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Saeco Classico - Mike Pass's Review
Posted: February 16, 2006, 2:52am
review rating: 7.0
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Arrow The Saeco Classico has 30 Reviews
Arrow The Saeco Classico has been rated 8.36 overall by our member reviewers
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
Steve Zlatev 8.50
Dave LaFollette 8.44
Mark Bounds 8.00
Mark Johnston 7.50
Mike Pass 7.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 10.0
Manufacturer: Saeco Quality: 10
Average Price: $250.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $350.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Don't remember Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 3 years Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Just keeps making GREAT coffee, day after day after day...
Positive Product Points

Easy to use. Trouble Free. Die hard machine!

Negative Product Points

Switch lights go out after a few years. But no big deal to replace with parts from Saeco.

Detailed Commentary

I used to drink Melitta style drip coffee. In 2002 I was visiting my wife's relatives in Europe. They do not make "American" coffee in that country, they make espresso. It was all I had to replace the drip coffee I had always drank. Upon returning to the US, I found that I had developed a taste for the espresso and lost the taste for the drip coffee. I researched machines and settled on the Saeco Classico SS. I have been using this machine for 3 years now. I make approximately 10-15 double shots a day (I know that's a bit much but hey, I like coffee!) Anyhow, after 2 years I had to purchase another portafilter for the machine since it was having trouble pushing the hot water through the coffee grounds. I called Saeco parts and got a new one for about $15.00 (can't beat that!) I also replaced one of the front switches since the little green light had stopped working (another easy fix!) I think the switch was about $5.00.

I have bought more drip machines in my lifetime than this one. Each one of the drip machines would last about 1 year before needing replacement. For the cost of the worn parts, this machine has been perfect, day in and day out! I WILL buy another one if they still make it when mine finally dies. I don't see that happening anytime soon. Especially when parts for these machines are so readily available and cheap!

Buying Experience

I bought this machine from an online retailer in Oregon (I believe). Sorry, it's been a while. Since then, the price has gone down about $100.00 and is now sold in a black model at Costco!

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