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Product Description

We'll take your stainless steel-cased Saeco Syntia and raise you an automatic milk frother. Yes, the Saeco Syntia Cappuccino Superautomatic Espresso Machine comes with that extra added feature of a milk frother, making less work for you when you want to enjoy your favorite frothy drinks. Even better, the Syntia Cappuccino no longer has a steam wand and comes with a quieter ceramic grinder compared to other machines in its league. The stakes have never been higher with Saeco's Syntia Cappuccino Machine.

Features & Functionality of the Saeco Syntia Cappuccino Machine

  • Three-Color Display: With simple and intuitive icons for brewing and maintenance, the Syntia is very easy to operate.
  • Pre-Ground Coffee Option: When you want to brew a quick batch of pre-ground coffee, you can use Syntia's bipass doser located on the top of the machine.
  • Automatic Milk Frother: After pushing one button, the Syntia Cappuccino machine will do the rest: frothing, brewing and placing your drink in a cup with no need for assistance.
  • Ceramic Grinder: A quieter grinder than steel, ceramic grinders also stay sharper longer.
  • Aroma System: The Saeco Aroma System offers pre-programmed settings that allow you to adjust the amount of coffee the Syntia will grind. Choose from an array of mild, medium or strong to adjust the strength of your java!
  • Removable Water Tank: The 40-ounce removable water tank includes one Intenza water filter.
  • Energy-Saving Function: Your Saeco superautomatic can be set to shut down after a certain amount of time, so you never need to worry about wasting power.
  • Protective Hopper: The large coffee bean hopper has an airtight sealed lid with an anti-UV coating.
  • Simple to Use - The Syntia has simple, one-touch button controls and an easy-to-use three-color interface.
  • Stainless-Steel Casing - Nothing looks better in your kitchen than stainless-steel casing wrapped around your espresso machine.
  • Compact Design - The Syntia is smaller than most of the other superautomatic designs on the market and is sure to fit almost anywhere.
  • No Oily Beans - As with all superautomatics, the Syntia does not like super oily beans because they can clog the grinder over time.
  • No SBS - This machine does not feature the Saeco Brewing System like some of its other counterparts.
  • Not that Hot - If you like your milk hotter than the center of the sun, or even 165°F; this and many superautomatics will not reach those hotter temps.
Ease of Care and Maintenance 4
Ease of Use 4
Overall Value for the Money 4
How Does it Compare?

This is a great one-touch if you don't have a lot of extra space.

Additional Information

Model Number HD8838/47
Manufacturer Saeco
Width 9.875 inches
Depth 15.375 inches
Height 12.5 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 24.7500
Watts 1400W
Volts 120V
Programmability Yes
Case Material Brushed Stainless Steel
Boiler Material Stainless Steel
Cup Clearance 4.25 inches
Reservoir Size 41 oz
Warm Up: Brew Time 58 seconds
Warm Up: Steam Time 29 seconds
Boiler Design ThermoBlock
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Pre-Infusion/Aroma Yes
One-Touch Yes - One-Touch Functionality Only
Bean Hopper Capacity 8.8 oz
Material Stainless Steel

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We have this machine and am having troubles with the beans going through the machine. We will go to make a cappuccino and it will act like everything is good but then it will display the sign of a bean with the circle slash and will dump fresh grounds and not make the coffee however there are plenty of beans in top load area. We have cleaned the machine to no avail. We got at Christmas so it is still pretty new but it used just about every day.
Any help would be great. What are we doing wrong??
Kimmie on Feb 20, 2014
Best Answer: It sounds like you might just need to make a grind adjustment, or maybe that your beans are too oily. Super automatic machines like this Syntia Cappuccino don't preform very well with a shiny, dark roasted bean, and can have trouble with clogging. If the bean you are using is shiny with oily spots, then I would recommend switching to something with a dry, matte finish. If you are using a dry bean and the machine is still dumping dry grounds with no moisture to the puck, then I would suggest going just slightly finer on the grind setting. If the grounds are slightly wet but have still been dumped without brewing, then the ground should be just slightly coarser. Any grind adjustment to a finer setting should be made with the grinder running, and it will take about 3-4 cups before the new setting is in full effect. I hope these tips help, and if you're still having issues, you may want to check with Saeco for warranty coverage at 800-933-7876.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Feb 20, 2014
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How do you like the foam? Is it stiff, creamy, frothy or milky? Is the foam adjustable?
A shopper on Nov 26, 2012
Best Answer: For me, the foam is good. It's not high-end, awesome coffee shop creamy, but it's good. I'm not sure I'm expert enough to answer about the exact quality of the foam, but I'd probably answer frothy. I don't know if the foam is adjustable. If it is and I could move it to creamy, I'd be in heaven.

