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Philips HD8838

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Overall 8
8.0
Design 8
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Ease of use 8
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Performance 8
8.0

Good automatic espresso machine

mm2020, philips-store.com
1 October 2013
  • Summary: Overall I am happy with the purchase. It makes good espresso and is easy to use. You can program how much espresso and milk you want. It is sold a as a cappuccino maker but I would say it just makes lattes. This is fine with me but if you are really looking for a machine that makes cappuccino you might be disappointed. One thing I do not like about the machine is that the milk is not hot enough. There is a setting to make the espresso warmer but not the milk.
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Overall 2
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Design 4
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Ease of use 4
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Performance 2
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inconsistent coffee and maintenance intensive machine

OleJoe, philips-store.com
27 September 2013
  • Summary: Recently we purchased the Saeco Syntia Automatic espresso machine. First, a quick review of the machine, then more details.
  • Pros: excellent coffee when it works
  • Cons: inconsistent and maintenance intensive
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Overall 6
6.0
Design 6
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Ease of use 6
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Performance 8
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Great espresso but the water and coffee bean capacity is too small for a super automatic machine

NYCGuy, philips-store.com
20 September 2013
  • Summary: I had this unit for a week and was disappointed in how it performed. Don't get me wrong as it makes a mean cup of espresso and a nice cappuccino but I was constantly filling up both the water tank and the bean hopper and having to empty the drip tray. It was used by just my wife and myself and we didn't expect to be doing this so often.
  • Pros: makes great espresso & cappuccino, small size is excellent for a tiny kitchen
  • Cons: the water tank & bean hopper are too small., the drip tray fills with water too quickly.
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Overall 10
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Design 10
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Ease of use 10
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Performance 10
10

Best cappuccino ever!

Lucky456, philips-store.com
6 May 2013
  • Summary: I've had this machine for 6 months now and I love it!!! It is very easy to use and makes the best cappuccino - better than the cafes. The foam is very thick you can almost stand a spoon in it. My friends love to come over and have a cappuccino at my house!
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Overall 4
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Design 4
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Ease of use 4
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Performance 4
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Design problems

joemamma44, philips-store.com
16 April 2013
  • Summary: While I commend your customer support team for the manner in which they handled problems with the product, I cannot honestly rate the Syntia favorably.
  • Pros: appears to be great quality, when working properly makes a great capuccino
  • Cons: poor functional design and problematic, requires a lot of attention.
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Overall 10
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Design 10
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Ease of use 10
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Performance 8
8.0

In use 4 times per day - excellent coffee

Anonymous, philips-store.com
23 August 2012
  • Summary: I love this machine - its looks and the excellent coffee and milk drinks I prepare with it. It's smaller size mean that it fits well into my galley kitchen. It takes some time to get completely up to speed on the features, but the adjustments for drink prep, routine daily maintenance, and the cleaning/descaling are very easy and quickly became second nature. The milk steamer is a pannarello with both the ease and limitations that implies, and gives very hot water.
  • Pros: small footprint sleek design, sealed coffee storage
  • Cons: water temp for espresso too low, no option to replace pannarello wand with standard
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Overall 10
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Design 10
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Ease of use 10
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Performance 10
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Thrilled with my purchase!

GaKaye, philips-store.com
11 July 2012
  • Summary: I may not be as sophisicated a coffee drinker as some, but I am very happy with this machine. I've only had it a few days, but have made espresso, cappuccino, and regular coffee with it and all are delicious. We were using a French press for our morning coffee, and this is just as tasty and much easier. Once you get the hang of it, the adjustments are easy.
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Overall 8
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Design 8
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Ease of use 8
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Performance 8
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Excellent coffee....quickly and easily!

JoanM, philips-store.com
16 June 2012
  • Summary: I don't think my family will ever go back to a regualr drip coffee maker. We love just pushing a button and having a wonderful, fresh cup of coffee.
  • Pros: very easy to customize consistently great coffee!
  • Cons: frequent need to empty grounds/water container.
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Overall 4
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Design 8
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Ease of use 8
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Performance 4
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Not hot enough

GW50, philips-store.com
22 May 2012
  • Summary: This machine does a good job of making a cap but the temp (120-130) is way to low even when set to hottest setting. Must us a microwave to get hot.. consider a manual machine.
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Overall 2
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Design 8
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Ease of use 8
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Performance 4
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Would not buy this machine again. Cannot recommend.

jatemode, philips-store.com
8 February 2012
  • Summary: Might be good for espresso, but does not do well with making milk foam for cappucino. Do not buy if you like true cappucinno.
  • Pros: makes a great doorstop, looks good sitting on the counter
  • Cons: terrible cappucinno maker
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