Saeco Philips are makers of the best superautomatic espresso machines. You can find a range of super autos from Saeoc with cool features and at a range of prices that make it affordable to many people.
In this post, we’ll be looking at the Saeco Philips Intelia Deluxe, an easy to use, bean-to-cup espresso maker that will brew your favorite coffee drinks with simple push of a button.
The Intelia Deluxe is a superautomatic that will make you a fresh cup of coffee, as fresh as can be, thanks to its built-in grinder that grinds the beans as soon as you push a button for your favorite drinks. It is available in two models: HD8759/47 and HD8771/93 (also known as Intelia Deluxe Cappuccino), which we will be comparing later in the post.
Features of the Saeco Intelia Deluxe Cappuccino HD8771/93:
- Prepares all espresso based drinks like Cappuccino, Latte, Macchiato, Americano and more with a push of a button.
- Built-in ceramic grinders that last longer and never overheat.
- Built-in milk frother pitcher automatically froths milk and adds it to your cup.
- Milk frothing pitcher is detachable, which allows you to store left over milk in the fridge.
- Quick Heat boiler allows you to prepare your drinks with no wait time.
- Choose from 5 strength settings, 10 grind settings and temperature settings.
- LCD display allows you to easily program your machine.
- Dedicated buttons for each coffee drink for quick operation.
- Water reservoir capacity: 50 oz.
- Bean hopper capacity: 10 oz.
- Made in Italy
What Is The Difference Between Saeco Philips Intelia Deluxe HD8759/47 vs HD8771/93
This is the Intelia Deluxe HD8759/47. It is identical to the Intelia Deluxe Cappuccino but with one slight difference:
The Intelia Deluxe lacks the milk frother carafe. Instead, it has a a hose that connect to the frother at one end, and you have to put in in a milk jug so it draws the milk, froth it and add it to your cup. After the milk in added, you’ll have to manually move your cup to the coffee spout for the next step. You can also use a frothing wand, which means you’ll have to froth the milk manually.
Review of Intelia Deluxe:
Review of Intelia Deluxe Cappuccino:
Can I Use Non-dairy Milk like Almond or Soy Milk?
Yes, you can use whichever kind of milk you like. However, the results of froth will vary and it’s not guaranteed that you’ll get the best results.
Can I Use Pre-Ground Coffee or Do I Have To Use the Grinder?
There’s an option to turn off the grinder so you can use any ground coffee you like.
Can I Adjust the Temperature Settings to Make My Coffee As Hot As I Like?
Yes, there are adjustable temperature settings. You can also adjust the grind and strength settings, so you can make your coffee exactly to your preference.
Saeco’s Aroma and Gaggia’s Classic both make a great choice for a compact and traditional-style espresso makers. They’re both manual espresso machines, yet they’re very beginner friendly and easy to use. In this post, we’ll look at the differences between the Saeco Aroma and Gaggia Classic to help you decide which one is best for you.
Features of Gaggia Classic:
- 17 1/2 bar pump pressure with high voltage boiler.
- Frothing wand that also doubles as a hot water dispenser.
- 72-ounce removable water tank.
- Stainless steel housing.
- Portafilter with brass group head for temperature stability.
- Includes single and double shot baskets, coffee scoop/measure and a tamper.
- Ability to brew using ground coffee or E.S.E pods.
- Measures 14-1/4 by 8 by 9-1/2 inches
Features of Saeco Aroma:
- 15-bar pump pressure, stainless steel boiler.
- Frothing wand with hot water dispenser.
- 85 ounce removable water tank.
- Portafilter with single/double baskets and E.S.E pod adapter.
- Full stainless steel housing.
- Measures 8 by 10 by 11-3/4 inches
What Is The Difference Between Gaggia Classic and Saeco Aroma?
As you can see by reading the features of Gaggia Classic and Saeco Aroma, both machines are almost the same. The differences are very small:
- The Gaggia has a higher pump pressure, 17 1/2 bar vs. 15 bar for the Saeco Aroma. But this isn’t a huge deal really.
