Meet Saeco's smallest superautomatic machine on the market - the Xsmall! Coming in just under a foot wide, this little soldier delivers the solid bean-to-cup functionality you've come to expect from Saeco, while leaving your counter top uncluttered. Its ergonomic design makes quick work out of everyday maintenance, such as filling the water reservoir or emptying the dump box. This machine's compact design also contributes to its energy saving features.
Features and Functionality of the Saeco Xsmall
Removable Brew Group: Remove, rinse, and re-insert to keep your superautomatic performing at its best.
Ceramic Burr Grinder: The adjustable grinder preserves aroma without overheating.
Energy-saving Mode: The Xsmall enters stand-by mode automatically after one hour, drawing minimal power.
Volumetric Controls: Set your preferred water volumes with two programmable buttons.
Auto-circuit Cleaning: Before it enters and when it returns from stand-by mode, the Xsmall automatically rinses the coffee circuit.
Small Footprint - As Saeco's smallest superauto available, this machine packs a lot of basic functionality into a small package.
Gettin' Jiggy with It - The finger guard vibrates as the grinder operates so that coffee beans fall into the grinder chute with ease.
No Bypass Doser - You won't be able to use pre-ground coffee with this machine.
No Oily Beans - We don't recommend using oily beans with this built-in grinder.
Ease of Care and Maintenance
Ease of Use
Overall Value for the Money
How Does it Compare?
Saeco's smallest superauto, the Xsmall incorporates a lot of basic functionality into a compact machine. Unlike other superautos, however, you cannot adjust dosage on the fly.
Tips and Tricks
For best results the Saeco Xsmall takes the Intenza water filter.
Saeco Odea Giro Plus Espresso Machine with Optidose II - Certified Refurbished
Best Answer:Hi Bo K, I bought a Saeco Xsmall Superautomatic last September (2013) and have been very happy with it. I had a little difficulty in the beginning putting the internal parts back together after taking it apart to see how it works. On line is a very good video of how the various parts are supposed to work and how to replace them after they've been removed. Aside from that..... the only "flaw" in it's design is that if you want to change the coffee beans from regular to decaf you have to literally turn the machine upside down and shake them out. Luckily we all drink regular coffee in our household. I've only had to do this a couple of times when we have company that drinks decaf. It makes delicious cappuccino! We are very happy with our choice.
I've had no experience with the Odea Giro Plus. Sorry.
I am not familiar with the Xsmall, however the Odea Giro is a great machine. The design is modern, and the features are great. A refurbished machine is a super value, Seattle Coffee Gear expertly checks these machines, and back them up. Over the years I've bought 4 refurbished Saeco machines from SCG, one Cafe Vienna, and three Odea Giros; the oldest machine after 4+ years is functioning as good as the day I bought it.
In my opinion, the refurbished is the best bang for the buck.
I purchased a refurbished saeco odeo and i could not be more pleased with it especially the ability to raise and lower the strength at the push of a button. I use my machine every day with a family of 4 and we all use it.. This machine has turned me into a coffee snob especially with the ease of using the foamer for the milk. It is really easy to clean and take care of that my 15yr old can do it.
I own a refurbished Odeo Giro Plus and am very happy with it. Think the Saeco xsmall is very cute and compact and is probably a good machine. Think it has to do more with what you are wanting then whether or not it is new or refurbished.
Thanks for all the replies! I just purchased a referbished Odea Giro Plus. Dosage adjustment & the space for a to-go cup were the deciding factors. The refurb price is a bonus. I'll let you know how it works out. Thanks again. -- Bo
Sorry, I don't think I can help you...I have the new Xsmall machine and have been using it for over a year and still love it. But I know nothing about the old/used option so I can't give you a comparison.
The dreg drawer light comes on frequently requiring cleaning of the brew head after each 2 cups of coffee. Please advise. Also where does the grease supposed to be applied. Other maintainence info would be helpful?
I have also found that the dreg drawer light comes on frequently, so I don't think this is unusual. As for where the grease gets applied, I agree that the instructions are very poor. We went to our local SeattleCoffeegear store in Bellevue, WA, and the resident technician was extremely helpful. We brought the mechanism with us and he showed us just where to put the grease. If you're not near one of the stores, I would suggest you call a store and ask to speak with technical support. They will probably be able to walk you through this.
