Rancilio Silvia Pro Dual Boiler Espresso Machine – Double PID

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Rancilio Silvia Pro Dual Boiler Espresso Machine – Double PID

WOW! The Rancilio Silvia Pro dual boiler espresso machine is Rancilio’s newest innovation for 2020! Since 1998, 1st-line Equipment began carrying numerous versions of the Rancilio Silvia. However, while the Silvia is traditionally a single boiler espresso machine, the Rancilio Silvia Pro is a high-end dual boiler espresso machine for home. Although the Rancilio Silvia Pro is only a 1-group espresso machine, it provides excellent reliability and functionality with so many technological features!

Additionally, with many of the same build quality features as the Rancilio Silvia, the Rancilio Silvia Pro espresso and cappuccino machine consists of a coffee boiler and steam boiler. Also, each boiler comes with a dedicated PID sensor. Moreover, the Rancilio Silvia Pro features a multi-functional digital display and many more options for extracting high quality in the cup espresso beverages. Finally, although the Silvia Pro can warm up from 20-30 minutes, the best warm-up period is from 45-60 minutes because there is a lot of mass and metal to warm up.

Professional stainless steel design

  • Stainless steel body – Manufactured in stainless steel for maximum sturdiness and polished to a mirror finish. Also, the steam wand and steam knob are in a stunning stainless steel.
  • The steam wand extension to the right adds 5.5 inches with portafilter on grouphead. Additionally, depth adds 3.5 inches.

PID controls

  • PID temperature programming – Allows you to program the boiler temperature for different coffee blends. Furthermore, it will accurately offer temperature stability internally.
  • Double PID feature – One PID in the coffee boiler, another PID in the steam boiler.
  • Low water in reservoir – Cut-off that powers down the Rancilio Silvia Pro and an indicator on the PID display that says “H20.”

PURE Dual Boiler System at 120 Volts

  • Coffee boiler – 0.3 liter (300ml) in brass. 110 volt, 1000 watt heating element. Includes dual safety thermostat.
  • Steam boiler – 1 liter (600 ml) with quality stainless steel. 850 watt, 1000 volt heating element. A truly made boiler will out-perform any thermoblock typically found on competitive models! Button that says the steam boiler can be shut off on the steam switch in front of the panel.
  • Electricity alternates between boilers, unless the steam boiler is off.

Brewing technology

  • Digital display – Consists of a shot timer, temperature indicator, and water alert.
  • Automatic wake-up time – Set the number of hours in advance (up to 24 hours) for your machine to automatically heat up. This needs to be programmed DAILY since this is NOT programmable on/off timer. Therefore, we suggest getting a WEMO smart timer controlled by your phone.
  • Adapter kit – Optional if you are interested in brewing with pods or capsules instead.

Additional accessories

  • 7-gram and 14-gram filter baskets.
  • Modifiable height cup tray – simply removable for cleaning.
  • Stainless steel drip tray – simply removable for cleaning.
  • Adjustable drip tray cover – 3 levels of adjustment.
  • Adjustable feet.
  • BWT osmotic pack.
  • Professional tamper – black wood with stainless steel flat base, 58mm.
  • Portafilter – commercial-grade, dual spout.
  • Backflush detergent – additionally, we sell a metal disc separately.
  • Cleaning brush – for cleaning up the grouphead.
  • Simple coffee scoop – available if you would like to use pre-ground coffee.
  • Instruction manual – available in a few different languages.


Height (inches)

15.5, approximate

Width (inches)

10, approximate

Depth (inches)

16.5, approximate

Weight (pounds)

44, approximate

Wattage (watts)

Coffee – 1000, Steam – 1300

Voltage (volts)


Boiler capacity (liters)

Coffee – 0.3, Steam – 1

Portafilter size (mm)


Tank capacity (liters)




Boiler Type

Double Boiler



PID Control


Water Connection

Tank / Reservoir

Information for first-time users:

  • If you are using the Rancilio Silvia Pro for the first time, then check out these tips from Rancilio about unboxing, initial startup, and more!

