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Saeco 4038 Vienna Plus 15-Bar-Pump Super-Automatic Espresso Machine

I'm a pretty big fan of Gaggia espresso machines, they're one of the staples in the world of espresso makers. Many people don't know that Saeco owns Gaggia or that they produce some of their own machines such as the Saeco 4038 Vienna Plus 15-Bar-Pump Super-Automatic Espresso Machine which is really worth taking a close look at.

Usually when people ask me about Saeco espresso makers I sort of wave them on over to Gaggia. After all, if you're going to buy a Saeco, it might as well be a Gaggia, right? Well, usually... but this machine might be the exception to that rule. Let's find out...

Let's Look At This Machine

Saeco 4038 Vienna Plus 15-Bar-Pump Super-Automatic Espresso Machine

This is a 15 bar pump driven super automatic espresso machine that costs only $510. That price alone should grab your attention. Usually such a cheap price for a super automatic would raise all kinds of red flags (Jura-Capresso Super Automatics can run in the several thousand dollar range without breaking a sweat). But Saeco's a solid company so I'm holding off on those red flags.

This beast throws off 1,250 watts, which is a little light for a super-automatic and might account for the cheaper price tag. It does have a stainless steel boiler though, so that's good.

It has a twelve ounce coffee bean container with an Opti-Dose adjustable doser which helps you pull the exact amount of coffee grounds for whatever size shot of espresso you want to make. It's also got a fairly decently sized fifty-seven ounce water tank.

Finally, this guy comes with a Pannerello steam wand so that you can make your favorite cappuccinos, lattes, mochas, Americano's or anything else you like. Many people really like the Pannerello frother system over a regular steam wand. It definitely adds a little something to my opinion of this machine.

One thing I should point out, and probably a big reason why this machine is so inexpensive, is that it doesn't have an LCD digital screen of any kind. Most of these super-automatics on the market come with little screens that help you visually program things and usually also have a little clock in there too.

You definitely can still program this espresso maker, it just doesn't have a cool digital screen or fancy backlit digital buttons. Just regular buttons and a knob or two to adjust depending on what you want to brew at the moment.

I like the graphite color of the machine. It's a nice change from the normal jet black and chrome that we seem to always see in espresso machines. The one downside is the thing looks a little big and clunky. Of course, you usually have that problem with many super automatics. They're built to do so much that they end up being huge.

What Other People Are Saying About It

There aren't a ton of reviews out there for this machine. At Amazon, it garnered twenty four reviews. They were generally positive, with an average of about four out of five stars. The breakdown was as follows: ten 5-star reviews, eight 4-star, four 3-star, and two 2-star (there were no 1-star reviews; which is a nice indicator).

Gaggia machines always have great reviews (usually). Saeco reviews, on the other hand, usually don't have as many good reviews. This machine is different and I think for a good reason, people seem to really like it. It's not hard to understand why. At this price, its a great steal.

What's The Final Word?

While I usually wave people away from regular Saeco machines and send them on over to their Gaggia division, in this case I feel very comfortable recommending the Saeco 4038 Vienna Plus 15-Bar-Pump Super-Automatic Espresso Machine. At just $510 for a super-automatic espresso machine, it's hard to go wrong. My only concern would be if the company scrimped on quality to drive down the price; and based on past customer reviews that doesn't seem to be the case at all. So grab one of these machines today while you still can!