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Philips Saeco Syntia vs. Intelia Super Automatic Espresso Machines: What’s The Difference Between Them?

Saeco, Super-Automatics $700 to $1000 May 13, 2014

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:

Saeco HD8838_47 Stainless Steel Syntia Cappuccino Machine


  • 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.

Technical Specs.:

  • 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:

SAECO HD8753_87 Philips Intellia Cappuccino Fully Automatic Espresso Machine


  • 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.

Technical Specs.:

  • 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.