Saeco SM7683/10 Xelsis – The old coffee machine has worn out its service and you are looking for a new one? Or you’ve finally decided that the benefits of a fully automatic coffee machine appeal to you so much that it’s time to put your money where your mouth is and enjoy exquisite coffee, cappuccino, latte macchiato, espresso and more in the comfort of your own home? Then you’ve come to the right place, because we’ll tell you all about the taste, cleaning, selection, grinder and the most important pros and cons of the successful brand’s deluxe model.
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Saeco SM7683/10 Xelsis: Coffee machine with Philips quality
The Dutch technology producer Philips is known for its high-quality household products that promise long durability. Perfect conditions for delicious coffee and especially long enjoyment of the product. At least in theory. We take a close look at the coffee machine for you and tell you everything about the pros and cons of the machine, such as, can you remove the brew group? What’s the milk frother like? Can you change the grind of the beans? If these are questions that interest you, then read on and learn everything you need to know about the Saeco fully automatic machine.
Test: Fresh espresso without much effort
Of course we can tell you a lot about the machine and its features, but nothing beats seeing what the model has to offer. For this reason, we have picked out a small insight into all the functions and the live application. Here you can learn about all the finer details and see the brewing results for yourself:
The first thing you do when you get up in the morning is go to the coffee machine? Especially then it’s worth spending a little more money on a high-quality model. Even in the office, an exquisite coffee machine ensures a generally good mood, after all, coffee not only helps us get up and start the day well, but also brings new motivation for a long day and, above all, it brings people together. A short coffee break and a brief conversation while the drink goes through? These are the little pleasures in the office routine. We tell you why the Saeco machine is perfect for this.
Advantages: Quiet machine with external milk container
Nobody wants to wait a long time for their hot coffee. Especially in the morning, the half-sleep is quickly replaced by impatience and a bad mood if you have to wait too long for your coffee. If drinking the essence of life is then also held up by choosing the perfect amount of water and coffee strength, it can quickly become messy.
How does Saeco prevent this? Up to six coffee profiles can be created and stored in the machine. This way you can get your personal coffee very quickly, without any fuss. And you don’t have to worry about sour milk in the machine. The separate milk container and milk wand make it possible for you to easily store the remaining milk in the fridge and keep it fresh.
Nobody likes to clean their coffee machine. This problem rarely occurs with the Saeco SM7683/10 Xelsis, because the machine actually cleans itself. Apart from a few minor maintenance tasks, which we will tell you more about below.
Before that, we have briefly summarized all the advantages for you:
- External milk container
- 12-stage ceramic grinder
- Independent cleaning
Disadvantages: small cleaning tasks and filters
Whether a coffee machine can be universally described as the perfect machine is difficult, after all, every user has different demands on the machine. For this reason, we would like to briefly list the things that we believe could be disadvantages.
For example, the coffee temperature is fixed at about 75°C for drinks without milk and 60°C for drinks with milk. So if you expect particularly hot coffee, you might be disappointed with the coffee from the Saeco model. There is no possibility to regulate the temperature. However, it should be said that coffee is generally not brewed with boiling water. The settings of the machine accordingly serve to guarantee a perfect coffee result.
And what are the smaller tasks we were talking about? These are regular tasks for some coffee machines, and the Saeco SM7683/10 Xelsis is not spared from them either. The advantage of the removable brewing group is that you no longer need experts to maintain the machine, but can simply make sure that limescale and deposits are removed yourself. The disadvantage of this, however, is that there has to be someone who regularly takes care of the maintenance. Re-oiling and cleaning the brew group, as well as changing the filter and rinsing the milk wand must sometimes be done more, sometimes less regularly, depending on the intensity of use.
The disadvantages at a glance:
- Regular re-oiling
- Milk wand must be cleaned
- Regular filter change required
- Fixed coffee temperature
Comparison: Is the machine worth its price?
With over 1000 €, the Saeco SM7683/10 Xelsis is in the upper price segment for coffee machines, but of course you enjoy many advantages that you don’t get with cheaper machines. For example, creating user profiles really makes life a lot easier. But already the twelve different coffee specialties that are in the default on the machine are great and can be adapted to personal needs.
The touchscreen is large, clear and super responsive. The selection works quickly and easily and hardly leaves any reason for complaint. Due to the size of the screen, typos are not made that quickly, but unfortunately this cannot be completely avoided. For this reason, it may be worthwhile for some to resort to a fully automatic coffee machine without touch.
Do you still remember the coffee selection? While the Saeco machine offers twelve different coffee specialties, machines in the mid-price segment often only have a choice of the standard types: espresso, cappuccino, café crema and that’s only provided the machine comes with a milk or steam nozzle. If this is not the case, the selection is limited to coffee specialties without milk.
One way to still enjoy latte would be to purchase additional equipment to froth milk, but that’s exactly what they try to avoid when selling a fully automatic machine: Too many machines and kitchen appliances cluttering up valuable counter space.
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Ceramic vs. stainless steel: Which grinder is better?
The last topic that we want to throw into the comparison with other machines is the grinder. The Saeco machine has a ceramic grinder with 12 steps. A twelve-stage grinder is in itself already a very high value for fully automatic coffee machines. Often you only get 7-8 stages to choose between. Also, of course, the question of standard show-off: ceramic vs. stainless steel. Many say that ceramic stays sharp longer, however, there are different opinions and experiences on this. Often the choice is a matter of personal preference.
Conclusion: Buy a Saeco coffee machine and enjoy perfect cappuccino?
So, what do we at FIV Magazine say? Buy recommendation or not? We were actually convinced by the Saeco SM7683/10 Xelsis. The coffee is easy to prepare, tastes good and the machine works quickly, so there is no congestion in the kitchen and all caffeine enthusiasts get their money’s worth.
But not only our opinion counts, but also what others say about the product provides information about the advantages and disadvantages of the machine. For this reason, we have looked around a bit on the Internet to analyze the opinions of other customers about the fully automatic machine.
Large, simple and fast – This inspires the users
In almost all areas, the fully automatic coffee machine receives top marks from users, whether it’s taste, appearance or noise level, the Saeco machine convinces and provides you with the best coffee enjoyment.
Above all, be praised by customers:
- Easy cleaning
- Large milk container
- Quickly ready for use
- Easy handling