Saeco Vienna Super Automatic Espresso Machine

Saeco 4038 Vienna Plus 15-Bar-Pump Super Automatic Espresso Machine Review

The Saeco 4038 Vienna Plus 15-Bar-Pump Super Automatic Espresso Machine blends quality and simplicity.  It’s the cheapest good super automatic espresso maker you’ll find.  And it’s cool, clean graphite finish blends nicely with most kitchen decors.   Guests will be impressed with the many function lights on the control panel, but they are a snap to use.  And, they takeout practically all the guess work from brewing the perfect coffee.

Saeco 4045 Vienna Plus 15-Bar-Pump Super-Automatic Espresso MachineNo one likes to talk about it, but cleaning these machines can be a pain.  You’ll really really be happy with the patented removable brew group – it pops out in one piece – kind of like a printer ink cartridge.  Since this is where the gunk collects, it’s a life-saver that it’s easy to rinse clean.  In fact, it’s easy enough that you may actually do it when you are supposed to!

The integrated adjustable conical burr grinder and OptiDose doser work really well.  Want a cappuccino or latte?  The removable Panarello frothing wand makes a perfect layer of snowy white froth.

Product Features and Specifications

  • Stainless steel boiler
  • Pannarello frothing device
  • Opti dose adjustable doser
  • Pump pressure 15 bars
  • Removable water tank – 57 oz/7 1/8 cup capacity
  • Programmable brew and cup size
  • Built in water filter
  • Built in adjustable conical burr grinder
  • Product dimensions – 18 x 13 x 16 inches
  • Product weight – 18 pounds
  • Shipping weight – 25 pounds
  • 1250 watts power output
  • 12 oz bean container
  • 15 puck capacity dreg drawer

Costs:

Category price range $500 – $750

This product $500.99 at Amazon.com

Product rating:

Amazon review summary: 19 positive (4 or 5).  2 negative (2 or less).  4 neutral (3)

Last 5 reviews: 5 Positive 0 Negative

The positives

If you want an easy way to brew your coffee, then it’s a superautomatic all the way.  This is a good price for a lot of product.  Reviewers agree that it’s easy to clean and maintain.  And you don’t need a degree in rocket science to work it.  If you are new to espresso or just don’t want the hassles of a manual machine – you’ll love it.  Like we said, it’s a cheap superautomatic.  It does have a plastic casing – not steel.  But don’t worry.  Most of the positive reviewers said it’s more than tough enough for daily use. The folks at Coffee Geek were slightly more dissatisfied than those who reviewed it on Amazon, but still positive.

The negatives

Not too much negative here.  The main complaint from a few reviewers seems to be the construction and feel of the machine.  But, if you want an inexpensive superautomatic, you’ve got to compromise some.  Also, there’s been a few reports of oily beans (such as flavoured coffees) clogging up the works.  Real fine grinds also can cause problems.

The Bottom Line

Look, if you want an all singing, all dancing superautomatic espresso maker, then you’re going to have to shell out real bucks.  If you want one at a reasonable price, then you need to make a few compromises.  In this case, you need to accept the plastic housing and the lack of a few niceties such as a timer or computer presettings.  But, for a superautomatic which gives you great tasting and consistent coffee with minimal fuss, you will be making a smart buy.