Saeco Syntia

Saeco Syntia is Saeco’s super-automatic coffee maker, also known by the Saeco nomenclature HD8837 (or HD8836 in earlier models). The only difference we find in the previous models of the Syntia, apart from some minor functionality, is that stainless steel is only present in the front of the machine, while in the Syntia HD8837, the entire housing is made of stainless steel.

It is a high-end automatic espresso machine designed to meet the needs of the most demanding consumers. Does the Saeco Syntia require a certain amount of experience to get the most out of it and understand what all its options are for? Probably, yes.

This Saeco Syntia belongs to the group of one-touch cappuccinos, or in other words, super-automatic coffee makers with a fresh milk compartment, which allow you to prepare a perfect cappuccino at the touch of a button at the start of preparation. You have to experience it to really know what it is, but if you like cappuccinos or lattes, you are sure to enjoy a Saeco Syntia at home.

We would also like to draw attention to the intelligent way in which Saeco has solved the problem of complexity, or rather, the many different features and functions that this coffee machine has. It sometimes causes problems for less skilled users with digital panels and dashboards.

On the Saeco Syntia, all actions and steps are displayed on screens coded in a 3-colour scale: red means that the brewer is warning you of something and you should be careful, yellow means that the brewer is busy and therefore, you should let it wait until it finishes what it is doing (this happens, for example, during water heating) and finally the green symbols indicate that you can use the brewer to make coffee at any time.

In the Saeco Syntia, we are going to find two technologies or processes exclusive to Saeco, which we consider important for you to know before buying this coffee maker.

The first is the Saeco tuning system, which allows the machine to intelligently adjust its brewing to the bean or type of coffee you will be using with it. There is a slight drawback to this: the first few times you use the Saeco Syntia; you may find that the coffees come out a little watery. The same thing can happen when you change the coffee bean to a different one. Depending on Saeco, your system needs two or three coffee preparations to adjust and fit your settings perfectly.

The second is the Aroma pre-preparation system: a kind of pre-infusion of the already ground beans, which allows to further extract all the aromas and nuances of the coffee before preparing it.

Saeco Syntia: Main features

There are countless functions and features of this Saeco Syntia, but here is a summary of the most important ones:

  • It has a removable water tank with a capacity of 1.2 litres.
  • Professional steamer located on the left side of the coffee spout.
  • The coffee machine cleans and decalcifies itself. It warns us in advance before starting such processes.
  • The possibilities of configuration and personalization are enormous: we can choose the quantity (long, short), the temperature and the aroma of our coffee at the touch of a button.
  • Ceramic grinder incorporated in the upper part of the housing.
  • The compartment for the coffee beans has a capacity of 250 grams.
  • The grinder allows us to choose between 5 levels of grinding. Be careful because the thinnest is really thin.
  • The digital control panel is very intuitive. All actions have their own legend, drawings and colour codes. You don’t need to study a manual to learn how to operate the Syntia from the first moment.
  • The entire coffee group can be separated and removed completely, very conveniently (see the next photo in this report). It will allow us to clean it thoroughly, which is to be welcomed as this core is crucial for the extraction of the drinks.
  • The Opti-Dose function allows us to select a different intensity (to choose between 3 levels: light, medium and strong) for each cup we prepare. They correspond to 7, 8 and 9 grams of coffee per cup, respectively.
  • Includes programming buttons: you can memorize a certain setting in the coffee maker to ensure that all your preparations really come out to your liking.
  • The dispenser allows you to serve 2 cups at the same time.
  • Height-adjustable spout: enjoy your coffee in any type of cup or glass, regardless of its size.
  • You can use already ground coffee, apart from using the beans with the grinder that is already integrated in the coffee maker.
  • It includes a compartment for storing fresh milk, located to the right of the coffee dispenser.
  • Hot water function to prepare infusions.
  • Allows you to refill the milk compartment even when the steamer or other functions are already in motion.
  • Removable stainless steel drip tray.
  • It is built with top quality materials, external finishes 100% stainless steel.
  • All components are dishwasher safe.
  • The boiler is also made of stainless steel.
  • Approximate dimensions: 41 x 26 x 31 cms.
  • Cable length: 80 centimetres.
  • Weight: over 9 kilograms.
  • Power: 1400 watts.
  • Pressure: 15 bar.
Philips Saeco Syntia Class HD8836/18 Automatic Espresso Machine - White
Philips Saeco Syntia Class HD8836/18 Automatic Espresso Machine - White
Enjoy Italian lifestyle at home; Compact and stylish; One touch espresso and long coffee; Grind your favorite coffee beans

Advantages of the Saeco Syntia

  • The quality details are countless, but we think it is especially important for the final quality of the coffees that the grinder is made of ceramic wheels, and not steel. As you know, ceramic grinding wheels heat up less and have a much longer life.
  • It is a coffee maker with a very high quality in manufacturing and fabrication: materials, accessories, internal components, finishes, everything is perfect and offers a pleasant sensation of hardness and robustness.
  • Ergonomics: this is a coffee machine with very complex features, but comfortable to use. For example, almost all of its components can be removed or accessed for cleaning, changing, refilling, etc.
  • You can use coffee beans to grind them directly before preparing your drink, or pour pre-ground coffee into a different compartment and prepare it in the same way.

Disadvantages of Saeco Syntia

  • Obviously, the price. It’s a coffee maker not accessible to all pockets. You have to know how to get the most out of it before you make an outlay like this.
  • It’s very heavy. You’ll have to find a wide space in your kitchen for it and not move it around too much.
  • On some of the early Syntia models, the coffee maker stops completely while the decalcification process is taking place. It can be a nuisance if you are caught at an inconvenient time or in a hurry (decalcification takes about 15 minutes). On later models, this no longer happens: there is a mechanism for ignoring or postponing the decalcification alarm.

Saeco Syntia: Videos

There are dozens of good videos about Saeco Syntia on the web. We have chosen this review to start with, which we found to be super-exhaustive:

And here is a complete unpacking and overhaul of the refurbished Saeco Syntia (the same version that can be purchased at an incredible price on Amazon).

Finally, and going deeper into the behaviour of the coffee maker, we leave you with this interesting video that shows you how to prepare a cappuccino with the Syntia.

Why buy a Saeco Syntia?

The Saeco Syntia is one of the tops of the Saeco range (and that’s saying something). It’s all advantages and details of surprising quality, although logically this display of virtues is reflected in the price. In any case, users who value buying a coffee machine of this type usually have things very clear in advance.

The Syntia is at the top of the already very wide and renowned range of Saeco automatic coffee machines, among which we find models such as the Minuto, the Xsmall, or the best-selling Intelia.

The latter is perhaps the Saeco coffee machine most similar to the Syntia. Its differences lie in the greater capacity of the Intelia (1.5 litres, by 1.2 litres of the Syntia), a greater power (1900 – 1400 watts in favour of the Intelia) and a somewhat different operating panel. In Intelia, we only find buttons, while in Syntia, it is operated with a combination of buttons and a central control wheel.

In any case, these are not differences in the draft. If you have doubts, we advise you to choose the best price or offer at the time of your purchase.