Saeco coffee machines have all the prestige of one of the reference brands in the sector of coffee machines for both domestic and catering. Buying a Saeco coffee machine has interesting advantages, such as being able to buy spare parts and accessories directly from its official website and the magnificent technical support that Saeco (or Saecco) offers.
But it is also true that in the last few years, the Italians, with the help of Philips, have focused their business on the segment of superautomatic coffee machines, and this is making them less popular among the less affluent consumers. Later on, we will talk about this important alliance for the market.
In any case, a coffee machine at home lasts for many years, and today we still have thousands of Saeco armoured coffee machines running in homes around the world.
Apart, of course, from the renowned quality of their coffee and the durability of the machines, the latter qualities are common to all Saeco coffee machines and are endorsed by hundreds of opinions from consumers around the world. You only have to go online to find a lot of positive references in this respect.
The prestige of any Saeco coffee machine is shown by its ability to satisfy the needs of the most demanding users. Whatever you are looking for, there will be a Saeco espresso machine model to suit your budget. And in case there is anyone who does not know it by now, the Italian firm has always specialized in the espresso segment and only markets espresso machines (manual or automatic, but especially the latter).
Comparison of Saeco espresso makers
If you want to know all the details of each model at once, the best thing you can do is take a look at our Saeco coffee machine comparison table. For each model, we include its most important data, as well as a direct link to its file (review on our website) and to its purchase page.
Remember that this is a brand with a fairly extensive catalogue of references, so this is just a small sample of the five we consider most representative.
Interesting links about Saeco’s coffee makers
So you don’t have to dive into the web for more information, here is a list of the most interesting articles and content we have published to date on Saeco coffee machines: opinions, comparisons and reference material for those who already own them.
If you have a Saeco espresso machine at home (or are thinking of buying one), you will certainly be interested in these readings.
All Saeco coffee makers: Opinions and models
Here is a list of the main models of Saeco espresso coffee machines at Amazon (both manual and automatic) so that you can get to know the entire Saeco range first-hand. Whatever you are looking for, there is a Saeco coffee machine for you.
Saeco espresso makers (with portafilter)
We started with the Saeco manual coffee machines. Years ago, they were among the most popular on the market, especially, as we have already said, the mythical Poemia. But today, they are no longer on the market, and they will last as long as the old models can (which will not be long, though).
For quite some time, they were market leaders because we don’t forget that Saeco in Italy is synonymous with espresso.
Of all the Saeco coffee machines with a portafilter, we will highlight the following ones for their history and longevity:
Poemia, the most economical option within the Saeco coffee machines in its espresso version, is always of first quality. It has a version in stainless steel quite interesting, although more expensive.
For years it was Saeco’s best-selling espresso machine on the market before the Italian company focused only on automatics. Unfortunately, it has also been discontinued.
Saeco Aroma Nero coffee makers
Another discontinued machine, with great popularity in Latin America and with qualities similar to the Poemia.
The upper version has a very robust stainless steel body without any cracks. But there was also the more modest Saeco AromaNero, which was the entry-level machine in the Saeco range of manual coffee machines.
In general, the entire line of Saeco Aroma coffee machines has performed excellently over the past decade and has provided great benefits to the Italian firm.
These machines came out very well. I’m sure you can still find various second-hand Saeco Aroma machines on some platforms.
Saeco Baby Espress
The Saeco Baby Express coffee machine is part of that core of machines that have not been marketed in some European countries. In Latin America, on the other hand, you will know it well. It had this old look (available in white and also black bodywork), and it’s one of these armoured coffee machines that, if you take good care of it, will last a lifetime:
It has a more current version, called Saeco New Baby Express.
Saeco Via Veneto
Another machine that was not sold in some European countries, but was sold in other countries, was the Saeco Via Veneto. It was still an armchair coffee machine, but it represented a higher range than the previous ones for more demanding users.
The Saeco Via Veneto had a built-in grinder, a feature that is very much appreciated in armoured coffee machines today and which was even more attractive (though rare) at the time. As you can see, it looked really good:
Saeco automatic coffee makers (with built-in grinder)
When we talk about Saeco coffee machines with grinders, we are obviously referring to these. In this case, the grinder becomes a common denominator. All Saeco automatic coffee machines have ceramic grinders, not steel ones, which prevent them from overheating during grinding and leaving that unpleasant burning taste in the coffee.
Before you start, keep in mind this scheme of how the current models are distributed according to their range:
- Medium range: Lirika.
- Medium-high range: Picobaristo.
- High-premium range: Exprelia, Xelsis and GranBaristo.
We will not go into too much detail in the explanations because we have already talked about them in detail in our guide to Saeco superautomatic coffee machines. It is the summary list of all Saeco coffee machines on Amazon that belong to this segment:
If in the last decade you were looking for a good Saeco automatic coffee machine, you probably ended up checking out this Intelia model. Possibly the most popular Saeco coffee machine on the market at the time. The Saeco Intelia automatic coffee machine was sold in several versions with different finishes and prices and found its successor in the Incanto, which in turn gave the baton to the 5000 Series already under the Philips brand.