Honestly if I were going to purchase again, I'd probably buy with a manual milk frothing wand. Don't get me wrong this is a great machine, I just think cleaning a frothing wand is easier than filling the milk container, priming the pump (this happens when you turn it on automatically - it's easy but requires switching cups because water comes out of it), making the latte, letting the cleaning cycle run, then emptying and cleaning the milk container. I usually make 1-2 lattes a day. This would probably be different if I made a bunch and felt comfortable just leaving the container with milk in it.
Reply · Report · LYNN C on Nov 27, 2012
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auto on?
A shopper on Mar 17, 2016
Best Answer: Syntia must be manually turned on. There is no timer function to turn on. It will however auto turn off after about 20 minutes of inactivity.
Reply · Report · Jason R on Mar 18, 2016
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How can I froth milk in this machine, as it shows no option for frothing alone?
A shopper on Nov 15, 2013
Best Answer: If you choose the Syntia SS model, the panarello makes it easy to froth separate of brewing espresso. Otherwise, with the Syntia Cappuccino One Touch, I'd follow Jhon's advice above for brewing with preground espresso. This prevents the machine from grinding coffee, and once the machine is done dispensing frothed milk, you can remove your cup and stop the "brewing" process (which would only be hot water since the unit does not have any ground coffee).
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Nov 16, 2013
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Hi, new to SCG so thanks in advance for answering my question. Was wondering how making a double-shot cappuccino works on this machine? Can I program it to froth milk into my cup, and then brew a double? (As in, milk gets frothed into my cup, then it brews a shot, and then brews another shot. Much like tapping the shot button twice.) I generally drink espresso plain, and have heard great things about the quality of shot these produce, but might brew the occasional cappuccino if I can make it a double in easy fashion!
A shopper on Sep 17, 2014
Best Answer: It's a great machine. You would like it a lot, but I am not so sure about "program" it to your specific liking.
I drink my cappuccino the same way. What I do is hit the cappuccino button for a single shot cap, and then hit the espresso button for another shot.
So.... Two clicks of buttons.
Reply · Report · Zoe C on Sep 18, 2014
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Can i run this machine in a country where is has 220 volts electricity? as i see it s only 120V
thanks in advance
A shopper on Aug 10, 2014
Best Answer: No, this Saeco Syntia Cappuccino is not compatible with 220V. Unfortunately we do not offer any home machines that are 220V.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Aug 11, 2014
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Does this machine make plain coffee?
A shopper on Jul 12, 2014
Best Answer: Though this Syntia Cappuccino is an espresso machine, you can also make an americano with this unit, which is essentially a shot of espresso with more water pulled through it. The Syntia allows for 8 ounces of liquid to be pulled through each ground dosage of coffee.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jul 14, 2014
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i am just wondering what size of space is between the coffee dispenser and the drip tray? I am looking for a to go travel mug that fits underneath but i am away from home for some time and not sure what size i am looking for. Thanks
Courtny N on Jan 16, 2014
Best Answer: The cup clearance on the Syntia Cappuccino is 4.25 inches.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jan 20, 2014
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I am curious about the height of this machine. The Saeco website says it is over 16" high (415mm), but I've seen retailers suggest it is 12.5" high. I have only 15.5" of clearance under the spot in my kitchen I'd like to put it, so want to me be sure. Can anyone confirm?
SaraG on Jun 15, 2013
Best Answer: I measured ours again in the showroom to be sure, and the total height for this Syntia Cappuccino is 12.5 inches. Keep in mind you will need to access the bean hopper on the top of the unit for refilling, but the unit is also fairly easy to slide out if cabinet height presents difficulty for you!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jun 17, 2013
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Can this machine just make steamed milk or frothed milk without the coffee after. So if you wanted to make a tea latte you could just make the frothed milk?
Kevin B on Jan 13, 2012
Best Answer: Yes, you can just steam/froth the milk.

