In this article we'll go over the benefits of each machine, which has this, what has that, and which espresso machine is right for you.
|Izzo Vivi PID||Rocket Appartamento||Rocket Mozzafiato Type V|
|Price||from $1,890||from $1,700||$2,050|
|Manufacturer||Alex Duetto||Rocket Espresso Milano||Rocket Espresso Milano|
|Height||15 inches||14.2 inches||15.75 inches (no adjustable feet)|
|Width||11.75 inches||10.8 inches||11 inches|
|Depth||16.75 inches||16.75 inches||16.75 inches|
|Weight||55 pounds||44 pounds||66.5 pounds|
|Material||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
|Drip Tray||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
|Capacity||3 liters||2.25 liters||2.9 liters|
|Low Water Sensor||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Capacity||1.5 liters||1.8 liters||1.8 liters|
|Power||1570 W||1300 W||1200 W|
|Adjustable Brew Pressure||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Yes or No||Yes||No||No|
As you can probably tell by the comparison chart above, the three machines are strikingly similar. So, why the difference in prices? Let's go over the advantages of the Izzo:
So, when compared to the Rockets the Vivi looks pretty darn good. It contains a shot timer, has insulated boiler, a massive water reservoir, and begins at $1,890. While the Appartamento can be cheaper ($1,700), it lacks certain features you may want. For example....
Spending $190 more on the Izzo will get you the following:
When comparing these two machines, ask yourself if the above list is something you need. If not, we'd recommend saving yourself the money and go with a Appartamento.
At the highest price point, what are the advantages of going with the Type V?
vs. Izzo Vivi PID
vs. Rocket Appartamento
As mentioned above, the Izzo Vivi PID seems to be the clear choice in terms of value. Rocket's prices as of late are unfortunately a reflection of their massive popularity here in the States. Rocket is by far the most popular prosumer brand. High demand always results in higher prices. If you want that Rocket "R" in your kitchen (can't blame you, they're stunningly gorgeous), you'll have to pay a small premium and deal with less features.
It may seem like a small feature but it can really go a looooong way - especially if you've never had a machine of this caliber before. Shot timers are wonderful to have when attempting to diagnose the issues with your espresso shots.
Sure, you can just use your phone, watch, or other but having that shot timer there on the machine is an awesome benefit.
Convenient to have? Absolutely.
Of the three machines in this article - the Izzo Vivi PID is the ONLY machine with a shot timer.
We get this question soooooo often. PID temperature control, similar to a shot timer, is more of a conveniency than a necessity. In all honesty, I had one on my very first machine - the Rocket Cellini (no longer in production) and can tell you I didn't touch it or adjust it one single time - not once.
It is, however, nice to know it's there. The Appartamento is the only machine of these three without PID. Boiler temperature can still be adjusted however the process is much more difficult than simply pressing a button - you'd have to physically crack open the machine and turn a screw. As long as you give the Appartamento sufficient time to heat up, you do not need PID.
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This one is huge. It's the number one complaint we get from Appartamento owners - the fact that it doesn't have a brew pressure gauge. Having that gauge is so incredibly nice if you've never had one of these machines before. Being able to see your bar count during extraction will really tell you what's going on inside the machine and what needs to be tweaked.
For example, if your bar count at extraction is incredibly low - say in the 4 to 5 bar range - what this means is water is getting through your coffee grounds way too easily. In other words, the machine isn't working very hard. Something (most likely your grind, dosage or tamp pressure) needs some work.
If you do go with an Appartamento, there are ways t combat not having that brew pressure gauge. Grab yourself a bottomless portafilter. While you still won't be able to see your bar count, a bottomless will tell you everything about your shots and help you adjust where necessary.
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