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The Philips Saeco Series Guide: Choosing the Best Machine For You (UPDATED)

The Philips Saeco Series Guide: Choosing the Best Machine For You (UPDATED)
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We'll help you navigate this amazing line of great machines from Philips Saeco and pick exactly the right machine for you!

Choosing the Best Philips Saeco Series Machine for You

 

The Philips Saeco 1200 / 2200 / 3200 / 4300 / 5400 Series of Superautomatic Espresso Machines are absolutely perfect for those who want lots of choice in their home coffee, while also being quick and easy to use. But choosing what's best for your home and needs can be a bit challenging as they all pretty much look the same! And this is actually where the brilliance of the line comes in: Saeco has essentially made 9 variations of the same machine to make sure everyone can find EXACTLY the machine they are looking for.

 

When picking a Superautomatic espresso machine, here are a few things you will want to consider:

 

  • How many people will be using the machine? If its just 1 or 2 people, then you can fine tune your selection for those personal needs and often many of options are not necessary. If you have a full house or frequent guests, presets and loads of options are usually a must, as everyone has their own preferences.

 

  • How much automation do you want vs. control over the extraction process? Automation brings ease of use and quickness, where as a more manual features, like a frothing wand, are more time consuming but allow you to better control the process.

 

  • Do you want a 1-Touch or 2-Touch system? A 1-Touch system means you simply push 1 button and you get your drink fully made, including both espresso and milk. A 2-Touch system means you are frothing milk separately in a frothing pitcher and then combining it yourself with the automatically extracted espresso, giving you the option to do latte art and perfectly control your milk quantity.

 

  • How many types of specialty coffee drinks do you enjoy regularly? Figuring out what your steady go-to drinks are helps you figure out if you need a machine that makes 8 drinks automatically (the 4300 LatteGo) or if you only need 4 drinks automatic and the option for more with a steam wand (3200 Classic Steam Wand).

 

  • Do you drink milk based drinks regularly? If you mostly enjoy espresso, americanos or coffee, an automatic frother may not be necessary for you. If you are a big latte or cappuccino fan, automatic milk frothing will be much more helpful for a quick drink.

 

Each machine in this series has 1 of 2 frothing types, either LatteGo Automatic frother or a Classic Milk Frother.

The Classic Milk Frother allows for automatic milk steaming using a steaming wand, so you can enjoy your favourite milk based espresso drinks, like Lattes and Cappuccinos. This would make the machine a 2 touch machine, where you extract your espresso and then froth your milk in a frothing pitcher, and finally combine to make your drink. Gives you more of the barista feeling and more control over your milk texture and temperature.

The LatteGo Autofrother allows you to enjoy perfectly prepared milk based drinks in 1 touch, while being easy to use and clean. No need to manually froth milk, extraction and frothing is all done with the touch of 1 button!

 

With this all in mind, we created this handy chart to help you decide which machine best suits your needs.

 

Model

This Machine is Perfect for...

Number of Automatic Drinks

Button Selection

Frother Type

User Profiles

Extra Shot

Notes

1200 Classic Milk Frother EP1220/04

Espresso and coffee focused homes that still want to be able to easily make milk-based drinks 2

2 Coffee Touch Buttons:

  • Espresso
  • Coffee

Additional Touch Buttons:

  • Hot Water
  • Steam
  • Coffee Quantity
  • Coffee Strength
  • Cleaning
  • Decalcifiying
Classic Milk Frother 0 No
  • Only machine with black front trim and does not include an Aquaclean filter.
  • Espresso and Coffee lover's pick!

2200 Classic Milk Frother EP2220/14

Espresso and coffee focused homes that still want to be able to easily make milk-based drinks. 2

2 Coffee Touch Buttons:

  • Espresso
  • Coffee

Additional Touch Buttons:

  • Hot Water
  • Steam
  • Coffee Quantity
  • Coffee Strength
  • Cleaning
  • Decalcifiying

Classic Milk Frother

0 No
  • Exact same machine as 1200, but with silver front trim and includes Aquaclean filter.
  • Espresso and Coffee lover's pick!

