November 29, 2016

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"What is the difference between the Rocket Espresso R60V and the Rocket R58?"

Differences

  • Controller & Smartphone App - The R60V can be controlled via an included controller or a downloadable smartphone app. The R58 cannot. 
  • Boiler Material - While both models contain dual boilers, the composition are different. R60V boilers - stainless steel. R58 boilers - copper. 
  • Auto Shutoff - The R60V contains auto shutoff. The R58 does not. 
  • Color Options - While the R58 only comes in stainless steel, the R60V comes in two colors - stainless steel and black. 
  • Pressure Profiling - The R60V allows pressure profiling. This allows the user to really customize & design their espresso shots. Three profiles can be programmed.

Our personal opinion below. Keep reading. 

Machine R58 R60V
Pre-Infusion Yes Yes
Dual Boiler Yes Yes
Boiler Material Copper Stainless Steel
PID Technology Yes - Dual Yes - Dual
Steam Boiler Capacity 1.7 liters 1.7 liters
Brew Boiler Capacity .58 liters .58 liters
Casing Material  Stainless Steel Stainless Steel
Color Options  One (stainless steel) Two (stainless, black)
Reservoir Capacity 2.5 liters 2.5 liters
Plumbable Yes Yes
Cup Warmer Yes Yes
Warm Up Time 20 minutes 20 minutes
Auto Shutoff No Yes
Warranty  2 years (C&P extended warranty) 2 years (C&P extended warranty)
Price $2,750 $4,250

 

Our Opinion

If you're deciding between these two Rocket espresso machines, there's a few things you'll need to consider. By taking a looking at the above chart you'll quickly notice there aren't too many differences. So, why does one cost almost double?

WI-FI?

The Rocket R60V is a more advanced machine and the only one we know of with WI-FI capabilities. Did you ever think a coffee machine would have WI-FI? Me either. It's crazy. But also very cool and convenient. The R60V also comes with a great safety feature - automatic shutoff. The machine will automatically shut itself off should it sense overheating - something not to go overlooked.

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Performance - Bells & Whistles vs. No Bells & Whistles

To be honest, you can't go wrong with either. Both the Rocket R58 and R60V will produce an unmatched cup of espresso. Should you go for all the bells and whistles and splurge on a R60V - you won't really be able to taste much of a difference (compared to the R58). I hate to say that - but it's the honest truth. That's really the difference between these two top rated espresso machines. The R60V has a few more bells & whistles and a couple color options.

Popularity

From a sales standpoint - the R58 is actually the more popular machine. The feedback from the machine has been outstanding and only seems to get better. Whether that's because of the massive difference in price or something else - you can be the judge. 

Some Honest Advice

I can't stress this enough - if you're going to be spending this kind of money on an espresso machine, please do yourself a favor and also invest in a good espresso grinder. 

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Not only invest in one but learn how to use it properly. This will take some time and patience but I promise it'll be well worth it! The grind of your beans is essential to getting a proper extraction. E.S.S.E.N.T.I.A.L. Poor extraction = bad tasting espresso. And, for the love of all things decent, don't buy pre-ground coffee. Beans from a local roaster, that have been roasted in the past week are ideal. Also, make sure your beans are not over a month old. Freshness is key. 

Our Pick

Simply put - if you're looking to save money - Go with the Rocket Espresso R58. It's one of the best out there capable of producing some of the finest espresso. 

BUT, if you're someone who wants it all and doesn't mind paying for it - go ahead and pick up a R60V but don't expect the end product to be that much better. 

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