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.

3 reviews for Rancilio Silvia Pro Dual Boiler Espresso Machine – Double PID

  1. Ken (verified owner)

    I’m upgrading from a Silvia that I’ve had for 15 years with no problems. Although the Silvia will probably never die I was ready for a double boiler. Set up is easy and the machine is super easy to use. I swapped out the basket for something that could hold 18g. I used the same grind as for my old Silvia for my usual and my wife’s decaf. Both came out exactly the same time, volume and quality like they did on the old machine. If you like what you get from your Silvia you’ll be happy. Anybody should be happy! Steaming was a little faster and not having to switch back and forth between brewing and steaming temp is awesome. You CAN change the auto-shut off to up to 120 minutes (pre-set is 30). The boiler pump is kind of loud but the cat will get used to it.

    It’s not a gleaming $3K machine…but for what it is I give it a “100% I’d do it again” with the (I think reasonable) assumption that it’s going to be as durable as the Silvia.

  2. Carlos I. Flores (verified owner)

    Similar to other reviewers here, I’m upgrading from a Silvia that I have had for over 10 years, and that has given me nothing but great service. And like many out there, I was ready for an upgrade to a double boiler machine. Ever since I heard over a year ago about the Silvia Pro, I waited patiently for the day I could get my hands on one. Once the Rancilio website added a link to preorder the machine I proceeded to order mine. First, let me mention that 1st-Line Equipment’s packaging is one of the best that I have seen. My machine arrived perfectly, double boxed and with more than adequate packing material to protect during delivery. I set up the machine on my coffee bar and noticed some minor cosmetic blemishes. I contacted 1st-Line Equipment’s customer service by e-mail and within a day I had an e-mail from Rancilio Group North America at the ready to answer my questions and address my concerns. This was quickly followed up by a note from Jim at 1st-Line Equipment checking that my questions were fully addressed. What can I say, top notch service from both Rancilio and 1st-Line! I ended up concluding that these blemishes are to be expected from a machine that is hand assembled, unlike other machines that may look spotless on the outside but don’t have the build robustness of the internal components that this machine has.

    This thing is built like a tank. All the sturdiness that we came to love on the original Silvia is there, with the added finesse and precision control of dual boilers with dual PIDs. The steam boiler’s pump is particularly loud, but easy to get used to considering that it only operates to refill that boiler when needed. Getting consistent quality in the espresso shots has proven to be easily achievable. No more temperature surfing! And the built-in shot timer eliminates the need to have an external timer to properly time your espresso extraction. For current Silvia owners, upgrading to a Silvia Pro should be a no brainer (For me it certainly was!). And for beginners that are looking to get into this hobby, the Silvia Pro offers a no-nonsense machine with everything that you need to confidently grow your at-home barista skills. This espresso machine receives my highest recommendation!

  3. Andy T (verified owner)

    I wanted to compliment Rancilio on the engineering design and quality of the Rancilio Silvia Pro. I’m an engineer, and I have spent quite a lot of time doing maintenance and routine repair on our first-generation Rancilio Silva, which has a single boiler and has served us extremely well for more than 15 years. We decided to move up to a two boiler machine, and we received the Silvia Pro about a month ago. When I began looking inside the Silvia Pro I could see that there have been many technical advancements since the days of the single boiler Silvia. To name a few (in no particular order), the heavier gage stainless steel top panel, thermal insulation, labeling of internal components, improved internal plumbing and wiring, heavier portafilter, PID control of both boilers, larger feet at the base, larger steam wand with ball swivel, addition of the hot water dispenser with ball swivel, shot timer, and multiple built-in electronic functions for cleaning and maintenance. We are very happy with the new machine, and appreciate that Rancilio is producing this high-quality, two boiler machine for home use at a good price. It makes it easy to brew excellent espresso, and with the two boilers we can brew lots of espresso drinks when friends come over, without ever running out of steam.

