91points

Breville Dual Boiler

13points

Rancilio Silvia

Comparison winner
Breville Dual Boiler
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25 facts in comparison

Breville Dual Boiler vs Rancilio Silvia

Breville Dual Boiler
Rancilio Silvia

Why is Breville Dual Boiler better than Rancilio Silvia?

  • Has a 58mm portafilter
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  • Has a pressure gauge
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  • Has a commercial steam wand
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  • Has a 3-way valve
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  • Has cleaning alert
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  • Has PID controller
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  • Has a pre-infusion function
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  • Water tank is transparent
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Why is Rancilio Silvia better than Breville Dual Boiler?

  • 3.24kg lighter
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    14kgvs17237g
  • Has a hot water outlet
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  • 78mm thinner
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    290mmvs368mm
  • 41mm shorter
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    340mmvs381mm
  • 56.62% less body volume
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    23171cm³vs53419.248cm³
  • 146mm narrower
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    235mmvs381mm

Price comparison

Breville Dual Boiler

ProductStorePrice
Breville Dual Boiler AmazonBreville BES920XL Dual Boiler Espresso M...Breville BES920XL Dual Boiler Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
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$1,825.00

Rancilio Silvia

ProductStorePrice
Rancilio Silvia AmazonRancilio Silvia Espresso Machine with Ir...Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine with Iron Frame and Stainless Steel Side Panels, 11.4 by 13.4-Inch
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$830.00
Rancilio Silvia AmazonRancilio Silvia Espresso Machine with Ir...Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine with Iron Frame and Stainless Steel Side Panels, 11.4 by 13.4-Inch (Stainless Steel-Updated 2019 Model)
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$830.00
Rancilio Silvia AmazonRancilio Silvia Espresso Machine and Roc...Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine and Rocky SS Coffee Grinder with Doser Set
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$1,265.00
Rancilio Silvia AmazonRancilio Silvia Espresso Machine Repair ...Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine Repair Kit.
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$13.50
Rancilio Silvia AmazonRancilio Silvia Group Preventative Maint...Rancilio Silvia Group Preventative Maintenance Parts, All Original Replacement Parts (4 Piece Kit)
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$22.11
Rancilio Silvia AmazonRancilio - 38123549 10701685 Silvia Grou...Rancilio - 38123549 10701685 Silvia Group Cover Black
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$34.44
Rancilio Silvia AmazonRancilio HSD-BS50 Base for Rancilio Silv...Rancilio HSD-BS50 Base for Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine/Rocky Grinder
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$130.00
Rancilio Silvia AmazonRancilio Silvia V3 Steam Wand Upgrade Ki...Rancilio Silvia V3 Steam Wand Upgrade Kit - OEM Part
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$109.95
Rancilio Silvia AmazonRancilio Silvia Stainless Steel Heating ...Rancilio Silvia Stainless Steel Heating Element
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$89.97
Rancilio Silvia AmazonRancilio Silvia Old Version Steam Wand
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$18.81

General info

1.weight

17.24kg

14kg

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
2.thickness

368mm

290mm

We consider a thinner chassis better because it makes the product more compact and portable. Thinness is a feature highlighted by many manufacturers of mobile devices, but it is essential for a wide range of products.
3.height

381mm

340mm

The height represents the vertical dimension of the product. We consider a smaller height better because it assures easy maneuverability.
4.volume

53419.25cm³

23171cm³

Volume is the quantity of three-dimensional space enclosed by the product's chassis or, in simpler terms, the space the product occupies.
5.width

381mm

235mm

The width represents the horizontal dimension of the product. We consider a smaller width better because it assures easy maneuverability.
6.Uses ground coffee
Breville Dual Boiler
Rancilio Silvia
Ground coffee, especially if freshly roasted and ground, results in much better quality coffee than the kind of results you get with pods or capsules.

Components

1.Has a 58mm portafilter
Breville Dual Boiler
Rancilio Silvia
A 58mm portafilter is the most common size in the industry, offering a greater range of accessories to purchase such as portafilter baskets and tampers.
2.Has a steam wand
Breville Dual Boiler
Rancilio Silvia
It has a steam wand, which allows you to make steamed/frothed milk to create other drinks from an espresso base.
3.Has a pressure gauge
Breville Dual Boiler
Rancilio Silvia
One of the most important aspects to pulling a great espresso is the amount of pressure used. Aspects such as how tightly tamped the portafilter is can affect the pressure and therefore the overall quality of the extraction. A pressure gauge helps you to adjust your process to achieve a perfect 9 bar of pressure.
4.Has a commercial steam wand
Breville Dual Boiler
Rancilio Silvia
It comes with a commercial style steam wand as opposed to a pannarello steam wand. These are harder to master but can allow you to produce better, richer milk froth.
5.Has a display
Breville Dual Boiler
Rancilio Silvia
The device has an electronic display to present information to the user.
6.Has cup warmer
Breville Dual Boiler
Rancilio Silvia
With a cup warmer you can heat the cups before pulling your espresso so that it doesn't go cold quickly, which affects the taste and quality. It also means that you don’t have to manually heat them using hot water.

Water source

1.Has PID controller
Breville Dual Boiler
Rancilio Silvia
A PID controller controls the temperature of the boiler electronically. It offers a far greater degree of accuracy and consistency than a regular, mechanical thermostat used to control temperature. This is very important as a temperature of around 92°C to 96°C is key to pulling the perfect espresso.
2.Water tank is transparent
Breville Dual Boiler
Rancilio Silvia
With a transparent water tank you can easily see when it needs to be filled up. This is important as attempting to make an espresso with an empty tank can damage the machine.
3.Has integrated filter
Breville Dual Boiler
Rancilio Silvia
An integrated water filter produces cleaner water for brewing espresso. It also helps to prevent the build up of limescale.
4.Has a removable water tank
Breville Dual Boiler
Rancilio Silvia
The water tank is removable, making it easier to refill.
5.Has a hot water outlet
Breville Dual Boiler
Rancilio Silvia
A hot water outlet is useful as it can be used to heat cups, as well as making americanos, long blacks and teas.
With a larger water tank you don’t have to refill it as often.
7.boiler size

0.95l

0.3l

A higher capacity boiler means that you don’t have to refill it as often.

Maintenance

1.Has cleaning alert
Breville Dual Boiler
Rancilio Silvia
The machine alerts you when it requires cleaning.

Features

1.Has a 3-way valve
Breville Dual Boiler
Rancilio Silvia
A 3-way solenoid valve relieves the portafilter of pressure and moisture after the extraction. This produces a dry puck which can easily be removed afterwards. It also means that you don’t have to wait for the pressure to equalise, so that you can make back-to-back coffees.
2.Has a pre-infusion function
Breville Dual Boiler
Rancilio Silvia
With a pre-infusion function you get a low pressure of water before it ramps up to around 9 bar of pressure. This gently expands the grinds to get a smooth extraction and to help prevent channeling in the cake.
3.Has a shot timer
Breville Dual Boiler
Rancilio Silvia
The time taken to pull an espresso shot is one of four key elements, and should be around 19-22 seconds. Once you have the grind, dose and tamp correct, you can use the shot clock to time the pull perfectly.
4.Can brew and steam simultaneously
Breville Dual Boiler
Rancilio Silvia
With a double boiler or heat exchanger system, you can brew and steam milk at the same time. This has an advantage over single boiler machines where you have to wait between brewing and steaming for the temperature to adjust.
These buttons can be programmed for different types of coffee such as an espresso, doppio or ristretto. This means once you have mastered a particular style of coffee, you can get it the same every time.

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