Nuova Simonelli Oscar II Espresso Machine

 

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$1,295.00
  • – Stainless Steel Case
  • – Brew and Steam at the Same Time
  • – Automatic Shot Controls
  • – Heat-exchange Boiler
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Overview

The singularity is one step closer to reality with the Nuova Simonelli Oscar II. A fancy new chrome job and a deceptively simple two-button human interface makes pulling an espresso shot easier than ever. High-performance components from the original Oscar, like the heat-exchange boiler and 58mm group head, meld with an updated articulated steam arm and volumetric programming for fantastic microfoam and just-right extractions every time. Nuova Simonelli's signature steam pressure is readily apparent with the Oscar II's manual lever configuration that lets you regulate how much steam flows through its extra-long frothing arm. Even better, its retooled Cylon-esque design adds an aggressive, futuristic look to the machine.

Features and Functionality

  • Heat Exchange Boiler - The Oscar II's copper steam boiler offers efficient on-demand heat and an impressive milk steaming/frothing profile.
  • Water Reservoir Sensor - An internal reservoir float automatically alerts you when its time to refill the tank.
  • Touch Programming - Volumetric programming lets you set your ideal single or double shot dispense time (after dialing in your grinder).
  • Articulated Steam Wand - An extra-long articulated steam arm makes it easy to froth just-right foam for your latte or cappuccino.
  • Professional Portafilter - Just like the original, the Oscar II features a commercial-size 58mm portafilter.
  • Cup Warmer - A top-mounted cup warmer helps to prep your mugs to an ideal heat for preserving the flavor of espresso shots.
Pros
  • The Human Element - Single and double espresso buttons (and a manual steam lever) are the only controls you need for delicious daily espresso.
  • Feeling Hot Hot Hot - The Oscar II's heat exchange steam boiler lends piping hot heat to espresso shots and a best-in-class steam wand.
  • Steam Superiority - Seriously, the steam wand on the Oscar II is frakking amazing. An analog switch at the top of the machine taps directly in to the machine's boiler for a really, really satisfying steaming/frothing experience.
  • Preeminent Ergonomics - Someone put a lot of thought (and testing) into the ergonomics of the new Oscar II. The portafilter handle is canted so that your brew basket sits level on countertops for tamping, the steam switch is prominent and easy to find by touch, the frothing wand is extra long and mounted on a 360° ball joint, even the drip tray grill is curved for easy replacement after cleaning.
Cons
  • Shiny Metal Toaster - BSG references aside, the Oscar II's futuristic design is great, but we wish they had focused a bit more on the fit and finish. Our unit's drip tray rattled whenever it refilled its boiler and the reservoir/boiler indicator lights are deceptively built in to the silicone button pad.
  • Clashing Colors - Our review model sported a flat gray steam switch and portafilter handle, breaking the otherwise clean chrome and black colorway of the unit.
How Does it Compare?

The newest iteration of the Centurion Oscar features a much lighter design and a faster warm-up time than the original. The case of the Oscar II also features a mirror-finished chrome instead of its predecessors plastic build.

Tips and Tricks

The steam wand on the Oscar II has quite a bit more oomph than what we've seen on other home espresso machines. If you're having trouble frothing milk with the switch fully flipped, try holding it partially open for a more controllable stream of steam.

Specs

Model Number OSCAR II
Manufacturer Nuova Simonelli
Width 12 inches
Depth 16 inches
Height 16 inches; extra height needed for reservoir access
Watts 1300 W
Volts 120 V
Programmability Shot Time
Case Material Stainless Steel/Plastic
Boiler Material Copper
Cup Clearance 4 inches
Boiler Volume 2 liter
Reservoir Size 2.8 liter
Solenoid Valve Yes
Cup Warmer Yes
Portafilter Size 58mm
Available Portafilters Bottomless, Non-Pressurized
Warm Up: Steam Time 8:41; recommended to wait an extra 10-15 minutes
Boiler Design Heat Exchanger
NSF Certified Yes
Pod Friendly Yes - with adaptation
Auto Shut Off No
Auto On No
Pre-Infusion/Aroma Yes
Material Stainless Steel

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Warranty Information

What it Covers: Nuova Simonelli espresso machines and grinders

Length: Home Use: 1 year parts and labor (Musica, Oscar, Grinta & MCI), Commercial Equipment: 2 year parts, 3 months labor (can be extended to one year with Gold Plan)

Who Supports the Warranty: Seattle Coffee Gear, Extended Gold Plan supported by Nuova Simonelli

Warranty Contact Information: 866-372-4734 or email us at warranty@seattlecoffeegear.com

Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? Yes, home machines

Can SCG Repair? Yes, read more about our repair services


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