Philips is one of those companies that doesn’t need much introduction. Despite having an important prestige in the coffee sector, which is the one we are concerned with, thanks to Philips coffee machines, this Dutch firm is known worldwide for its extensive range of home electronics. Especially those with an electric bass, and those belonging to the audio-video sector (radios, televisions, sound equipment, etc.).
Royal Philips (or Philips, for short) was founded in Eindhoven in 1891, and although it still has an important presence in that city, it currently has its headquarters and headquarters in the capital, Amsterdam.
Going now into the subject that interests us (coffee machines), we will say that Philips coffee machines are very focused on two different production lines: on the one hand automatic coffee machines, and on the other hand Philips filter coffee makers. We will talk about them later.
We should also mention Philips espresso machines (the old-fashioned arm machines), but the fact is that they are much less popular than the other two groups.
In addition, it should be remembered that Philips acts as a manufacturer of coffee machines for many other brands in the industry, such as Senseo (in the capsule business) or Saeco (in the automatic), which are also part of its group. We will also dedicate a section to these brands in this report, although if you want to know them in-depth, the best thing is to access directly to the reviews that we have dedicated to them in the portal.
Comparison of the best Philips 2021 coffee machines: Models
To begin with, here is a comparison table with the main Philips brand coffee machines. These are the most representative or best-selling models on the market today and will give you an idea of what this prestigious manufacturer has to offer. Later on, we will discuss in detail the different types of Philips coffee makers that exist, according to the method of coffee production.
And one last note before we get down to business: all Philips coffee machines, no matter what brand they are sold under, have a common nomenclature starting with the letters HD, followed by four digits indicating the specific model of coffee machine in question. Examples include the Philips HD8914, Philips HD7435, or Philips HD7810, which have nothing to do with each other. It is to avoid confusion, especially for less experienced buyers.
Buying Philips coffee machines – Prices for all models
Questions about which Philips coffee maker to buy? Well, to help you out, here’s a complete list of all models (of the Philips brand, not of the manufacturer Philips, which is different) with their prices and offers today:
Philips automatic coffee machines
When we talk about Philips espresso machines, we implicitly mean the automatic ones (although there are also manual ones, as we will see). Philips superautomatic coffee machines are the direct heirs, and faithful followers, of Saeco’s mid-range automatic coffee makers. A very successful range is consisting of several well-differentiated series, but with some models that are out of stock. We will get to know them all in this review:
Philips Series 1200 Omnia
In order of nomenclature, we start with this 1200 Omnia, which, although it seems like a veteran machine is actually quite new that came to market in mid-2019, as a complement to the basic range of the Philips LatteGo series (models 2200 and 3200, which we will talk about later).
The Philips Omnia 1200 Series automatic coffee machine has only been distributed in the Netherlands, and is quite similar to the Philips 2200. It’s just a little simpler, and includes fewer automatic drinks programmed to be made at the touch of a button. The “little sister” of the saga, to call it what it is.
Philips 2000 Series automatic coffee machines
The next is the Philips 2000 Series, the successor to the Saeco Xsmall, which is a superb entry point into the superautomatic coffee machine segment. It has 1-litre capacity, is very compact, and is ideal for those users who want to have an automatic at home without spending less money.
For less than £300 it is very difficult to find a machine with the features of this 2000 Series, but (yes, there is always a but) it is already very difficult to get because Philips is replacing all these models with the LatteGo.
A pity, because in terms of value for money the Philips 2000 Series automatics were really great.
Philips 3000 Series automatic coffee machines
Somewhat more complete are the Philips 3000 Series and 3100 Series, which double the capacity of the previous model (1.8 litres) and allow several pre-programmed coffee settings to be stored. The grinder is ceramic and allows you to choose up to 5 different grinding thicknesses, stores up to 150 grams of coffee.
As with the previous ones, it seems that it will not take long for the 3200 of the LatteGo series to leave its mark.
- Creamy milk foam thanks to classic milk frother
- Durable disc grinder made from 100% ceramic ensures consistent performance and natural flavour
- Can also be used with coffee powder for more variety and flexibility thanks to separate powder compartment
- Easy to use with an intuitive display and quick selection button per drink
- Easy to clean and high hygiene thanks to removable brewing unit
Philips 4000 Series automatic coffee machines
If we want to go one step further in the range of Philips superautomatic coffee machines, there was formerly the alternative of the Philips 4000 Series, which allows a greater number of specialities to be produced than the 3000 Series. The control panel has been significantly updated (the machine has many more options) and also features the Coffee Switch function, which allows you to vary the method of coffee extraction to obtain stronger or softer drinks according to your taste.
