The Gaggia 14101 Espresso Maker is built out of high-quality materials to stand the test of time.
We cannot say anymore that Gaggia Classic it’s the best Italian-made espresso machine. It was made in Italy before Philips bought the company. To keep the retail price low and probably also make some more profit, the Gaggia Classic is now made in Romania.
The housing is fashioned out of heavy-duty nickel-plated carbon steel that is finished with a layer of brushed stainless steel. The portafilter handle is also made out of stainless steel, making both it and the housing rust resistant.
The portafilter itself is constructed out of chrome-plated brass and weighs a full pound. This makes it one of the most durable on the market for home espresso machines.
The Gaggia Classic is one of the few non-commercial espresso machines with a chrome-plated brass brew group (the part of the machine where the portafilter locks). This provides optimal heat regulation and temperature stability!
This feature is only found in much higher priced espresso machines, like the Rancilio Silvia, which costs $200 to $300 more.
For all the benefits, there is a downside to this semi-automatic espresso machine that any Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine review should note.
Its classic design with a commercial look may not fit into every kitchen. It is built on function rather than form in mind. You may not find the industrial look to be an attractive addition to the home decor, as the design isn’t colorful or as sleek as models made for home use.
The large size and weight also make it hard to store the espresso maker out of sight when not in use. Still, some people do like the more minimalist design of this espresso machine and find it classically elegant.
Your own taste will determine whether you like the look of the machine or its appearance is even a concern.