It also gives you the option to dispense hot water (without any coffee)
Reply · Report · LYNN C on Jan 16, 2012
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We have one (superautomatic), our milk foamer worked well for the first few coffee's. It now seems that too much air is getting into the foaming process. I cleaned the system, checked the tubing & connections all good no kinks. I also checked the "cappuccinatore" all tight no damage rubber twisted and clean. Any suggestions how to fix the problem of too much air?
A shopper on Jun 29, 2013
Best Answer: A couple of questions. How did you clean the system? Did you take apart the milk container? If you did take it apart make sure it is out together correctly. The groove on the black plastic part protruding from the milk container should be facing you when inserted into the frothing port. Also make sure it is fully inserted into that port. I clean that plastic part after every use by taking off the cover from the milk container and running water through it, always into the plastic part so it runs out the tube. That way it won't clog with the fat from milk. I also occasionally take the tube off and run hot water through it to clear the accumulated milk fat.
Reply · Report · Richard M on Jul 1, 2013
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Warranty Information for the Saeco Syntia Cappuccino Machine

What it Covers:

Saeco espresso machines, coffee makers and grinders

Length: 1 Year
Who Supports the Warranty: Saeco
Warranty Contact Information: 800-933-7876
Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? Yes (Espresso machines only).
Can SCG Repair? Yes. Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.

Caring for the Saeco Syntia Cappuccino Machine

  • Descale every two to three months. We recommend using Dezcal.
  • Soap out water tank (if applicable) and drip tray every few days.
  • Remove the brew group and spray it down with hot water (no soap!) about once per week.
  • Wipe the brushed stainless casing with a damp rag or sponge. Casing can also be cleaned periodically with stainless steel cleaner/polish.

User Manuals for your Saeco Syntia Cappuccino Machine

Videos Featuring the Saeco Syntia Cappuccino Machine

Cleaning a Superautomatic Brew Group

Compare One Touch Superautomatics

Compare Saeco Superautomatics

Can I Use Grindz to Clean My Superautomatic?

Saeco Superauto Brew Group Lubrication

Saeco Superauto Shot Calibration

Saeco Superauto Bypass Doser Dosages

How Does a Superautomatic Work?

Saeco Syntia Alarms and Errors

Saeco Syntia Test Mode Tutorial


Excellent machine highly recommendedReview by Great Machine
I have had this machine for about 5 years now and it's a TANK. Rarely faulters and always puts a great cap or Latte. We drink at least 2-3 cups a day plus friends times 5 years is over 10,000 cups; at least. The machine rarely misses a step. Highly dependable and amazing reliability have gained my confidence 100%. (Posted on 11/29/2015)
FantasticoReview by wilzy
Love love LOVE this little machine.
We're coffee freaks in our house... with coffee before MTB rides, skiing, hiking, running... breakfast, lunch, dinner, sleeping... you name it.
This is a super small footprint, easy-to-use machine, that makes a pretty fantastic cup of Espresso for us before we do anything...

Can't praise it enough.
One touch, and you're on your way!

Easy adjust grind-settings, brew settings, programming, aroma-settings... you name it.

