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Product Description

The Saeco Syntia Compact Espresso Machine offers the ease of one-touch espresso shots with the fun of foaming your own milk. Get frothy with an easy to master panarello wand! Cutting-edge functions include a three-color display with simple icons for brewing and maintenance, a quiet ceramic grinder and a Rapid Steam System, just to name a few. With the Saeco Syntia, your favorite drink preferences are easily stored and ready to brew again and again.

Features & Functionality of the Saeco Syntia

  • 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.
  • Rapid Steam System: The Syntia Stainless Steel Compact Espresso Machine has Saeco's Rapid Steam boiler system that ensures there is always water at the right temperature for brewing, steaming or dispensing hot water.
  • Ceramic Grinder: A quieter grinder than steel, ceramic grinders also stay sharper longer.
  • Aroma Adjustment: Select the amount of coffee to be ground (mild, medium or strong).
  • 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.
  • Fresh is Best: The large coffee bean hopper has an airtight sealed lid with an anti-UV coating.
Pros
  • Simple to Use - The Syntia has simple button controls and an easy-to-use three-color interface.
  • Stainless-Steel Casing - Attractive sitting on the counter in your home, office or break room.
  • Compact Design - The Syntia is smaller than most of the other superautomatic designs on the market and is sure to fit almost anywhere.
Cons
  • 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.
Ease of Care and Maintenance 4
Ease of Use 4
Overall Value for the Money 4
How Does it Compare?

This machine is similar to the Syntia Cappuccino. If you don't need a one-touch milk function, this is a great option.

Additional Information

Model Number HD8837/47
Manufacturer Saeco
Width 10 inches
Depth 15.5 inches
Height 12.5 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 23.0000
Watts 1400 watts
Volts 120 volts
Programmability Yes
Case Material Stainless Steel/Plastic
Boiler Material Stainless Steel
Cup Clearance 4.25 inches
Reservoir Size 1.2 liters
Steam Wand Type Panarello Only
Cup Warmer No
Warm Up: Brew Time 58 seconds
Warm Up: Steam Time 29 seconds
Boiler Design ThermoBlock
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto Shut Off Yes
Auto On Yes
Pre-Infusion/Aroma Yes
One-Touch No - Panarello Only
Bean Hopper Capacity 9.2 ounces
Bypass Doser Yes

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Seems like just the right mix of features. Attractive design. SCG had the best price. Not just so I could say I got a Syntia for Cynthia (my wife).
George E on Nov 10, 2011
I've watched the video on bypass doser measurements, but want to make sure I understand/ heard it right. For a Saeco Syntia, you should only put 1tablespoon in the bypass doser-- correct?
A shopper on Sep 17, 2013
Best Answer: The Syntia (and other Saeco machines with a bypass doser) comes with a measuring spoon in the box for the appropriate amount of ground coffee. I just did a rough measurement of the Saeco measuring spoon and it came out to about 1.75 Tablespoons. You don't want to put too much in the bypass doser because it can damage the machine, so I would say 1.5 to 1.75 Tablespoons would be fine. I would just use the spoon that comes with the machine to be safe, though.
Reply · Report · Reid B on Sep 19, 2013
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What is the largest size cup that will fit between the drip tray and the spout?
Dave J on Jan 7, 2012
Best Answer: I'm assuming you mean cup height, and if so, I would say up to about a
4 1/2 inch high coffee cup. Of course, width-wise, the sky's the limit. Having said that, you can use a taller cup, just tilt the cup and hold it under the spout until your desired brew amount. This is one of THE best super automatic machines I've ever owned, especially given it's compact size. I actually own two of these machines, one is in my summer home. It's super sleek looking, and it makes the best foam ever, better than another machine I owned that cost more than twice as much! You will love this machine, and I highly recommend it, you won't be disappointed!
Reply · Report · LINDA R on Jan 11, 2012
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What is the turn around time between cups of cappuccinos? I guess I'm asking how long does it take to make one cappuccino so I can determine how quickly I can make multiple cups for my guests?
A shopper on Feb 1, 2014
Best Answer: I tested mine today and a double shot takes 45 secs to a minute. It took me a bit longer today, but I had just cleaned the machine and sometimes it takes a couple of runs to get the water system fully charged. It only takes 5 or 10 secs between shots. I use the rec water filter and with it in the tank, you can get 2 doubles, plus steam for the frother from one tank if water. Refilling only takes the time to pull the tank and refill. If you were doing say 8 cappuccinos, I would rec using a stand alone frother to save time. Great machine. We have 2, 1 as a backup. Starting our 3rd yr of #1. We thought it was broken, so we ordered another thinking we would send the old one in to be repaired. But the original healed itself. We use it probably 8-10 times a day - 2 doubles for me and the rest for my husband. Great value, highly rec!
Reply · Report · Cindy E on Feb 2, 2014
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In the demo video the person making the expresso said the the saeco syntia did not have the SBS that some others had. I do not know what this means, can you explain what it is, and its importance in making coffee drinks? Thank you
shirley k on Jul 8, 2012
Best Answer: It is, in essence, an adjustable pressure device to set the rate of flow from the coffee filter (if this were an ordinary espresso machine it would be a pressure controller on the spout of the portafilter - but this is very different from the pressurized baskets or pressurized Portafilters we know about and dislike). There are two parts to it - there is what Saeco calls a "smart valve" or "SBS brew valve" which actually has some engineering to it so that it can hold a steady back pressure on the coffee brewing chamber and then there is the dial on the front panel that controls it by adding just a tiny bit of resistance (making a hole smaller or larger) which the smart valve reacts to with a much larger change of resistance or back pressure. It's very simple and I'd say it's about $5 worth of parts that raises the cost of the machines that have it about $300 more than machines without.
Having access to a Saeco Incanto S Class that has the SBS and a Saeco Syntia that does not have the SBS - I am equally satisfied by both machines and never use the SBS. Saeco has really tuned the machines at the default settings to provide the best cup it will produce anyway.
Reply · Report · Michael F M on Jul 10, 2012
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What are the benefits of the Bypass Filter and the SBS (Saeco Brewing System)? Is it possible to produce a credible Cafe Americano?
Al M on Feb 23, 2012
Best Answer: The brewing system is just the guts of the thing, it works great and comes out for cleaning. I had the earlier version of this from about ten year ago, and it kept ticking (replaced a couple of rubber band type seals, that's about it). It's now in our vacation house, still working. I think the SBS also includes the newer computer assisted screen and buttons. That part all works fine. The bypass filter is new to my use, and I love it for those (rare) times someone wants decaf - you can run grounds through the bypass and not have to empty to usual bean hopper. Can it make an Americano? Quite well, quite easily. My only complaint is the mandatory descaling schedule the computer runs on. Our water in San Francisco is relatively soft, so the machine compels descaling probably more often the necessary, about every six weeks of daily use. Better safe than sorry, I guess.
Reply (1) · Report · J Andrew H on Feb 23, 2012
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The following text is in the Syntia SS description:
"Aroma System: The Saeco Aroma System pre-wets your coffee grinds to ensure the best possible coffee extraction. This feature, also known as pre-infusion, can be turned off or on, or lengthened to suit your taste."

