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    What is recommended in the $500 - $1,500 range these days

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    A friend is wanting to buy a coffee machine, an grinder, in this price range. Preferably towards the lower end of the price range.

    Years ago it was Silvia and Rocky. Then it was the Sunbeam EM6910 with Sunbeam grinder.

    Just wondering what is recommended these days. Has Sunbeam fallen out of favour? Has Silvia made a triumphant return, or is there a new kid on the block?

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    Re: What is recommended in the $500 - $1,500 range these days

    Quote Originally Posted by 7B56775B593A0 link=1264829513/0#0 date=1264829513
    A friend is wanting to buy a coffee machine, an grinder, in this price range. *Preferably towards the lower end of the price range.

    Years ago it was Silvia and Rocky. *Then it was the Sunbeam EM6910 with Sunbeam grinder.

    Just wondering what is recommended these days. *Has Sunbeam fallen out of favour? *Has Silvia made a triumphant return, or is there a new kid on the block?
    Lelit Combi @ around $850 (machine & grinder)
    Silvia / Rocky combo is just under $1500

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    Re: What is recommended in the $500 - $1,500 range these days

    You can usually get an EM6910 with an EM0480 grinder near the bottom end of that range. Clive Peeters recently had the bundle on sale for $699. There are a number of reports about reliability issues with the EM6910, but there also seem to be plenty of people who have had them for years without an issue, so the issues seem more likely to relate to quality-control than to a fundamentally flawed design. If youre really concerned about the expense of repairs, and you can ring around and get a decent price first, you should be able to get Harvey Norman to match prices and add another 4 years to the warranty of the EM6910 for an extra $70.

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    Re: What is recommended in the $500 - $1,500 range these days

    Quote Originally Posted by 7B5A495F4C5A7D3E0 link=1264829513/2#2 date=1264853764
    You can usually get an EM6910 with an EM0480 grinder near the bottom end of that range.
    Id buy a Lelit Combi machine, every day of the week before I spent similar money on that combo... ::)

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    help - need advice!

    Hi!
    I am a complete coffee novice! I have a young baby and since he was born my husband has enjoyed coffee alot more than prior to baby. Once I stop breastfeeding I would like to once again enjoy a nice coffee a day. I am looking to purchase a coffee machine - but I have no idea what I am doing. Could someone recommend a good automatic machine for me? I would like something that (1) makes a good coffee with the ability to make hot choc (so frothing milk is v.important), (2) easy to use and quick, (3) easy to clean, (4) good for everyday use and entertaining. Can I get all that in one machine??? btw I live in Adelaide.

    Your help is MUCH appreciated. :)

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    Re: What is recommended in the $500 - $1,500 range these days

    Quote Originally Posted by 54554C53595F020A3A0 link=1264829513/4#4 date=1266991890
    Hi!
    I am a complete coffee novice! I have a young baby and since he was born my husband has enjoyed coffee alot more than prior to baby. Once I stop breastfeeding I would like to once again enjoy a nice coffee a day. I am looking to purchase a coffee machine - but I have no idea what I am doing. Could someone recommend a good automatic machine for me? I would like something that (1) makes a good coffee with the ability to make hot choc (so frothing milk is v.important), (2) easy to use and quick, (3) easy to clean, (4) good for everyday use and entertaining. Can I get all that in one machine??? btw I live in Adelaide.

    Your help is MUCH appreciated. :)
    Hello novice80 and welcome!

    I have moved your post here as its similar in nature. You might try using the search tab ^^^^^^ on the term "superauto" over the last year and you will find lots of threads..

    Read all of those and then dont buy one! The cheapies will produce decidedly average coffee at best and most of them break, requiring frequent and expensive service.

    CSers will help you and you can also send your brief to all the sponsors by using the bulk email button <<<<<<<.

    Effectively, $1500 spent in a department store will buy an appliance which is likley to be unreliable. It will buy a good manual home machine and grinder and $850-2.5k will give you a cafe at home if you have the time to make a little effort.

    Good luck!

    2mcm

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    Re: What is recommended in the $500 - $1,500 range these days

    Hi Novice and welcome to the forum. When you say Ďautomaticí do you man a machine that makes coffee at the touch of a button?

    Most of us here use more manually operated machines i.e. we grind our coffee, pack that into the filter basket, tamp and then lock into the machine to brew. It takes a little more effort for a much better result. Super automatic machines, which I believe is what youíre interested in, tend to produce a poorer product and have a lot of reliability issues.

    It comes down to convenience versus quality. It sounds as though convenience may be more important to you. Jura machines are often highly recommended although I canít say I have much experience.

    Have you set yourself a budget?

    By the way, you can still make an outstanding decaffeinated coffee if using good beans, equipment and technique. No need to miss out just because youíre a new mum.

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    Re: What is recommended in the $500 - $1,500 range these days

    My opinion? Simple! Start with a Rancilio Silvia.

    I have gone through a few machines - early Sunbeam, then Gaggia Carezza, then Saeco Venezia, and now a Silvia. The two things I like best about this machine are:

    1. With a little practice I can produce good coffees.

    2. It is simple and reliable. At the same time if anything goes wrong, it can be fixed or replaced easily. It is not a throw away appliance, and will last a long time.



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    Re: What is recommended in the $500 - $1,500 range these days

    Quote Originally Posted by 5152474C41435050220 link=1264829513/7#7 date=1267007791
    2. It is simple and reliable. At the same time if anything goes wrong, it can be fixed or replaced easily. It is not a throw away appliance, and will last a long time.
    Just dont blow the element....

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    Re: What is recommended in the $500 - $1,500 range these days

    Quote Originally Posted by 77766F707A7C2129190 link=1264829513/4#4 date=1266991890
    Could someone recommend a good automatic machine for me?
    Quote Originally Posted by 77766F707A7C2129190 link=1264829513/4#4 date=1266991890
    but I have no idea what I am doing.
    Quote Originally Posted by 77766F707A7C2129190 link=1264829513/4#4 date=1266991890
    easy to use and quick,
    Quote Originally Posted by 77766F707A7C2129190 link=1264829513/4#4 date=1266991890
    good for everyday use and entertaining.
    Quote Originally Posted by 6A697C777A786B6B190 link=1264829513/7#7 date=1267007791
    Start with a Rancilio Silvia. *
    *:-? :-?
    *:-? :-?

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    Re: What is recommended in the $500 - $1,500 range these days

    Quote Originally Posted by 7B7C676F687A7D090 link=1264829513/9#9 date=1267009744
    Quote Originally Posted by 77766F707A7C2129190 link=1264829513/4#4 date=1266991890
    Could someone recommend a good automatic machine for me?
    Quote Originally Posted by 77766F707A7C2129190 link=1264829513/4#4 date=1266991890
    but I have no idea what I am doing.
    Quote Originally Posted by 77766F707A7C2129190 link=1264829513/4#4 date=1266991890
    easy to use and quick,
    Quote Originally Posted by 77766F707A7C2129190 link=1264829513/4#4 date=1266991890
    good for everyday use and entertaining.
    Quote Originally Posted by 6A697C777A786B6B190 link=1264829513/7#7 date=1267007791
    Start with a Rancilio Silvia. *
    *:-? :-?
    *:-? :-?
    Spell it out runfast... What ya trying to say ? ;)



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