the quality build of our Rancilio Silvia and to thank 1st Line for their support of this product with a special thanks to Jim P.

  14. Susan (verified owner)

    This machine is a monster. Great tasting espresso shots right from day one. All aspects previously described are true and I won’t repeat.
    The one problem I have is obtaining a big thick crema as I’ve seen pictured. No matter how I have altered the variables and how slow the shot, I just get a minimum crema layer.
    That said, every morning I look forward to making a stunningly tasty espresso on this stud of a machine!

  15. Dan H

    I’ve had my V2 since around 2000 and the two times it’s had a problem, most recently in 2015, they’ve always replied promptly, with detailed instructions, that saved me plenty of money in spare parts I didn’t need to replace. This is outstanding. Even Apple doesn’t give service this good. What’s amazing is that the Silvia is still making great espresso after all these years. I found 1st line after having several premium machines fail after 2-3 years with no way to fix them. The Silvia is designed to be always be repairable. So it not only makes better coffee, it has paid for itself several times over.

  16. David D

    These days it’s fashionable to bash the Rancilio Silvia. It’s not “accurate” enough without a PID, it doesn’t sport a sexy Faema E61 Group-head, it is a plain-Jane single boiler design. All true but all meaningless. I have used a Silvia Version 1 since 2000, making excellent espresso and cappuccino daily without any significant issues. Having recently “upgraded” to a fancy dual boiler high-end machine, I am frankly going to miss my Silvia and wonder if I won’t end up evolving backward. Silvia requires a modest amount of attention to produce excellent results, but silly barista blog posts aside, yes, this machine will produce impeccable espresso and all the steam you possibly need, it heats up ready to run in 10-15 minutes, can easily be maintained, allows you to run distilled water should you wish to avoid scale issues, and is simple to use. There are various articles on line about tricks to attain a consistent brew temperature, some methods more sane than others. But really, it’s not hard to do and it’s the only possible issue one can come up with to complain about. Don’t be fooled, this is a heavy-duty, well-designed machine with a real pro group and plenty of brewing pressure. Like any espresso machine, it needs a consistent grind and tamp on the coffee, an issue likely to be overlooked by novice buyers of this entry-level device, but if you pay attention and feed it properly milled coffee, it will pay you back with fine results at a quarter the price of a high-end unit.

  17. Marty B

    Just how many household appliances do you have that still run after 14 years? Your dishwasher? Refrigerator? Quality seems like a bygone substance today, with throw-away-don’t-fix-them products. But my Rancilio Silvia, pruchased from 1st-Line in July 2002 still makes outstandingly great espresso every morning. And why shouldn’t it? The thing is built like a tank – it is heavy and simple to operate. It looks great on any countertop and cleans up like a charm. Not that I haven’t abused it, either. I have replaced just one set of gaskets in its fourteen years of service to me. Once, because I left it on practically all day, I burned out an electric cord. I run de-liming stuff through the tank about once a year. That’s it. When I was researching which espresso machine to buy, I remember reading reviews that said that Silvia can be temperamental and it takes a while to master making great shots. Poppy****. If you have the right fine grind of coffee and can warm the machine up for 15 minutes, you can make a great shot, with plenty of body and a gorgeous creamy crema on top. I don’t know how long my Silvia will last me. It shows no signs of growing old. Maybe I should make provision for it in my will. But if my Silvia takes a dive, I’m coming right back here and buying another one. She’s been making great espresso for me every day for 14+ years.

  18. Keith

    I’ve owned the Silvia/Rocky combo for about 8 years. Excellent coffee, very reliable and when someting needs replacing, 1st Line has the parts and instructions to make it easy. I used to throw these machines out after 3-4 years because they were not serviceable. Everything on the Silvia is easily fixable. That’s the way it should be….we can’t have everything go to the trash when the problem is minor.