I do not find this to be true of my Syntia SS, no such setting exists to turn on, turn off, or adjust. There is some mention of an Intenza Aroma System in the pdf owners manual, but it has to do with the optional water filter, nothing to do with the brewing cycle. What gives?!
A shopper on Nov 21, 2013
Best Answer: I looked into the menu selections. That pre-wet feature is not a menu item that one could adjust. The operating manual mentions nothing about that feature either.
The Saeco company shouldn't advertise that feature if it can't be part of the menu selection for adjustment.

The problem I have is the display light colors have disappeared. The coffee maker still operates, but without the color display (green, yellow, and red).
Reply · Report · Michael K on Dec 5, 2013
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I think my machine is not heating up the water to the right temperature (even on the hottest settings). What is the correct water temperature coming from machine?
Vitali S on Mar 4, 2015
Best Answer: A superautomatic will not produce a very hot temperature right out of the spouts. Every machine will be slightly different, but it's also important to allow the machine to warm for a bit (usually 10 minutes is great), and to pre-warm your cup. When trying to measure the temperature, it's important to have a properly calibrated thermometer, that's digital to provide a faster readout (not a gauge like for measuring milk temperature as it slowly climbs), and to measure the temperature as it's coming directly out of the spouts. To achieve the warmest temperature, we also recommend pre-warming the plastic pathways that the coffee will take to come out. This can be done by pulling your first shot, either with coffee and discarding it, or with the pre-ground setting (just not putting grounds in) to just run hot water through the brew unit/spouts. Right after brewing this initial cup, then you can brew, and will see a slightly (if only by a few degrees) hotter temperature.