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    When does the Silvia Pro X (brew pressure analog guage, 0-6 sec soft pre-infusion) become available and how much will it cost ?
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    Q When does the Silvia Pro X (brew pressure analog guage, 0-6 sec soft pre-infusion) become availab...... Read more answer now
    Asked by Donald W Benkendorf on November 4, 2021 5:58 pm
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    Later this month.

  2. Thank you for your reply. I would like to know if I would still have to put the water packet filter in the water reservoir as I will only be using 2 litre bottled water with a pH of 7.8 and levels of vitamins and minerals are below. If yes, how long the water packet is safe to be in there for - 6 months or up to a year plus possibly? (For machine usage reference, daily for milk steaming, three times a week for brewing and steaming) And lastly, where to purchase the refills of water packets Calcium - 76mg Magnesium - 24mg Potassium - 6mg Sodium - 16mg Bicarbonate - 270mg Sulphate - 28mg Nitrate - 10mg Chloride - 24mg
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    Q Thank you for your reply. I would like to know if I would still have to put the water packet filt...... Read more answer now
    Asked by Baaba on April 29, 2021 1:39 pm
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    Unfortunately,y we are espresso machine experts, but not water experts. It is best to ask Rancilio or their supplier. We do suggest for all water treatment systems to be replaced a MINIMUM every 6 months.

  4. Please could you let me know how to descale the rancilio silvia pro machine.
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    Q Please could you let me know how to descale the rancilio silvia pro machine. answer now
    Asked by Baab on April 29, 2021 12:03 pm
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    We strongly suggest not descaling unless a problem occurs. The better method is water treatment to prevent limescale. This is why Rancilio includes a packet to treat the water.

  6. I am interested in the Silvia Pro. There are some mornings when I am short on time. How long does it take to achieve brewing temperature? Can a timer be used to turn on the machine and warm up the boiler?
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    Q I am interested in the Silvia Pro. There are some mornings when I am short on time. How long doe...... Read more answer now
    Asked by Ron on April 12, 2021 1:20 pm
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    Although the machine can heat up faster, 45 minutes is a good warm up time.  The machine can be placed on a smart timer. Watch our video.

  8. Good morning. I recently purchased a Rancilio Silvia Pro from you and have a few questions about backflushing. I also watched Java Jim’s excellent video on the topic. What would be the most recommended detergent for this particular machine, seeing the Silvia Pro guide doesn’t mention a particular brand/type? I have the tablets that came with the machine and plan to use them regularly. I also have an old bottle of Urnex Cafiza powder. The ingredients are slightly different from the tablets. Is it ok to use Cafiza? Are there any particular ingredients in a detergent that I should make sure to stay away from? Thanks for the help. The machine is awesome and we love it!
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    Q Good morning. I recently purchased a Rancilio Silvia Pro from you and have a few questions about ...... Read more answer now
    Asked by Stephen on March 19, 2021 12:21 pm
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    Thanks for the feedback. Any quality detergent is suitable for proper backflsuhing. The key to remember that less is more. Using too much detergent can clog the 3 way valve.

  10. Hello, I ordered a Rancilio Silvia Pro and received it today. I just unboxed the machine and it looks like the part of the power cord that plugs into the wall has been damaged (it looks smushed almost like it was stepped on). It is the third prong that is crooked and I was able to plug it in and turn the machine and it is functioning fine. However, when I read the owners manual it states to not use the machine if the cord is damaged so I am concerned about that. I do not want to send the machine back because obviously that will be a hassle. Is there anyway I could have a power cord sent to me so that I can replace it myself? I have worked in cafes for many years and although I have never had to replace a power cord, I feel confident in doing so. Is this possible?
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    Q Hello, I ordered a Rancilio Silvia Pro and received it today. I just unboxed the machine and it ...... Read more answer now
    Asked by Renee Andrada-Melo on March 3, 2021 3:53 am
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    Most espresso machines and grinders get smushed near the base of the units. This mostly happens when the pack it and then shipping makes it worse. In fact, inside the unit, the cord holder is smushed to hold the cord in place. Usually, the manufacturers will only replace it if the outer insulation was slit. You can email us a picture so we can review it.

