In this post, we’ll be looking at two super-automatic espresso machines by Saeco, one of Italy’s leading espresso machines manufactures. The machines we’ll be reviewing are the Saeco Xelsis SS and the Saeco Exprelia.
First, let’s have a look at the features of each machine individually:
Saeco Xelsis SS Automatic Espresso Machine:
- Super-automatic espresso machine with built-in grinder and detachable external milk tank.
- One touch operation. LCD color display.
- Create and save up to 6 profiles for personalization and custom drink memorization for different people.
- 5 pre-set drinks, all can be reprogrammed and saved to personal profile.
- Easily adjust the taste and volume of your coffee with a knob turn.
- The detachable milk tank automatically froths and pours milk to glass. Left over milk can be saved in fridge easily.
- Classic froth wand also available.
- Pre-ground bypass for using coffee other than the coffee you have in the bean hopper (regular vs decaf for example).
- 54 oz water tank with filter.
- 12 oz bean hopper capacity
- automatic cleaning and descaling.
Saeco HD8856/47 Exprelia Super Automatic Espresso Machine:
- Fully automatic espresso machine with built-in grinder and automatic milk frother.
- LCD display for easily selection and customization.
- 4 pre-set coffee buttons, all reprogrammable.
- Adjust the intensity of your coffee easily using knob control.
- Detachable milk tank for automatic frothing.
- Automatic cleaning and descaling.
- 10 oz bean hopper capacity
Saeco Xelsis SS vs. Exprelia, What Is The Difference and Which Is Best?
- Both are super-auto with built-in ceramic conical burr grinders that Saeco are known for.
- Both use the same milk frothing system known as Cappuccinatore, which is an integrated, detachable milk tank that automatically froths and pours the milk directly into your cup.
- Both have the same water tank capacity 54 oz and a bypass doser for using pre-ground coffee.
The difference is:
- The Saeco Xelsis is a more advanced machines with the ability to save 6 profiles with their own custom drink settings.
- The color display on the Xelsis is easier to use for drink customization.
- The controls on the Xelsis are all touch buttons, while the Exprelia has actual buttons.
- The Xelsis has a slightly larger bean hopper capacity (12 oz vs 10 oz for the Exprelia).
- The Xelsis has more pre-set drink buttons for Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato, Caffe Latte, Lungo and Espresso, as well as a custom drink button. The Exprelia has 4 pre-set buttons.
Which One Should You Buy?
Of course the Xelsis has more high-end features, but it also comes with a higher price tag, it is actually nearly double the price of the Exprelia. Overall, both machines are excellent and have been highly rated, but it’s up to you and your budget to decide if the extra features of the Xelsis are worth the extra money.
When I first stumbled across the SAECO Pure super-automatic espresso machine, the SAECO Minuto immediately came to mind, thinking they were the same machine but under different names. Upon further investigation, turns out, they’re not the same. So in this post, we will be discussing the difference between these two machines.
SAECO Pure vs. Minuto:
Both machines have similar basic features like:
- Push-button bean to cup operation.
- Classic wand milk frother/ hot water dispenser.
- All options are reprogrammable.
- 5 grind settings from fine to coarse.
- Automatic grinding and descaling.
- Adjustable coffee spout to fit different cup sizes.
How Are They Different?
- The Saeco Minuto is actually more advanced than the Pure;
- The Minuto has a ceramic grinder that preserves as much oils and flavor as possible without burning the beans, where the Pure has a metal grinder.
- The Minuto’s pressure can be adjusted to low so it brews a regular cup of coffee and adjusted back to 15 bar for espresso brewing. The Pure does NOT have this feature and can only make espresso and espresso based drinks.
- The Minuto has an LED screen and memorization features so it can save different drink settings at the same time. The Pure does not have any display.
Which One Should You Buy? The Saeco Minto Focus or Pure?
By now it’s obvious the Saeco Minuto Focus offers more features that the Pure, but you have to decide for yourself if they’re features you need or not. One of the Minuto’s most notable features is its dual pressure feature that allows you to brew coffee as well as espresso, a feature that many super-automatics lack.
Another factor that will affect your decision is budget. The Minuto is more expensive than the Pure, around $300 more, so that’s another thing to consider.
You can visit our post about the SAECO Minuto Focus to learn more about it by clicking here.
We’ve covered many great electric milk frothers in previews posts, like here. We’ve just noticed a new milk frother by Sherwood that we thought we’d add to the list..
