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Since inception in 1981, Saeco has been designing and bringing to the market new models of espresso machines based on the developing coffee tastes and habits of the consumer. 

In July 2009, the company was bought by the Dutch electronics company Philips.  Now referred to as Saeco Philips, the company continues to be committed to research and innovation to address increasing consumer demands for quality coffee with ease of use, durability, easy maintenance, hygiene,  and most of all choice in coffee drink variety  in mind. 

Read on to see the full line of espresso machines that will make up the Saeco Philips line up in 2021.  You will see that three new models are slated to be introduced in 2021 that are going to provide consumers with great choice in fully automatics to suit every budget.

What New For Saeco Philips for 2021

2021 is an exciting year for Saeco Philips.  By the end of April 2021 this company will introduce three new models to the North American market. The company will continue to offer the top tier machines under the Saeco banner that are tried and true performers, specifically PicoBaristo and Xelsis.   While the Philips banner will offer a total of 7 espresso machines so espresso drinkers have the opportunity to enter the world of fully automatic espresso machines regardless of their budget.  

Download the Saeco Philips Machine Comparison Guide

Overview of the Saeco Coffee Machine Line Up Available in 2021

Saeco's top performers for the last few years have been the Xelsis and PicoBaristo models.  These high quality espresso machines are sleek and stylish and offer many of the features that the Saeco brand was built on. 

Saeco Xelsis Stainless Steel SM7685/94

Introduced to the market in 2017. See the Saeco Xelsis in action here.

Saeco Xelsis Stainless Steel SM7685/04 from Espresso Canada
Saeco Xelsis Stainless Steel MRP $2799
Only the Xelsis Stainless Steel has a light under the coffee brewing spout and in the water tank.  This accent lighting highlights the sophisticated elegance of this model. 
Key Features: 
  • You can make up to 5000 cups of coffee without descaling using the innovative AquaClean filter system.
  • The HygieSteam: Automatic cleaning removes 99.99% of milk residues
  • Removable brewing unit guarantees hygiene reassurance
  • The durable grinders ensure  20,000 cups of the finest, high quality coffee
  • Grinder balancing system adjusts to the bean varietal so you get the best grind ideal for each coffee selection.
  • Fast preparation with high performance boiler.
  • LattePerfetto for dense milk foam with fine texture.
Personalization Options
  • 8 profiles: simply store personal taste preferences for 8 people and the machine keeps it in memory
  • LatteDuo: prepare and enjoy double serving of any drink with one push of a button. This is the only model that can make two cappuccinos simultaneously.
  • The most advanced touch screen display with Coffee Equalizer.
  • The largest bean container with Aroma seal to keep beans fresh. 

Saeco Xelsis Titanium SM7684/04

Introduced to the market in 2017.

Saeco Xelsis Titanium SM7684/04 available from Espresso Canada
Saeco Xelsis Titanium Sm7684/04  MRP $2499
This machine has all the same features of the stainless steel version except
  • no light in the dispensing head nor the water tank
  • In addition, the Xelsis Titanium only has 6 user profiles instead of the 8 available in the Xelsis stainless steel.
The Xelsis Titanium saves the consumer $300 while still offering all the high quality innovations that make the Xelsis top of the line espresso machine.  There is also the aesthetics to consider.  Will the stainless or titanium look better incorporate to the decor and environment where the machine will reside?

Saeco PicoBaristo Carafe Stainless Steel HD8927/47

Introduced to the market 2014. See the PicoBaristo in action here.

    Saeco PicoBaristo Carafe Stainless Steel  MRP $1799

    Key Features

    • Make delicious milk based drinks like cappuccino or latte easily with the push of a button
    • The durable ceramic grinder will make up to 20,000 cups of coffee before it shows signs of wear 
    • The Quick Heat Boiler makes coffee hot
    • There strength selection remembers just how strong you like your coffee
    • Ten grinder settings allow the user to fine tune the coffee richness
    • Regular use of the the AquaClean filter means you won't have to descale until 5000 cups.
    • Easy to clean the milk carafe with quick clean function
    • Tactile backlit display

    Saeco PicoBaristo Carafe Black HD8927/47

    Introduced to the market 2014

     

    Saeco PicoBaristo Carafe Stainless Steel  MRP $1599

    The Saeco PicoBaristo Black has exactly the same features as the Saeco PicoBaristo stainless steel.  There is a $200 savings. The main differentiator is the look.  Some prefer the black not only because it fits into the decor of the kitchen or other appliances but because they feel the black finish will not show as many finger prints.

    Espresso Canada's Recommendations For Saeco Espresso Machines

    Luciano, owner of Espresso Canada has been selling Saeco superautomatic espresso machines since 1987.  As an authorized retailer and service centre with over 30 years experience, he knows these espresso machines intimately. He is often asked for his recommendation regarding Saeco's top tier line.  

