Nuova Simonelli Oscar II Espresso Machine

 

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  • – 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

Q&A

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what are the major differences between musica and oscar II?
michael c on May 23, 2016
What would you recommend, BES920 or Nuova Simonelli Oscar II?
leo t on Aug 2, 2016
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Best Answer: I have owned both and settled on the Breville. While there's a lot of threads and online forums with incredible amounts of detail, I'll just say I spent hours watching mods/hacks and retooling videos for the simonelli and ultimately found it highly variable in it's shots. I haven't done as deep a dive into the Breville, but it's such a pleasure to use and makes very good espresso that after 6 months of use I have no regrets. I will say the shot volume with the pre-programmed buttons is not precise enough to use for volumetric rather than timed shots. When I'm seriously dialing in my beans, I pull shots on a scale and the machine simply doesn't pass 50ml reliably (could be 38, could 64, and that's too large a difference to control other variables...). As such I just use the manual button. The hot water feature is great for heating the basket or making americano, but you won't be eliminating a hot water kettle for tea.
Reply · Report · Mischka G on Aug 2, 2016
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Hey! How do you descale the Oscar 2?
Mads F on Apr 18, 2017
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is it ok to put Oscar II on a timer, so it is ready when I get up?
glenn r on Mar 4, 2017
Best Answer: Just started using modern timer from belkin, the Wemo is easy to use, handles the power of the espresso machine and has a remote app that is seamless. Great machine and steam for days. Enjoy
Reply · Report · David W on Mar 6, 2017
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I love my Oscar II. I have a question about cleaning. Does I need to backflush this machine or use any regular cleaning other than just the water tank and portafilter? Thanks!
Robert T on Jul 23, 2016
Best Answer: Back flush once a week with moderate use.
Reply · Report · Wayne W on Jul 27, 2016
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Which is a better machine the Breville dual boiler or the OscarII, and why?
Mark C on Feb 27, 2017
Best Answer: Feature-wise, my vote goes to the Dual Boiler! double boiler, electrically heated group, hot water spout and programmable clock with auto-on.

The Oscar II is also very good, but lacks a lot of the usability features of the DUal Boiler.

Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Feb 27, 2017
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does the oscar ii come with a portafilter?
Manuel P on Feb 26, 2017
Best Answer: Yes! With a 2-spout portafilter. Hope this helps!
Reply (1) · Report · Joshua SStaff on Feb 27, 2017
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Do you need to back flush this espresso machine? There seems to be some confusion on this, but I haven't seen a reply.
A shopper on Feb 24, 2017
Best Answer: Yes once a week! A 1/4 teaspoon of Cafiza Cleaner in the blank and run it 3 times at 3 second or so intervals then dump the blank then run a couple more empty the just run water through the group to flush!
Reply · Report · CoffeeDrinker on Mar 17, 2017
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I am confused about what water I should use in my Oscar 2. I tap water fine or should I be using filtered water?
Michael P on May 3, 2017
Best Answer: We'd definitely recommend filtered water using a Brita or other system. One note: you can't use RO (reverse osmosis) water, since it lacks the minerals required for capacitive tank sensors.

Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on May 8, 2017
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How many time for cup warming ?
ibnedaood on May 2, 2017
Best Answer: About the time it takes for the machine to come to temperature! If you need them quicker, you can pull a little water through the group into your cup first! This will also help preheat your portafilter too.
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on May 8, 2017
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Can you shut off pre infusion?
CoffeeDrinker on Feb 6, 2017
Best Answer: Hey Mike!

Nope, the pre-infusion is factory-set and not adjustable.

Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Feb 7, 2017
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On the original Oscar you had to open the steam valve when heating up the machine then close the valve once water started spurting out. Is this the case with the new Oscar? Or can you just turn it on and let it heat up?
A shopper on Jan 12, 2017
Best Answer: The Oscar II has an auto-fill boiler! No priming required
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Jan 14, 2017
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Do I need to somehow completely empty the water from my machine in preparation for moving? Machine will be in it's original box but it will be on a truck for almost a week and I am concerned the water in the machine will freeze. If so, anyone know how to completely empty?
Robert T on Jan 2, 2017
Best Answer: Unfortunately, you can't completely drain the boiler without disassembly. To get most of the water out to prepare for shipping:

1) turn on and let come to temp normally.