As far as the temperature, it really just depends on your machine. I've seen them be anywhere from 145 to 180, depending on the machine and model. You typically won't see a higher temperature from a superautomatic than that, as the coffee will just loose temperature as it brews and flows through the pathways. This doesn't mean that the coffee isn't extracting at the proper temperature, it is, it's just loosing some heat as it comes out, which is normal. The only way to get a hotter temperature is to move to a semi-automatic, where the coffee has a shorter distance to travel before it gets to your cup.
Reply · Report · Miranda GStaff on Mar 10, 2015
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We have a Saeco Syntia compact machine. How do I keep the burrs in the grinder clean? We don't use oily beans, but I still have concerns. Thank you for your help.
Chelle on Jun 4, 2015
Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on Jul 2, 2015
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Hi - two questions. How much pressure (bar or PSI is produced by the Syntia? Second, is Saeco in any way related to Gaggia? I have a four-year old Gaggia Brera that needs to be replaced. The design and configuration of the controls between the two machines is very similar. Thanks!
Eileen E on May 29, 2015
Best Answer: The Syntia uses 15 bar pump pressure. Saeco actually owns Gaggia, but Gaggia still operates a separate line but now is using Saeco designs in some of its domestic espresso machines. The Syntia is very similar to the Brera and if you're looking for a comparable model, that would be the way to go!
Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on Jul 2, 2015
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Hello What is the warranty on this device?
anthony s on May 24, 2015
Best Answer: All new machines come with a 1 year manufacturer warranty. You may also purchase an additional 1 or 2 year warranty through us.
Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on May 26, 2015
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Can the automatic shutoff be disabled on this model?
Jon J on Apr 11, 2015
Best Answer: No, you cannot disable the auto shut off feature.
Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on Apr 11, 2015
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why does the display does not light up , went red first now nothing, what causes this?
edy B on Jan 23, 2015
Best Answer: It sounds like the display has gone out. Occasionally this can happen with this display, and when it does, we most often see green go first, so it will still display red, or you can see a muted/very light version of the cup, etc. on the display, but the machine still operates fine. Unfortunately, in this situation, the display would need to be replaced, but sometimes, updating the software can do the trick too. In any case though, it would need some repair. Sorry!
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Jan 29, 2015
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Can this be used in a SuperAutomatic, a Saeco Syntia to be exact??
Dawnia R on Jan 13, 2015
Saeco Syntia SS Compact Espresso Machine
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Best Answer: Absolutely! The Dek blend is a medium roast, and would be perfect for a superautomatic, and would do well in the Saeco Syntia.
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Jan 13, 2015
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Our Syntia keeps deciding that it's out of beans, even though we can see the beans going into the grinder. Some days, it only brews half the time and dumps the grounds the other half. I've tried vacuuming it out, grinding rice to clean the grinder burrs, removing the plastic dome, and switching to lighter roasts. Nothing has much of an effect. My current guess is that the Syntia has "learned" the wrong lesson from the variety of beans we have given it. Does the "reset to factory default" option cause the machine to unlearn its grinding lessons? If not, is there anything else I can clean or replace?
James M on Sep 27, 2014
Best Answer: If your Syntia is giving an out of beans indication when you have beans, then there may still be an issue pulling beans into the grinder that could be caused by a bit of oil build up. Though the factory reset changes machine settings for volume and strength, unfortunately it is unlikely that it would help with your specific issue. I would suggest cleaning out the grinder with a vacuum and always using a light or medium roast with a dry, matte finish. We do not suggest using rice or any cleaners in the grinder of a super automatic machine, as they can clog and create a greater issue, or expand once water is added when the machine attempts to brew. You can also move to a slightly coarser grind setting to help the machine feed beans into the burrs. Unfortunately you may need a tune up in a service center on the machine where the grinder is completely disassembled and cleaned if this doesn't do the trick!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Sep 29, 2014
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I've had this machine since Christmas and I absolutely love it, but I do have one question: the manual says that it will indicate when the coffee bean hopper needs refilling, but I never see that indicator. My machine will even "brew" a coffee without beans at all - what gives?
A shopper on Jul 16, 2014
Best Answer: This can happen on occasion with a newer Saeco Syntia unfortunately, as the machine "learns" and adjusts to your beans, and when the grinder motor is new. For this reason, if you frequently change beans or use a darker roast, then the machine may not always provide the out of beans indicator before trying to brew with a partial or empty dose. It is also the case that over time as the burrs wear in and the grinder motor strains/ages, you will see more of that out of beans indication. I spoke with a technician about this and unfortunately there is not a way to alter this indicator on the unit, however it is actually a good thing, as it means that the grinder motor is relatively new and unstrained! I am sorry I can't offer better assistance on this for you but I hope this helps clarify!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jul 16, 2014
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Seriously considering this machine, after researching some that are much more expensive. But I've got a question. I start my day with two regular cups of coffee, not espresso.....but would like to have espresso function for afternoon coffee. Can I use the Syntia SS Compact machine to make a 16 oz cup of coffee? Or will it be 16 oz of espresso strength coffee?
A shopper on Apr 2, 2014
Best Answer: The Saeco Syntia will make an eight ounce americano, which is what any of the superautomatics will provide that comes closest to a regular cup of coffee. The machine uses the same dosage of grounds of espresso with more liquid pulled through. You can press the brew button twice which will grind twice and produce up to a 16oz americano.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Apr 3, 2014
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I actually already have this machine, but lost my manual (!!!) and cannot find another one online for this model. Does anyone know of an online link to the manual (again, for THIS model)? I got a yellow alert on the digital read this morning (a cup that appears to have small triangles floating in it??) and don't want to do anything until I fix the problem. Thanks!
A shopper on Feb 26, 2014
Best Answer: Sorry you lost that Syntia SS Compact manual! We have that online at the link below:

http://seattlecoffeegear.com/assets/user-manuals/saeco/saeco-syntia-espresso-user-manual.pdf