  12. I purchased a Silvia Pro and have been using it for about 3 weeks. In the last few days I have started getting the "H2O" warning once or twice a day, even though the reservoir is completely full. The warning does not go away on its own, and the machine produces no steam (brewing works fine). The smallest tube in the reservoir often runs dry (I can see that there is no water in the tube). This is the tube attached to the vacuum trap in the reservoir. I have made sure that the vacuum trap is installed correctly and the reservoir is full. The only way that I can get the machine working again is to inject water into the end of the smallest tube. This apparently primes the steam boiler pump and the machine will work again for a few hours. I have also tried removing the vacuum trap entirely and making sure that the end of the smallest tube in submerged in the water. This has made no difference. Please let me know what can be done to fix this problem. Thank you!
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    Q I purchased a Silvia Pro and have been using it for about 3 weeks. In the last few days I have st...... Read more answer now
    Asked by Andrew Taylor on January 4, 2021 9:05 pm
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    So after making sure there is enough water in reservoir and the submerged air trap is not damaged, sometimes an air gap forms in the Teflon hose going back to the pressure switch so it can’t recognize there is sufficient water, we have found this to be the likely culprit. Also make sure the wires didn’t come loose from the pressure switch. What you can try is disconnecting that hose and blowing through the line while listening for a ‘clicking’ sound(which is the pressure switch), then reattach hose to air trap and submerge in reservoir again and test from there. Feel free to let us know how this works or if we can help in some other way.

    A All I can say from reading the tech's answer is that I sure I don't encounter your problem. Their solution is too confusing. I didn't think I'd have to have an engineering degree to fill the reservoir with water. It is an awesome machine but set up was very complicated, with written instructions and You Tube videos assuming you already know what to do and the instructions/videos are just a formality. A lot of sweat and tears with this machine. And it is mammoth, have a hard time finding space for it in a small kitchen. I wish they had been more explicit about its size in their ad.
    A Thanks to the customer service people at 1st Line for researching and quickly answering my question. I followed your advice, and the problem was resolved. We love our new Silvia Pro, which replaces our older first-generation, single boiler, Silvia. The Silvia Pro is larger than the Silvia, but we expected that because it has two boilers, and because the dimensions provided at the top of the 1st Line "Specifications" page for the Silvia Pro. When the machine arrived it was easy to set up, and came with clear instructions. Aside from the temporary technical glitch related to my earlier question, the Silvia Pro has been running well and brewing great espresso.
  14. What is the manufacturer and model number of the two vibration pumps?
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    Q What is the manufacturer and model number of the two vibration pumps? answer now
    Asked by Tak Inoue on October 26, 2020 3:57 pm
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    The prototype we tested had ULKA. However, this is always subject to change by the manufacturer.

  16. When are these units arriving?
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    Q When are these units arriving? answer now
    Asked by 1st-line on October 20, 2020 4:39 pm
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    Rancilio has an ETA to ship these to us at 1st-line on November 10, 2020. It all depends upon Homeland security if there are any delays.

  18. Your specs say that both boilers are stainless. In the video it looks like the steam boiler is copper/brass. Is the steam boiler copper/brass or is that a copper/brass plate on the top?
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    Q Your specs say that both boilers are stainless. In the video it looks like the steam boiler is co...... Read more answer now
    Asked by Ken Torke on September 18, 2020 7:40 pm
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    Sorry, we were originally working off the data from Rancilio. The coffee boiler is confirmed brass. The steam boiler seems like stainless steel.

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