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Gaggia New Baby review

 
Design
6.0


 
Value for money
7.0


 
Quality
7.0


 
Features
6.0


 
Total Score
6.5
6.5/10


User Rating
14 total ratings

 


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Posted September 27, 2014 by

If you are planning to learn how to make espresso at home, then this is a real nice entry-level espresso machine.

The New Baby is technically identical to the Gaggia Classic, but the Classic cabinet is made of stainless steel, whereas the New Baby´s cabinet is made of plastic. The price difference between the two machines is about $80 and it is a matter of taste which of the two machines you think looks the best.

The Gaggia New Baby sells quite well; it is placed at number 32 out of 50 on the list of the bestselling semi-automatic espresso machines.

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

 

Gaggia New Baby at a Glance

Heat up time: 120 sec.

14 out of 50 semi automatic coffee maker in the survey is slower than the New Baby. See the complete heat up time survey.

Energy consumption: 1425 Watts

The unit uses 1425 Watts and 25% of the semi automatic espresso machines in the survey uses more Watts. See the complete energy survey result.

Price:  300 US Dollars

The New Baby cost $300 and 40% of the semi automatic espresso machines costs more than this unit.See the complete price survey result.

Water tank: 60 onces

11 out of 50 semi automatic espresso machines in the survey has a bigger water tank than the DeLonghi Kmix. See the complete water tank survey result.

Weight: 18 pounds

35% of the semi automatic espresso machines are heavier than the New Baby. See the complete weight tank survey result.

Size

35% of the units in the survey are bigger. See the complete size survey result.

 

Design

The Gaggia New Baby has the shape and proportions of a classic espresso maker. It is has a plastic cabinet, and this means that it has been possible to design the shape of the machine in a contemporary design that would most likely fit in everywhere.

The New Baby has a stainless steel front panel that makes the machine look a bit more exclusive, but if you are really into a machine that looks more expensive, then you should go for the sister model Gaggia Classic. The two machines are technically identical, but the Classic has a stainless steel cabinet, and a shape that is a bit older fashioned than the more modern looking New Baby.

The unit has a nice looking chrome-plated marine porta filter. This is an adjustable filter, which means that it can brew one or two cups of coffee at the same time.

The unit is equipped with a steamer that makes it possible to make cappuccino and latte drinks. The machine is available in different colors where the white and black are the most popular.

The size of the unit is 10x10x16 inches, which makes it the same size as the average semi-automatic espresso machine.

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Price

Value for money

The price of the machine is around $300, and this gets you quite a lot if you are planning to start making espresso at home. The machine comes from the biggest coffee machine manufacturer in Italy, and Gaggia is known for its quality products. You should buy this machine if quality and ease of use are important to you.

This machine has no electronic components that help you operate the system, and has no cleaning, descaling programs or warnings built in. If you are interested in such features, then you should go for a less know brand in the same price range, or accept the fact that you would need to pay more for the machine. 

Compared to the competition

The Gaggia New Baby is in the $300 segment. In this segment you will find some of the bestselling semi-automatic espresso machines, and most of them are made by well-known brands such as DeLonghi, Philips, Krups and other Gaggia models. In fact, the closest competitor to the New Baby is the Gaggia Classic that has a stainless steel cabinet and sells at around $380 ($80 more than the New Baby). Other competitors are the Breville 800ESXL or the Philips Saeco Via Venezia

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Quality

The machine is sensitive towards the grind quality of the coffee; it has to be fine ground in a consistent quality if the New Baby is to work correctly. This requires that the coffee has been ground in a high quality grinder, or by using pre-ground coffee.

The Gaggia New Baby has quite a large transparent removable water tank. The capacity is 60 ounces, which is 30% more than the average size of a semi-automatic espresso machine.

The heat up time is around 2 minutes. It is a bit faster than average, and it means that the machine is ready to use when you are, because you would spend that time anyway preparing the coffee shots.

The machine has quite a high level of energy consumption. It uses 1425 Watts, being 5% more than average which is surprisingly high when you take the size and the specifications of the machine into consideration. 

You should also know that it is equipped with a removable drip tray and that a spoon and a tamper is included.

The Gaggia New Baby can make coffee either by using ground coffee or you can use ESP coffee pods. This makes the machine versatile, because it means that you can use it to design your own coffee shots, or you can go with the convenient solution and use a pod to quickly make standardized espresso in the same way that a capsule machine does.

The machine has a built in pump that delivers 15 bar pressure. That is enough for espresso style quality, but models that are more expensive use a higher pressure to ensure all oils are extracted from the coffee beans.

Features

  • Steamer
  • Chrome-plated marine portafilter
  • Adjustable filter that can brew one or two cups of coffee at the same time
  • Stainless steel front panel
  • Removable water tank
  • Removable drip tray
  • Spoon (7 grams)
  • Stamper
  • Can use coffee pods
  • 15 bar pump

Benchmarks

Benchmarked against 50 semi automatic espresso machines

Overall score 6.5 out of 10
Bestseller 32 out of 50
Price level $300 30% below the average price
Weight 18 pounds 15% more 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 2 minutes 10% faster that average
Energy comsumption 1425 W 15% more than the average consumption

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Gaggia New Baby Review Sum Up

Positive

  1. Good entry machine
  2. Value for money
  3. Easy to use

Negative

  1. Plastic cabinet
  2. Not as known as the Gaggia Classis
  3. Requires correctly grinded coffee

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