With its Italian pedigree - the company's founder was the first to invent the steamless coffee maker - and reputation for stylish design, Gaggia is a popular manufacturer of coffee machines. They produce a range of models, including traditional espresso makers, but on this page we'll focus on the best Gaggia bean-to-cup coffee machines.
Gaggia has a reputation for producing high-quality appliances. But which models provide the greatest value for money? And which are most likely to meet your requirements? Keep reading to find out.
Who are Gaggia?
Gaggia are an Italian brand that's more recently been bought by Philips. They produce a range of coffee makers, with some of their most well-known models being the Espresso Pure, Classic and Brera.
As we mentioned, the company has a long history when it comes to producing coffee machines. The founder, Achilla Gaggia, patented the first steamless coffee maker in 1938 and founded the company a decade later. Like modern machines, his design produced espresso by forcing high pressure water over ground beans. The result is an espresso with the "crema" what we've all come to know and love.
There are some excellent Gaggia coffee makers on the market. Models such as the Brera have proven to be a hit amongst buyers due to its range of customisation settings, great espresso and stylish design. That doesn't mean all their machines are worth buying though - there are also some models that haven't been rated as highly.
While there are a number of Gaggia bean-to-cup coffee machines on the market, we've selected our top 3 and listed them below. We've also included short reviews of each of these models to help you make a decision. For more information about bean-to-cup machines, make sure you check out our review section.
Top 3 Gaggia Bean-to-Cup Reviews
The Brera is, at the time of writing, the only Gaggia machine that's made our top 10 list. It's a stylish model that makes great espresso and comes with several customisation features. We think the Brera is an excellent model and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to coffee-enthusiasts.
Like most of the company's products, the Brera is a mid-range model. It has an RRP of over £600, but can often be bought for considerably less than this.
Overview of Features
The Brera is a stylish model. With its professional appearance, it won't make your kitchen worksurface look cluttered. The model can also produce espresso from both ground coffee and fresh beans, making it suitable if you like decaf.
As with most models in its price range, the Brera comes with a manual milk frother for making cappuccino - but doesn't include an integrated frother. This means you'll need to use the steam arm to froth milk manually. While it's still capable of producing excellent cappuccino and latte, it may take a bit of practice to get the milk to your desired consistency.
The Brera comes with several options for customising taste. These include options for the size, strength and grind coarseness. There's also an option to save up to two customisation configurations, making it quick to produce your favourite coffee once you've found the right settings.
Other features of the Brera include a twin boiler, which reduces the time between pressing start and coffee output, and a dual cup dispenser. The model also features an automatic standby mode that uses less than 1W per hour.
In summary, the Brera doesn't come with many advanced features, but it makes great espresso and is simple to use. For these reasons, it's one of our top-rated bean-to-cup coffee machines - and certainly one of the best in the Gaggia range.
While the Brera is a mid-range machine, the Accademia is firmly at the premium end of the market. It's a stylish-yet-advanced model that comes with a range of useful features, including a touch screen for coffee programming and a variety of pre-sets. The model also has an automatic milk carafe for cappuccino and latte.
As you would expect from a maker with such a range of features, the RRP is relatively high at £1400. You can often find the model available for cheaper than this though.
Overview of Features
The Accademia certainly has an impressive array of features. It's a fully automatic machine that's capable of producing excellent espresso and cappuccino. There are seven pre-sets included if you want a quick drink, including espresso, caffe lungo, cappuccino and latte macchiato, but there are also a variety of options for adjusting the coffee strength and taste if you want more control.
Unlike cheaper bean-to-cup machines, the Accademia comes with an integrated touch screen. While some settings are still accessed via buttons either side of the screen, the display shows programming options and other alerts. These include information about water hardness, when the filter needs to be changed and the current cycle.
Other features of the Accademia include a twin boiler system for faster coffee, removable brewing unit for easy cleaning, built-in ceramic grinder with a variety of coarseness settings, adjustable dispenser height and ability to make one or two espressos simultaneously. The model can also produce espresso from both fresh beans and ground coffee.
We think the Gaggia Accademia is an impressive bean-to-cup machine with a range of useful features. It's capable of producing excellent espresso and cappuccino while being relatively easy to use. There's no doubt that it's a pricey model though, so it's only an option for the coffee-enthusiast with plenty of cash to spare.
At the other end of the spectrum from the Accademia is the Naviglio. This model straddles the line between budget and mid-range, so it doesn't come with advanced features such as a touch screen or automatic carafe. Even so, the Naviglio is an excellent bean-to-cup maker that's a great option if you want a no-frills model that produces consistent espresso.
The Naviglio is towards the lower end of our "mid-range" price bracket. This puts it in direct competition with models such as the Delonghi Magnifica ECAM22.110.SB. There is also a deluxe version.
Overview of Features
The Naviglio produces espresso completely automatically. It also comes with a milk frothing arm if you want cappuccino, although it doesn't come with an automatic milk carafe like more expensive models.
As it's Gaggia's entry-level bean-to-cup maker, we didn't expect it to look as stylish as models such as the Brera. Even so, it still has an attractive exterior in an understated way. You can also access all the compartments from the front of the machine, so you won't need to constantly move it around.
One of the great things about the Naviglio is how easy it is to use. After adding the beans into the hopper, you can then select pre-sets such as a long coffee or shot of espresso. There's also an option for two cups. Unlike other Gaggia machines, however, the model only has a single boiler so it takes slightly longer to make a coffee.
Despite the low price tag, there are several customisation options, including strength and grind coarseness. The coarseness, however, must be adjusted using a separate tool, which is inconvenient - especially as it could be easy to lose.
While the Naviglio doesn't include many advanced features, it produces very good espresso considering the low price. We think it's an excellent model if you're looking for a model in the low/mid-range price bracket.
Gaggia are one of our favourite manufacturers of bean-to-cup coffee machines. Despite now being owned by Philips, the company's models still retain the Italian charm and excellent espresso quality that made them so popular to begin with.
If we had to choose the best Gaggia bean-to-cup coffee machine, it would be the Brera. This model is popular amongst buyers for producing excellent espresso - and it's also the only Gaggia that's made it into our top 10.