Saeco PicoBaristo (Philips): Full Automatic Coffee Machine Review

An very interesting new addition to my coffee-machine reviews is the Philips Saeco PicoBaristo.

 

With its prices in the middle and up to higher three-digit range, the PicoBaristo clearly belongs to the middle class coffee machines. This beautiful full automatic coffee machine is amazing and not only visually but functionally too.

 

Also within the product lines of Saeco, the PicoBaristo Coffee Machine I surely categorize it in the middle class of all these Philips/Saeco Coffee Machine Lines.  The inexpensive starter class of Philips is Saeco Incanto and its top class GranBaristo. About the differences between the two classes I’ll inform you with more details down below.

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A solid and high quality full automatic coffee machine

Saeco PicoBaristo is a very beautiful, small and noble fully automatic coffee machine!  And the most important! It is easy to clean and easy to use. The Saeco PicoBaristo is available in several variants. However, they are almost identical and differ only in the housing and the milk system. You have the possibility to choose between a plastic-body in piano-black-colour or silver metal imitation. Also you can find it in a real stainless steel elegant body. For milk froth, there is a variant with cappuccinatore and three others with fully automatic system and integrated milk container.

 

PicoBaristo: Overview

The compact Saeco PicoBaristo device can do everything a fully automatic coffee machine can do. With the haptic buttons on the right and left of the machine display in the middle and at the top of the device, it is very easy to use it and intuitive too.All model variants, except one of them, have an automatic milk froth system with milk container for latching on the front. In the same part of the machine you can also use the hot water function. PicoBaristo is more comfortable and flexible compared to other coffee machines from Saeco. Instead of the hexagonal grinding setting, a manually operable wheel is installed which provides 10 grinding degrees. In the most expensive variation of this coffee machine type, the GranBaristo, we have the possibility to set only 5 grinding levels and this is very strange.

Even with the basic settings, the PicoBaristo brews a very good espresso and tasty milk coffee drinks. A tiny minus point is that sometimes a bit of water comes out from the milk froth system. But in a ready latte macchiato, however, this does not matter and doesn’t spoils its taste. You can right program the most important beverages, such as strength and quantity for each drink. However, the PicoBaristo does not provide different profiles for several users’ wishes. If you really need this function, you should upgrade to the GranBaristo, which is equipped with six user different profiles. PicoBaristo looks amazing with its high-gloss surfaces in black or silver. The compact design with a milk container at the front saves a lot of space in the kitchen.  Furthermore, the coffee machine is well processed. Nothing clatters or acts cheaply. If you are looking for a good coffee machine of the middle price class, the Saeco PicoBaristo can be a very good choice for you.

Pros

  • Good function and coffee preparation·
  • Beautiful, compact design
  • Elegant Design
  • Choice possibility between plastic (black/silver) and stainless steel body·         Not too loud
  • Automatic milk froth
  • Easy handling
  • Removable brewing Group
  • 10 grinding levels setting

Many settings including temperature

 Cons

  • No individual user profiles
  • A little bit water in milk system
  • High-gloss housing susceptible to stains

Saeco PicoBaristo: Technische Daten und Unterschiede

Modell PicoBaristo HD8924/01 SM3061/10 HD8925/01 HD8927/01
Size 221 x 340 x 430 221 x 340 x 430 221 x 340 x 430 221 x 340 x 430
Housing Stainless steel Plastic, silver Plastic, black Stainless steel
Weight about. 7,2 kg about. 7,2 kg about. 7,2 kg about. 7,2 kg
Water-filter AquaClean Filter AquaClean Filter AquaClean Filter AquaClean Filter
Brewing Group Removable X X X X
Display LCD X X X X
Coffee drinks
full programmed
        7        11        11        11
 

User profile saving

          1          1          1          1
Adjust the coffee strength          5 Levels    5 Levels    5 Levels      5 Levels
Watter- and Milk quantity settings No Levels (Cappuccinatore for Milk) No Levels No Levels No Levels
Grinding Levels setting 10 Levels 10 Levels 10 Levels 10 Levels
Temperature settings 3 Levels 3 Levels 3 Levels 3 Levels
 Discharge height 16,3 cm 16,3 cm 16,3 cm 16,3 cm
Milk container ✘ (extern container necessary) (500 ml Carafe with handle) (500 ml Carafe with handle) (500 ml Carafe with handle)
Fast and easy  Milk system cleaning X X X X
Watter Container 1,8 Liter 1,8 Liter 1,8 Liter 1,8 Liter
Coffee Beans Container 250 g 250 g 250 g 250 g
2 Drinks at the same time YES but not for Coffee Drinks YES but not for Coffee Drinks YES but not for Coffee Drinks YES but not for Coffee Drinks

 

As you can see, there are only two differences between the model variants:

  • Colour and material of the housing
  • With cappuccinatore (HD8924 / 01) or integrated milk container

 

The less number of programmed beverages for the HD8924 / 01 type is because the milk drinks are dropped. You get the milk drinks too, of course, only you have to prepare the milk foam separately. The whole thing is therefore somehow less comfortable and no fully automatic.

The stainless steel models are probably slightly heavier than those with plastic housings. Unfortunately Saeco gives no weight data and I could not directly compare this feature now.

For testing, I had the variant in plastic silver with the type code SM3061 / 10.

Find this amazing automatic coffee machine online and see its latest price in Amazon! (Photo with the stars see example of the test in coffeeness and 2 buttons bellow one with “review” leading here in the review and one with “Price Europe” and “Price USA”or something equal see coffeeness what  they have and translate. )

All the types of PicoBaristo

HD8924/01 SM3061/10 HD8925/01  HD8927/01