The Philips 4000 automatic coffee makers are currently out of date. Its replacement, with great success and sales success, has been the following model: the 5000 series.
Philips 5000 Series automatic coffee machines
The Philips 5000 Series has been a complete success, and has led to the successful entry of the Dutch brand into the mid-range superautomatic market. For users who are already a little bit demanding.
They are the heirs of the mythical Saeco Incanto. Older users will notice the enormous similarities between the two models, including the design and layout of the buttons on the control panel.
- Functionality: American coffee and caffelatte
- Ceramic grinders: ensure uniform grinding, lasting over time and does not overheat the grains
- AquaClean filter: prevents limescale formation and blocks water impurities; up to 5000 cups* without descaling
- Customization: adjustable coffee length; 5 aroma intensity; 5 grinding settings; 3 temperature levels
- From espresso to cappuccino: 8 specialties in one touch with integrated milk jug
Philips LatteGo automatic coffee machines
The Philips LatteGo superautomatic coffee machine series consists of two models: the 2200 and 3200. Both have a milk tank integrated into the machine. The differences between the two are simply a couple more drinks (American and lungo) and the inclusion of a water filter in the case of the superior model LatteGo3200. You can learn more about them by reading their review.
Watch out because there is a third machine, which belongs to the 2200 series, but it doesn’t have a milk tank, but a conventional Panarello. Don’t get confused!
Here you can see all three:
Philips Drip coffee machines
In addition to this interesting series of automatic coffee makers, the Philips company also specialises in the drip coffee machine segment. In this line, the Dutch company offers a complete range with options for all tastes and needs. We find a total of three Philips filter coffee machines, quite different from each other.
Philips Daily Collection coffee machine
The first is a very simple, entry-level machine, such as the Philips HD7435, or Philips Daily Collection. It has a glass carafe and two sizes (6 or 12 cups with a full tank) for those who do not want to complicate their lives in the morning. Oh, and we can also choose it in various colours:
Philips Café Gaia
If we want something more powerful, we have the Philips Café Gaia models (with thermal carafe), or the Philips HD7479 (also with steel carafe, and also with timer). The Philips Café Gaia coffee machines differ from the previous ones mainly because of the steel thermal carafe.
Philips Grind&Brew with integrated grinder
For the most demanding consumers (and those who use their filter coffee machine very often), there is also the spectacular Philips Grind & Brew coffee maker, which apart from all the advanced functions that can be asked of a drip coffee machine, also has a built-in grinder to enjoy the freshly ground coffee and its unbeatable aroma. It has been on the market for several years and has several models, with different finishes.
This Grind&Brew model is the top of the range not only for Philips drip coffee machines, but for the whole sector of electric filter coffee machines.
In addition to these three filter coffee makers, Philips also markets other models that are quite successful but have not yet seen the light of day in our country.
Philips Comfort Plus coffee machine
It is a hugely popular machine in Latin America and especially in Argentina, also known as the Philips Café Comfort. It is an entry-level model, comparable today to the Daily Collection. As we say, it is a very successful machine in Argentina, and it is possible to find many second-hand models for sale in various websites of used items.
Philips Café Gourmet
There is another Philips drip coffee machine in the “high” segment, to call it something, and that is the Philips Café Gourmet. It’s a 1.25-litre machine, quite sophisticated; its features are better suited to the Central European market. Of course, its design does not go unnoticed.
Philips espresso machines (manual)
They are not as numerous or as well known as the two previous groups, but Philips espresso machines also had some important representatives in the Hispanic market. Unfortunately, none survive today in this company’s catalogue, but because of their historical importance, these machines deserve to be remembered:
Philips Saeco Poemia coffee machine
Very popular at the time was the Philips Saeco Poemia, although this was a machine that belonged to the Italian company and not to the Dutch parent company. This is the Philips espresso machine par excellence. It was sold in various finishes and became the best-selling espresso machine for many months.
Philips Espresso Deluxe machine HL3844
The Philips express Deluxe is an espresso machine of which few units were sold, but which at the time was a major revolution due to the innovative proposal of integrating the grinder in the same piece of a conventional armoured coffee maker. We are talking about the end of the 90s and the beginning of the 2000s.
