What I Like About This Machine: Compact Design – The machine is small in stature but great for making espresso. It is only 12 inches tall and 8 inches wide. It should fit in just about any size kitchen. The Saeco Aroma is almost small enough to travel around with or bring to a small intimate dinner gathering. Pressurized Portafilter - This is the key to what makes this machine so easy to use. It allows you to use just about any grind and still produce a pretty good espresso. The portafilter allows you to build up the pressure to 9 bars before the coffee is allowed to flow. This means that the portafilter is creating all the pressure for you to extract an espresso. In my opinion, the Aroma has been built to be kind to newbie’s. Almost anyone should be able to brew a satisfying espresso with this machine. Easy controls – The controls are very simple. You have an easy to find on/off switch. You also have two buttons – one for activating the steam, another button to brew with and a steam knob on top of the machine to start and stop the steaming. Stainless Steel Boiler – This is one of the few machines in this price range that has a stainless steel boiler. This is important to many people and it also helps keep your boiler form building up mineral deposits. This type of boiler can help improve the longevity of your machine. What I Would Change: Portafilters- It would be nice if you could also use a non pressurized portafilter. Many semi-automatic machines offer the ability to use a pressurized or non pressurized. The Aroma only offers the pressurized version. Pannarello Wand – You may want to get a Gaggia Latte Art Pannarello wand. This will fit on the Saeco and give you much more control over the steaming of your milk. You will be able to create perfect latte milk with some practice. The Panarello wand that comes with it will make great cappuccino foam but may struggle with Latte milk. Recommended User: This machine is great for people just getting in to their first espresso machine or for people that have limited counter space. It can work in a small apartment to a vacation home quite well. I could even see it on a RV or a boat. The nice thing is with a little care and good soft water the Aroma should be a good friend for a long time.
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The Saeco Aroma in stainless steel is a machine built for simplicity and durability. A pressurized style portafilter makes the Aroma a great starter machine, reducing the amount of control the user needs to have over the grind setting and tamp pressure. In addition, its 5oz boiler ensures lasting steam power that is dispensed through Saeco’s signature Pannarello wand to take the guesswork out of frothing and steaming. Neatly wrapped in a classic stainless steel housing, the Saeco Aroma is both stylish and resilient, providing café quality espresso for years to come.
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Features & Benefits: Coffee
There are two types of portafilters: pressurized style and commercial style. The Aroma uses the pressurized style, which is easier to use than the commercial as it is more forgiving. The portafilter is made up of three parts, the handle, the filter holder, and the filter basket. Under the filter basket is a small spring-loaded valve that will not open until the pressure in the portafilter has built up. A few seconds after the pump is turned on, the pressure in the portafilter is great enough to push open the valve and release the coffee.
The Aroma SS contains a food safe stainless steel boiler and heating element. The durable steel resists corrosion and ensures a longer life span of the machine. It is recommended that you do a simple process called decalcifying every two to three months to lengthen the life span of this and other internal components.
High Quality Controls with Temperature Ready Light
The Saeco Aroma has three easy to use control buttons. The machine is turned on by pressing the on/off button located on the top left of the machine. You’ll recognize it because it looks like an “o” inside a circle. The brew button is located above the on/off switch and will start dispensing the coffee when pushed. When the desired amount of espresso is reached, simply push the button a second time to stop the flow of coffee. The steam knob is located on the top right of the machine. To steam, turn the knob to the right and steam will be released. To stop steaming, return the knob to its original position.
Preheating your cups is a very important. The Aroma SS has a stainless steel cup warmer that will hold up to five espresso cups. It is passively heated, which means it is heated from the residual heat of the boiler.
Features & Benefits: Frothing & Hot Water
Hot Water Dispenser
If you want hot water for any reason, be it for hot chocolate, tea or Americanos, it is very easy to do. Just turn on the pump (brew) switch and open the steam knob. Hot water will start to stream out.
The easiest way to froth (for cappuccino) and steam (for latte) your milk is with this patented frother design.
Features & Benefits: Care, Maintenance & Other
The large transparent removable 2.2-quart reservoir can be refilled from the top any time during the operation for an endless supply of coffee or steam. The side casing is transparent so you can see the water level in the tank at all times.
All NEW Saeco machines include a one year Saeco Manufacturer's Warranty. Call Saeco at 1-800-933-7876.
REFURBISHED machines carry a 6 month limited parts and labor warranty through Whole Latte Love.
Thermostat and Safety Switches
The Aroma has three temperature controls. There are two thermostats and one high limit. There is one thermostat for maintaining brewing temperature and one for maintaining steaming temperature. The high limit will turn off the power to the boiler in the event of a malfunction. This prevents the boiler from overheating.