This happens to me if the machine messes up a shot and sends un-brewed grounds into the grounds drawer. I empty the grounds drawer then turn the machine off and back on. This turns off the light and the machine is ready to go.I haven't ever greased it. I can send you a pdf of the owners manual if you like.
I don't have the problem with the need to frequently clean the brew head so I can't help you there, but there's a good youtube video showing you where to apply the "grease" . type in - Philips-Saeco espressobrew group lubrication.flv in Youtube search. good luck!
I understand dosage cannot be adjusted on this machine, unlike the odea series where you can adjust between 7 to 10.5 grams. How many grams does this machine use in its one available dosage setting?
A shopper on Nov 15, 2013
Best Answer:I can't tell you the dry grams of each dosage, but when you make a small expresso, the used dose is 16 g and the dose after a large espresso is made is 18 g according to my little kitchen scale.
I was originally concerned about not being able to adjust the dosage in this machine, however because you can adjust the amount of water and the level of the grind, I was able to find the perfect setting. We are verry happy with our machine!! Great machine for the price!
I bought one Xsmall to use at my office - I'm a psychologist and have people in and out every hour or so. The auto shutoff feature, which was supposed to be a good thing, is however making my life miserable - as the machine turns off when I'm usually finishing a session and makes me turn it on before the next client is in, with all the associated noise of rinsing. Anyone knows of a way to stop the machine from auto shutting itself off?
Best Answer:No, you should not use dark roast beans. The reason is because, no, you can't get into the inside to clean out the burrs if and when they get clogged from the oil. If you don't want to be limited to certain coffee blends, then I suggest going with a semi-automatic machine rather than a superautomatic.
Thank you. I have already ordered and received this machine. I figured that out since and that's ok, I will start using non oily beans, I just need to find the right coffee for me and the machine. I had a semi auto already before this and decided to switch. Trying to get the right taste, so far it is too weak compared to what I made in my semi auto. I am not a coffee expert as I have only been making my own lattes for 5 or 6 months now. Before it was strictly starbucks or other coffee shops. So it is hard for me to know what kind of beans to buy when you can't see them inside the package to know how oily they are.
By the way if you can't use dark oily beans in super auto's then how come Starbucks does? Aren't their machines super autos?
Any medium roast will do. In general, superautos are going to pull a weaker shot than a semi-auto, that's just the nature of the beast. If you want a strong tasting medium roast bean, I recommend Lavazza's Qaulita Rossa. It's very rich bodied, but medium roasted so that it isn't too oily. Regarding Starbucks: while they may be using dark, oily beans in their superautos, keep in mind that as a corporation they can afford high quality commercial machines (we're talking $20,000 machines) that are much more capable of holding up to the oily beans they use. Their superautos are VERY different from a superauto you would purchase for home use.
Best Answer:You can program this machine to make as big or as little of a cup as you would like. Each time the little cup or big cup buttons are pressed and released, the machine brews a pre-set amount of coffee. This amount may be reprogrammed to your taste. Each button may be individually programmed for a specific brew setting.
For example: 1) Place a cup under the dispensing spout. 2) Press and hold down the little cup button; the double cup light blinks during this phase. 3) Release the little cup button when the amount of coffee in the cup reaches the desired level.
Keep in mind, the bigger the cup of coffee you make, the weaker it will be. This is an espresso machine and while it can make Americanos, it is not intended for making the same cup of coffee you would expect from a drip brewer.
Hi, I'm having difficulty initializing the desacling cycle. The machine is turned off, the knob is turned to the bean, then I press both the large and small bre buttons; however nothing happens. These are the instructions supplied by saeco/Phillips. Any suggestions? Thanks, Derek
Best Answer:Although there are instructions in the manual about how to get into the "Descale mode" not all XSmalls have this feature. If pushing those buttons does not start the descale mode, then you will just have to descale it manually. Essentially, to do this you will need to fill the tank with your descale solution (descaler + water), then begin running water through the steam wand. Do this by turning the knob to the hot water/tea side, allow 1 cup of water to come out, then wait for 10 minutes (or 20 minutes if you want to do a more intensive descaling). Repeat this cycle of pulling a cup of water out and waiting, until the water tank is empty. Once it is empty, run 2 full water tanks through the machine to rinse it out, and you're done! Sorry, there are two versions of the XSmall (with the only difference of whether it has the descale mode or not), and although I'm unclear why Saeco made 2 versions, they only printed one way in their manual.
