Saeco was originally established over 30 years ago in Italy, and has since been a major player in the coffee making industry. Saeco espresso machines have been in a steady evolution and underwent constant improvements until they were able to purchase one of their competitors, which improved their already great products exponentially. 5 years ago the company boomed when it was bought by the international Philips group, marking its fame as a global coffee machine brand of excellent quality.
Nowadays, Saeco is known for its vast assortment of both manual and automatic espresso machines – and I have found myself particularly attracted to four of these machines, which I am going to review for you. PS: you may want to check out our milk frother reviews page, if you want to bring your espresso experience at a whole new level.
SAECO HD8753/87 Philips Intellia Cappuccino Fully Automatic Espresso Machine
This is one of their top end automatic machines, capable of creating both espressos and cappuccinos perfectly. It is fully automatic, from the beans grinding process thanks to its integrated beans hopper connected to a ceramic grinder (which gets less stains and retains the coffee’s aroma more than plastic or metal ones); to the brewing process. The front panel lets you adjust everything, from the strength of the coffee to whether you want it as an espresso or have the automatic frother system turn it into a cappuccino.
I particularly like how there’s no need to remove the water reservoir completely when I need to refill it, I just have to pull it out a bit and pour the water in: much less work. Also, because it can auto clean itself, I don’t really have to worry about it too much. Additional great features include: automatic descaling system, pre-brewing function, and the removable milk carafe which you can use anywhere.
SAECO HD8954/47 Philips Xelsis EVO Fully Automatic Espresso Machine
The Saeco HD8954/47 is probably the company’s best machine, and I have to honestly say it is also one of the best fully automatic machines I have ever had the luck of trying. The amount of features included here are astonishing, and while all of them are to be appreciated, I really enjoy the automated grinding adaptation: this feature is fully automated, meaning that the machine intelligently selects the grinding cycles to use depending on the bean size – adapting the brewing process each time individually to make sure you get the best coffee out of it. Particularly useful is also its big memory, allowing up to 6 different user profiles – and any one of these profiles can have up to 9 different drinks saved up for future use.
The automatic espresso machine also has a double chamber milk carafe to ensure the best quality froth is produced. And if you cannot find you perfect foam in the settings (pretty hard as there are lots of options), you can always go manual. Last but not least, it has a magical dial which lets you adjust the crema in relation to the body. Yes, it’s real.
Philips Saeco RI9737/21 Vienna Plus Automatic Espresso Machine, Graphite
The Vienna plus automatic espresso maker is a great machine to keep in the kitchen because it can get its job of making espressos and more while still looking great in its one-color body. Just like all automatic machines, this one features a bean hopper with grinder to allow for a fresher taste and aroma with each cup of coffee. It has enough space to comfortably hold two little cups of espresso at the same time (or to have a double shot), and a separate compartment for its frother. Keep in mind that the froth making wand is manual, so you will have to operate it yourself if you want to make some cappuccinos or lattes as it does not come equipped with a milk carafe.
Overall, this is a very durable machine which can withstand the test of time if treated well, and definitely produces a good espresso when you need one.
Philips Saeco RI9753/47 Odea Go Plus Automatic Espresso Machine, Black and Silver
The Saeco Odea series is known to have a distinct modern look compared to other Saeco machines, as well as being silent and equipped with a rapid steam system. The Saeco RI9753/47 Odea Go Plus is no different. It’s a fully automatic machine which takes care of the grinding process each time before brewing, using its ceramic grinder – which is notably quieter and requires less cleaning. Depending on the chosen option on the front panel, the machine will grind beans to their ideal size for the strength of coffee desired before automatically preparing your espresso. The frothing wand located to the side can be adjusted for a simplified frothing experience which takes advantage of the rapid steam system: allowing it to circumvent the waiting period between brewing and frothing. Just as all reputable machines, this one can brew 2 cups (for which you will have to press the button two times, remember this if you purchase the machine).