As we see in the video, its body was black, and the design takes us back a quarter of a century, which is when this machine was launched.
Today, manual espresso machines with grinders are quite rare, so we can get an idea of the impact this machine had at that time.
Philips L’OR Barista pod coffee machine
The single-dose coffee machines and Philips have also become a success story thanks to the dazzling appearance on the market of the L’Or Barista, a Philips pod coffee maker with its own format, which makes use of successful and innovative XXI pods (for lovers of extra-large coffees) and has become a bestseller since the first month.
What are the Philips coffee machines with grinders?
If you are thinking of buying a Philips coffee machine that grinds coffee, you have two options.
Firstly, go for the Philips automatic espresso machine segment. Any model of this type, even the most basic, has a built-in grinder.
The other option, if you prefer filter coffee, is to go for the Grind & Brew model. The top of the range of Philips drip coffee machines.
What about Philips stainless steel coffee machines?
Well, this is already more complicated because all the super-machines, including the top-of-the-range ones, have a plastic body with different finishes and colours, but always with ABS plastic as the main manufacturing element.
In the past, the successful Philips Saeco Poemia had a deluxe version with a stainless steel body, but this is no longer marketed.
Today, the best option, if you want to take home a Philips stainless steel coffee maker, is the Philips Cafe Gaia. It’s not 100% made of this material, but it does have at least one double-coated thermal carafe, in addition to the basket coating where the filter is inserted.
I’m looking for a Philips cappuccino machine
Philips cappuccino machines are only superautomatic. The rest (drip or cappuccino) will only be used to make black coffee. Of course, you can always emulsify the milk separately with a frother you have at home, but we understand that those looking to buy a Philips cappuccino machine are referring to automatic processing.
The specific models are the Philips Series 2200, Philips Series 3200 (both in the LatteGo line), and the Philips Series 5000. All three have built-in milk tanks, although in some it is optional and you will have to buy it on purpose if you want the machine to make your automatic cappuccinos.
Within the Philips group, but already under the Saeco brand, you also have the Philips Saeco PicoBaristo, the Lirika OTC and the Xelsis with this feature (and many more).
Philips coffee machines with thermos flask
If you go through the section on Philips filter coffee makers, you will remember that the only Philips coffee machine with a thermos flask is currently the Philips Café Gaia. There are no other options at the moment in the Dutch brand’s catalogue.
What about Philips Senseo and Philips Saeco coffee machines?
Many people don’t know, but Philips is not just a brand of coffee machines, it is a large corporate group that includes other brands (in addition to the Philips parent company, whose models we have already reviewed in this report). The best known are the Philips Senseo coffee machines, which you will know from seeing them regularly in the hypermarket, and the Philips Saeco coffee machines.
Both companies work independently and with their own identity, but always under the umbrella of the Philips parent company. Not surprisingly, many models of Philips automatic coffee makers are still designed in Italy.
Senseo is a Philips brand that competes in the capsule coffee machine sector. It uses soft pods (pads) and in that it is quite different from its competitors. In general, Philips Senseo coffee machines are an economical and simple alternative to the big brands in the sector, such as Nespresso or Dolce Gusto.
The case of Philips Saeco espresso machines, on the other hand, is quite different. Saeco is an iconic company in the world of Italian espresso, which was acquired by Philips in 2011. From then on, all Saeco machines began to carry the “Philips Saeco” tagline in front of them, and the Italian company’s catalogue has gradually been adapted to the Dutch company’s guidelines.
Today, Philips Saeco coffee makers are limited to the medium-high end of the range. All other machines (including some very successful armoured coffee machines, such as the Philips Saeco Poemia) have been gradually phased out. You can find more information in our specific section on Saeco coffee machines.
Spare parts for Philips coffee machines
There is no doubt that this is a very popular company, with many thousands of specimens “living” in homes. And not just coffee makers, which is what we are dealing with on this website, but also all kinds of household appliances and consumer electronics. That’s why Philips coffee machine spare parts are the order of the day, although needs change completely depending on the type of machine you have at home – express or filter.
The spare parts for Philips filter coffee machines are almost always the glass jars (which can break if you don’t take care of them) and the accessories that attach them to the coffee outlet under the filter.