Gaggia isn't a promising name for a company whose machines make substances you'll be pouring down your throat, but Whole Latte Love declares the Gaggia Synchrony espresso makers "among the easiest and most reliable super automatic espresso machines ever made" and who are we to argue with those experts on all things supercaffeinated? The Gaggia Syncrony Logic RS is a fully functional espresso maker and milk frother unit that comes in at a price point so far below most of the machines from companies like Jura and Miele that their price points are barely even visible from that level, but it does almost everything those more expensive machines do. The Logic RS has two boilers, which is one more than you get on most machines, and they can be used alternately for heating water and steaming milk froth, so there's no heat-up, cool-down cycle between beautiful cups of brew. Unlike higher-priced machines, you don't get full-color displays to show you pictures of your drink. You just turn old-fashioned analog dials. And while this may seem out of keeping with botified devices in general, it still works and, once you learn how to use it, works fast.
Those dials let you set the espresso volume from 1 ounce to 8 ounces; the fineness of the grind to 18 different levels; and the strength of the espresso itself. The grinder pre-infuses the ground beans (which the machine grinds itself) with water, then puts on the pressure, a one-two punch that produces an extra level of lovely crema floating on the espresso's surface. The milk frothing is handled from a separate spout. There's no internal milk holder, but as with all but the highest end machines Gaggia provides a tube you can place into an external milk container before it heats and froths. There's no self-cleaning feature. You'll need to open the front of the unit periodically, pull out the dreg drawer, and rinse it out yourself, but at this price you might not mind doing a little bit of the servicing yourself.
This is much easier and quicker and certainly reliable in getting the same consistent taste everyday.
This machine makes a great creamy expresso. So far, no regrets and enjoying every cup.
By far the best super automatic machine I have ever used.
Had the machine for 2 days and we can't be happier with the quality espresso and simplicity of the machine.