2200 LatteGo EP2230/14

Homes that are looking for a quick and easy 1 step fully automatic coffee experience. 3

3 Coffee Touch Buttons:

  • Espresso
  • Coffee
  • Cappuccino

Additional Touch Buttons:

  • Hot Water
  • Coffee Quantity
  • Coffee Strength
  • Cleaning
  • Decalcifiying

LatteGo

Autofrother

0 No
  • Best budget option with automatic frothing.
  • The Cappuccino lover's pick!

3200 Classic Milk Frother EP3221/44

With a wider range of coffees, and a focus on espresso and coffee, you can always quickly make your favourite milk based drinks. 4

4 Coffee Touch Buttons:

  • Espresso
  • Coffee
  • Espresso Lungo
  • Americano

Additional Touch Buttons:

  • Hot Water
  • Steam
  • Coffee Quantity
  • Coffee Strength
  • Cleaning
  • Decalcifiying
  • Coffee Temperature

Classic Milk

Frother

0 No
  • Perfect for people who don't primarily drink milk based drinks day to day, while still having the option to make a wide range.
  • The Americano lover's pick!

3200 LatteGo EP3241/54

Perfect for homes that want to be able to make bigger range of drinks, all in 1 Touch. 5

5 Coffee Touch Buttons:

  • Espresso
  • Americano
  • Coffee
  • Cappuccino
  • Latte Macchiato

Additional Touch Buttons:

  • Hot Water
  • Coffee Quantity
  • Coffee Strength
  • Cleaning
  • Decalcifiying
  • Coffee Temperature

LatteGo

Autofrother

0 No
  • Can automatically make the full range of standard coffee drinks

3200 LatteGo + Iced Coffee EP3241/74

Homes that want automatic frothing, a wide range of drink options and loves iced coffee 5

5 Coffee Touch Buttons:

  • Espresso
  • Coffee
  • Iced Coffee
  • Cappuccino
  • Latte Macchiato

Additional Touch Buttons:

  • Hot Water
  • Coffee Quantity
  • Coffee Strength
  • Cleaning
  • Decalcifiying
  • Coffee Temperature

LatteGo

Autofrother

0 No
  • Only machine with iced coffee function (meaning the coffee brews at a lower temperature and comes out cooler. Does NOT dispense ice)
  • Does not have an Americano button.

 

4300 Classic Milk Frother EP4321/54

Wide range of coffee drinks and lots of room to customize drinks to your liking, plus more control over your espresso shots. 5

5 Touch Buttons:

  • Espresso
  • Coffee
  • Americano
  • Caffé crema
  • Ristretto

Additional Touch Buttons:

  • Hot Water
  • Steam
  • My Coffee Choice Profiles
  • Clean
  • Settings
  • Navigation buttons
Enhanced Classic Milk Frother, allowing for both frothed and foamed milk. 2 Yes
  • Has a touch screen

4300 LatteGo EP4347/94

Perfect for homes that want to be able to make many different drinks, all in 1 Touch, while giving you more options for your espresso and milk types. 8

6 Coffee Touch Buttons:

  • Espresso
  • Coffee
  • Americano
  • Cappuccino
  • Latte Macchiato
  • Café au Lait

Additional Touch Buttons:

  • More Drinks (Cafe Crema & Ristretto)
  • My Coffee Choice Profiles
  • Clean
  • Settings
  • Navigation buttons

LatteGo

Autofrother

2 No
  • Can make 8 drinks automatically (Espresso, Coffee, Americano, Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato, Café au Lait, Cafe Crema & Ristretto)

5400 LatteGo EP5447/94

The widest range of specialty coffee drinks, all fully automatic. Big families or coffee enthusiasts will love having so much choice at their fingertips!  11

6 Coffee Touch Buttons:

  • Espresso
  • Coffee
  • Americano
  • Cappuccino
  • Latte Macchiato
  • Café au Lait

Additional Touch Buttons:

  • More Drinks (Flat White, Cafe Latte, Espresso Lungo, Cafe Crema, Ristretto, Travel Mug Function)
  • My Coffee Choice Profiles
  • Clean
  • Settings
  • Navigation buttons

LatteGo

Autofrother

4 Yes
  • Makes 11 drinks automatically, the most of the series: Espresso, Coffee, Americano, Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato, Café au Lait, Flat White, Cafe Latte, Espresso Lungo, Cafe Crema, Ristretto


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