The cup with triangles inside indicates that the machine needs to be descaled. Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Feb 26, 2014
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Can this machine be plumbed?
Mandy C on Feb 9, 2014
Best Answer: No, the Saeco Syntia cannot be plumbed, and has a 42 oz water tank only.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Feb 10, 2014
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What is a one-touch milk function? Is it an important feature to have?
Connie C on Feb 1, 2014
Best Answer: One touch milk frothing means that the touch of one button a machine will automatically froth your milk and dispense both it and your espresso without moving the cup. The Syntia SS Compact has a panarello while the Syntia Cappuccino offers one touch automatic milk frothing. The one touch systems are easier to use, but do not froth the milk quite as hot as you can froth with a panarello, and one touch systems also don't offer the ability to froth at different foam levels. Hope this clarifies!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Feb 1, 2014
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Hello, is this BPA free?
A shopper on Dec 26, 2013
Best Answer: While Saeco has verbally told us that their machines are BPA free, we do not have written proof to that effect, unfortunately. More info can be found in the article from Kat below:

http://blog.seattlecoffeegear.com/2010/12/07/the-abcs-of-bpa/
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Dec 30, 2013
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Im trying to decide between the syntia and the intuita. Tried to cc ompare but hard to decide.
Anywy, my question is do both of these machines make epresso and coffee.or just espresso?
Also, does it really matter that the syntia doesnt have the sbs ?

Thx
Jamarys
Jamarys H on Dec 6, 2013
Best Answer: Both the Syntia and the Intuita make espresso or long coffee, which is an espresso shot with more water pulled through it. No, I would not say that the SBS should be a deciding factor in determining which machine you choose, as this feature only reduces crema, and is not a real advantage for a machine. Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Dec 6, 2013
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can you add an automatic milk foamer to the wand of this machine?
A shopper on Nov 29, 2013
Best Answer: No, unfortunately there is not an automatic milk frothing attachment to this Syntia SS. Check out the Syntia Cappuccino for an auto froth carafe option:

