Saeco Espresso Machines
Every coffee lover knows that waking up to the perfect cup of coffee can make the difference between starting your day off right and just starting your day. Not that stopping by the coffee shop isn’t fun, but having the joys of espresso available in your own kitchen, anytime you want, is so much better. Unfortunately, there are thousands of machines to choose from and finding the one for you can be a challenge. Not to worry, we have your back. In this article we are going to talk about Saeco espresso makers, so you will know what to look for and what to expect. If you are looking for quality machines that are great for amateur and pro baristas alike, then you will definitely want to check these out.
Saeco, by Phillips, offers ultra user-friendly, sleek-looking espresso machines that everyone can enjoy. All of their machines are super automatic with precision one-touch brewing for all your espresso drinks. Saeco focuses on long-lasting materials, easy maintenance, and convenient operation. With removable brewing units, self-cleaning milk frothers, and long-lasting grinders, you can focus on making the coffee you love without having to fret about cleaning and maintenance.
Things to Know
Every manufacturer of coffee and espresso machines has certain elements that they focus on besides just brewing quality beverages. As we already mentioned, Saeco’s focus is quality materials, easy maintenance, and ease of use. So let’s take a quick look at the features that you will find on most Saeco’s and why these features are important.
When you are searching for a new product, especially one that you are going to be investing a good amount of money into, you want to look for quality brands and materials that you trust. That concept applies to espresso machines as well. All automatic espresso and specialty coffee makers have tons of moving parts and mechanisms that need to be dependable. This is why Saeco uses materials that are meant to withstand more than just common use.
Ceramic grinders are good for a couple of reasons. First of all, they last longer. You can expect to get about 20,000 cups out of the built-in grinder in your Saeco espresso machine. Another benefit of ceramic is that it does not conduct heat the way that steel blades do, something that some coffee connoisseurs say can affect the oils in your coffee beans. Ceramic is also corrosion and rustproof, which are good qualities to look for in something that will have to function in a warm damp environment. And last, but not least, ceramic grinders will not affect the flavor of your coffee, which every coffee lover knows is the most important part. Just remember, never use oily or flavored beans in your built-in grinder, they can cause damage and jamming.
Stainless Steel Heating Units
Many espresso machines contain aluminum boilers because aluminum heats very quickly. The trouble with aluminum is that it is not as resistant to corrosion as stainless steel. This means that aluminum boilers have to be replaced more often. With that in mind, Saeco uses stainless steel boilers that are meant to last. Do not worry, there are still rapid heat options, so you won’t have to wait longer just because your Saeco has a stainless steel boiler.
Keeping your espresso machine in good working order can seem a bit intimidating, but you never have to worry about that with a Saeco. Nearly all the main parts are removable on most machines, which means easy cleaning for brew units, water tanks, milk carafes, drip trays, and dreg bins. Many parts are dishwasher safe as well, so you can just pop them in the dishwasher and be on your way. Saeco has also considered preventative maintenance by equipping many of their machines with AquaClean filters. These filters are simple to install and if changed regularly, approximately every three months, they will ensure that you only have to descale your espresso maker every 5000 cups. That is about once every 3.4 years at four cups a day, if you were curious.Another maintenance issue that comes up with automatic machines is milk hygiene. Some worry about the safety of having the milk carafe out for too long or keeping it properly clean. There is also the question of the tubes and dispensers on the machine itself. Well, Saeco has thought of that. All of their milk carafes are easy to connect and remove and are safe to keep in the refrigerator. They also have self-cleaning functions that automatically clean tubes and dispensers after every milk drink. This way you can enjoy your cappuccino without hesitation.
Ease of Use
If you have ever stopped to watch your barista make your triple latte, you know that there are several steps involved in making your favorite drink. Thankfully, the Saeco completes all those steps for you. Even their simplest espresso maker is automatic; it grinds, tamps, brews, and disposes of the grounds for you. You only have to worry about the easy parts, like adding water and beans and emptying the dreg bin, and you won’t even have to do those chores too often. With pre-programmed buttons, personal profiles, and one-touch espresso, all you really have to worry about is deciding what you want, kind of like when you go to the coffee shop
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Do not just take our word for it, take a look at what customers are saying:
“I am happy with my purchase and the price I paid. It is larger than I was imagining but still doesn’t take up too much space on my counter. Very happy with the quality of the espresso it makes and the operation so far. “
“Great coffeemaker love the size.”
“This machine is a great replacement for my old Saeco. It is smaller, requires refill of water more often but still makes great cup of coffee.”