- The Saeco Aroma has a larger water reservoir with 85 oz capacity while the Gaggia Classic has 72 ounce.
- The Saeco Aroma is smaller in size, if that’s a priority for you.
If there’s one thing that we personally believe to make a difference it’s:
- The Gaggia Classic’s grouphead on the portafilter is made of metal entirely, this gives you better temperature stability when brewing and results in better espresso extraction.
- The Saeco Aroma has metal baskets but the grouphead is plastic like the handle of the portafilter, which is fine in general, but isn’t as good as the Gaggia Classic.
Which One To Buy?
We would recommend the Gaggia Classic simply for its superior grouphead/portafitler, which means a hotter and better espresso shot.
How To Install and Use Gaggia Classic:
Review of Saeco Aroma:
– Is there wait time between brewing coffee and frothing milk?
Yes, like any single-boiler espresso machine, you’ll have to wait between the two tasks. For the Gaggia Classic, it’s about 60 seconds.
– Can I Use Pre-packaged E.S.E pods?
Yes, E.S.E Pods work with both the Gaggia Classic and Saeco Aroma
-What Do I need to buy with my espresso maker?
The Gaggia already includes a coffee scoop and a tamper, so you’ll only have to include a frothing jug. As for the Saeco Aroma, no tamper is needed as the portafilter is pressurized, but you’ll still need a frothing jug. We recommend this one by Update International which will cost you less than $10.
-Do I need a coffee grinder?
A freshly ground coffee is one of the most important factor in espresso brewing. If you don’t have a grinder yet, have a look at our recommended conical burr grinders here.
The Saeco Via Venezia is a compact and easy to use manual espresso machine that is also affordable in price. This always makes it a great beginner’s choice, but is it the best? In this post, we’ll be comparing the Via Venezia to other popular manual espresso makers to help you with your decision. This will include comparisons to Breville’s Cafe Roma ESP8XL and Gaggia Classic 14101.
First, let’s start by looking at the features of each machine…
Features of Philips Saeco Via Venezia:
- Espresso machine with 15 bar of pump pressure.
- Pressurized portafilter always ensures you have the best coffee extraction.
- Includes a filter for using e.s.e pods.
- Two control panel buttons for extraction and steaming.
- Steam wand for milk frothing.
- Cup warming plate on the top surface of the machine holds up to 6 espresso cups.
- 68 oz removable water tank.
Features of Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma:
- 15 bar espresso machine.
- Full stainless steel commercial grade housing.
- 68 oz removable water tank.
- Steam wand for milk frothing.
- Easy to use dial control.
- Dual-filter portafilter for the perfect crema.
- Cup warming plate.
- Includes a set of stainless steel espresso cups and a frothing jug.
Features of the Gaggia Classic 14101:
- espresso maker with 17 1/2 bar of pump pressure.
- 72 oz removable water tank.
- Steam wand also doubles as a hot water dispenser.
- Stainless steel housing.
- Brass portafilter and grouphead ensure temperature stability for the best shot extraction.
- Includes a single and double shot basket filter, tamper and measuring scoop.
Saeco Via Venezia vs. Breville Cafe Roma vs. Gaggia Classic, What Is The Difference?
- The Gaggia Classic has the highest pump pressure at 17 1/2 bars.
- The Via Venezia and Cafe Roma are both 15 bars.
- The Gaggia Classic and Breville Cafe Roma have commercial-grade stainless steel housing.
- The Via Venezia has plastic housing.
- The Gaggia Classic has brass portafilter and grouphead, offering the best temperature stability when it comes to espresso extraction. This is the best one of all machines.
- Next is Breville’s Cafe Roma, which is stainless steel with dual filter for creating excellent crema.
- Via Venezia’s portafilter is pressurized, which helps create a great extraction especially for a beginner but can be quite messy after use.
- The Breville Cafe Roma has the best set of accessories included: a set of 2 stainless steel espresso cups and a stainless steel milk frothing jug.
- The Gaggia Classic includes a measuring scoop and a tamper.