  19. RFinley

    After 14 months of pouring over product reviews, consumer testimonials, and highly energized caffeine blogs, I purchased a Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine(v3). The time spent was well worth it because this is a well-built machine that produces excellent and consistent shots. For a low maintenance, small footprint, home machine, the Miss Silvia is a great choice. After using a Breville 800ESXL for a few years, it took me 4 weeks of tweaking my process to get the shots and foam correct. The Miss Silvia is a bit less forgiving but produces a far superior beverage. I had to exact the grind (Baratza Virtuoso grinder), the amount of grinds in the portafilter, the frothing cup, and even my coffee roaster before the morning cappuccino really started to show off. I haven’t visited my favorite coffee shop since because they no longer have the edge. When it came time to purchase I approached all the major online players. The decision on where to purchase was simply based on service first and then price, and 1st-line Equipment easily won on both. They have since helped me put together a cleaning and maintenance schedule and supplied all the tools for this. I fully expect years of great coffee (I pull on average 6 shots per day) from this machine.

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    I am looking for a replacement dispersion screen and screw for my Rancilio espresso maker, as well as a single shot (small) stainless filter. I think I purchased it from you in 2006 or 07. It's the miss silvia model.
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    Q I am looking for a replacement dispersion screen and screw for my Rancilio espresso maker, as wel...... Read more answer now
    Asked by Anthony on August 3, 2022 3:04 pm
    Answered by the admin

    The screws have changed over the years. Here is our current recommendation.

  2. I have a Silvia V3. The little plastic covers that cover the spade connectors on the power switch are crumbling apart. Where do I get new ones.?
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    Q I have a Silvia V3. The little plastic covers that cover the spade connectors on the power switch...... Read more answer now
    Asked by Carolyn on August 1, 2022 11:53 am
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    We suggest contacting your local electrical supply house.

  4. Do you have a wiring harness for a 062014 rancilio silvia.
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    Q Do you have a wiring harness for a 062014 rancilio silvia. answer now
    Asked by jeffrey on August 1, 2022 11:12 am
    Answered by the admin

    Sorry, we do not stock this item. Please contact Rancilio directly as they are usually the only ones to stock these types of parts.

  6. Has the rust problem under the drip tree been solved now?
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    Q Has the rust problem under the drip tree been solved now? answer now
    Asked by Luc on January 26, 2022 6:36 pm
    Answered by the admin

    Most likely, the answer is yes because Rancilio has moved to a stainless frame with black enamel paint.

  8. I have a Rancilio Sylvia which I purchased from you around 1998. I have replaced many parts over the years, but now I have a new problem: After I stop pulling a shot, the valve doesn't close and water continues to run through for sometimes a minute or two or three. How do I fix this?
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    Q I have a Rancilio Sylvia which I purchased from you around 1998. I have replaced many parts over ...... Read more answer now
    Asked by Todd Boekelheide on January 25, 2022 1:36 pm
    Answered by the admin

    We are sorry, but a 1998 machine has most likely met its useful life.

  10. I would like to install an external pressure gauge for my Rancilio Sylvia, to be connected to its ulka pump. Do you recommend a particular gauge for this application? I think that Lelit mc143 pump should work and I would like to verify that the pump comes with the capillary tube and connector that is shown in the picture. Also, do you sell a tee connector that would work with the pump? Thank you!
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    Q I would like to install an external pressure gauge for my Rancilio Sylvia, to be connected to its...... Read more answer now
    Asked by Nasser on January 3, 2022 11:58 am
    Answered by the admin We are very sorry, but we do not get involved in crossing over parts from different manufacturers as the outcome is not usually as desired. And, please note that we are not a trial and error parts company. Hence, our terms and conditions clearly state that parts are not returnable and non-refundable purchases as we can not resell a used part. In addition, we do not have a T connector for this scenario. Again, we are very sorry that we do not get involved.
  12. Hi! I have a Silvia. I think it's a v3 - it was purchased from 1st-line on or before 2018. I descale on a regular basis using Durgol descaling liquid. I turned on my Siliva yesterday morning and it heated up as expected. When I went to froth my milk (I do this before pulling my shots per the Siliva manual), the frothing pressure seems low. When I pulled my shot, I had the same issue. The same grind normally produces a great crema but instead, the shot was dark with only a slight hint of creama on the outside edges of the cup. I've tried back flushing (similar to the recommendation on this page for the person with the OPV issue) and I was unable to resolve the situation. Does any of this ring a bell as to what the cause might be? I'll happily bring it in (quick drive to your location) for a repair review, etc if needed but had hoped to fix it myself if possible. Please let me know!
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    Q Hi! I have a Silvia. I think it's a v3 - it was purchased from 1st-line on or before 2018. I desc...... Read more answer now
    Asked by Doug on June 18, 2021 3:35 pm
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    Please check the steam tip to make sure it is clear. Otherwise, we would need to inspect the heating element.

