Gaggia RI9380/46 Classic Pro Steam Wand Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine

Last updated: December 27, 2021

Gaggia RI9380/46 Classic Pro Steam Wand Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine

We looked at the top Espresso Machines and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Espresso Machine you should buy.

Product Details

In our analysis of 51 expert reviews, the Gaggia Classic Pro Steam Wand Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine placed 15th when we looked at the top 19 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The Gaggia Classic presents a strong entry-level semi-automatic espresso machine, made from quality commercial components and built to last. The stainless-steel housing is solid, with heavy-duty rocker switches for controls. The chrome-plated brass brew group and portafilter are commercially styled, with the portafilter enjoying a 58 mm diameter, the standard for commercial machines. The pressurized portafilter basket makes brewing easy, able to extract a crema from just about any coffee without trouble. For more control, you can switch out for the included commercial-style basket and develop your technique. Frothing milk is made easy with the Turbo-Frother steam wand attachment, making cappuccinos and lattes a fun, effortless experience. Finally, the three-way solenoid valve keeps coffee pucks dry in the portafilter when you are ready to discard, a feature typically only found in more expensive, commercial machines.

Our Expert Consultant

Julie Chernoff
Culinary Expert

Julie Chernoff is a long-time member of Les Dames d’Escoffier (past president of the Chicago Chapter, and current co-chair of the LDEI Legacy Awards Committee), the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Chernoff is the dining editor of Better, a lifestyle website and print magazine. Her journalism started in the test kitchens of Weight Watchers Magazine. She holds a BA in English from Yale University and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She has spent the last few decades styling, photographing, teaching, developing recipes, editing, thinking and writing about food.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

The first thing you notice about the Gaggia Classic is the sturdiness and durability of its stainless steel and its high-quality components, such as its heavy and well-made portafilter.
With that in mind, it’s a great choice for tinkerers and enthusiasts who don’t mind spending a bit more time with their machine in the interest of achieving an excellent espresso.
Gaggia 14101 is an excellent low cost classic espresso machine, ideal for domestic brewing of your favorite coffee.
It’s a mostly-metal design, with a stainless steel outer part that makes it feel a lot higher-end than something like the Krups XP5620, a handy and serviceable machine but one that still uses a lot of plastic.

What reviewers didn't like

Unfortunately, this was the noisiest home espresso machine we tried, with the sound level measuring 93.8 decibels.
The Gaggia’s clunky steam wand also failed to produce a good thick foam in our pitcher of milk, no matter how many times we tried.
One thing that is important to know is that the Gaggia Classic espresso machine does not come with a built-in grinder and tamper, as some of the more expensive models do.
It’s a touch inflexible in parts, but the Gaggia Classic makes terrific coffee.
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