The most frequent comparisons we help people with are machines with the lever operated e61 group and dual PID temperature controlled boilers. The most established of these machines date back more than ten years, but how do the newer models compare? All of these machines are hand-built in Italy with plenty of polished stainless steel, will pull identical shots, use quiet rotary pumps for easy switching between water tank and plumbed, share many of the same components and have similar designs. As such, most consumers will not notice much difference in the cup. However, there are subtle differences in construction, design, usability and serviceability that can significantly impact the user experience. Now let’s start narrowing down options so we can find the best fit for you.
So you want the German engineering of the Profitec Pro 700, and no compromise on the aesthetics? ECM utilized their sister company’s stainless dual boiler system and obsessed on every aesthetic detail of the Synchronika from the ground up. Literally, the box construction of the frame’s base may be the strongest design we’ve ever seen. Other stand out details are: higher placement of the dual gauges, upgraded joysticks and portafilters, ample clearance for mugs, cups and scales and the ability to turn off the PID display.
While the Pro 700 is a beautiful machine, it typically isn't sold by its aesthetics. What really sets this brand apart are stainless steel boilers and straightforward serviceability using simple tools. Simpler maintenance inspires confidence and reduces the risk of having to ship a machine for service. Its two liter steaming boiler is also the most powerful in this class, but this can also be tailored to smaller drinks by swapping to a two-hole steam tip.
Our LUCCA M58 pairs Quick Mill’s proven dual boiler design with unique custom touches and attention to every external detail. The upgraded joysticks, glass PID with metal buttons, symmetrical color-matched gauges, custom spouted and bottomless portafilters and curved sides stand out from the rest of our lineup. The M58 is all about the interaction and feel, it’s pure theater. Being a custom machine also gives the benefit of rarity.
For the last few years the Rocket R58 has stood out by its simple aesthetics and clean internals. Its most distinctive feature is the ability to remove the PID for a simpler look. Because this machine can only heat one boiler at a time, it can run out of steam power on bigger steaming jobs or when making multiple drinks. It is also the only machine in this comparison that does not have a shot timer.
The Evo redesign brought a shot timer to Quick Mill’s well proven dual boiler system. Would you like blue neon lights running down the sides? Then this is definitely the machine for you. Quick Mill’s pedigree has continued to be upheld by the Vetrano over the last few years, and it provides flagship functionality at a great price point. It’s 1.4 liter steam boiler warms up quickly and offers easy to control steam power (helpful for smaller drinks), but fans of bigger 6-12oz milk drinks may find the steaming experience from this size of boiler a bit slow.
Izzo’s Duetto line has more than ten years of history under its belt, and this fourth update incorporates a shot timer and a few other small internal refinements. The Duetto has always been known for its tank-like body construction, but the biggest functional difference between the Duetto and the Vetrano is more steam power from its larger 1.8 liter boiler. The drip tray comes closer to the group head on the Duetto than other models, so some people find it a bit cramped for accommodating mugs or a scale.