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Gaggia Baby Class Review

 
Design
5.0


 
Value for money
7.0


 
Quality
7.0


 
Features
7.0


 
Total Score
6.5
6.5/10


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37 total ratings

 


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Posted September 27, 2014 by

The Gaggia Baby Class is a popular semi-automatic espresso machine that is made by the leading Italian coffee machine maker, Gaggia. The unit is placed at number 21 on the bestseller list out of 50 semi-automatic espresso makers.

The machine does not have an impressive list of features or advanced functions. The focus of the unit is to be a quality product that has been designed for the first time user who want to start brewing espresso style coffee at home. The Baby Class is attractively priced at just over $300.

The Gaggia Baby Class Review Score is 6.5 out of 10.

 

Gaggia Baby Class at a Glance

Heat up time: 60 sec.

Just 9 out of 50 semi automatic coffee maker in the survey is faster than the Gaggia Baby Class. See the complete heat up time survey.

Energy consumption: 1050 Watts

The unit uses 1050 Watts and 25% of the semi automatic espresso machines in the survey uses less Watts. See the complete energy survey result.

Price:  320 US Dollars

The Gaggia Baby Class cost $320 and 40% of the semi automatic espresso machines costs more than this unit.See the complete price survey result.

Water tank: 60 onces

20% of all semi automatic espresso machines in the survey has a bigger water tank than the Gaggia Baby Class. See the complete water tank survey result.

Weight: 10 pounds

Just 3 out  of 50 semi automatic espresso machines are lighter than the Gaggia Baby Class. See the complete weight tank survey result.

Size

40% of the units in the survey are bigger. See the complete size survey result.

 

Design

The shape and the proportions of the machine is very much like what you would expect from a traditional espresso machine design. The corners of the machine are rounded and that gives the machine a modern touch.

The cabinet of the machine has a brushed stainless steel exterior, giving it an exclusive impression.

The machine has chrome on the parts of the machine that you operate in the brewing process; the porta filter and the brew group. It gives a quality feeling that you touch chrome elements and not plastic, so this will be appreciated by most users of the machine, and it looks good too.

The Gaggia Baby Class is also equipped with a turbo frother, and this means that the frother heats up with almost no waiting time.

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Price

Value for money

The Gaggia Baby Class is priced at about $320, and this seems like a reasonable price. You get a modern looking espresso machine, made by the leading Italian coffee maker. The machine is made of stainless steel, and the technology inside is well known and has been used for many years in other well-known Gaggia models.

What you do not get is electronics. The machine cannot be programmed, and it has no built in cleaning programmes or other features that electronics can handle for you. It is also missing gauges to measure heat and pressure.

Compared to the competition

The Gaggia Baby Class is found in the price segment $300 to $400, which is the average price of semi-automatic espresso machine. This segment is mostly occupied by models from well know coffee machine brands such as DeLonghi, Philips, Krups and quite a few other models from Gaggia. The strongest competitor to the Baby Class is most likely the Breville 800ESXL or the sister model Gaggia Classic. The Classic is a legend but it is more expensive and has a more conservative design.

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Quality

The size of the machine is 10x10x16 inches and that is very close to the average size of a semi-automatic espresso machine. The water tank is however quite a lot larger than average. Its dimensions are 60 ounces which is 30% more than the average machine. A bigger size is convenient from a refill perspective, if you plan to use the machine on a daily basis.

The weight of the unit is surprisingly low, taking into consideration that the cabinet is made of stainless steel, and that the size of the machine is average. It weighs only 10 pounds, which is 40% less than the average machine, and there is no unique parameter that can explain this low weight.

The machine heats up very fast compared to the standard heat up time. It takes just 1 minute before the machine is ready to use, making it more than 50% faster than average.

The Gaggia Baby Class is supplied with three stainless steel filter baskets, one for single shots, one for double shots and one for ESP pods. This makes the machine quite versatile, and it means that you can use the machine to experiment with your own style coffee shots, and you can use the convenient ESP pods to make hassle free espresso drinks.

Other equipment that are included are; a tamper, a 7-gram spoon and a passive cup warmer. Do not expect very hot cups from the cup warmer as it is not possible for a passive cup warmer to really heat up the cups. A better alternative is to pre-heat the cups with hot water or steam from the frother.

The machine requires correctly ground coffee, so you would need a high quality grinder, or alternatively buy your coffee pre-ground.

Finally, you should know that the machine uses 1050 watts which is a bit under the average energy consumption.

Features

  • Brushed stainless steel exterior
  • Chrome-plated 58mm portafilter
  • Chrome-plated brew group
  • Turbo frother
  • Three-way solenoid valve
  • Passive cup warmer
  • Single, ESE pod, and double shot stainless steel filter baskets
  • Tamper
  • Spoon (7 grams)
  • 15 bar pumpe

Benchmarks

Benchmarked against 50 semi automatic espresso machines

Overall ranking 6.5
Bestseller 21 out of 50
Price level $320 20% below the average price
Weight 10 pounds 40% less than the average weight
Size 10,10,16 inches 5% smaller than average
Water tank size 60 ounces 30% more than the average size
Heat up time 1 minute 55% faster that average
Energy comsumption 1050 W 15% less than the average consumption

You can find more information on the complete analysis and its assumptions here.

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Gaggia Baby Class Review sum up

Positive

  1. Quality product
  2. Makes good coffee
  3. Easy to use

Negative

  1. It requires correct grinded coffee, so you need a high quality grinder
  2. No cleaning programmes
  3. Not as known as the Gaggia Classic

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