  14. Hi Java Jim! If you remember,I bought a rancilio silvia back in late fall (I think October or November but can't remember at the moment). Recently I've noticed a knocking noise when the pump is under pressure (when I'm pulling a shot). If I just preheat or flush, I do not get that noise. Is this something to be concerned about?
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    Q Hi Java Jim! If you remember,I bought a rancilio silvia back in late fall (I think October or Nov...... Read more answer now
    Asked by Hillard on May 5, 2021 12:30 pm
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    Rancilio said this was the OPV operating correctly.

  16. My Silvia V2 doesn't have a cover like this -- instead it has a strong metal one which simply wraps around the group instead of being screwed on from the top. I'd like to replace the one mine has with the black plastic one. But since my machine doesn't use this type of cover, I don't have the screws for it. Do you know what type of screws the black plastic one uses -- and do you sell them? I looked in the parts diagrams but, like the Group Cover Bracket, the screws are illustrated but are not given a parts number!
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    Q My Silvia V2 doesn't have a cover like this -- instead it has a strong metal one which simply wra...... Read more answer now
    Asked by John on April 19, 2021 12:19 pm
    Answered by the admin Sorry, we are usnure, too. It is best to contact Rancilio to even see if the new cover fits.
  18. I recently bought this and the Rancilio Rocky Doserless grinder. I saw in one video that this machine can be a little fussy and was curious if you all could recommend a grind number that works best for it.
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    Q I recently bought this and the Rancilio Rocky Doserless grinder. I saw in one video that this mac...... Read more answer now
    Asked by Sam on March 31, 2021 11:26 am
    Answered by the admin

    Sorry, every coffee bean blend is different and requires a different number. To make matters worse, a setting 10 on one Rocky does not equate to the same grind fineness on a setting 10 on another Rocky grinder.

  20. Thank you for your reply and advice. Does 1st line have the solenoid for this model V1/2 n stock?
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    Q Thank you for your reply and advice. Does 1st line have the solenoid for this model V1/2 n stock? answer now
    Asked by Michael on March 4, 2021 7:24 pm
    Answered by the admin

    Please refer to the diagrams on our web site and search by part number on our web site for pricing and availability.

  22. Hi! I have a Silvia V2 I purchased from 1st line a number of years ago, and frequently buy parts from the firm to keep it in great shape. Here's the current problem. When in the brew cycle, water, lots of it, comes out to the solenoid drain quickly filling the pan. this just happened today for the first time. Very little coffee comes out of the group head. The question is this: Is this indicative of a need to replace the solenoid? Or, is it or could it be another problem? If another problem, any ideas? Solutions and recommended parts? Thanks for your help and expert advice!!
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    Q Hi! I have a Silvia V2 I purchased from 1st line a number of years ago, and frequently buy parts ...... Read more answer now
    Asked by Michael Maxwell on March 3, 2021 4:54 pm
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    We suggest backflushing the unit as particles usually hold this valve open. Otherwise, a new valve is needed.

  24. Hi! I just replaced my steam wand from Ist line. I was leaking, so - I overtightened it and now need the brass part the wand connects to. Please verify the part number for ordering and the best price. Thanks. Early model 2000s
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    Q Hi! I just replaced my steam wand from Ist line. I was leaking, so - I overtightened it and now n...... Read more answer now
    Asked by Michael on February 16, 2021 5:40 pm
    Answered by the admin

    Unfortunately, there is more than one version for this machine. Please email us a picture of the part.

