Gaggia Gran Gaggia RI8323/01 Manual Espresso Coffee Machine, Black
Expected a little more
This is our second Gaggia after the first one started leaking beyond control, surprise, surprise....However, we did have our previous machine (Gaggia Pure) for over five years of daily use so thought we'd try another. As stylish as this one looks however, in comparison it doesn't feel very robust and is quite noisy. Again, it has been used daily and produces a very good latte but after only three months it has started to leak. A descale has cleared up the problem for the moment and although we descaled our previous machine on a regular basis to clear up small leaks, I certainly don't remember it leaking this badly after such a short period. Expected a bit more really. Glad we got it when it was on offer and that it has a two year warranty...
13 March 2014
Good but leaks
I have enjoyed good coffee from my machine, but after only one month water is leaking out of the plastic housing via the electrical lead aperture. Because I have enjoyed the coffee, I will try another machine and hope the issue is resolved.
12 January 2014
Good machine for the price but leaky bottom
Very happy to receive this great looking espresso machine as a gift. The instructions where not very clear but after watching a youtube video as recommended in an earlier review I was up and running and making great coffee, very happy.
However this joy was short lived once I discovered the leaky bottom. The machine has been returned and I'm awaiting a replacement. Here's hoping this one is alright.
All being well this would be a great machine for a reasonable price.
05 January 2014
made 4 cups and leaked
Received this as a Christmas present, on the 5th cup of coffee the seal for the water container failed. Really poor quality feel to the machine.
05 January 2014
If you want a puddle in your kitchen buy this.
Utterly useless because it constantly leaked. We thought we'd be lucky and get a fully working one after being put off by some reviews. However, read and listen to them!
23 December 2013
Love Espresso? Got to Love Gaggia!
This Espresso machine is great value for money!
It allows you to use both ground coffee as well as capsules to make the coffee that like, as you like it, in the cost that you like it for. The attached crema filter works fine either for hot water or to create the perfect milk froth for a cappuccino!!
It has been a month since I received it and I had no problems whatsoever! Easy to use, good design!
The only downside is that I have got used to espresso coffee so much,that I find it hard drinking a different kind coffee!
17 December 2013
gaggia gran gaggia
The coffee machine makes good quality coffee (I used illy)and froths milk. well.....once you get the hang of it... took me quite a few attempts!!! I googled a you tube on it as the instructions included aren't great. The main difficulty is the steam wand which is fixed downward instead of being able to push up and outward. Therefore trying to get a full milk jug from under it makes it impossible without spilling contents! Have tried raising the whole unit a bit on a plinth but makes it tricky if you plan to store it on your worktop under a cupboard. So find when I use it I have to pull it forward to get the water tank out (as you need to lift the water tank up) and refill. It is also quite light but requires a fair degree of force to tighten the coffee handle in place so found myself having to hold onto the whole unit for fear of pushing it over. Its a good little coffee machine for the money but if I had to buy a coffee machine again I would probably go for a more heavy duty one with a steam wand that you could move on an angle and thats a bit less of a faff!
06 December 2013
5 star potential!
The coffee this machine makes cannot be faulted. I have been enjoying using a variety of Italian pods with great results. I have learnt to use it very quickly and it is easy to clean.
The only question is long-term reliability. This is my second machine after the first one leaked from day 1.
If this one continues to perform I would award it 5 stars.
01 December 2013