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/saeco-syntia-cappuccino-superautomatic-espresso-machine-certified-refurbished
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Nov 29, 2013
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Hello there, what is the actual difference between syntia ss vs incanto?? Which is the better machine? Thanks
Dantek on Aug 23, 2013
Best Answer: The Syntia has two programmable buttons and a smaller water tank and bean hopper, while the Incanto has a third programmable button and a much larger water tank and bean hopper. They are both going to brew the same shots and be the same in terms of reliability. Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Aug 27, 2013
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I have had my Syntia for a bit over a month now. For the 5 kinds of coffee beans I tried so far, the extraction time on Syntia is all between 14 and 17 seconds (measured by pump-on time, excluding pre-infusion). All beans are medium roast. Three of them are fresh locally roasted single origins and the other are Lavazza blend of arabicas and robustas. The parameters are kept constant: finest grinder setting, highest water temperature, maximum aroma (amount of beans) and default single shot volume (1.5 oz.). All my espresso shots are a bit sour, consistent with the short extraction time. I am running out of tricks to raise the extraction time to 20-25 seconds range. Is the shorter than usual extraction time to be expected on a super automatic? Thank you very much.
A shopper on Feb 28, 2013
Best Answer: Unfortunately it is the case that with a super automatic machine, the same timing for extraction you would have with a semiautomatic is not possible. I would advise not timing your shots and instead concentrate on the flavor, making slight adjustments to aroma and temperature in the programming. If you choose to alter grind, keep in mind that any adjustments should be made slowly, and then it will take about 3 shots before the setting is complete in the cup of brewed espresso due to the grind chute in the machine. If it is the case that you still don't like the flavor, you may want to consider upgrading to a semi automatic machine and a stand alone grinder, as there are many more factors you can alter with this style machine!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Mar 2, 2013
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Unfortunately I had a house guest put beans into the ground bean slot and the machine is jammed. I've opened the side door, vacuumed up loads of whole beans and tried to remove the brew group but it's jammed. Anyone face this problem before? ... I've pulled/twisted and even held the machine upside down to try to get out loose beans but no joy yet. I'm a little hesitant to make a herculean effort to yank the brew group out thinking something might break. Any ideas?
Bob P on Dec 22, 2012
Best Answer: If there are pieces like the brew group that are still stuck in the machine, then I would advise turning the machine on and off a few times in order to attempt to reset the brew group to it's home position for removal. If this does not release the brew group from the machine, it would be best to take the machine in to an authorized repair center to safely get that part out for you.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jan 9, 2013
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Is the a way to reset the descsaling reminder without actually descsaling the machine? I only use reverse osmosis water in the machine, and there is zero mineral content in the water. With the water hardness setting at the lowest setting, the descsaling reminder popped up in a few months and stays front and center on the display. By the way, I love this machine.
A shopper on Dec 16, 2012
Best Answer: We really do recommend descaling the machine, even if you use distilled water. Unfortunately there is not a way to reset this reminder on the Syntia, and so you will need to go through the process of a descale, even if it is just with regular water and you use the descaler less often.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jan 15, 2013
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I heard on another site that some people were having trouble with the warrenty due to the fact that Saeco was bought by Phillips. Are there any more details on this? Will warrantees not be honored?
(unknown) ( on Apr 5, 2012
Best Answer: I have not heard of any issues with the Saeco warranty being honored after being purchased by Phillips. However, if there are any issues, Seattle Coffee Gear will ensure the warranty is honored.
Reply · Report · Kaylie KStaff on Apr 6, 2012
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Good morning! The height of the machine - does the measurement include the top piece for the beans? My boss has a very low countertop and wants to ensure it fits underneath. Thank you!
Kate A on Mar 5, 2012
Best Answer: Including the bean hopper, the height of the Saeco Syntia SS is roughly 12 3/8" H.
Reply · Report · Kaylie KStaff on Mar 8, 2012
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The default wand doesn't make good quality microfoam, which can be made easily by the wand tip in Rancilio silvia, for example. Is there any wand tip replacement for Saeco syntia to make it similar to Rancilio silvia?
Allen K on Dec 2, 2011
Best Answer: The steamer on the Syntia is designed for easy foaming with the special panarello attachment included. Unfortunately, it is not designed for creating the finer foam for latte art and we are not aware of any wand or tip replacements that would make this steam like the Rancilio Silvia
Reply · Report · SCG SStaff on Dec 2, 2011
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hi. what are the dimensions? thanks!
laura b on Nov 26, 2011
Best Answer: Dimensions for the Saeco Syntia are... 10 1/2 inches wide by 16 inches front to back and only 10 1/2 inches tall, although you will need some additional height to access the bean hopper.
Reply · Report · SCG SStaff on Nov 26, 2011
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Between Talea giro plus and syntia, which one is best and produces best coffee? Any noticeable build quality differences?
pparent on Jan 30, 2013
Best Answer: I cannot comment on the Talea giro. However, I can tell you that the Saeco Syntia is a reliable, top quality, low maintenance espresso machine. It has given us flawless service and is used everyday. This smart machine requests and is given both water filter changes and De-calcifying services regularly. It has a sophisticated menu of programs. The quality of the espresso is consistently excellent.

Previously, we owned a Delonghi espresso machine purchase about 2007 from Starbucks. After less than a year, this machine began to have leaks and o-ring seal problems. I made numerous repairs and replacement of a plastic part that failed. Finally, corrosion caused the boiler to fail. This is when we purchased the Saeco product.

I give the Saeco Syntia 10 out of 10 stars. It is one beautiful machine! One note: We don't use the steam wand but this is only a personal preference and nothing to do with its functionality. While sounding bizarre, I finish heating our lattes in my microwave for about 90 seconds.
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Resources

Warranty Information for the Saeco Syntia SS Compact Espresso 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 SS Compact Espresso 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 SS Compact Espresso Machine


Videos Featuring the Saeco Syntia SS Compact Espresso 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