Hi. My name is Vlad. I have Saeco Xsmall. It’s a good machine for our small family, but there is a problem. After preparing of 8 cups of coffee I have a lot of ground coffee beans around brew group. Approximately half of amount I used for coffee brewing. What can I do to fix it? Thank you. Vlad.
Best Answer:There will always be a little bit of grounds that doesn't get into the brew unit and is around the edges of the brew unit. Over several brews, this can accumulate around the brew unit, so just be sure that you're regularly cleaning it. You can also try one notch finer with your grind setting (be sure to grind at the same time as you make the change in the grinder) and brew several times before reevaluating. If your grind setting is just a little to coarse, you may find that all the grounds don't all fit into the brew unit, so making it slightly finer will allow the machine to compact the grounds better with less mess. However, be careful, as if a notch finer is too fine, you may start to develop clogging, or the machine may struggle to brew for you, causing slow dripping or no coffee from the spouts. If you find that happening, you should set it to a coarser setting so you don't get a clog or harm the machine.
oil for machine and descaller where can I find them ?
A shopper on Jan 7, 2015
Best Answer:We carry a couple brands of descaler including Saeco Descaler, Dezcal, and Durgol. They all will do the same job, so it's up to your preference as to which brand you use. The most cost efficient is Dezcal, which can be found here:
Best Answer:There will be a small amount of water that can end up in the dredge drawer at the end of brewing, but generally an excess of water means that you will need a grind adjustment. If the grounds are in a fairly held together puck but there is excess water, move to a coarser grind adjustment. If the grounds are very loose/coarse and not held together, try moving the grind a bit more fine. Either way, you will need to make about 4 cups before the new grind setting is in full effect. Hope this helps!
I just used pre-ground coffee in my Saeco Xsmall for the first (and last) time. I didn't realize I shouldn't. It's still working, but I read that I should not do that. Have I damaged it? What should I do now?
A shopper on Feb 25, 2014
Best Answer:If you happen to get grounds into your Saeco Xsmall, then you will want to make sure that you clean out as many of them as you can so that the unit doesn't become clogged. I would suggest increasing the grind setting to the coarsest setting to move grounds through the burrs and then vacuuming them out in order to remove as many as possible. Then just be sure that you stick with whole beans in the future!
Best Answer:Differences will be in the size of water tank and bean hopper, and the Focus has the additional bypass doser feature that both the Vienna Plus and the Xsmall lack. Otherwise all three of these machines will produce similar shots!
I know nothing about coffee machines. My wife told me she wants a Saeco machine. Other than size, and plastice-like construction, what are the differences between this machine and the full size, $599, machine? Thanks for any help:)
A shopper on Dec 13, 2013
Best Answer:With super automatic machines, you are determining what features and programming might be important to you, and this Xsmall is a basic machine that does lack lots of bells and whistles. It has a slightly smaller water tank and bean hopper than larger machines, only 2 programmable buttons, and does not offer a bypass doser for preground coffee (which some folks do like to use for decaf coffee in the evenings). For a jump up to a machine with a bypass, look to the Saeco Intelia or Syntia SS or Focus. Hope this helps!
Best Answer:You can brew a short or long coffee on this Saeco Xsmall, but that is an Americano, which is a shot of espresso with more water pulled through it. Though similar, it is not will be exactly the same as regular drip coffee. Hope this clarifies!
Best Answer:No, this Saeco Xsmall machine is a super automatic machine that uses whole beans only. ESE pods are options for some semiautomatic machines like the Saeco Aroma or Via Venezia, but not for the super automatic machines, unfortunately.
I just got this Xsmall machine. Beside descaling it every 2-3 months, do I need to clean it with cleaning tablets? If so, how often? Thanks!
