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Review and Comparison Between the Saeco Xelsis vs Exprelia

Saeco, Super-Automatics Over $1000 Jul 21, 2014

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:

Saeco Xelsis SS
  • 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:

Philips Saeco HD8856_47 Exprelia
  • 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.