Reviews

Love This Machine!!Review by Bayfront
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I bought this machine, after buying a refurbished Gaggia Brera elsewhere, and returning it due to problems. This machine functions similarly, but much better quality.
I totally gave up buying coffee out, this tastes so much better, and I know exactly what's in it when I make it! My only problem is I will have to take it with me on vacation, I can't be without it! Very well built, fits in a small space, easy to clean, high quality.
Love it!! (Posted on 1/26/2015)
Fits Well, Easy Cleaning,SimpleReview by T&J R
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We love our Syntia. We retired a Jura S8 machine that produced 13,413 cups. [ has built in counter] It served us well but it was a total pain to disassemble so as to clean it's brew group, even for a skilled mechanic. Syntia's couldn't be simpler! The beans have "hung up" a couple of times not unlike the Jura, no big deal. You are limited to using cups no taller than 3.5". The smaller, lighter front access tray is great for under cabinet fit and reach. We're getting tight small pucks we haven't seen for some time and suspect a savings due to sharp new grinder. Syntia's intuitive simple controls can be taught to anyone in a minute.
Time will tell the whole story, but as it stands we feel it is a terrific machine at a fair price.
GO FOR IT ! (Posted on 12/15/2014)
Love This Machine...Review by DrBobbyS
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We spent a significant amount of time watching a number of Gail's reviews of super automatic espresso machines. Her reviews really helped us to find the perfect one for us. We chose the Saeco Syntia SS and could not be more pleased. The machine is made of super high quality (real metal, not plastics) and allows us to make amazing espressos, cappuccinos, and lattes. This machine is simple to operate and easy to clean! (Posted on 8/31/2014)
fits my kitchenReview by hautbrion
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Great little machine. Fits under my upper cabinets and while the water reservoir is small, it's easy to fill since it pulls out the front. I hope it lasts as long as my old Capresso (over 10 years old and 10,500 shots!) Simple to maintain and only 10 min. to set up. Love it! (Posted on 7/19/2014)
Great machineReview by Jason
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So far we've been very happy with our purchase. Coming from a Tassimo machine that's not saying much but the espresso this machine puts out is great. My only complaint would be the smallish reservoir. Like another reviewer said, I find myself filling it up after 3 or so drinks to avoid running out. (Posted on 6/16/2014)
Wastes a lot of coffeeReview by drose40
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Love the machine but it wastes a lot of coffee. When you clean it out there is always coffee grounds that don't make it into the tamper and leaves the machine a mess. (Posted on 1/10/2014)
Happy campers!Review by RedSleds
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A Saeco Syntia SS was a visitor to our household when a relative was here for a week-end, ....they take it everywhere. We decided that we should have one too!

I read quite a few bad reviews on the internet about the poor quality of espresso produced from super-automatics, soupy pucks, etc., but we get great results from this machine.

It just takes some minor tweaks to get it all dialed in. Initial soupy pucks that we got were solved by adjusting the grinder to a finer setting for the beans that we are using. Cleaning and maintenance is a breeze. Just remember to dump the overflow tray and rinse it frequently, as it will accumulate water and some grounds from the brew group functioning, not just from any spillage that may be operator caused (such as not having a container under the spouts when it goes into stand-by and does the self-clean process).

We also got a Breville Milk Cafe milk frother, it makes life so much easier than using the pannarello on the Syntia. Much simpler to clean it up.

We are Happy (caffeinated) Campers! (Posted on 11/21/2013)
Just buy it.Review by Great machine!
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I reviewed a lot of machines. I was leaning toward a Saeco because a friend of mine has one for years and never had an issue.

I was concerned that I wouldn't get a true espresso similar to what you get from a coffee shop. My worries were put to rest. This is a great product and I definitely recommend it. I'm happy that I get a great cup of espresso without the complexity of a manual machine.

Thank you for all of the videos. You made my decision process much easier. (Posted on 11/13/2013)
Great coffee macho eReview by Di
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Our old Saeco machine died - after almost five great years. This new one is really a step up - wonderful cup of coffee and simple to use. Thanks again! (Posted on 9/22/2013)
GREATReview by CLWE
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Bought this a Christmas present for my and husband and me in 2011. Daily use, probably 6 times a day, and it still works great. Keep the instruction manual handy for the descale process. Re-inserting the brew group can be tricky, but just be patient.

We live 35 minutes from Santa Fe, so no convenient coffee shops. This machine is easy to use and does the trick. We love this machine. (Posted on 7/5/2013)
Great purchaseReview by Dee
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I purchased this machine as a gift to my boyfriend. I have not used this myself. He makes espresso daily. It is so simple and completely automatic. It makes great espresso. Making espresso the first few times was trial and error to get the flavor just right.The machine is quite compact for an espresso maker.It fits perfectly under the kitchen cabinet. It seems to be a quality machine and worth the money. My guy is real happy with this machine. We highly recommend it. (Posted on 2/20/2013)
I absolutely adore it!Review by Licia
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This machine is really the best I could ever wish for in an espresso machine. I wanted a serious machine that allowed for different settings while having as few moving parts as possible to avoid breakage (tampering and portafilter were a big issue in my previous machine). This is it! Coffee, both espresso and elongated brew consistently and at the right temperature, one after the other with absolutely remarkable results every single time. Disassembled for cleaning and maintenance and this is a breeze. Two small capacity issues: the size of the water reservoir is on the smaller side and I seem to be refilling it often; and the overflow container is ridiculously small and hard to pull out. However, not enough negative to prevent me to give it a 5 star rating all the way. I use Inteligentsia Black Cat Espresso beans for the smoothest, creamiest, tastiest espresso ever. Did I mention that I was in love with this machine??? (Posted on 2/17/2013)
Great espresso machine at a good priceReview by Ryan in Austin
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After researching espresso machines in depth we decided on the Saeco Syntia. SCG answered all my questions with patience. I ordered the refurbished model from SCG instead of buying a new model from Costco because of the reviews I read about how finicky espresso machines can be and the 2 year extended warranty that SCG offers on their refurbished machines and the additional savings with buying a refurbished model. The machine showed up in great condition and works perfectly. It took a little bit to dial in the amount of espresso I wanted, but easy to use and makes good espresso with little effort.