Features of the Sherwood SMF-1000R Automatic Electric Milk Frother and Warmer:
- Electric automatic milk frother and warmer.
- Prepares hot and cold milk froth with a touch of a button.
- Includes one disc that works at different speeds to create different froth volumes at your request.
- Removable stick and non-stick surface for easy cleaning.
- Auto shut-off
- 250ml capacity
- Available in 4 color combinations.
With a simple push of a button, the frother can either heat or froth the milk for a creamy latte or a foamy cappuccino. You can also choose from hot or cold froth. Unlike other frothers, the Sherwood frother does not include different whisks that you need to switch for different froth types, it includes only whisk but works at different speeds to deliver the same result.
How It’s Used:
- Inside the frother, you’ll find indicators of how much milk you should pour in (min and max capacity).
- Press the button once to froth hot milk
- Press the button twice to heat milk.
- Hold the button until it illuminates Blue to prepare cold froth.
Sherwood vs. Secura Milk Frother, Which Is Best to Buy?
Overall, the Sherwood makes an excellent milk frother, but in comparison, the Secura is a much better choice for different reasons:
- For the same capacity of 250ml, you can save around $30.
- It’s fully stainless steel, making it more durable and easier to clean on the outside.
- Vacuum insulation keeps the temperature of the milk.
The Secura does come with two whisks instead of one. It’s also available in 500ml capacity.
We’ve often mentioned that we’re not fans of refillable Nespresso pods for many reasons, one being that they often harm the machine and decrease its life span and might even break the needle that punctures the espresso capsules. But if you still prefer to use or at least want the option to try your own coffee from any other brand and brew it with your Nespesso machine, we’ve got a great solution for you.
Capsul’in Capsules Fillable Nespresso Coffee Compatible Pods/Capsules:
Capsul’in fillable capsules are perfect to use with any Nespresso machine. But why do we recommend these over stainless steel refillable pods? Here’s why:
- These are fillable and not RE-fillable, so they’re disposable just like the official Nespresso capsules.
- Made of recycled FDA approved and PBA-free material. It does not harm the needle in your machine.
- You can use this for coffee or tea.
How To Use the Capsul’in Fillable Nespresso Capsules:
- Fill the capsule with your favorite coffee.
- Seal the capsule with the included foil.
You’re all set to use! Make sure the coffee you’re using is an Espresso grind (fine grind) otherwise it won’t work.
The Capsul’in fillable capsules can be a great solution to use your own coffee, but preparing your own pods before each use can be a bit of a hassle and can take away from the Nespresso experience.
In this post, we’ll be comparing the Rancilio Silvia vs the Gaggia Classic, two superior espresso machines that make a great upgrade for an intermediate to an advanced user.
Features and Design:
Both of these machines are made of commercial grade material with the home user in mind. So when buying either of them, you’ll be getting really high quality. These are NOT automatic machines, so you’ll need to know what you’re doing in order to produce a good shot of espresso, that’s why we’re recommending this for at least an intermediate user.
There are a few differences that set these machines apart, starting with the price range. The Rancilio Silvia is over $500 and is almost double the price of the Gaggia Classic. Is there a reason for this? let’s look at the features to find out:
Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine:
- Stainless steel housing with ergonormic porta filter handle same as Rancilio’s commercial machines.
- Commercial grade group head offers heat stability and great extraction quality.
- Single boiler that has the largest volume capacity for a home espresso machine.
- 15 bar pump pressure.
- 67 oz water reservoir.
- Stainless steel steam wand for milk frothing.
- Knob for steaming control.
- Includes: coffee scoop, tamper, single and double shot filter baskets.
Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine:
- Stainless steel housing.
- 17 1/2 bar pump pressure.
- 72-ounce water reservoir.
- brass portafilter and group head for heat stability.
- Plastic milk frother. Also works as a hot water dispenser.
- Includes: single and double shot filter baskets, coffee scoop and tamper.
What Is The Difference Between the Rancilio Silvia vs Gaggia Classic:
Image Title Rancilio HSD-SILVIA Silvia Espresso Machine Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel Feature Ergonomic porta filter handle same as the proven design of Rancilio commercial machines
Commercial grade group head for superb heat stability and extraction quality
Articulating steam wand offers complete range of motion and professional steaming knob precisely controls steaming pressure
Classic linear design fits most decors
Optional pod and capsule adaptor kit available
Coffee/espresso machine with 72-ounce removable water reservoir
Stainless-steel housing; brass portafilters and grouphead for temperature stability
17-1/2-bar pump with high-voltage boiler; hot-water dispenser; frothing wand
Single- and double-shot stainless-steel filter basket, tamper, and measuring scoop included
Measures 14-1/4 by 8 by 9-1/2 inches
Height 13.3 inch 12 inch Weight 30.8 pound 20 pound Width 11.4 inch 13 inch Length 9.2 inch 25 inch Rating Reviews Read Reviews Read Reviews Link More Info More Info
- The Gaggia Classic has a larger water reservoir than the Rancilio Silvia.