  26. I have a Rancilio Silvia with the Dual PID XMT7100 and it is no longer heating. The element posts show 16.8 ohms of resistance, steam and safety thermostats show continuity. The top PID has a small red light showing that it is signaling for it to heat but the orange light does not come on. Is it the SSR? Only one of the 2 SSR have the red indicator light on. What could be the problem? Thank you.
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    Q I have a Rancilio Silvia with the Dual PID XMT7100 and it is no longer heating. The element posts...... Read more answer now
    Asked by Raymond on November 23, 2020 8:04 pm
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    Sorry, we do not get involved with customization that were performed at other dealers or shops. Since we do not perform any PID customization on the Rancilio Silvia, we strongly recommend you contact the dealer you purchased the parts from or the dealer you purchased the customized Silvia from. They would be the best place to determine if the customized parts are the issue.

  28. Hello will 1st-Line 2 Cup Pressurized Professional Filter Basket 58mm fit RAncilio Silvia portafilter?
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    Q Hello will 1st-Line 2 Cup Pressurized Professional Filter Basket 58mm fit RAncilio Silvia portafi...... Read more answer now
    Asked by Edmondo on May 27, 2020 3:49 pm
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    Last we checked, it did.

  30. I am struggling to get the solenoid valve off. You mention go right to left to get the large nut off. It is not budging
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    Q I am struggling to get the solenoid valve off. You mention go right to left to get the large nut ...... Read more answer now
    Asked by Neha on May 13, 2020 7:42 pm
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    If you are unable to perform the repair, you may want to hire a professional. No one ever said repairs are easy. In fact, repairs are difficult.

  32. Can I use a La Marzocco 58mm filter basket in the Silvia to make stronger shots?
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    Q Can I use a La Marzocco 58mm filter basket in the Silvia to make stronger shots? answer now
    Asked by Bruce on May 12, 2020 4:34 pm
    Answered by the admin

    Yes.

  34. steam not working. Need part to fix.
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    Q steam not working. Need part to fix. answer now
    Asked by Colleen on May 6, 2020 5:00 pm
    Answered by the admin

    This can be a short created by lack of water in the internal boiler. A full water reservoir does not mean the internal boiler is filled. We have a video about this.

    Please read our article on not heating.

  36. I am interested in obtaining a part for my Rancilio Miss Silvia that is identified on your parts diagram, but does not appear on your parts listings. The part is identified as a "Space Group" part number 20200181. It is identified as #35 on the exploded diagrams for Rancilio Miss Silvia on your website.
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    Q I am interested in obtaining a part for my Rancilio Miss Silvia that is identified on your parts ...... Read more answer now
    Asked by Mark on February 6, 2020 5:33 pm
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    Sorry, we do not stock this part as it barely ever gets replaced. It is usually cleaned. Also, the part number has changed to 20-200-182.

  38. what size temper for rancilio m v5
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    Q what size temper for rancilio m v5 answer now
    Asked by RINO PRONESTI on January 30, 2020 4:29 pm
    Answered by the admin

    If looking to upgrade the included tamper, the Rancilio Silvia espresso machine needs 58mm.

  40. I bought a Silvia from 1st-Line in March 2002 (F.n. 60020xxx). It needs a repair now: The steam knob spins and doesn't close. Water discharges from the steam wand when the machine is pumping for espresso. The machine can't be used therefore. Including shipping the machine to you and back to me (I am in the Washington, DC area), is it worth repairing? What is the range of how much would the repair be? Thanks, George
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    Q I bought a Silvia from 1st-Line in March 2002 (F.n. 60020xxx). It needs a repair now: The steam k...... Read more answer now
    Asked by GeorgeB33139 on November 25, 2019 7:13 pm
    Answered by the admin

    It could be a bad knob and optional spring. The newer style knobs may not fit older machines. The steam valve may also need a rebuild or replacement. This repair is more difficult to perform. We are sorry that we can not offer a repair estimate without evaluating the machine.