- The Via Venezia includes a measuring scoop only.
Which Of These Espresso Makers Is Best To Buy?
- Our first recommendation will be, hands down, the Gaggia Classic. It is truly a classic machine, built to last. It’s got the best portafilter, durable housing and like all Gaggia machines, it is made in Italy. So you can expect nothing but quality here. As it’s a manual machine, as a beginner, you’ll need some practice before you can make your drinks perfectly. But once you got the hang of it, you’ll be all set to make your favorite coffee drinks like a true barista.
- Next, we’ll recommend the Breville Cafe Roma. It has a beautiful classic design, durable stainless steel housing and it includes everything you need to get started.
- We recommend the Saeco Via Venezia last not because it’s a bad espresso maker, but we do believe that it is high in price for what it has to offer. The Cafe Roma by Breville is nearly half in price and can offer you double in value thanks to its high quality housing and included accessories.
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The GranBaristo fully automatic espresso machine is the newest addition to the always impressive line of espresso machines by Saeco. It’s packed with features that offer you high-end, specialty barista drinks at a touch of a button (literally!). It also happens to be Saeco’s slimmest Super-automatic yet, so you don’t have to worry about it taking up a lot of space.
Features of Gran Baristo Super-Automatic Espresso and Coffee Maker:
- 15-bar, fully automatic espresso machine.
- Built-in ceramic grinder with adjustable settings (6 strength settings)
- Touch panel, with dedicated buttons for specialty drinks like: espresso, cappuccino, latte, macchiato, coffee and more.
- Makes 16 different varieties of specialty coffee drinks.
- Integrated (and detachable) milk carafe automatically heats and froths milks and pours it right into the cup.
- Ability to re-program all pre-set options.
- 1.7L water tank capacity.
- 270 gram bean hopper.
- Bypass doser for using pre-ground coffee.
- Automatic cleaning and descaling options.
Special Features and Specs.:
- Dual Chamber Milk Frother: This ensure that the milk is at perfect temperature. It creates a creamy froth that lasts til the last drop of your delicious drink.
- Varieties of coffee drinks: The Gran Barista has a simple to use touch panel, with a button for each drink you want to make. That, in addition to your milk customization option, offers you a wide range of coffee drinks, only a push button away!
- Coffee customization for up to 6 profiles: Not only will you be able to customize your coffee as you like it, you can now save different settings for different profiles, up to 6 individual profiles. This is a fantastic feature for families or for small office use.
- Coffee Bean Switcher: Like to use different type of coffee beans every now and then? Thanks to the coffee bean switcher, you can use different coffee blends and easily switch between them whenever you like.
See How It Works:
We’ve already compared a few Saeco super-automatic espresso machines like the Pure vs. Minuto and the Intelia vs. Syntia. Today we’ll be adding a third comparison that looks at the Intelia vs. Minuto.
Saeco Intelia vs. Minuto, What Is The Difference?
- Both the Intelia and Minuto feature built in ceramic burr grinder that all Saeco machine use. They both also feature a bypass doser that allows you to use pre-ground coffee without using the grinder.
- You can adjust the grind settings as you like.
- You can control the coffee strength and re-program all settings using the LCD screen available on both machines.
- You can also save any special customizations to your drinks
Here’s where you’ll find the difference:
- The Minuto is a Dual pressure espresso machine which allows it to brew a long cup of coffee, too. For brewing espresso, it will use 15 bars of pressure, for coffee, it will only use 3 to 5 bars, which means you get a long cup of coffee with just a little bit of crema, very similar to a cup of drip coffee.
- Lever on the brewing head is used to choose between espresso or coffee brewing.
- Options on the Minuto include: Espresso, Medium coffee, large coffee. You can also use the milk frother for steam or hot water, which you can choose from a button.
- The brewing head on the Minuto is not adjustable in height, which might cause a bit of splashing when brewing into a short cup.
See it in action:
As for the Saeco Intelia:
- It has an integrated milk frother that the Minuto lacks. You can create milk based drinks with a touch of a button.
