Best Saeco Xelsis SM7685 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals & Sales 2020:
Saeco, brand of Philips, returns in our comparison of automatic coffee makers with grinder with a very premium model. The Xelsis SM7685 / 00 does not skimp on the means by bringing together a huge number of options. Paying choices?
With its Xelsis SM7685 / 00, Saeco intends to provide the widest choice of personalized and easily prepared coffee recipes. Launched at € 1,900, this device presents itself as a technological monster highlighting the personalization of drinks. With a range of functions, this automatic coffee maker therefore makes no concessions: ceramic grinder, milk carafe, touch screen, a recipe catalog of 15 drinks. The list of features is long, but are all of these great options worth the cost?
Best Saeco Xelsis SM7685 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals & Sales 2020
Ease of use
Very large, the Saeco Xelsis SM7685 / 00 occupies a certain space on the work surface. It is not suitable for narrow kitchens and cannot be installed on a shelf. The size is therefore a criterion to be taken into account before purchasing this machine.
With such a positioning, Saeco necessarily favored the use of noble materials. Here, the shiny stainless steel finishes flatter the retina. However, these finishes are all the more sensitive to the appearance of fingerprints which spoil the general aesthetics of the machine. Picky users should always have a cloth handy.
The dispensing nozzle is able to prepare two cups at the same time. It is removable in height to adapt to the size of the cup or mug. And better yet, it has a particularly appreciable LED lighting in order to see the flow in the cup.
The front of the machine is very refined. On this model, point of debauchery of physical keys as it was the case on the Philips 5000 LatteGo . The large touch screen is slightly raised and tilted towards the user to provide better reading. This is framed by the button to turn the coffee maker on or off (on the left) and by that to start a preparation or pause it (on the right).
The Saeco Xelsis SM7685 is a joy to maintain, and for good reason. She benefits from a menu entirely dedicated to cleaning from her control panel. Indeed, from the “Clean” button, it is possible to perform a deep cleaning of the milk system and the dispensing nozzles, or to start a descaling. There is also a menu for cleaning the brew group.
Unlike Jura machines , here, you can really easily access the brewing chamber by removing the right cover of the Xelsis. The latter is also magnetized. Saeco advises to rinse the extractor regularly enough so as not to compromise the taste of the coffee.
The nozzles are cleaned when the machine is started and stopped. The most obsessed with hygiene will appreciate it.
The maintenance of this bulky machine could have been tedious but by automating all the phases of the different cleaning, the task is made very easy.
This Xelsis is not necessarily a champion of speed. However, we have known much slower in our comparison. It takes 1 min 15 s to prepare the first espresso of the day. This is the time she needs to heat the water, clean her nozzles, grind the grain and run the coffee.
The second espresso goes on fairly quickly and will be ready in 37 seconds; a correct result but still quite far from the Jura A1 which produces the first espresso in just 60 seconds, and the second in 22 seconds. A record today in the comparison.
The user can choose between setting a switch-off time or a duration of use after which the machine switches off automatically (15, 30, 60 or 180 min).
When this Xelsis is powered up, awaiting user orders, it consumes 3.2 W: average consumption. And if this power consumption turns out to be too high, the power button is easily accessible, on the left side.
The Saeco Xelsis requires 0.033 kWh to ignite and preheat, rinse the nozzles and run 3 espressos and 3 long coffees: this represents 0.05 euro cents on the monthly electricity bill. A paltry sum therefore.
The noise level caused by rinsing the nozzles reaches 53 dB (A); this is almost as much as the extraction of coffee at 55 dB (A). The grinding of the grains is necessarily much noisier despite the presence of a ceramic grinder – 64 dB (A) -, but this noise level remains acceptable compared to that emitted by the Saeco Minuto which had reached 73 dB (A).
The Saeco Xelsis SM7685 / 00 is a technological monster serving taste. Its simplified use to the extreme by a large touch screen and an intuitive control panel allows you to create tailor-made recipes. The maintenance, all automated, is truly comfortable for the purists of little blacks. We would not have much to blame this automatic coffee maker for, except its very high price, which makes it far too elitist.
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