The Intuita was a cousin of the Intelia. Its features are very similar, but the outer casing is made of a different material, and it has a very optimized control panel. It is now discontinued, and it isn’t easy to find even second-hand models.
At the same level of range as Intuita or the Intelia, we can place the Syntia. It is an automatic with slightly less power and tank volume than the Intelia.
Apart from these details and having a slightly different control panel, this is a coffee machine with practically the same features as the two mentioned above. It is also discontinued.
The Xsmall, superautomatic espresso machine with ceramic grinders, ESE single-dose compatibility, programmable memory, a virgin at a very competitive price. Discontinued and replaced by the newest Philips 2000 Series, mythical body with those curved lines!
Saeco Odea Go
One of the most popular automatic espresso machines on the market, with a wide variety of colours to choose from. The Saeco Odea Go coffee machine is widely sold in Central and South America.
Saeco Minuto, this model was later assimilated to the Moltio, and this then became the Philips 3000 series.
The Moltio model was once one of Saeco’s top-of-the-range models. Of all the superautomatic coffee machines offered by the Italian firm, this Moltio is undoubtedly a superior product, another level. It features functions such as the coffee bean switch (double coffee tank) or automated cleaning and decalcification. The coffee circuit is automatically cleaned with water every time the coffee machine is switched on or off.
Saeco Incanto and PicoBaristo
The Incanto is a later model than the Moltio and differs fundamentally from it. It allows the preparation of drinks with milk foam -cappuccinos and latte macchiatos- in an automatic way. That is: by pressing a single button and without having to move the cup from one place to another. If you don’t mind paying a little more, and you are really going to take advantage of the automatic cappuccino production, then Saeco Incanto should be your choice.
Just above the Incanto is the Saeco PicoBaristo, a successor improved and extended with incredible technology, especially in everything related to water treatment and its impurities.
In Saeco’s mid-range, we find the Lirika, with a capacity of 2.5 litres. A huge machine, which is marketed in 3 versions (Basic, OTC and Plus) and which is very much oriented towards vending and use in offices or workplaces.
The next step, above the Picobaristo and very close to the top of the Italian brand’s range. 1.7-litre capacity and up to 18 different specialities at the touch of a button. Oh, and it can also be controlled via the mobile phone! Do you want to know more about this monster? You can read its review here.
Saeco Royal and Royal Office
Saeco’s Royal and Royal Office range offers premium coffee machines with automatic cappuccino preparation, which differ from the rest, mainly in their size. They are quite large coffee machines with above-average capacity. The Royal, for example, has a 2.2-litre water tank and numerous personalization options.
The Royal Office model is a variation of the normal model, with very special features in terms of capacity: a 6.5-litre water tank, storage for 900 grams of coffee, a waste collection tray of almost one litre, a coffee machine specially designed for use in public buildings, offices and so on.
The Aulika model is difficult to find, but it is the natural evolution of the Royal that we have reviewed before. We highlight the double water circuit, with two water pumps and two boilers.
Saeco Exprelia Evo
We are not afraid of being wrong when we say that this Exprelia Evo is at the top of the range of Saeco’s domestic coffee machines.
It is a coffee machine that offers the maximum performance in any functional aspect that we can demand: ceramic grinder and eight grinding thicknesses, OLED screen, pre-infusion system, milk vaporizer, automatic preparation of up to 5 different types of drinks, in short, if you have a budget to access it, it is undoubtedly one of the best coffee machines in the market.
At the top of the range of Saeco’s superautomatic coffee machines and accompanying the Exprelia, we find this Philips Saeco Xelsis, with 12 ready-made drinks with a direct selection button, integrated AquaClean technology, ceramic grinders, profile memory, everything for the most demanding amateur.
In addition to these models, Saeco also markets other professional coffee machines with a more focused orientation towards vending and small businesses. You can take a look at them here: The ten best professional coffee machines for the home. One of the best known is the Se-50:
Saeco SE-50 industrial coffee maker
In the Saeco industrial coffee machine range, we highlight this SE50, which logically – look at the image – is intended only for use in businesses (small, or with no space to use a machine with several groups of coffee) or for really high profile and demanding amateurs who have no qualms about making an investment of this calibre.
We can talk about its 2600 watts of power, the 2.5 litres water tank, the three Thermoblock heating systems that are mounted, or the stainless steel boiler. But we would still fall short. You’d better study his review for yourself:
Which Saeco coffee maker to buy for home?
Well, now that you know them all, it’s time to decide. We will try to help you by indicating the suggestions according to your profile or needs.
When you buy a home Saeco coffee machine, we take it for granted that we are talking about the automatic ones because the manual ones have been out of the catalogue for a long time. In this sense, the most balanced option is the PicoBaristo. The Lirika is somewhat cheaper, but the difference is small, and it is a more outdated model, although it has excellent performance.