- The milk tank is fully detachable so you can easily refill it and save any left over milk in the fridge.
- It has pre-programmed button for Cappuccino and another for ‘Special’ drinks, which means Lattes or Macchiatos, it will allow you to adjust the milk to espresso ratio.
- The Intelia does NOT make coffee like the Mintuo as it works with 15 bars of pressure only.
- The brewing head on the Intelia is adjustable in height.
See it in action:
Which One Should You Buy, The Saeco Intelia or Minuto?
The choice shouldn’t very hard here:
- If you want both coffee and espresso – the Minuto is for you.
- However, if you drink more milk based espresso drinks, you’ll love how easy and quick the Intelia is in preparing those. For coffee, you’ll have to have a separate coffee maker or alternatively, you can make Americano (double espresso + water).
Saeco Intelia vs. Intuita, What Is The Difference?
The Saeco Intuita is great fully automatic espresso machine for a budget of under $1000. Many readers have asked about the difference between the Intuita and the Saeco Intelia, wondering if they could save on the price while getting the same quality. Here’s our comparison of the two machines:
- Both the Intelia and Intuita have built-in ceramic grinders that Saeco are known for. These grinders don’t rust and preserve the full aroma of the coffee ground.
- The machines are fully adjustable. You can adjust the strength of the coffee, the fineness of the ground and the volume of coffee.
- Bypass dosers allow you to use different beans than the ones you have in the hopper.
- The Intelia features an LCD display which makes coffee selection and customization easier. The Intuita only uses press buttons.
- For milk frothing, the Intelia features an integrated milk frother which automatically heats and froths milk and pours it right into your cup. Whereas with the Intuita, a manual frothing wand is used to do the same.
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.
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:
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:
- 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.
Philips Saeco definitely has a wonderful collection of super automatic espresso machines, and these two are no exception. The Saeco Syntia and Saeco Intelia are, upon first sight, very similar, but not really. There’s a number of differences between the two machines in which we’ll be discussing in this post.
The Saeco Syntia:
- Super automatic with built-in grinder and integrated milk frothing system.
- Ceramic grinder that doesn’t rust and preserves as much of the coffee taste as possible.
- Quick heat boiler technology ensures your machine is always ready.
- Easy to read display.
- Ability to adjust and reprogram all settings.
- Choose from different grind options.
- Ability to save customized drinks.
- Adjustable coffee spout to avoid splashing and heat loss.
- Auto clean and descaling options.
- Stainless steel finish.
- 1400 W power.
- Stainless steel boiler.
- 250g bean hopper.
- 1.2 L water tank.
- 15 bar pump pressure.
- Dimensions: 12.5 x 10 x 16 inches
The Saeco Intelia:
- Fully super automatic espresso machine with built-in ceramic grinder.
- Integrated milk frothing system.
- Quick heat stainless steel boiler.
- Adjustable coffee spout.
- Easy to read display.
- Reprogrammable and adjustable pre-sets and coffee grind options.
- Save your coffee customization options.
- Auto clean and descaling options.
- Stainless steel finish.
- 1900 W power.
- 300 g coffee bean hopper.
- 1.5 L water tank.
- 15 bar pressure pump.
- Dimensions: 13.4 x 10.1 x 17.5 inches
The Difference Between Saeco Syntia and Saeco Intelia Super Automatic Espresso Machines:
So, what’s the difference between the two machines? Overall, the Saeco Intelia seems to be more powerful than the Syntia for a few reasons:
- The Intelia has 1900W of power while the Syntia has 1400W.
- The Intelia has a bigger bean hopper of 300g and 1.5 Liter water tank vs. Syntia’s which has a 250g bean hopper and a 1.2 L tank.
- When it comes to operation, the Intelia has a number of buttons while the Syntia uses a combination of a knob and buttons. Which is better? I’d say that is totally up to you and what you prefer.
While there’s a slight difference between the two machines, it’s not entirely overwhelming. If you’re on a strict budget, the Syntia could be your machine of choice as it’s a bit less priced than the Intelia. Otherwise, you can go for the Intelia for its more power and generous bean hopper and water tank which should save you some re-filling trips.
