Philips Espresso Machines help automate your daily coffee making

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Philips 3200 Series Fully Automatic Espresso Machine w/ Milk Frother, Black, EP3221/44

The worthy winner from today's line-up of Phillips automatic coffee makers is number two on our list: the Philips 3200 Fully Automatic Espresso Machine with Milk Frother.

This machine may require some trial and error before it makes magic, and its water level sensor is a little too sensitive – plus, like many others of its kind, it does have plastic parts. Nonetheless, this machine still strikes an excellent equilibrium between delivering on the most desirable coffee crafting elements and only giving rise to rare customer complaints.

Buyers vouch for this maker's ability to excel on the key elements of top-notch taste, easy operation, and minimal maintenance, whilst the negatives noted are trivial and infrequent in comparison to the other coffee makers featured.

This is a machine that is capable of creating coffee to satisfy both ardent caffeine consumers and elite experimenters – moreover, sitting at the center in terms of cost is affordable to a healthy slice of those hunting in the mid-range coffee maker market.

1. Philips 3200 Series Fully Automatic Espresso Machine with LatteGo

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Philips 3200 Series Fully Automatic Espresso Machine w/ LatteGo, Black, EP3241/54
  • Enjoy 5 coffees
  • Intuitive touch display
  • 12-step grinder adjustment

Main Pros

Customers gave this model a big thumbs-up for the convenient clean-up this maker affords. With no milk tubes, removable fill parts, and a drip tray ‘full’ tab, keeping this model spick and span entails little more than a wipe down and disposal of used pucks.  

Despite being the most expensive machine in today’s line-up, buyers also agree that this Philips maker offers good value for money. The coffee it creates is of consistently high quality in terms of taste, temperature, and timely delivery (around 2.5 minutes for a milky coffee), with a control panel that is easy to navigate.

Users of this model are also fans of the maker’s automatic milk foamer system, with the opinion that it works better than a foaming wand and is easy to maintain, with the removable milk container making the storage of unused milk a breeze.

Main Cons

The main drawback to this model according to purchasers is its level of loudness when in use –  particularly when making a drink with the LatteGo system. Some have reported the volume of noise (and vibrations that can accompany it) as making it unsuitable for use in spaces where people are sleeping reasonably close to the kitchen.

More minor negatives mentioned are a shallow milk capacity for the frother (which limits a user’s ability to make double size milkier drinks such as lattes and macchiatos), and the observation that the model uses a lot of water in its clean-through process before use.

Design & Features

The Philips 3200 Series Fully Automatic Espresso Machine with LatteGo offers a choice of 5 coffees (espresso, cappuccino, latte, macchiato, and Americano), with ceramic grinders with a 12-step grinder setting adjustment. It also has fully removable, dishwasher-safe brewer unit parts for easy cleaning and a touch display.

The machine has a contemporary appearance and comes with an AquaClean filter for minimal descaling, an aroma seal to keep the coffee beans fresh, a water hardness testing strip, a grease tube, and a measuring scoop.

Performance

The customer consensus is that this maker performs pretty well, with a sophisticated automatic coffee-making system and minimal need for manual input. The consistently good coffee it makes is hot, fast, and hits the mark for flavor, even if the milk capacity is limited – it does, however, make a lot of noise!

Maintenance & Ease of Use

Buyers agree that this machine is easy to use and requires minimal maintenance, making it a machine well-suited to busy bees and clueless coffee crafters alike. The control panel system is simple to use and offers good coffee options, with a speedy clean-up process.

Worth a Buy?

Yes. This machine is a great one for those of us who want no-hassle, well-made hot coffee with next to no involvement in the brewing process. However: for those of us who like to control certain elements of the coffee creation process, a machine that allows a more hands-on approach would be a better choice.

2. Philips 3200 Fully Automatic Espresso Machine with Milk Frother

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Philips 3200 Series Fully Automatic Espresso Machine w/ Milk Frother, Black, EP3221/44
  • Enjoy 4 coffees at your fingertips, makes espresso, hot water, coffee, Americano, Espresso Lungo
  • Intuitive touch display, frequency: 60 hertz
  • Adjust aroma strength and quantity

Main Pros

Users are virtually unanimous in their view that this makes excellent coffee – fresh and strong, with a rich taste. Buyers are also fans of the built-in grinder and efficient automatic milk steamer which produces smooth, fluffy froth – and the hot water setting is said to be great for tea.

Those who have bought this model also gave it a firm thumbs-up for usability. Setup is agreed to be pretty straightforward and the coffee settings easy to operate, with adjustment between coffee options and strengths a simple process with coffee available quickly.