If budget is not a problem for you, then you can go up and look at a Xelsis or a GranBaristo. But analyze them well and be sure you are not going to waste them because their list of features is very extensive, and you will pay for them all upfront.
What are the old Saeco coffee makers?
If we are strict, the old Saeco coffee machines are almost all those in the brand’s catalogue, as nowadays they are almost all out of print and production has been stopped. There are only a few left for sale on Amazon.
However, if we look back a few years, we do find some models that dream of old machines from another time that is now impossible to find even in second-hand markets.
Some examples of old Saeco espresso makers:
- Philips Saeco Poemia, Estrosa, Stratos and Via Veneto (all these manuals).
- Minuto, Moltio, Xsmall, Intelia or Intuita in the automatic segment.
The relationship between Saeco and Philips: A bit of history
Saeco and Philips continue to market their machines separately, but the Italian firm has fewer and fewer models in its catalogue. Many are being left out of the marketplace, but they are not bringing out new, updated machines. It seems that Philips’ goal in the short or medium-term is to keep Saeco’s brand name only for top-of-the-line models.
It is because, in 2009, Philips is buying Saeco for £170 million. Logically the effect was not immediate, but over the years, the unification of machines and sales lines under the Philips brand has been unstoppable. Saeco then becomes a brand under the umbrella of the Philips group (as can also be Senseo, to cite one example).
Not for nothing, Saeco’s official website has not existed for a long time as such; if you access Saeco.com, your browser will redirect you to the Philips website (where Saeco machines have their own space, though).
So what do I choose – Saeco superautomatic coffee machine or Delonghi?
If your goal is to get a super machine, and you’ve looked at these two iconic Italian brands, let’s take a quick look at their major differences. In short:
- If your goal is a top-of-the-line machine, at Saeco you will find powerful options, but somewhat more affordable.
- If you are looking for just a normal, mid-range machine, Delonghi has much more variety and more flexible solutions for any user profile and budget. But by far, too.
Of course, we only talk about Saeco as an independent brand. In the mid-range segment, you can always turn to the automatics marketed directly by Philips.
Remember that for more details and to evaluate each brand on your own, you have at your disposal an extensive guide of Delonghi super-automatics.
Saeco coffee makers and the coffee pods
Are Saeco pod coffee machines a myth? No, they exist. But they are not domestic machines. In the line of Saeco professional coffee machines (https://www.saecoprofessional.us/) then some Saeco pod machines, such as the Onda, which uses single-dose format Nespresso and also Espresso Point.
Much more powerful is the Saeco Area pod coffee machine, oriented to be used in companies and workplaces with many employees. It is compatible with Lavazza Blue pods. As you can see, it is a real monster:
In a higher range is the Saeco Dually, which has two groups of coffee and is already designed, of course, for cafes and hotel businesses. It is also fed with Nespresso and Espresso Point capsules.
Without a doubt, a curious bet of the brand for the Saeco coffee machines of capsules only in the line of professional machines.
Spare parts for Saeco coffee makers: Spare parts and more
One of the great advantages that we find when buying a Saeco coffee machine is that we get a great brand of machine, in which we will not find problems if we need any spare parts at a given time.
Even today, it is possible to find spare parts for Saeco coffee machines on Amazon from models that are no longer sold but logically remain in operation for many years.
The range of Saeco spare parts available today is extremely wide and ranges from filters or complete filter holders to coffee groups or various repair kits.
When buying your Saeco coffee machine parts, always remember to check that they are valid for the exact model you have at home. Many are identical, but only work on certain machines, and you have to buy exactly the one you have at home – another part won’t do.
For more information about repairs, check our post: Saeco – Problem Solving
Doubts before buying a Saeco coffee maker: Prices
In general, Saeco coffee machines are not economical. However, this is something we should be aware of if we know that we are dealing with one of the leading manufacturers in the domestic espresso sector.
If you’re looking for cheap Saeco coffee machines, years ago, you had the option of a manual espresso machine, especially the Poemia and Estrosa models. Today this option no longer exists, as the brand has focused only on super automatics.
In this range of Saeco superautomatic coffee machines, logically the prices go from the most economical ones, £300 (or more), to the more than one thousand that the high range ones can cost (later we will tell you which ones).
So that you can see them all updated in real-time, here is the complete list of the machines available:
Second-hand Saeco coffee makers? A way of saving
Buying and selling second-hand coffee machines is a common practice in the market, but much more so in the sector of superautomatic machines because their high prices can benefit from greater savings if a second-hand model is found with little use.
So do we recommend buying a second-hand Saeco coffee machine? Yes, but don’t get your hopes up. The stock is very limited; it won’t be easy to find one. And among the ones that exist more than one is the old armoured coffee machines that we have talked about in previous sections.
In the case of finding a second-hand Saeco automatic coffee machine, then yes: it can be a good option because they are machines prepared to give many services, and if someone sells them, it is likely that they have not used them much.