Thanks SCG! (Posted on 12/29/2012)
Love This MachineReview by Oakley
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The Saeco Syntia is my first superautomatic coffee machine. Months of research and thought went into my buying it. The excellent reviews were the main deciding factor, but I also liked the stainless steel exterior (not the cheap-looking silver plastic many have) and the small size to easily fit under the cabinets on my counter. I bought a refurbished version to get the cost down, and I have not for a minute regretted that decision.

I have owned this machine about six months now and use it multiple times every morning. I make mostly Americano coffee, with only the very occasional latte. My long-draw button is programmed for an 8oz cup, and it is a perfect cup. Just the thought of it gets me out of bed in the morning. The water reservoir is small and can only make three of these coffees before refilling, but refilling is easily done through the front, so that is not problem. The controls are easy and guests are making their own coffees with only a few seconds of instruction from me. Maintenance and clean-up are a snap. I love this machine and talk it up every chance I get.. (Posted on 12/6/2012)
The best value availableReview by Chris
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The Saeco Syntia is an excellent value. I have tried several machines and am amazed at how good the steam wand is on this small machine. I am amazed at the quality of latte you can make and plus 160 milk temps are no problem.

I love the looks of the Krups EA82 machine and quality but the steam wand is not even close to the quality of this machine. My Lattes with the Krups tasted like microwaved milk. At $499, refurbished you cannot lose. I wish I found this seller sooner because I could have save some money. (Posted on 12/6/2012)
Awesome!Review by Mbjose
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Very solid construction, quite grinding especially compared to my old maker. The water and puck reservoirs are smaller but worth it to get the size advantage. Easy to remove parts are easy to clean and put back.I like this one a lot it's like they tought about the customer experience.. (Posted on 9/21/2012)
Nice machine, small reservesReview by KZ
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A great machine that is very easy to use, clean and quiet. The espresso tastes great.

The down side is the water reservoir. Some reviews call it smallish and I would call it tiny. In fact, I have gotten in the habit of adding water every morning regardless of the level.

If they Saeco could increase the the water reservoir by 50% it would be a home run.

(Posted on 8/10/2012)
worth it!Review by dmp
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I had really great cappuccino in Belgium over the holidays. When I returned, I could not find anything to compare at the major coffee shops. I bought this machine because it seemed great based on the reviews. It absolutely was worth it! This machine is very efficient, EASY to use, and make delicious expresso. I used to only be an iced coffee drinker, but this machine has changed that. I recommend Illy coffee. Bit expensive, but absolutely worth the cost. After buying this machine, I would never purchase one of a different brand. I also never have an excuse to go to Starbucks again, except when I'm not home to use my Saeco. Those days make me sad, because nothing else compares.

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Easy To Use, Great Taste, Quick Brewing

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(Posted on 2/12/2012)
"I would buy this product againReview by bischar
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I really appreciate that Saeco

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Quiet, Great Taste, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

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Small Water Container (Posted on 1/29/2012)
ExcellentReview by Motown Eddie
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Excellent looking and constructed unit; easy to make short or longs. SCG has great pricing, quick shipment & excellent follow-up. Would definitely recommend this unit and SCG.

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Quick Brewing, Awesome tasting espresso, Beautiful looking, Great Taste, Love the super automatics, Commercial Grade, Quiet, Easy To Clean, Easy To Use

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Tray scratches easily, Small Water Container (Posted on 1/23/2012)
Great machine that is easy and fast.Review by Ken
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I was going to get a Saeco machine from a major retail club store and started some research. Lots of pros and cons everywhere, but I narrowed my needs down to a compact, quiet, stainless steel, super-automatic machine with a bypass doser that was as easy to use as possible. Although I am a big fan of my local retail club store, I read too many complaints about the machines they sold. Even though they may have a great return policy, I just didn't want the hassle...Seems like there were not many (if any) poor reviews of the Syntia but I still had a hard time dropping this much money for an espresso machine. The repair facility at SCG was a factor in my decision as they also extended the manufacturers warranty. They were very knowledgeable with everything on the market and very helpful. The video reviews and demos are fantastic. I've never made good espresso at home until now. The setup was intuitive, and it is very easy to use. It makes great espresso and the crema is impressive. Steaming milk is a breeze and cleanup is quick too. I'm at a loss for anything negative to say about it. A few reviews I read mentioned the beans sometimes get stuck in the hopper. I removed the plastic guard that is designed to keep people from putting their fingers in the grinder and haven't had a problem with the beans flowing freely. It still allows the hopper to be sealed with the large lid. The water reservoir is a bit small, but certainly adequate for home use. I have had it for a month now, and have made over a hundred drinks. When I wake up and turn it on, it takes 1:15 to heat up and prime itself, :45 for a shot of espresso. For my latte, it takes an additional 1:15 after turning on the steam wand for it to heat up, prime and steam the milk. One more minute to wipe it clean, and rince the panarello. Less than 5 minutes from turning it on to walking away. If you are looking for fast and easy, this is your machine. It looks great, is simple to use, and makes perfect drinks. We are not coffee snobs, but stopped by the local coffee shop daily, and the Syntia makes comparable drinks and is much more convenient.