- The Gaggia Classic has a smaller boiler than the Silvia. Although the Silvia takes longer to heat up, it can deliver more shots without having to pause, making it perfect for larger families or for entertaining.
- The Silvia can only use ground coffee. The Gaggia Classic can use both ground coffee or e.s.e pods.
Overall, the Rancilio Silvia is more powerful with the largest boiler for its category. The Gaggia Classic is perfect for making a single or double shot at a time, it might get tricky if you’re entertaining a large number of people for example, as it will need some ‘rest time’ between every few shots.
To deliver excellent coffee, both machines will require a high quality grinder to prepare the coffee ground right before brewing. See our of the top rated conical burr grinders for some recommendations.
On the above, we have the Sytnia HD8838/47 and below it is the RI9837/05. They look quite identical, but is there really a difference between them?
Apart from the slight difference in the knob of which the machine is controlled, the really difference is in the milk frothing method:
- The HD8838/47 features an integrated automatic milk frother that froths and pours milk into your cup automatically.
- The RI9837/05 has a classic steam frothing wand and you’ll have to froth the milk yourself.
Any other differences? No.
So, which to buy? Simply pick your choice of milk frothing method!
For detailed reviews on the machines, visit these links:
Most, if not all, espresso machines come with an integrated steam wand that you can use to froth milk for a delicious cup of cappuccino or latte. But some people find this feature to a hassle and prefer a quicker way to froth milk. If you happened to be one of them, you’ll definitely prefer the use of an automatic milk frother instead of a steam wand. What’s the difference between them?
- With a steam wand, you’ll have to hold the milk pitcher and wait for your milk to steam and froth. You may or may not get it right, and it can take a bit of practice.
- With an integrated automatic milk frother, all you have to do is fill a milk tank and push a button and all the frothing will be done for you.
We’ve featured many espresso makers that feature automatic milk frothers, and they’re available at a wide range of features and budgets. Here’s a look at the best ones:
Mr. Coffee BVMC-ECMP1000 Café Barista Espresso Maker:
This is a fantastic entry-level espresso and cappuccino maker for a budget under $200. The Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista prepares everything with a push of a button; it features a classic portafilter that you can use with your choice of coffee ground or E.S.E coffee pods (Not to be confused with Coffee Capsules). The integrated milk tank pours the frothy milk right into your mug, and it’s detachable so you can easily store any left-over milk in the fridge. See a review of the Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista here.
Nespresso CitiZ Espresso Machine with Built-in Aeroccino Milk Frother:
One of the most popular Nespresso machines, the CitiZ features a built-in milk frother that can prepare hot or cold froth in under a minute. The frother sits on the same base as the machine and uses the same power source, but it does not pour milk automatically into the cup,you’ll pour the milk in yourself. But frothing is done with a simple push of a button and is fully automatic.
The CitiZ uses Nespresso espresso capsules only. It prepares Espresso and Lungo, and you can reprogram all the automatic features in the machine to your preference. Click here to read our review of the CitiZ.
Saeco Syntia Espresso Machine with Built-in Grinder and Integrated Milk Frother:
This is a super-automatic espresso machine for someone with a large budget and looking for a high-end machine. The Saeco Syntia features a built-in conical burr grinder that grinds coffee on demand, giving you a cup of coffee with beans that has been ground right before brewing. It also features an integrated milk tank that automatically froths milk for cappuccinos and lattes and it pours right into the cup. The Syntia packs a lot of advanced features that you can read about by clicking here.
The Saeco Poemia and the Breville Cafe Roma are usually compared together although they’re not quite in the same price range. The Poemia is a great budget machine, usually available for between $100 to $150, while the Cafe Roma is for a budget under $300.