  42. do you have for sale a replacement frame part #10880150 for a Rancilo Silvia, and if so, how can I buy it?
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    Q do you have for sale a replacement frame part #10880150 for a Rancilo Silvia, and if so, how can ...... Read more answer now
    Asked by wyn on October 24, 2019 8:22 pm
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    Hi,

    Here is a link to the part: 10880150.

    Currently out of the stock. Please add your email to the waiting list.

  44. My Silvia, bought from you and manufactured in late 2007, continues to make expresso (slower than before) but will not produce hot water or steam for frothing. It has a pretty new pump which is slow to get suction and start pumping when pulling a shot. There are bubbles coming our of the overflow tube during the temperature maintenance part of the cycle. I'm guessing the problem lies with the 3-way solenoid but before I remove it for cleaning or replacing I thought I'd ask you what you think the problem is. I'm otherwise a happy Silvia owner and am pleased with the parts and service you've provided in he past. I hope you can help me now.
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    Q My Silvia, bought from you and manufactured in late 2007, continues to make expresso (slower than...... Read more answer now
    Asked by Robert Moran on April 29, 2019 3:11 pm
    Answered by the admin

    It could be a faulty overpressure valve that is not sealing.Put the blind filter in the portafilter which is to be inserted into the grouphead. Put descaler in the reservoir after removing any filters or softeners in the reservoir. Depress the coffee switch for 30 seconds on and 1 minute off. Repeat 5 times after a 2 minute rest each time. Check for flow. Repeat process after rinsing with reservoir and filling with water only. Test if problem goes away. If not, a new OPV may be needed.

    Or, it can also be a bad heating element. Plug the machine into a GFI outlet and see if the GFI trips the power. There are multiple versions of this heating element. It is strongly advisable to check the one on your machine before ordering. Most older machines need to be replaced with this one. Really old ones use this one.

  46. Looking down on my espresso machine from its front, after taking off the top plate, I can see two thermostats on top of the boiler. I measured the temperature at the machine's grouphead, and it is about 180 to 185F. According to literature, the ideal temperature for extracting espresso is 190 to 196F. Which of the two thermostat on the top of the boiler would I change to attain the optimal brewing temperature: the one on my left or the one on my right? Do you stock a 190F thermostat for this machine?
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    Q Looking down on my espresso machine from its front, after taking off the top plate, I can see two...... Read more answer now
    Asked by Frederick J. Cieri on March 8, 2019 5:44 pm
    Answered by the admin

    Please note that temperature measurement is a science. By the time the temperature reaches from the heating through the water through the brass wall to the thermostat, the water can be hotter than what you are measuring.

    Therefore, we ask to not change the thermostats as you may cause damage from making the water create more pressure and leak through the OPV which would burn up/damage the heating element.

  48. I removed and replaced the boiler on my Silvia V3 and now when applying power it blows fuses. To further troubleshoot the issue I removed the leads to the boiler and all is fine. My guess is the boiler overheated and possibly shorted out one of the thermo-couplers. Any insight?
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    Q I removed and replaced the boiler on my Silvia V3 and now when applying power it blows fuses. To ...... Read more answer now
    Asked by Dan Marnach on February 18, 2018 12:23 pm
    Answered by the admin

    When this occurs, there is usually a short circuit in the heating element. The heating element posts need to be tested with a multimeter or continuity tester to check if the heating element circuit is closed or open. If one is not familiar with the use of a multimeter or continuity tester, we suggest that the machine be evaluated by a professional as electrocution, damages or personal injuries can occur.

    1st-line Equipment will not assume, nor be responsible for any risks, personal injury or any/all damages that may result from a person testing or repairing equipment for defects or faults.

    A I also have the issue of my machine blowing fuses. Can you suggest a reliable technician near or in the 66224 zip code?

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