Originally Posted by chas
I have a Saeco Classico. It is great. I have had it for 3 years and initially wanted to buy a Rancho Silvia. I bought through 1st-line.com all they do is coffe. It turns out the Silvia is great but only if you will be grinding your own beans all of the time. Those guys saved me $200 with that bit of advice. If you are really looking to buy I would check 1st line and give them a call. It is important to be honest with yourself about how you will use the machine (how often, self grind, pods, semi-auto, full-auto, etc). The right machine for you depends more on how you will use it than anything else.
I really appreciate the advice. I was seriously eyeing the Rancho Silvia, but didn't really plan on grinding for myself all the time. I'll check out the website you mention and the Saeco Classico.