Rancilios certainly seem to have a cult following - and probably for good reason. My machine for the past 8 1/2 years has been a Gaggia Classic, which I reckon pulls a great coffee. The model I have didnt come with that awful froth-enhancer, so its good for cappuccinos as well. I suppose it depends how much you want to spend. Ive seen the Classic for as low as $499; the Silvia seems to come in at least $200 over that. I dont think you could go wrong with either machine.