    If price is not the primary driver in choosing an espresso machine and a customer is looking for a top tier fully automatic machine, meaning the customer is trying to decide between the Xelsis and PicoBaristo, Luciano recommends, the Saeco Xelsis.  Why the Xelsis?

    1. The milk frothing functionality of the Xelsis is far superior.  When making the first cappuccino with a  PicoBaristo OTC,  the carafe tends to spurt out a few dribbles of water before the milk is drawn from the carafe. 
    2. The user profiles are only available on the Xelsis.  This is a great feature. Once you set your preferences you don't have to worry again. Just press a button and get the coffee you want.
    3. The Xelsis is also the only model that can make two cappuccinos simultaneously. This is great for couples who expect to sit down and enjoy a drink together without the wait.
    4. The overall aesthetic of the Xelsis can't be denied. The interface is very intuitive and sleek.  It is a machine that is not only functional but makes a statement in any decor.

    Overview of the Philips Coffee Machine Line Up Available in 2021

    The Philips 2200 and 3200 range came to market in April 2019. They have proven to be excellent additions to the Saeco Philips roster of espresso machines. These were the first machines that had the Philips brand.  Easy to use, easy to maintain and great affordability. In addition, all Philips espresso machines have a two year warranty which boosted consumer confidence.  Read on to see what each series provides with respect to key features. 

    Download the Philips Espresso Machine Collection Comparison Guide

    Philips EP 3241/54 LatteGo

    Introduced in April 2019

    Philips EP3241/54 Available at Espresso Canada

    Philips EP3241/54 MRP $999

    Key Features:

    • A variety of coffees customized to the consumer's taste.
    • Five coffee drinks available at the touch of a button
    • Silky smooth milk froth from the high speed LatteGo system
    • An intuitive touch display
    • Adjust aroma strength and quantity via My Coffee Choice
    • The 12 step grinder adjustment gives the consumer total control on how fine or coarse to grind the beans
    • Ceramic grinders provide 20,000 cups before signs of any wear
    • An aroma seal on the bean hopper keeps beans fresh longer
    • The LatteGo is exceptionally easy to clean , 2 parts with no tubes
    • Consistent use of the AquaClean filter means you don't have to descale until 5000 cups
    • The fully removable brew group makes machine cleaning easy

    Philips EP 3221/44 Classic Milk Frother (CMF)

    Introduced in April 2019

    Philips EP322144 available at Espresso Canada

    Philips EP3221/44 MRP $899

    Key Features:

    The key features of this machine are the same as the EP3241/54.  The only difference is that this model has a classic milk frother (pannarello). Therefore it has four coffee drinks available from the display panel.  That is you can't make a cappuccino with the push of a button, you have to froth the milk manually. 

    Some people actually prefer a classic milk frother or pannarello as they are known. It gives the user total control on the type of foam they want and how hot they want their milk. 

    Philips EP 2230/14 LatteGo

    Introduced in April 2019

    It is fair to say the the Philips 2200 series are the plainer cousins of the 3200 series.   The internal components as well as the external casing and the general look are identical.  The only differentiator between the two series are the number of drinks each series makes with the push of a button.

    Philips. EP223014 available at Espresso Canada

    Philips EP22320/14 MRP $899

    Key Features:

    The EP3241 and EP2230 have the same features except the EP3241 has an expanded menu base that includes: espresso, coffee, americano, cappuccino and a latté macchiato.  The EP2230 on the other hand has three coffee selections: espresso, coffee and cappuccino. Both models provide hot water for tea.  The cost of having two more drinks options is $100.  

    Display Panels of Philips EP3241/54 & EP2230
     

    Introduced to the market in April 2019. 

     

    Philips EP 2220/14 available from Espresso Canada

    Philips EP 2220/14 MRP $749

     The EP2230/14 is the simpler cousin of the EP3221/14. Both have the classic milk frother for milk based drinks.  The 3221 has the option to make 5 drinks at the push of a button while the 2220 can only make 3. 

    Espresso Canada's Recommendations For Philips Espresso Machines

    1. First off we would recommend opting for the LatteGo option.  The LatteGo is really an excellent feature that makes milk based drinks very easy.  It is also very easy to clean.  The milk comes out very hot and silky.  
    2. Given that there are no aesthetic differences between the 3200 and 2200 series, we recommend investing in the 3200 series. 
    3. The extra $100 gives two more drink options.   This is great for addressing the various tastes of coffee drinkers in one household or workspace.  Having the coffee option is really ideal for those who haven't cozied up to the idea of drinking espresso. 

