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Saeco Odea Giro Super-Automatic Espresso Machine

Saeco has always seemed like an interesting company to me. They sell a lot of pretty decent espresso makers under their own name, but then a few years ago they went out and bought Gaggia; which vaulted them into the main stage of the espresso world. But they still offer machines under their own name and the Saeco Odea Giro Super-Automatic Espresso Machine is one of those machines. Let's take a look...

First off, this is a super-automatic espresso maker with all the bells and whistles you'd expect. Yet at the same time, it doesn't have that usual huge bulky feel that most automatics tend to have these days. It's a welcome change and I'm glad to see Saeco innovate in this area.

Let's Look At Some Specs!

First of all, this is a 15-bar pump-powered machine. A lot of super-automatics tend to bump up to 16 or 17 bars but the Giro does it with just 15. It's got 1,500 watts of juice running through its veins though, so no worries there.

Saeco Odea Giro Super-Automatic Espresso Machine

It comes with a ceramic grinder and I'll admit, I'm not terribly familiar with those types of grinders. I think we're all used to burr grinders. But I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. I've never been a grinder snob, mine cost $15 bucks from Walmart 10 years ago! Ceramic is supposed to be better on the beans, grinding them without changing their flavor...

The Giro uses something called Rapid-Steam technology that's suppose to reduce your wait time between brewing and frothing down to zero.

Of course, it comes with a steam wand so that you can make your favorite cappuccino, latte, or mocha drinks. It also comes with an adjustable drip tray and a one and a half liter water tank; both of which are removable for easy cleaning.

I mentioned that this is a smaller looking machine. More precisely, it measures 15 and 1/6 by 11 and 3/7 by 14 and 1/2 inches. I think I have a manual machine that's bigger than that! It weighs about 25 pounds which is not terribly heavy either.

*Fun fact, the machine was designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA. Maybe that's why its so sleek!

What Are People Saying About The Odea Giro?

Reviews are generally positive. It has about nineteen reviews at Amazon which is decent for a super-automatic machine. The reviews average about 3 1/2 out of 5 which is a little lower than you might like but still acceptable. More specifically, it has eight 5-star reviews, five 4-star, one 3-star, and five 1-star reviews.

The people who gave this machine poor reviews tended to have problems with their machine within the first few months (or right out of the package). Saeco has a warranty, and they'll fix your machine - but you have to pay to ship it to them and it is reported to take several weeks to get it taken care of.

Of course, that only happens in a small percentage of orders and you'll find similar experiences with most major espresso machines. All that pressure sometimes pops them! Fact of espresso machine life...

What's The Bottom Line?

I'll admit that I usually tend to recommend that people who are interested in a Saeco machine should just go buy a Gaggia (they tend to have a better selection and it's all the same company so it doesn't really matter).

That being said, in this particular case, I feel pretty comfortable recommending this machine. The list price for this machine is $800, which is pretty competitive for a super-automatic machine these days (Capresso machines cost several thousand dollars after all!). But I've found a dozen or so at the link below for only $639 which is an incredible steal and one of the main reasons why I recommend you buy this machine instead of a comparable Gaggia.

The Saeco Odea Giro Super-Automatic Espresso Machine is a solid machine that should hold up well and make exceptional espresso. It's sleek and stylish design (Thanks BMW!) will be sure to catch eyes and gain lots of attention whenever anyone walks into your kitchen. Give it a try today!