Philips Saeco Vienna Plus Automatic Espresso Machine Review
Since 1980, the Italian espresso manufacturer Saeco has constantly been plugging holes in the market with their unique models and units. Unlike other espresso makers which tend to blend the lines with their “same features, same outcome” approach, Saeco constantly improves on their technology and answers the call of the market. With their Vienna Plus automatic espresso machine, Saeco has put forth a product that certainly plugs a big hole in the industry.
The Saeco Vienna Plus is the ultimate in slimmed-down, no-frills, no bells and whistles espresso machine models. This isn’t the unit that will remember your favorite drink or that will have it ready when you wake up. You won’t find any pretty LED lights here, nor any high-tech, fancy controls that will wow your friends. The only thing you’ll find here is pure, unadulterated, espresso making technology that gets it into your belly as quickly as possible with as little work on your part as possible.
In other words, this is for the espresso lover who wants their shot when they want one, without having to fuss around or read a book on how to make espresso. Further, this is for the person that doesn’t want to pay a huge amount for all of those bells and whistles—they just want the bare essentials: the espresso maker and a built-in grinder, all for well under $500. That’s what the Philips Saeco Vienna Plus has brought to the market and the way that people are snatching it up, it’s clear that Saeco has hit another home run by listening to what their customers want.
Saeco Vienna Plus Espresso Machine Review—Product Features
Now don’t get it wrong, the Vienna Plus isn’t some rickety old espresso maker with no features. It has exactly what you need to make a beans to brew espresso in your home—just nothing else. Here are the features (aside from the price tag) that will make you fall in love with the Vienna Plus:
- Built-In Grinder. The integrated adjustable conical burr grinder ensures that you get as much—or as little—customization in your final product as you want. Plus, no need for a separate grinder to waste valuable counter space.
- Powerful. The 1250-watt super-automatic espresso machine is tough enough to grind and brew anything you throw at it while making it delicious. Has a 15-bar pump as well.
- Concise. Removable brew group so you can grind, tamp, brew and dispense all in one cycle.
- Adjustable. A simple dial lets you choose your size (1 to 8 oz) and then push a button to chose the drink you want.
- Pannarello Steam Wand. Built in wand allows you to froth milk exactly how you want it to taste and look. Also doubles as a hot water dispenser for other drinks you might want to make.
- 12 oz Bean Container. Enough room to brew espressos until your heart’s content—or you’re bouncing off the walls.
- Opti-Dose Adjustable Doser. You won’t find any other espresso machine with a doser at this price point.
- 57 oz Water Tank. Removable for easy filling and washing.
- Other Features. Stainless steel boiler, dregdrawer, removable brew group.
What Do Owners Like About the Philips Saeco Vienna Plus Automatic Espresso Machine?
Here’s what satisfied users are saying about the Saeco Vienna Plus and its espresso making capabilities:
- From the first time you switch the unit on until your first espresso, it only takes five minutes. It takes an additional two minutes to steam the milk, meaning in just 7 minutes you can have an espresso.
- The espresso is dark and rich and about equal quality to what you’ll find in a good espresso cafe, but far better than Starbucks espressos.
- Super easy to use and almost impossible to mess up an espresso
- Lasts about three years on average, much longer than anything else at this price point
What Could Be Better About the Vienna Plus Espresso Maker from Saeco?
Even with the super-low price tag, some people will always find something to say about a product trying to fill a niche in the market. Here are some of the cons users have reported on the Vienna Plus:
- As mentioned, there are no fancy add-ons or gadgets and that shows in the design. It’s a simple machine without any of the masking that other budget espresso makers attempt. The Vienna Plus makes no secret that it is made of a high-quality strong plastic which it uses to house the stainless steel boiler.
- There isn’t a programmer, timer or anything else. You have to turn this on and press the buttons, choosing your size, strength and amount of water or steam, but that’s about it.
- You have to experiment with beans to find blends that you like—there’s no recipe book or suggestions.
- Remember to clean the machine and empty the drawer—there are no reminders from the machine. If you don’t remember, you will have problems.
Who Should Buy The Vienna Plus Espresso Maker?
With all of that said, if you’re looking for a budget, no-frills home espresso maker that really puts out a fine shot of espresso, the Vienna Plus is the B&O Espresso pick for you.
Who Should Not Buy The Saeco Vienna Plus?
If you’re looking for a fine espresso experience or something that has all of the latest features, lights and dials, this isn’t the machine for you.
Saeco Vienna Plus Review—The Bottom Line
The bottom line here is that this is a stripped-down espresso machine that is full of quality and convenience at a price anybody can afford.