Top positive review
21 people found this helpful
A Joy to Use and the Best Value
on January 20, 2011
There are few things today that truely represent value for the money. The Ratleware 58mm Round Long handled tamper at under $30 delivered is one of them.
After years of contently using the plastic tamper that came with my Gaggia Classic I finally decided to purchase something better. I have seen and used many kinds of tampers over the years and have come to believe that this Rattleware tamper is the best value on the market. The need to spend more on a tamper is incomprehensible to me. This is as good as it gets and for a reasonable price.
There are many tampers on the market, but at about this price point and this size there are not too many options. Most cheaper ones are not available in the 58mm size, and the correct size is important for it to be a worthwhile purchase otherwise you might as well stick with the plastic tamper that came with your machine. One alternative for a 58mm tamper for about $8 less (a larger percentage less) is a Chinese made acrylic handle model that is sold just about everywhere, but none of the sellers (amazon sellers, espresso specialty web sites, and a famous auction web site) could confidently state the actual size of the Chinese made acrylic handel tamper ("says 58mm but actual size 54" one seller commented). Most other tampers cost more than this Rattleware by either a little or a lot. I had not seen this one in person before making the purchase but took a chance on it after reading many positive reviews. I could not be more pleased. Furthermore I feel smart for not getting sucked into paying so much more for a Reg Barber (RB).
The RB for $70-$90 is a lovely tamper that I have had the pleasure of using, but it is functionally no better than this one. This one has similar weight and ballance as the RB for less than half the price. The RB has a beautiful wooden handle that may appeal to some as preferable but not me. The RB has the option of a blank white insert at the top of the handle, their own "RB" logo at the top of the handle, or the logo of your espresso machine maker on the top of the handle; something else that is no appeal to me.
Obviously RB has no problem selling their tampers. I am not sure if it is merely inertia from being in the business a while, if it becuase of their traditional look, if they have better marketing and distribution, or if people merely don't feel good about something unless they pay a lot of money for it, but there is no doubt that this Rattleware represents an amazing value for your moeny in comparison to the RB, and it does an equally good job.
The 58mm Rattleware Round Long tamper fits the Gaggia perfectly (which means it is also the correct fit for Rancilio Silva, Pasquinni Liva, and other machines with comercial sized porta filters).