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A Super Automatic For Every Budget

Posted: 07/14/06
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Pannarello Wand or Automatic Frother? Single or Dual Heating Elements?
Check out our no-frills guide on what to look for when you’re in the market for a Super Automatic Espresso Machine

Woman with Gaggia Titanium

Steam Wand vs. Automatic Frother
Any way you cut it, steaming and frothing milk on a super automatic is pretty simple. If you choose a machine with an automatic frother, most of the work is done for you. Milk is drawn directly out of a container or insulated jug, steamed and automatically dispensed directly into the cup. Machines like the Jura Capresso Impressa Z5 and Z6, exclusively feature the Automatic Frother. But if you want more control over steaming and frothing, look for a machine with both a frothing aid and an automatic frothing attachment like the Gaggia Titanium SS or Saeco Royal Professional.

Heating ElementsProgrammability

  • While all Super Automatic espresso machines allow some control over the liquid volume, not every one allows for programmability. With programmable volume control you can dispense the perfect amount of coffee every time.
  • If you’re entertaining, a pre-grinding feature speeds things up. While you’re brewing, the machine will grind the next shot and keep it waiting in the brew group.
  • Moistening grounds with water in the pre-brewing cycle helps fully extract more flavor from the coffee, but isn’t necessary to brew espresso.

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A Super Automatic For Every Budget

Gaggia Syncrony Compact

Heating Elements: 1
Digital Display: No


Gaggia Syncrony Compact
FEATURES

Bypass Doser, Panarello Frother, Thermoblock Boiler and Four Programmable Brewing Buttons
Saeco V’Spresso


Heating Elements: 2
Digital Display: Yes, Orange LCD

Saeco V’Spresso
FEATURES

Conical-burr grinder w/19 settings, Dual Stainless Steel Thermoblock Boilers, Oversized 67oz Water Reservoir
Gaggia Titanium


Heating Elements: 2
Digital Display: Yes, Electric Blue LCD

Gaggia Titanium
FEATURES

Automatic Frothing Attachment, Stainless Steel Turbo Frothing Wand, Bypass Doser and Digital Display
Jura Capresso Impressa Z6

Heating Elements: 2
Digital Display: Yes, Mirrored LED

Jura Capresso Impressa Z6
FEATURES

Auto Frother and 1-Touch Automatic Cappuccino and Latte Maker, Chrome-plated Aluminum Finish, Mirrored LED Digital Display, Stainless Steel Thermal Milk Container

Related reading:
- What is a Super Automatic Espresso Machine?
- Gaggia Syncrony Compact Product Spotlight
- Saeco V’Spresso Product Spotlight
- How to Get the Most from your Super Automatic
- How a Super Auto Equals Savings

Still can’t choose?
Check out our Compare-O-Matic to compare all Super Automatics.