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    Best Sponsor Machine for $300-$350

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    Hi all,


    I was wondering if there are other sponsor machines around this price that are better or similar to a Gaggia Classic or Breville Ikon?

    I need a really strong frother because I need it for practicing (i.e. moreso than a good espresso).

    Also, are there any good cheaper grinders from our sponsors as well?

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    Re: Best Sponsor Machine for $300-$350

    In short none of the sponsors I am aware of sell machines in this price range.

    Do you already have a grinder?

    If not the Lelit/Nemox combi machines are a ood one but above your budget.

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    Re: Best Sponsor Machine for $300-$350

    You might find the Saeco Via Venecia from some of the sponsors, which you might be able to get a little outside that budget (low $400s?).

    FWIW, I recently purchased the Ikon that you mentioned. It just edged out the Saeco VV due to tight budgetary constraints for me... but you wont get an Ikon from a sponsor!

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    Re: Best Sponsor Machine for $300-$350

    I have a brand new Ikon lined up for this weekends purchase but Im just having second thoughts because my main issue is milk and frothing... and I dont think the lower end machines are going to let me practice freepouring - correct me if Im wrong.

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    Re: Best Sponsor Machine for $300-$350

    Youre doing well if you can still source an Ikon brand new... I looked everywhere, and in the end factory 2nd was the best I could do!

    Anyway, I find the Ikon quite adequate for steaming. Perhaps due to it being a boiler unit, I do find it noticeably better than the cheaper thermoblock machine I had previously, but I cant compare to any higher quality machines as my experience is limited to a small handful of lower end machines.

    Have you tried googling/youtubing for videos of the Ikon (or other contenders) in action? Theres a few out there that I watched when making my decision, and it may give you a better idea of what to expect before you hand over the cash.

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    Re: Best Sponsor Machine for $300-$350

    Quote Originally Posted by 696C6968606D050 link=1284372610/3#3 date=1284445334
    I have a brand new Ikon lined up for this weekends purchase but Im just having second thoughts because my main issue is milk and frothing... and I dont think the lower end machines are going to let me practice freepouring - correct me if Im wrong.
    Ill correct you ;)

    I used one a fair bit when I was teaching at the coffee academy amd for mine, its excellent value and performs really well. Best bang for buck <$300 by a mile.

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    Re: Best Sponsor Machine for $300-$350

    Quote Originally Posted by 5C696463574B676E6E6D6D080 link=1284372610/5#5 date=1284506838
    for mine, its excellent value and performs really well. Best bang for buck <$300 by a mile. *
    Thanks TC, nice to have some extra confirmation that I havent wasted my hard earned on a dud of a machine... does confirm my opinion of the Ikon after the initial few weeks with the machine : )



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