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Quick Brewing, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Great Taste, Quiet

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(Posted on 1/6/2012)
Great valueReview by James O
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Best Price anywhere! Shopped around extensively for this coffee maker and Seattle was by far the best price. Probably the reason why it was back ordered for a month. None-the-less, it was worth the wait and makes great coffee. Fast and efficient. Love my new toy!

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Easy To Use, Great Taste, Quick Brewing

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Small Dreg container (Posted on 12/15/2011)
Great machineReview by Ken
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I was going to get a Saeco machine from [@]and started some research. Lots of pros and cons everywhere, but I narrowed my needs down to a small, quiet, Stainless steel, super-automatic machine with a bypass doser that was as easy to use as possible. I wasn't comfortable with anything that [@]sold (I am a big [@]fan), because there were so many problems with every machine they sold and many, many complaints and returns. I just didn't want the hassle...Seems like there were not many (if any) poor reviews of the Syntia but I still had a hard time dropping this much money for an espresso machine. The repair facility at SCG was a factor in my decision as they also extended the manufacturers warranty. They were very knowledgeable with everything on the market and very helpful. The videos reviews and demos are fantastic.My machine arrived and I'm very impressed. I've never made good espresso at home until now. The setup was intuitive, and it is very easy to use. It makes great espresso and the crema is impressive. Steaming milk is a breeze and cleanup was quick too. I'm at a loss for anything negative to say about it. A few reviews I read mentioned the beans sometimes get stuck in the hopper. I removed the plastic guard that is designed to keep people from putting their fingers in the grinder and haven't had a problem. It still allows the hopper to be sealed with the large lid. The water reservoir is a bit small, but certainly adequate for home use. It looks great, is simple to use, and makes perfect drinks.

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Intuitive, Great Taste, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Quick Brewing

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Small Water Container (Posted on 12/14/2011)
Really, Really ExcellentReview by Piccia
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We are thrilled with the new Syntia, which replaced our newly 'dead' Gaggia Titanium (6 yrs). Packed [...] beautifully, simple quick start guide, 5 mins to optimal dose and liquid extraction size and we were making great shots! They are significantly hotter than the Gaggia for some reason. Beautiful crema even without SBS control. We have the grind on 2nd finest. We're devoted Illy whole bean users and so far no blockage.Yes, the reservoirs (water and dregs) are smaller, but I wish we could post pictures in these reviews because the form factor is beautiful. We drink mostly Lattes, espressos and cappuccinos and my wife and I have the same tastes. So, if your similar and don't need a ton more programmability I don't think you need to jump up to a Xelsis or similar. Love It!

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Stainless steel, Super hot shots, Good cup height, Simple Controls, Quiet, Fast heat up, Quick Brewing, Small footprint, Great Taste, Fast to customize flavor

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Small-ish water container (Posted on 8/26/2011)
Some problems but they were fixedReview by Quiet Quail
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[...]. The set up is a bit confusing but you eventually get the process down. The machine did not produce coffee from ground coffee. I like caffine free so use the pre-ground. Saeco was very easy to deal with to get a replacement machine. It has been working fine since we received it. This machine is very easy to use once set up and produced very nice expresso.

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Produces great expresso

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Using pre-ground coffee (Posted on 3/19/2011)
We like the SyntiaReview by Gene the Crabber
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We wanted a small super automatic, and my wife decreed that it had to be stainless steel - the Syntia fits that. After almost two months of use we've converged on the settings that produce great lattes. The small containers mean that you're adding water and beans and emptying the dreg pucks pretty often, but it's very convenient. Pay attention to the weekly maintenance cleaning of the brew unit - not because of any problem with the unit, but because loose ground coffee spills into the space around it fairly quickly.[...]

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Easy To Clean, Quick Brewing, Attractive design, Great Taste, Easy To Use

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Small Water Container, Small bean holder (Posted on 1/12/2011)
A Stainless Steel JewelReview by Stork
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Not the plastic shell for big money as in some machines. So solid and easy. Espresso CREMA!!!!! I am so happy with this machine and pleased that a super automatic can make such wonderful espresso without all the fuss.

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CREMA, Perfect Compact Size, ALL Stainless, EASY

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Small Water Container (Posted on 11/22/2010)

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