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Gaggia 16100 Evolution Home Espresso Cappuccino Machine



Gaggia offers a wide range of machines. That's a nice way of saying they have a TON of freakin machines to choose from. When you get right down to it, the Gaggia Evolution is what I would label their "entry-level" machine. It's listed at $229 but you can usually find it for around $199 (see link below).


It's a sleek looking machine that won't take up a whole lot of space on your counter top (which is a big plus in my book since a lot of basic manual espresso machines try to bulk up in an attempt to look more like their "automatic" cousins). So it looks nice, but does it perform well?


Let's Talk About The Machine Itself


Gaggia 16100 Evolution Home Espresso Cappuccino MachineFirst of all, this pump powered machine comes with a dual heating element for the boiler which is supposed to really quicken the heating time. In fact, the company claims it has the fastest heat-up time in the industry.


It comes with a forty-four ounce water tank, as well as a frothing wand so that you can make all your favorite drinks like Cappuccinos and latte's and whatnot. It also has an Illy Pod attachment which is fairly unique for a machine of this low price.


As with most machines of this type, the controls are very simple and straight forward so there's no confusion or hassles. And I almost forgot; it also comes with two stainless steel filter baskets, which is a nice touch.


What Are People Saying About It?


Well it looks sleek and stylish, and it's suppose to heat up very quickly and produce great espresso, but what are other people saying about it? Unfortunately, not a whole lot. I don't mean people are giving it bad reviews, I just mean that not a lot of people have said anything at all.


At Amazon, for instance, the machine has garnered 33 reviews. Not a whole lot. On the plus side though, thirteen of those reviews were 5-star, and eight of them were 4-star. (It also got four 3-star and eight 1-star reviews as well). That's an average of about three and a half stars out of five. Not bad for an entry-level espresso maker.


The eight people that gave it a poor review generally had trouble with the machine right out of the box, or very soon thereafter. If that happens to you, just send it back for a replacement. The people who like this espresso maker tend to really like it though, so I feel confident recommending it to my readers.


What's The Bottom Line?


If you like Gaggia machines but don't have a lot of money to spend, then the Gaggia Evolution is a great way to ease yourself into the Gaggia family. It holds up very well for an entry level machine and the price is right, as long as you don't pay the full price that most online retailers charge. Instead get the discount price by ordering from the link below and you'll be pretty happy with your purchase.