    NEW Philip Models for 2021

    This year will provide to be an exciting year for espresso machines under the Philips banner. Three new models are scheduled to be released to the market in April 2021.  The three new models include the following: 

    Download the Philips Espresso Machine Comparison Guide for New 2021 Models

    Philips EP5447/94 LatteGo

    Coming April 2021.

    Philips EP 5447/94 available at Espresso Canada
    Click here to watch a video of the EP5447/54in action.
    Philips EP5447/94. MRP $1399

    Key Features:

    • The aesthetic of the new EP5400 series is really a huge upgrade from the 3200 and 2200 series. With a silver chromed theatre front panel, it is very attractive and pleasing to the eye.
    • This model also has a stainless steel drip tray
    • 12 delicious fresh bean coffees available with the push of a button including espresso, coffee, americano, cappuccino, latte macchiato, café au lait, caffé crema, espresso lungo, ristretto, caffé latte, frothed milk and hot water.  If you want to learn more about each of these drinks read this. 
    • Adjustable spout will accommodate a travel mugs
    • LatteGo milk system with two parts and no tubes makes cleaning easy and hygenic
    • Intuitive display with colour LCD display will make the preparation of coffee from freshly ground beans easy and intuitive.
    • Easy personalization and extra shot function so you can have a cappuccino (or any other drink) with a double shot of espresso if you wish
    • 4 user profiles 
    • Aroma extra system intelligently strikes the optimum balance between brewing temperature and aroma extraction by keeping the water temperature between 90℃ and 98℃ while regulating the water flow rate 
    • 100% durable ceramic grinder will ensure the grinder burrs do not show signs of wear until 20,000 cups
    • A 12 step adjustment knob giving maximum control over the fineness and coarseness of your coffee grind.
    • Use of the AquaClean filter ensures descaling isn't needed for 5000 cups. (Based on 8 filter changes)
    • Removable brew group makes cleaning easy

    Philips EP4347/94 LatteGo

    Coming to market April 2021. 

     Philips EP4347/94 available at Espresso Canada

    Philips EP4347/94 LatteGo MRS $1199

    Key Features:

    • Silver spray painted front. 
    • 8 aromatic coffees including espresso, coffee, americano, cappuccino, latte macchiato, café au lait
    • 2 user profiles allowing you to store your customized preferances
    • Aroma extra system intelligently strikes the optimum balance between brewing temperature and aroma extraction by keeping the water temperature between 90℃ and 98℃ while regulating the water flow rate 
    • 100% durable ceramic grinder will ensure the grinder burrs do not show signs of wear until 20,000 cups
    • A 12 step adjustment knob giving maximum control over the fineness and coarseness of your coffee grind.
    • Use of the AquaClean filter ensures descaling isn't needed for 5000 cups. (Based on 8 filter changes)
    • LatteGo milk system with two parts and no tubes makes cleaning easy and hygenic
    • Removable brew group makes cleaning easy

    Philips EP4321/54 Classic Milk Foamer

    Philips EP4321/54 available at Espresso Canada

    Philips EP4321/54 Classic Milk Foamer MRS $1049

    Key Features:

    • This model has a deep black glossy front.
    • The EP4321/54 has with the classic milk foamer (CMF) allowing the user greater control over milk frothing.
    • The drinks you available are espresso, espresso lungo, coffee, caffé crema, americano, hot water and of course you can access the steam function.

    Here is a graphic that summarizes of the new Philip models of 2021

    Philips 5400 and 4300 series overview available from Espresso Canada

    Here are the display panels of each of the three new Philips fully automatic coffee machines coming to the market in April 2021.

    Display Panel of Philips EP5447/94 Philips EP5447/94 Display Panel with coffee icons in colour

    Display Panel of Philips EP4347/94

     Philips EP4347/94 Display Panel

    Display Panel of Philips EP432154

     Philips EP4321/54 Display Panel

     

    Thoughts on the New Philips 2021 Models

    What coffee drinkers can expect in 2021 from the Saeco Philips banner is a collection of 11 fully automatic espresso machines that offer a range of functionality and price points. 

    The new 2021 models seem to have drawn some of the best features from both the top tier Saeco machines with coffee personalization features and the unique LatteGo system of their earlier Philips models.  The price point for the new models are mid to low range making affordability attractive.

    The new releases also have a more attractive aesthetic.  What has remained the same is the two year warranty offered by the manufacturer giving consumers the confidence to buy knowing that any issues they may face will be taken care of by the manufacturer.  This is a clear sign that Philips stands behind their product and they have full faith that their new releases will deliver consumer satsifaction.

    Once the machines are in hand, we will be able to provide more in depth review.  Until then, feel free to contact us with any questions.  We are always here to help you with any of your espresso needs.

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