A shopper on May 28, 2013
Best Answer:The Xsmall does not have a bipass doser, which is the location where you are able to drop a cleaning tablet and run a brewing cycle without grinding any beans, therefore cleaning the brew unit. Since it does not have the bipass doser, you can just remove and rinse the brew unit out once a week, and from time to time you can remove and soak the brew unit in a mix of hot water and a cleaning tablet or powder, like Cafiza. Hope this helps!
Putting the size of the machine aside, (smaller bean reserve/water reserve), how does the quality of this machine's espresso compare to that of the Vienna plus? Can you also make a "regular" (lungo?) coffee with this machine? I guess just another general question regarding the Saeco machines, is there any difference in quality of espresso between the Xsmall, vienna plus, and odea series? Any difference in ability to produce good latte milk or frothed milk? Thanks in advance!
Best Answer:It is the case that these three machines from Saeco will all brew the same quality of shots for you, and each is capable of brewing an Americano, or Long Coffee, with 8 oz maximum liquid pulled through the same ground dosage of coffee.The milk frothing is pretty much the same too, frankly! When choosing any superautomatic machine, what you're choosing is really features (like the size of water tank and bean hopper) and programming (so the Vienna has the dial for adjusting volume, while the Xsmall has two programmable buttons for saving the volume of the two drinks you enjoy most). Hope this helps!
Nothing like the larger Saeco we've ownedReview by Linda
Perhaps I'm spoiled with my larger Saeco, but I did not like this one at all. I don't like that it has to prime itself when I turn on and again with the auto shutoff. I can tell you that I've never had the drip pan in the large model overflow but in less than a week, this one did. What a mess! I bought this for our RV and wanted a good cup of coffee in less space but side by side, it's not much less space.
This also seems very flimsy, I have to fill the water twice to make a 12 ounce coffee because although the reservoir holds more water, it dispenses much less.
This is all very unfortunate because it actually made a good cup of coffee. This machine was too "fiddly" for me and made me start my day with too much grumbling. (Posted on 1/17/2015)
Love itReview by Sidi Jakite
Great little machine. You just have to get used to filling the water tank and bean hopper often, and emptying the dregs often. The coffee is delicious and the steamer works well. (Posted on 10/20/2014)
Great little unitReview by carlsal
I got this unit to replace an older model Saeco which gave up the ghost after 5 years. Ease of operation is great. I prefer this smaller size. It is easier to maintain and takes up a little less counter space. Granted it holds less water and beans, but we are a two person household which is perfect for us. In fact, filling up the coffee and water hopper, and emptying the grounds more often helps enforce the need to clean and maintain the Saeco as it should be. Truth be told, I got a little lazy which the larger unit.
It took a few days to adjust it properly and to break it in, but it brews wonderfully after break in. (Posted on 9/6/2014)
This espresso machine is perfect for 1 or 2 peopleReview by Espresso fanatic
The quality of the espresso from this machine is amazing. The crema, flavor and speed for a super automatic at this price level is great. Make sure to get a water filter so you don't have to descale as much. Its pretty low maintenance so far just hose off the brew group every week or so. The water tank is a little small; you can make about 2 coffees before a refill but the trade off is the small footprint; it fits it my tiny kitchen countertop next to the sink. (Posted on 7/18/2014)
Great coffee shop quality double latte every morning now!!Review by Sandi p
Takes a bit to figure it out but after that it's great. I've learned to keep a separate cup under dispenser during warm up to catch the purge of water and move it under spout at the beginning of steaming milk for another water purge before it's ready (you hear a thumping noise when it's time to put your milk under it). Also, after I steam milk the temp light flashes if you don't release hot water from the steam wand (using water/tea setting) until the light stops flashing and is steady. Just takes a second and you're good to go. No need to shut it down as another reviewer said. The rest is pretty obvious and well described in instructions (like when the lower red light goes on you are either out of beans or the grounds need to be emptied). BTW, don't empty drawer until the light goes on or it won't reset properly. It's easy now!! Delicious coffee is worth the effort. Oh and Customer Service is excellent!! (Posted on 7/14/2014)
OK if you just want one cup of coffeeReview by jambo
I've got two of the large Saico Machines - real workhorses.