Saeco Poemia vs. Breville Cafe Roma Comparison Chart:
Image Feature Patented pressurized port filter guarantees a long lasting delicious crème
Uses ground coffee and easy serving espresso (e.s.e.) pods
Pannarello froths milk as you like
15 Bar pump
Stainless steel cup warmer
Stainless-steel espresso machine with 15-bar Thermoblock pump
Dual-wall filter system for excellent crema; froth enhancer; cup-warming plate
Large, easy-fill 1-2/7-quart water tank; external water window indicates when tank is low
Removable drip tray and grid; stainless-steel espresso cup set and frothing jug included
Measures 9 by 9 by 12 inches; 1-year limited warranty
Title Saeco HD8325/47 Poemia Class Manual Espresso Machine, Black Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker Height 7.9 inch 15 inch Weight 10.1 pound 18 pounds Width 10.4 inch 12 inch Length 11.7 inch 12 inch Reviews Read Reviews Read Reviews Link More Info More Info
- Design: The Cafe Roma features a full stainless steel housing that we usually see in commercial espresso machines, but it’s built with the home user in mind. It’s also made in the USA. The Saeco Poemia is mostly made of plastic, which makes it less durable.
- Water Tank Capacity: The Cafe Roma – 40 oz (about 1.2 Liters) with front window to monitor the water level. The Poemia – 1 Liter.
- Both are 15 bar pump pressure.
- Included Accessories: The Cafe Roma includes single, double and pod filters, tamping tool, measuring spoon, frothing jug, a set of stainless steel espresso cups and saucers. The Poemia includes a measuring scoop and filter baskets.
Which Is Best, The Saeco Poemia or the Breville Cafe Roma?
The Saeco Poemia makes a good beginner’s low-budget espresso maker. It works decently, but you can’t except it to last for a long time. On the other hand, the Breville Cafe Roma although more expensive, you always get what you pay for: a commercial-grade espresso maker for home use, powerful espresso maker with full set of accessories. If you can afford it, we highly recommend the Breville Cafe Roma vs the Saeco Poemia.
Both the Cuisinart EM-100 and the DeLonghi EC702 Espresso Makers are part of our best espresso machines for budgets under $200. Since these two are the most popular choices, we thought we’d compare them to each other to help you further with your decision.
Cuisinart vs. DeLonghi Espresso Makers, What Is The Difference?
Image Title DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker, Stainless Cuisinart EM-100 1000-Watt 15-Bar Espresso Maker, Stainless Steel Feature Patented dual-function filter holder
Sempre Crema filter; E.S.E. (easy serving espresso) filter
Patented cappuccino system frother
44-ounce (1.3-liter) removable water tank
Anti-drip design; On/off switch with indicator light
Espresso maker with 15 bars of pressure for perfect coffee drinks
Brews 1 to 2 cups from either ground espresso or pods
53-ounce removable reservoir; porta-filter holder; cup-warming plate
Steam nozzle; frothing cup; removable drip tray; tamping tool included
Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
Height 11.61 inch 12.56 inch Weight 0 pound 1 pound Width 9.06 inch 10.94 inch Length 11.02 inch 8.19 inch Rating Reviews Read Reviews Read Reviews Link More Info More Info
These two machines are quite close when it comes to features and quality. Both are decent beginner’s espresso machines and are priced reasonably for someone with a budget under $200.
- 15-bar pump pressure.
- Includes different filters to use ground coffee or E.S.E pods.
- Built-in steam wand for milk frothing.
- Both are made in the USA
As you can see, the basic features are identical. So what’s the difference between them?
- Water reservoir: The Cuisinart has a larger 53 ounce water tank, vs. a 44-ounce water tank on the DeLonghi EC702.
- Power: DeLonghi EC702: 1100 Watts Cuisinart EM100: 1000 watts
- Included Accessories: The Cuisinart includes everything you need to get started; a tamping tool and frothing jug as well as different filter sizes for single, double or pod coffee. The DeLonghi only includes the filters, but it does have a built-in tamper.
Which Should I Buy? The Cuisinart EM-100 or the DeLonghi EC702?
As far as we can see, both machines are pretty identical in how they work. The Cuisinart is slightly less expensive and includes more accessories, giving you more value for your money.
The new Nespresso Inissia is by far the most affordable Nespresso machine for around $100 or under. If you’ve been wanting to get yourself a Nespresso machine but was not quite ready to pay over $200 for it, this is your chance to experience the luxury of Nespresso for way less.
And just because it’s an affordable option in comparison to other Nespresso machines, it does not mean it’s not as good. Quite on the contrary, it is actually just as powerful as the other Nespresso machines, but does lack some features (which we’ll talk about in detail a bit). Here are the features of the Nespresso Inissia:
- 19 bar pressure pump espresso machine.