Some information has been sourced from Philips Saeco website.
We’ve covered many superautomatic espresso machines that range between the price of just under a $1000 to over $2000. The machines we’re covering today are even more high-end, more extravagant and cost even more! Many people wonder, are super-automatic espresso machines really worth it? And what makes an espresso machine worth such a price tag?
Why Can a Superautomatic Espresso Machine Cost Over $3000?
If you’re wondering if paying $3000 or more on an espresso machine is an overkill or not, the answer can be either yes or no. If you’re ready to pay that much for an espresso machine, make sure they include at least a few of these features:
- Customizable profiles: make sure the machine can set and save customization options for different individuals.
- Fully customizable coffee strength, coffee grind, milk foam… etc.
- A COLOR LCD display screen to customize and program your machine.
- Individual buttons for each coffee drinks (Coffee, espresso, Latte, Macchiato, Cappuccino…)
- Automatic cleaning options.
These options set low-cot super-automatic espresso machines from high-end espresso machines. But are they worth it? It’s always good to keep in mind that these machines can last a lifetime, they’re just built that way. They also save you a LOT on coffee expenses. So if you can put up the initial investment, this can be a luxury that will pay for itself overtime.
Best Top of the Line, High-End Superautomatic Espresso Machines:
Philips Saeco RI9946/47 Xelsis Digital ID Automatic Espresso Machine:
- Saves up to 6 individual profiles.
- Uses finger print technology to store and ID all settings for individual users.
- Each profile can save up to 9 customized drinks: customize strength, temperature, length and milk foam density.
- Superautomatic espresso machine with wide color display.
- Fully programmable settings and coffee drinks.
- Detachable milk carafe.
- Automatic milk frothing dispenses froth right into the cup.
See it in action:
DeLonghi PrimaDonna Exclusive ESAM 6900M:
- DeLonghi’s newest masterpiece with fully programmable functions and hot chocolate function.
- Individual one-touch options for coffee drinks like Cappuccino, Latte, Coffee, Espresso, Macchiato and Hot Milk.
- Large wide color screen for easy machine control.
- Saves up to 6 individual profiles.
- Long coffee options replicates drip coffee.
- Makes authentic Italian hot chocolate with a touch of a button.
- Ability to adjust everything from grind, coffee strength, and even milk foam density.
See how it works: (Video is not in English but it demonstrates how the machine works well)
DeLonghi Prima Donna Exclusive vs. Prima Donna S, What’s The Difference?
This is the DeLonghi Prima Donna S Deluxe, which is another version of the Prima Donna Exclusive featured above, sold at a less price range. What is the difference between them?
- To start, Prima Donna S lacks the interactive large screen of the PrimaDonna Exclusive and replaces it with a small text display.
- Using the PrimaDonna S, you can program your drinks, but you can’t save individual profiles.
- Pre-set drinks on the PrimaDonna S is Cafe Latte, Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato and Milk. On the PrimaDonna Exclusive, additionally you’ll get: Hot Chocolate and Long (which is regular black coffee).
Are These Super Automatic Espresso Makers Worth It?
Looking at the features of these overly expensive superautomatics, you can tell they mostly do what other less expensive automatic espresso makers do. So, what makes them special enough to pay more money for?
Where they differ from other super automatics is:
- The large displays, which most of the time make programming your machine and customizing your drink a much easier task.
- Customizable profiles: this is an important thing if the machine is going to be used by a number of users. This way, under each profile, each user can save their favorite customization without having to do it over and over at every brew.
- Pre-set drink buttons: this isn’t the most important thing, but it’s a convenience some people are willing to pay for. If your favorite drink is available as a pre-set, then all you have to do really is push that button for a perfect cup of your favorite coffee.
So, is it worth it?
This is certainly up to the user to decide. If these extra features are important to you, then you’ll feel like it’s worth it. Otherwise, there are many less expensive super automatics that are just as good, but without the extra bells and whistles.
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