Capacity: 0.9 litres
It’s not every year that we have the opportunity to comment on the market launch of a new model from any of the big brands on the market. This is the case of Senseo and the review of the Senseo Select, a machine that appears on the market at the beginning of 2021 and which brings some interesting new features to this manufacturer’s catalogue.
This is a capsule (or pad) coffee machine from Senseo, with a capacity of 0.9 litres and 1450 watts of power. It can be found in shops under the nomenclature Senseo CSA240 or Senseo CSA250, depending on the specific model and finish we choose.
In addition, we can make one or two cups of coffee at the same time (using the corresponding filter or capsule holder, of the two that come with the machine), and it comes in a wide range of colours so that we can choose the one that best fits in with our kitchen décor. So far, nothing we can’t get in other machines from the same brand.
What sets this Philips Senseo Select apart from other Senseo coffee machines is the number of settings we can configure every time we go to make a coffee. We will look at this in more detail in the next section.
Senseo Select CSA240: Three coffee sizes
There are two main features of the Senseo Select, but they can be summed up in just one: the ability to customise our coffees. Few capsule coffee machines go further than Select in this respect.
On the one hand, we can select the size of our coffee from three available sizes: one long, one short and one medium. On the other hand, we can also choose the intensity of our espresso (strong or mild). And it also retains the function of the classic Senseo coffee makers of being able to make one or two cups at the same time.
Combining all these possibilities, we have, as a result, an extensive range of different options for each capsule, which we can program and memorise so that we don’t have to repeat it every time we make a coffee.
Philips Senseo Select: General features
- Removable 0.9 litre water tank.
- Body available in various colours.
- Adjustable height from the tray to the coffee spout up to a maximum of 14 cm.
- Allows you to customise the size and intensity of each coffee.
- Removable drip tray.
- Crema Plus technology for extra-silky foam in your coffee.
- Automatic shut-off function.
- Includes a set of two filters (or capsule holders), a single filter for one cup and a double filter for two cups.
- Decalcification indicator.
- More than one third of the housing is made of recycled plastic.
- Cord length: 80 cm.
- Maximum power: 1450 watts.
- Machine dimensions: 15 x 31 x 31 cm.
- Approximate weight: 2.6 kilograms.
Advantages of the Senseo Select coffee machine
- To be able to choose the intensity of each coffee depending on whether we like it milder or more intense.
- The ability to memorise our favourite settings.
- This is something common in Senseo machines, but not found in other brands: it is very useful to be able to make one or two cups of coffee at the same time, as if it were an arm coffee machine.
- The use of recycled plastic in almost 40% of the machine’s structure.
Disadvantages of the Senseo Select coffee machine
- The memory function can only store a single user profile.
- Although it offers more than the older Senseo models, the Senseo Select is still in the mid-to-basic range of the single-serve industry.
How does the Senseo Select coffee machine work?
There are not many single-serve coffee makers, let alone similar ones in the Senseo catalogue, that have as many configuration possibilities for each coffee as this Senseo Select. So it’s worth taking a look at this video to see how the Philips Senseo Select works live.
Why buy Senseo Select? Final opinions
One of the most common drawbacks of the Philips Senseo coffee maker catalogue, apart from a few individual models, is the lack of variety or little difference between its reference machines. They are all more or less similar, already very old on the market, and almost always with few new features or innovations between them.
This lack is somewhat alleviated with the launch of this Senseo Select, a coffee machine that does offer interesting new features centred, above all, on the possibility of customising our coffees with various parameters and being able to memorise the configuration for future use.
Honestly, if we were to recommend a Senseo coffee machine for a user who has decided to use this system, we would clearly choose the new Senseo Select over the more classic models such as the Senseo Original or the Viva Café. They are similar in price, and the difference in functions is noticeable. You always have the option of the Latte Duo as a representative of the top of the range, but it is already in a very different price range.