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I use this with a Gaggia classic pro 58mm portafilter.
It works fine and for the price, not sure you can get better than that. It is not perfect, it feels just a tiny tiny bit too loose in the portafilter but at that price point I guess it can be expected.
I pull great shots nonetheless, so it works! It is easy to adjust, and has a nice weight to it. It feels sturdy and well made. I won't need anything else for many years!
I hope this review has been helpful to you. If anything changes, I'll be sure to edit this post!
It's not as adjustable as it should be. Picture 1 shows the maximum I was able to screw the cap off without it falling off. About a half turn onto the threads which gave it 1/16" of total adjustment from fully seated to maximum extension. Picture 2 shows it at max extension. Picture 3 shows how much thread is sticking out at max extension. Picture 4 shows it fully seated. Picture 5 is the base and it shows a little metal thread that was still attached to the base. Picture 6 show that fully seated the threads only stick out about 3/16" and about 1/4" to the top. Picture 7 shows the cap is very close to 1/2" deep so the threaded section of the base could have been almost 1/4" longer. I'm hoping I just got a defective one and they normally have a longer threaded section. Picture 8 shows how coffee gets jammed into the gap between base and center section. If it allowed me to extend it as much as I wanted that may not happen as much. It would also be beneficial to make it a little more than 58mm because there is a decent size gap between the portafilter and the leveler where coffee doesn't get leveled and sticks to the sides.
I must confess I was very curious about this product but had serious doubts if it was worth the $20.00. So, being the coffee snob that I am I wanted to try it out. First, it is very well made. You will not have any concerns about its materials or workmanship. This will last a lifetime. Second, it is very easy to use. I thought it would be just a hassle in pulling my shots in the morning but its not. Third, this whole idea of a perfectly level puck is true. This tamper/leveler removes any pockets, cracks or little valleys and makes the grounds level and smooth. So very important. This product assures that. Finally, the pulls I am getting are remarkable different. Because the grounds are perfectly leveled and all pockets are removed the full flavor of the coffee comes through. Complete hot water coverage of the entire puck. So, if you are a real coffee snob you will love this new toy!! Enjoy!!
So I will admit I had very low expectations based on the price. After a week of using the leveler, I am very pleasantly surprised. First, the build quality of the unit I received is excellent. No imperfections, scratches, or rough edges. Second, the thing has some weight to it. It is pretty heavy duty and comfortable in my hand. Third, it is very quick and easy to adjust and holds the adjustment. Fourth, no issues with static. I can grind my espresso and immediately level it without anything adhering to the leveler. I am using triple baskets (22g) with a 19g dose and I would estimate that I have about 1mm of clearance on each side of the basket (La Marzocco portafilters). Would definitely buy the unit again in a heart beat.
A very useful accessory for perfecting espresso shots. I use it as a leveler prior to tamping and it works very well in getting a uniform puck. Particularly helpful with naked portafilter. Highly recommend