2) turn off the machine, remove the water tank, and lay on its side steam-wand down.

3) fully open the steam lever and let it run until there is no pressure left

That should keep it low enough to prevent damage to the boiler. Though we often recommend letting your espresso machine travel with you in the cabin of the car to prevent any issues.

Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Jan 6, 2017
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I am planning on sliding this machine under my cabinets. To refill the water tank, will I need to pick up the machine and move it out? how much does it weigh?
A shopper on Sep 29, 2016
Best Answer: You will have to slide it out to refill the water tank (unless you buy the plumbed version). The machine weighs right around 30 pounds!

Hope this helps
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Sep 30, 2016
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The original Oscar has no OPV - does this new Oscar II have a (true) OPV valve ?
A shopper on Sep 4, 2016
Best Answer: No it does not
Reply · Report · Tom Y on Sep 12, 2016
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Is the Oscar 2 adaptable to pods like the Oscar is?
Trish R on Aug 9, 2016
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Aug 10, 2016
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I am considering placing the Oscar II underneath a kitchen cabinet the is 16 inches above the countertop. The machine is a little under 15 inches in height. Will the heat from the machine damage the cabinet finish or wood?
Hal H on Jun 27, 2016
Best Answer: Hey Hal!

I just re-measured the Oscar II. When you include the top-mounted steam arm, its right around 15.8 inches tall. So while it will fit under your cabinet, you'd have to leave it pulled out slightly to use the steam arm. As far as heat goes, the cup warmer should be just fine underneath the counter, since it doesn't have a dedicated heating element.

Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Jun 29, 2016
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I use 2 Oscars for my espresso catering business and have loved them. I am considering an Oscar II. What are the most notable differences you observed between the Oscar and the Oscar II? Thanks
A shopper on May 23, 2016
Best Answer: I have never operated the Oscar but have watched numerous videos and have read extensive reviews. I have had Oscar ll for a week and am getting used to it over my prior machine. It's easy to use and the steam is super fast. The machine pulls very good consistent shots. I like the machine turning off on its own rather than hitting the off button. I can do something else and have it shut off on its own. I didn't think I would like that but I do. The opening in the water tank lets you get your hand inside to clean it.
Reply · Report · Tom Y on Jun 13, 2016
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Is there a water spigot on the Oscar II?
A shopper on May 9, 2016
Best Answer: No, there is no hot water dispenser on the Oscar II. Steam wand only.
Reply · Report · Walt J on May 14, 2016
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hello, how many cups can this machine handle? because i'm planning to open a cafe with this machine. Hope to hear from you soon because i didn't find the answer anywhere. Thank you so much
albert on Feb 8, 2017
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Reviews

As advertisedReview by Seattle Chris
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This is my first semi-auto, I've used a fully auto Gaggia Platinum for 5 years, so take it for what it is. I've had the Oscar 2 for 6 weeks, paired with a Eureka grinder.

This machine looks nice and feels well-built. The steam wand puts out so much pressure that it's really tricky to get good foam before your milk is fully hot. But over time we've gotten pretty good with it. The more milk you are foaming the better it works - doing 2 cups at once is a breeze. We've looked into getting a different tip to make it easier but for now it's going fine.

The espresso it makes seems good - it really reveals the quality and freshness of your beans. The drip tray, cup heater and reservoir all seem up to the task.

Gripes? I wish it had an auto-off feature, like if nobody had touched it for an hour just turn off. That wouldn't be hard would it?

Also the cleaning instructions are lacking. There is no mention of backflushing in the manual, and no backflush insert for the portafilter. This isn't a miracle machine that requires no backflushing is it? (Posted on 7/3/2016)

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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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