Hi Col,Originally Posted by Col link=1222781662/0#0 date=1222781661
In HX machines, Rocket have done an enormous work on thermostability with the new Giotto Premium plus and its a superb machine with not too big a foot print.
If it really does have to be small, you might consider the Bezzera BZ07 which is not much larger than your Silvia (you could PID the Silvia *:-?). My initial impressions were that ithe BZ07 does need a cooling flush but is good after that. The shower screen is lower than Giotto- this machine encourages you to dose lower and grind finer. On the one unit I have seen, I was unable to make the school tap style valve controls lock (which is supposedly possible *:-/) so milk texture was a one handed event. The group is electrically heated, so it comes up to temperature in around 15 minutes.
If you are happy to press a button and wait to texture your milk (when you do), the dual purpose single boiler machines are also a possibility. This group includes Silvia and Vashetta and the best example I have used is the Diadema Perfetta. Its top end but the build quality and more importantly performance are terrific. Like youe Silvia, I would not advise leaving this type of machine on all day though as the boilers dont auto-fill and its not impossible to fry an element. Anything in this group would represent a step sideways for you
You are most welcome to make contact in your preferred manner (including Skype *8-)) if youd like to discuss your options further.