- 25 seconds pre-heat time.
- 24 ounce water reservoir.
- Two programmable Espresso and Lungo buttons.
- Removable drip tray to accommodate tall cups.
- Used capsule drawer holds up to 9 or 11 capsules.
- Available in black, cream or red.
How Is The Nespresso Inissia Different Than Pixie, U or CitiZ?
So far, the Nespresso Inissia sounds like any other Nespresso machine. Then why are they priced so differently?
The first comparison we’ll do is the Nespresso Inissia vs. Pixie since they’re the most similar when it comes to design and aesthetics…
Inissia vs. Pixie Comparison:
Image Title Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker, Black Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker, Electric Titan Feature Easy insertion and ejection of capsules; For use with Nespresso coffee capsules only
Compact brewing unit technology; Fast preheating time: 25 seconds; 19 Bar high pressure pump
2 Programmable buttons for Espresso and lungo preparation
Removable 24 ounce water tank; Folding cup tray accommodates tall recipe glasses; Used capsule container holds 9-11 used capsules
Energy efficient; A Class energy rating; Automatic power off after 9 minutes of inactivity
Programmable buttons for espresso and lungo, folding drip tray for larger cups and recipes, brew ready in 25-30 seconds
Backlight indicators, water level detection, auto power-off, used capsule container, convenient power cord storage
12.83-Inch length by 4.33-Inch width by 9-1/4-Inch height
24-Ounce water tank
Height 9 inch 9.25 inch Weight 5.3 pound 9 pound Width 4.7 inch 4.33 inch Rating Reviews Read Reviews Read Reviews Link More Info More Info
As you can see from the chart above, the two machines are identical in most features. But here’s what you’re giving up on when you get the Inissia instead of the Pixie:
- The Pixie is the only Nespresso machine made in Switzerland.
- The Inissia is made of plastic, that includes the machine’s body, handle and drip tray, where the Pixie, while it does have few plastic parts, it’s mostly made of aluminum which is more durable.
- The Inissia does NOT have an on/off button. To operate the machine: plug it in, wait for the espresso/lungo buttons to stop blinking and it will be ready to use. It also does NOT have automatic water adjusting for each drink, you’ll have to program them yourself. You’ll press on the button while it brews and stop pressing when you’ve brewed enough. This is mostly okay, but it could affect the outcome of coffee taste if you add more water than you should.
- With the Pixie, you’re getting the option of automatic water adjustment as well as programmability. There’s also an on/off button as well as energy saving mode which powers the machine off after 9 minutes of inactivity.
- The Pixie features an LED backlight which is also an indicator that lets you know when you need to refill the water tank.
Inissia vs. Citiz: Are They Different?
They are indeed! The CitiZ is the largest Nespresso machine, it has the largest water tank (34 ounces) of all Nespresso machines. It comes with a built-in milk frother or as a stand-alone machine.
Like the Pixie, the Citiz has a more durable body with metal parts. It also has the same LED backlight indicator. So it’s different than the Inissia in the same way.
Nespresso Inissia vs. U:
The last machine we’ll compare the Inissia to is the U, which is a popular choice. The difference between these two when it comes to functionality is quite different:
While the Inissia only offers two buttons for espresso and lungo, the Nespresso U is the most customizable of all Nespresso machines:
- It has 3 buttons: Espresso, Lungo and Ristretto. All automatically adjustable as well as re-programmable.
- It automatically memorizes your favorite customization. It automatically recognizes your most frequent customization as soon as you close the lever.
- Its water tank is removable and it rotates 180-degrees to it can be adjusted to your available space.
So, Should You Get the Nespresso Inissia or Another Nespresso Machine?
As a truly affordable Nesprseso machine, the Inissia is quite great. It’s amazing that it can bring such features for this low of a price. As for the features you’re giving up, you have to think of how you’re going to use the machine to see if you can give up on them to save on the price.
When it comes to capsules, the Inissia, U, Pixie or Citiz all use the same capsules, so you’re getting the same quality of coffee. The only thing, I believe, that could bring the quality down, is if you set up your coffee volumes on the Inissia incorrectly that it could be watered down. But of course, you can always re-program the buttons again, so it’ll be a matter of testing.
Where Can I Buy the Nespresso Inissia?
Where Can I Buy Nespresso Capsules for The Inissia?
They’re available online at Nespresso, Amazon or locally at Nespresso boutiques worldwide. Click here to learn more about Nespresso Capsules.