Customers also love the low maintenance element of this maker. Cleaning is a fast, fairly easy, infrequent process: the brew system rinses through each time it is switched on or off, and a tablet clean to remove oil residue is only required once a month.

Main Cons

Gripes with this machine are few and far between. A very small number of buyers have expressed the need for a learning curve, citing the need for a ‘break-in’ period before great coffee can be produced. 

Users have also occasionally raised an issue with the amount of water refill required due to an overactive water sensor, plus the plastic construction of some of the machine’s components.

Design and Features

The Philips 3200 Fully Automatic Espresso Machine with Milk Frother offers 12-step coffee grinder adjustment and a choice between 4 types of coffee (filter coffee, espresso, Americano, and Lungo).  

This model also has 3 aroma strength settings, 3 temperature settings, and adjustment for coffee quantity, plus a removable brew group that is fully dishwasher safe. This maker has a modern look and comes with a touch display, an AquaClean filter, and an aroma seal for freshness and easy maintenance.

Performance

Aside from the seldom sticking point over the maker needing time to come into its own, most customers agree that it is very efficient at making quality coffee quickly. Moreover, the adjustment settings are easy to navigate to achieve a great caffeine fix – and there are no discernible issues over noise levels.

Maintenance & Ease of Use

Users are in unison with the opinion that this is a maker requiring minimal maintenance. It works well and clean-up is fast and fuss-free: it has a self-cleaning system between uses, with a manual wipe down only needed around once a week.

Worth a Buy?

Yes. This machine performs well on the all-important aspects of flavor, ease of use, and minimal maintenance – making it suitable for almost anyone who wants excellent coffee with no nonsense. Moreover, the range of adjustable settings also provides some scope for customization for the more adventurous coffee crafters amongst us. It’s a worthy contender for our best espresso machines list.

3. Philips Carina 1200 Compact Super-Automatic All-In-One Programmable Espresso Machine

Philips 1200-Series Fully Automatic Espresso Machine w/Milk Frother (EP1220/04)
  • Easily make 2 delicious coffee drinks from fresh beans, exactly the way you like it with a touch of a button
  • The Classic Milk Frother dispenses steam, allowing you to prepare silky smooth milk froth for your cappuccino or latte macchiato - with only two parts, it is also easy to clean
  • The irresistible taste and aroma of coffee from fresh beans is just one touch away - the intuitive touch display allows you to easily select your favorite coffee

Main Pros

Owners of this machine are fans of its efficient functionality. Setup is thought to be straightforward, with settings that are simple to master. Coffee can be tailored easily and the making process is uncomplicated: once the machine has warmed up you just choose your coffee, pour, turn it off, and you’re good to go.

The customer consensus for this model is that it is also a reliable system that produces consistently good results – it heats quickly, offers a generous selection of custom settings, and its automatic milk frother whips up milk well. The hot water function also received the buyer seal of approval for the flexibility it adds to drink options.

Many users also agree that this machine is simple to clean. Its auto cleaning function received a big thumbs up, with the AquaClean filter viewed as adding worthy extra value to the ease of maintenance. Though this machine has a steam wand (unlike the other models) it was rated as relatively easy to sanitize.

Main Cons

Purchasers were, however, not so positive about the coffee results. A common complaint is that the coffee this model makes is of poor quality in terms of either taste or strength, with either a bland or subpar flavor, a diluted consistency per grind (even with adjustment), or a watery crema.

A handful of users have also assessed the machine as having a fragile build, with fractures and part break-offs not unheard of. A small number have also rated the customer service as unhelpful or unresponsive, with the process of returning a faulty machine expensive.

Design & Features

The Philips Carina 1200 Super-Automatic All-In-One Programmable Espresso Machine is a compact, contemporary coffee maker with ceramic grinders, a choice of 12 grinder levels, and a classic milk frother wand. It also comes with an AquaClean filter and fully removable brew group units to allow fuss-free cleaning, plus a touch display system with a My Coffee Choice feature.

Performance

Users agree that this is a machine that offers ample options and works well, with drinks prep an easy process – though there is less consensus regarding the quality of the coffee it creates, with a sizable number of consumers not so keen on the result.

Maintenance & Ease of Use

Buyers almost unanimously vouch for the ease of use and minimal maintenance this maker offers. They have been impressed by its fine functions, customization choice, and trouble-free tidy-up.  A rare few, however, have felt that the machine’s construction could be more sturdy.

Worth a Buy?

Perhaps. This convenient machine could be useful for those of us who spend a lot of time on the go and are more focused on securing a fast caffeine fix to fuel a long day. However, for those of us who truly appreciate a powerful taste and punch to our bean-based beverage, this delivery of this machine would likely disappoint.

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