The Aroma SS is constructed of durable stainless steel. The drip tray is stainless while the drip pan is plastic. Not only is the Aroma SS solid and easy to clean, its brushed stainless construction fits in perfectly with today's high-end kitchen appliances.
I am trying to decide which machine is better, either the Saeco Aroma (SS or not) or the DeLonghi EC702. Thoughts?
They are both good machines for the money. The Saeco is a little more compact. The Delonghi has a more convenient steam wand. I kinda like the Saeco better because I have used it more. Readers anyone else have any thoughts.
I think I have narrowed down my choice to either the Saeco Aroma or the Gaggia New Baby. Would you please compare and contrast the advantages/disadvantages of these units; e.g., advantage/disadvantage of stainless steel vs. aluminum boiler, large thermoblock vs. small volume boiler, stainless steel vs. chrome plated brass portafilter, pressurized vs. commercial style portafilter, 9 oz boiler volume vs. 3.5 (is this enough for 2 shots?), ,931 vs, 1370 watt boiler (will this equate to a big difference in performance?). Also, are the listed performance specs for these machines correct; e.g., the Gaggia has a much more powerful boiler; yet, your listed specs show that the Saeco has MUCH lower initial heat up, recommended heat up, time to produce steam and time to froth 8 oz's of milk (9.8 secs vs 125 secs). Is this a typo? Did you really mean 98 seconds for the Saeco or 12.5 seconds for the Gaggia? It doesn't seem as if the difference should be that great? Finally, do you recommend any other comparable machines in this price range.
Richard great questions. I think I can simplify this answer for you We do have a few typos and sorry, I like both the machines. I do know for pure espresso and a more stable platform for espresso I like the Gaggia as it gives you the advantage of a better group head and portafilter. It also lets you use bath a pressurized system and if you have a correct grind it will let you use the traditional commercial basket. Yes the higher watt boiler will make a difference. I view the Gaggia as a step above the entry level Saeco. I think the advantage of the Saeco lies in the ease of use. It is also more compact. I woudl let them both warm up about 4-5 minutes. I think you will be happier with the Gaggia especially if you think you may want to take a more Barista like approach to making great espresso. I hope this helps.
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|Dimension - Width (Inches):||8|
|Dimension - Height (Inches):||11.8|
|Dimension - Depth (Inches):||10|
|Housing Materials:||Stainless Steel|
|Drip Tray Material:||Plastic|
|Drip Tray Cover Material:||Stainless Steel|
|One Touch cappuccino|
|One Touch Cappuccino:||No|
|Steam Wand Style:||Pannarello|
|Wand Movement:||Pivot Side to Side|
|Usable Length (Inches):||4.5|
|Height Off Counter (Inches):||2.75|
|Number Of Holes:||1|
|Reservoir Or Plumbed:||Reservoir|
|Reservoir Capacity (Oz):||70|
|Water Level Visible:||Yes|
|Type Of Controls:||Rocker|
|Size (Inches):||7.25 x 5.5|
|Passive / Active:||Passive|
|Commercial Filter Baskets Included:||No|
|Pressurized Filter Baskets Included:||Yes|
|Ground, E.S.E. Pod And Capsule Compatible:||Ground & ESE Pod|
|Bottomless Portafilter Available:||No|
|Tamper Size (Millimeter):||53|
|Capsule / Pod Friendly:||Yes|
|Number Of Boilers:||1|
|Brew Boiler Data|
|Brew Boiler Type:||Thermoblock|
|Brew Boiler Watts:||930|
|Brew boiler Volume (Oz):||9|
|Brew Boiler Material:||Stainless Steel|
|Brew Boiler Orientation:||Vertical|
|Brew Boiler Heater Location:||Internal|
|Maximum Pressure (Bar):||15|
|Self Priming Pump:||Yes|
|Initial Heat Up (Seconds):||95|
|Recommended Heat Up Time (Seconds):||240|
|Time To Steam 8 Oz Milk (Seconds):||9.8|
|Hot Water Temp 8 Oz (F):||182|
|Hot Water Time 8 Oz (Seconds):||38|
|Hot Water Recovery Time (Seconds):||55|
|Sound Level - Brewing (Db):||63|
|Descaler Used:||Urnex Cleancaf|
|Country Of Manufacture:||Italy|
Watch my video about the Aroma Stainless Steel Espresso Machine by Saeco. In this video I will go over the operation of this espresso maker as well as brew a wonderful shot of espresso. Enjoy!
The Saeco Aroma SS is a solid starter machine that’s designed to make brewing and frothing simple. In this video, I’ll walk you through all of the machine’s features and give a demonstration of how to pull a great shot of espresso with the Aroma SS. I hope you enjoy the video and, as always, feel free to post any questions or comments you may have about the machine.