Summary: I bought this item through another retailer about a year and a half ago and was initially very happy with the product. Just like another reviewer suggested I removed the top hopper because it was only causing obstruction of the bean flow. Then the digital display stopped properly working, all images became barely readable. This is clearly a failed electronic part. Since the warranty for the product is only 1 year Phillips refuses to fix it.
Summary: Loved this machine for the first ~18 months. Then it started frequently aborting the brew cycle and dumping dry loose grounds into the dreg drawer. Turned out the grinder motor started using more current than it's specifications, which caused the processor to abort the brew cycle. Cost me $335 and 4 repairs before this problem was found and finally fixed by replacing the grinder motor.
Summary: Well this machine certainly makes an impressive cappuccino and for the price...it better! It is very nice looking but you better clear away some space because it will certainly eat up some real estate on the countertop. We also have an Nespresso and I'd have to say that the Saeco makes the better cup of cappuccino...but the Nespresso is a lot less high maintenance. I've had the unit for about a week now and I have made quite a few cups of cappuccino with it.
Summary: I bought this through another source, "refurbed". I would pay the full price for this machine brand new. I would not hesitate to make this purchase again and regret not purchasing one sooner. It seems like a heck of a lot of money to spend for a fancy coffee maker, but I feel it was well worth it. I love the coffee and cappuccino that this machine produces. I did the recommended modification to remove the grinder cover/bean shaker before I even used the machine.
Coffee temperature is very good - actually too warm for me but settings make ...
Tech Wiz, Amazon
28 December 2014
Summary: Coffee temperature is very good - actually too warm for me but settings make the change a breeze. The foam is very high quality and the machine can make a cappuccino from power on in under 4 min.