by Jeanette Kierstead
This espresso and cappuccino maker does it all in style. It grinds beans, steams milk with its attached milk steamer and all you do is hit the cappuccino button.
We are in fact quite partial to this little (12.5 x 10 x 16 inches) machine.
With the Saeco Syntia, there is generally less cleaning. No wand, no porta-filter, less mess to clean up when you’re making a cappuccino.
We understand if you’re a “wand” person, but if you equate “wand” with “mess”, than the Saeco Syntia has you covered here.
Hit the off button and the Syntia goes through a self-cleaning process that flushes the system out, plus it has a removable brewing head and is dishwasher safe.
There are two power switches (one in front, one in the back) on the Syntia, and these are easy to access.
Another cool thing about the Syntia is that it actually has a decent built in ceramic burr grinder, which is not what you might call a common feature among espresso machines.
Though, it does make sense for the price of this espresso machine, that you would get a built-in grinder and one with superior ceramic burrs to boot!
You can, of course, bypass this if you have pre-ground coffee, but as you may know, we always recommend freshly ground coffee beans, particularly when it comes to espresso.
In addition, with the Syntia, you get a nice, built-in grounds receptacle which is quite handy.
After your coffee puck has been used, it is dispensed into the plastic trash bin on the side of the unit for you to put into your compost or garbage.
Here is a quick video demo of the Saeco Syntia in action…
The Saeco Syntia has a higher price tag for a reason. That said, we think it is perfect for anyone who has the money and sufficient counter space, and lots of coffee-lovers in the family.
The Syntia, unlike some other fancy schmancy espresso makers, is blessed with easy-to-understand display icons.
Indeed, we think its fair to say that one of the best things about the Saeco Syntia is its large icons, which tell you all you need to know about what’s going on with the machine.
Obviously, if all is well, you will get a green screen.
If some process is happening, you get the amber screen. If you run out of something, you get the red screen.
Because this is a fully automatic machine, the display screen at the top is basically the control center of the unit, and together with its two buttons on either side of the screen, you can basically do it all from there.
Here’s a quick video showing how to program the Saeco Syntia if you want to know how its done.
Its worth noting that this machine doesn’t require much fiddling around.
The beauty of this machine is most of the complicated stuff is done internally and automatically, so you can just set it and wait for for your drink to prepare itself.
There is one big button that starts the grinding/steaming/brewing process, and this button, aside from the nice display, is really the most convenient thing about the Saeco Syntia.
If espresso or cappuccino are your drinks of choice, the results you will get from the Saeco Syntia are exceptional, as one would expect for the price of the unit.
Essentially, this machine would be just as much at home in your local coffee shop as it would be on your kitchen counter.
We would say if you have a Saeco Syntia in your kitchen, consider yourself lucky – she’s a beaut!
This is a fabulous machine for making espresso or cappuccino which is automatic and does it all, and many longtime users have reported their unit holding up well over the years.
Still, there is Philips 5-year warranty you can register for that is for the brewing unit itself that you can purchase if you are worried about any kind of technical problems or you’re prone to Murphy’s Law.
Overall, we love this machine and it does its job extremely well. Four stars!
About Jeanette Kierstead
Jeanette has been testing and reviewing kitchen appliances for over six years now, so she knows her stuff when it comes to finding the best ones. In her spare time, she loves nothing more than baking cakes and cookies – especially if she can do so with one of her favorite stand mixers! When she's not in the kitchen, Jeanette is usually looking after everything homes-related; from garden tools to smart home products.