(Posted on 8/21/2015)
Great Small Cappucino MakerReview by SDDK31
We upgraded to the synthia cappucino from our Saeco Vienna. It makes much better espresso than the Vienna. We usually use it for long coffees at the lowest intensity setting. It makes great cappucinos but the second is always hotter than the first. The nearly all stainless body looks great with our other SS appliances. The foot print and height are nearly 2/3 of what our Vienna was, which is where the tradeoff lies. A smaller machine means that you need to refill the water more frequently which is biggest gripe. The Synthia does a great job of maintaining the brew group and the machine in general. We have the machine for about half a year and we haven't had to do anything to the machine. I was used to checking the Vienna every 2-3 weeks to maintain the brew group but each time I look at the Synthia's brew group, it does not need as much maintenance. Great device. Happy overall. (Posted on 9/28/2014)
Second Saeco MachineReview by Davidsonluv
Just received my new Saeco Syntia Cappuccino Super Espresso Machine. Have been loving the coffee and cappuccino every morning. The only feature that I would have redesigned would be a larger capacity water container and offall container, but understand that with the smaller machine every feature gets smaller. (Posted on 4/25/2014)
love it!Review by Sue
We have had this machine for about a year and half, brewing 2 to 6 cappuccino's daily. No problems, easy enough to clean. Quality of coffees is consistantly good. Love the one touch and it's done feature. (Posted on 3/16/2014)
Love it!Review by Tina
This is our second Saeco Automatica espresso machine. The first (now sold as the Vienna), lasted a wonderful 10 years before we wore it out (one day it just stopped working). We had two hiccups - one was within 90 days of purchase - a power surge took out the computer. Saeco repaired that (via the mail), no questions asked. We've kept it on a good surge suppressor since then. And then one trip to SCG for maintenance at about the 7 year mark for a boiler issue.

We're looking forward to at least that many years with Syntia.

Love the small footprint of this machine.

Love that the water and spent grounds drawers are easily accessible from the front of the unit.

Love that the amount of coffee is variable from one shot to the next - 3 levels of 'strength' available at the touch of a button.

Love that the amount of water per 'short' and 'long' shot is user programmable - and easy to program (just watch Gail's video, or read the directions in the manual).

Love the taste of the coffee - we mostly do americanos (i.e. extra tall shots) and iced coffee. We do use extra dark beans, normally Kirkland's espresso roast. They're not super oily, but not exactly "dry", either. They seem to do just fine (and did do fine for 10 years with our last unit).

Love that the spout goes up just far enough, so I can fit my tall coffee cup under it (15 oz ceramic mug).

Love that it shuts itself off after an hour (time is programmable), so I never have to worry about having left it on all day.

We don't use the milk wand or frother, so can't speak to that.

Only cons: Bean hopper is small. Drip tray is small. Water tank is small. But, counter-top footprint is also small, so I think it's a worthy trade-off versus a larger machine.

It would also be nice if there was a visible level on the water tank, so you know when you're getting low.

The machine does do a lot of self-cleaning and priming... but now that I'm used to it, I like it. I keep a cup under the spout to catch the drips, so the drip tray doesn't fill up too fast. The level 'pop-up' indicator on the tray is a nice reminder when it does need emptying. I find the drip tray easy enough to remove and replace.

We've had the machine for about 4 months now. It's just now warning that a descale is requested, so I'll be going through that shortly. The instructions make it look fairly easy to do - all automatic other than adding the solution and running a few rinse cycles. (Posted on 3/5/2014)
Finally a Great Cup Superautomatic Cappuccino at reasonable priceReview by TNS
I've long been able to pull a good espresso. But Cappuccino was always harder and messy. Pretty much had to toss any extra milk. Now a machine that does all this and is easy to clean. And at lower price than most.

Pros: Great espresso and great cappuccino, smaller than most units and very little to clean.

Con's: Small water capacity. (Posted on 5/15/2013)
The Great and SmallReview by Timothy
My first super-automatic. My Saeco Aroma / grinder combo has been moved to the media room, too much work for the wife. This is an outstanding machine for cappuccino and espresso. It is easy to use and produces one of the best drinks that I have ever experienced. Used it about a month with about 6 drinks per day, no issues. Easy learning cycle. Fantastic value for the money.

Being a smaller sized machine, it needs to be attended (add water, dump grinds, dump rinse water) after about 6-8 servings, add beans ~12 servings. Be careful with the frother and milk container, wash well every 1-3 days, it does get nasty. Quality of product is extremely dependent upon the quality of the beans, not a big surprise. Overall extremely pleased!!! (Posted on 1/28/2013)
Amazing MachineReview by Metron9
Great machine. Eliminates the hassle of foaming milk!

Quick Brewing, Great Foam Froth, Foam Froth and Great, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

Cup height is low, Drip try hard to remove, Small Water Container, Drip try fills up quickly (Posted on 11/30/2011)

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