I bought this model for my smaller apartment.
Gives a decent enough coffee although it needs work to get a really hot cup.
The problem is that it only makes one cup at a time then the lights flash telling you something isn't working - you have to shut down, restart and go all around the start up procedure again.
Buy a Nespresso or something that works.
Oh - the instructions are next to useless (Posted on 5/1/2014)
excellentReview by adac
I love my new espressomachine. I highly recommend this product. Nice size to keep on the counter. (Posted on 2/23/2014)
Great machine, excellent expresso, fun to use!Review by Max
The XSmall machine is perfect for our lifestyle. The small footprint is perfect for our counter space. The espresso quality is excellent and the machine is fun to use. (Posted on 8/23/2013)
Does a nice job at a good priceReview by Irene
I should preface this by saying, I love coffee, but I'm not a coffee geek. My old job had a Saeco Vienna, but this is the first one I own.
I have had the Xsmall for about two weeks now, and I have been very happy with it.
The machine warms up quickly, and the pannarello wand works well to froth milk efficiently.
Great price for a superautomatic. This is especially great for someone like me, who is just venturing into the world of superautomatics. It's a great price for an entry-level machine.
Small water reservoir. I only brew a double shot (3 sometimes) in a day, so the capacity doesn't really bother me. But it is worth noting.
Machine feels a little plasticky, which it is. But it doesn't feel cheap or flimsy, but plasticky.
One piece of advice I'd give is to trust the machine's learning process. The first handful of brews were ok, but the espresso tasted a little weak, and the dregs did not come out in a puck. They looked kind of runny. But after a few more brews, everything came out beautifully.
I also took SCG's advice and used coffee beans that were not too oily.
(Posted on 6/12/2013)
Good machine for the price.Review by Mike
I've had the Xsmall for a few days so far and I'm impressed. I decided to upgrade from my cheap steam brewer and take the plunge into drinking better coffee and decided on a super automatic machine. You can literally have this machine up and running in about 5 minutes and it brews a good espresso from what I can tell (I’m relatively new at espresso since I always used a cheap machine to make them). It only took me about 4 or 5 minutes to make a cappuccino and it was easily just as good as any Starbucks or Caribou coffee drink. Given this machine won’t brew the perfect cup, but it gives a good consistent drink and the steam wand froths up milk fast and very smooth. Overall I am satisfied with the Xsmall and glad I bought it. I’ll give some pros and cons for what I think of the machine so far. The video on Seattle Coffee explains the machine better than I could here.
-fast: the machine warms up fast and brews quickly
-simple: two buttons control the brew size and you turn a knob for steam or hot water. It’s a very simple machine; there are no LCD screens, just 4 lights, 2 buttons and 1 knob.
-steam wand: heated up and frothed 16oz of milk in about 30 seconds.
- Lots of instruction manuals included, showing how to clean, prime and lube the machine.
-small water reservoir: you only get about 2 double shot brews before you need to refill (you can program the volume of water put in the shots, you get 2 double shots based off the factory settings)
-steam wand is in the way of the water reservoir: the steam wand doesn’t really get out of the way of the water reservoir so it can be a small annoyance to refill the reservoir
-machine has to learn how to brew the coffee you put in it: The instruction manual says that the Xsmall will adjust itself to the coffee you put in it to brew a better shot. This means that if the machine grinds the coffee and doesn’t “like” the feel of the coffee when it gets ready to brew it will kick out the grinds and try again. It did this to me once so far and it kind of threw me off since I hadn’t read up on the instructions. But, the next shot was really good so it must have been doing the right thing. Just be aware that the machine will kick out shots if it thinks the particular shot was bad.
I give the machine 4 out of 5 stars; it works great and brews a good shot of espresso. I left out a rating on the construction since it is a cheaper machine. I expected the overall construction to be below the more expensive machines since it was made out of plastic.
I would recommend buying the Xsmall if you want an affordable machine that brews good shots. (Posted on 12/27/2012)
Write Your Own Review
You may also be interested in the following product(s)