“Great product, versatile with good quality expresso for the price! ”
“Works great – has all the features you need: grinder selection, strength, temperature, adjustable water volume, adjustable temperature, auto-rinse.”
Alright, now we know what to look for, so it is time to check out a few Saecos so you can decide exactly how many options you need and which ones you might like to have just because.
As the name implies, one of the features of this espresso maker is that is it compact, only 15.2” x 16.7” x 15.3” and it weighs just over 15lb. This makes it possible for you to have your espresso and keep your counter space. The Xsmall Vapore can make one or two espressos at once and has a professional grade frothing wand, so you can make espresso macchiatos, lattes, and cappuccinos to your heart’s content.
It has the perks we have already talked about, like a removable brew unit and drip tray for easy cleaning, as well as a rapid heat boiler that is ready within 30 to 40 seconds. All of this comes in a sleek eye-catching design that would look good in any kitchen.
- Two Espressos at Once
- Professional Frothing Wand
- Sleek Design
If you are looking for something on a slightly bigger scale, check out the Incanto. It comes with a 1.8-liter water reservoir and 250 gram bean hopper. This machine offers rapid heating and can make two espressos at once, so you can get your beverage quickly. The Incanto also comes with both a classic frothing wand and an auto-frothing option.
This way you can have full control over the milk when you want to or let your Saeco take care of it when you don’t. For the tea drinkers in your life, this machine also comes with a hot water option. With multiple grind and strength options, plus an adjustable dispenser, you can make your coffee perfect for you every time.
- 1.8 Liter Water Reservoir
- Auto or Manual Frothing
- Hot Water Option
- Grind and Strength Options
Although the name is similar to the Incanto Super Automatic, this Incanto comes with a few different options that you might like better, including the carafe that is mentioned in the name. This is an integrated milk carafe that easily attaches and detaches for fridge storage. This machine also has pre-programmed buttons on the front so you can brew your favorites, like cappuccino and latte macchiatos, with the touch of a single button.
It also comes with a powder option, which means that if you have pre-ground coffee, you can switch it up and use that without having to empty your bean hopper. Best of all, this Incanto offers immediate brewing, meaning you do not have to wait between cups for it to reheat, simply keep brewing.
- Integrate Milk Carafe
- Pre-programmed One-Touch
- Powder Option
- No Reheating Time
The PicoBaristo comes with many of the same features as the Incanto Carafe, like One-Touch brewing and easy to store integrated milk carafe. It also comes with the features you should now expect from a Saeco like a long-lasting ceramic grinder, AquaClean filter, and removable brew unit.
So what sets this machine apart? Options for true espresso connoisseurs. Not only is this a ceramic grinder, it is a grinder with 10 grinding options, so you can really refine your blend. It also offers brewing temperature options and milk options, so there is no reason for your latte to be anything less than perfection.
- Integrated Milk Carafe
- Easy Maintenance
- 10 Grind Options
- Temperature Options
This machine is as cool as its name implies. The Xelsis has a rich polished design with a titanium metal front. Not only does it come with all of the innovative Saeco features we have talked about, but it also comes with premier programming with up to six profiles. This means that you can design your brews to your exact specifications and save them for one-touch brewing.
You and five other people in your family. It can make 15 pre-programmed specialty drinks that you can customize. It has a user-friendly touchscreen display with a coffee equalizer, so even if you are not sure what you want, you can easily see and control all the options. On top of all that, it also has a cup warmer. It’s the little things that make all the difference.
- Titanium Front
- 15 Drink Options
- Coffee Equalizer
There are no little things to mention about this big machine. The GranBaristo has everything you need to make amazing espresso drinks for yourself and all your friends. There’s an App for this; using the Avanti app you can see and choose from all of the drink options, there are 18 pre-programmed drinks. Once you perfect your brew choices, you simply queue them up.
You read that right, you can use your app to queue up your drinks so you do not have to remember your guests’ preferences, Saeco does it for you. This espresso maker comes with all the Saeco features, plus six savable profiles, adjustable brewing pressure, and a spare, easy to switch, bean hopper, so if you have two different blends, you can switch between them, hassle-free.
- Avanti App
- Six Profiles
- Changeable Bean Hopper
- Adjustable Brewing Pressure
With Saeco’s super-automatic espresso machines you will never have to worry about whether your morning coffee will meet your high standards. You can depend on your Saeco to brew your espresso your way, every time. Now all you have to do is figure out how big of a coffee menu you want to offer your friends when they visit your home coffee shop.