The Philips Saeco Incanto isn't Philips' first rodeo in the automated espresso maker arena. See, for instance, our review of the Saeco Intelia Deluxe. But it's a very nice bean-to-cup espresso machine at a much, much lower price than the Intelia, so if you want a full-featured machine without a full-featured price, you should give it some serious consideration. Buttons on the front panel let you choose an espresso, an espresso lungo, a cappuccino or a latte macchiato. The machine is programmable, so you can set the strength and size of each drinkl, then tell the Incanto to remember your settings so that you can get your next dose of that beverage with a single button push, assuming you haven't changed your mind about how you like it. (There are no individual presets for different family members, so the Incanto is probably best for a lone user or a family with identical tastes in brewing strength.)
A frother next to the espresso spout lets you froth your milk using a snap-in carafe, then will blend that froth into the espresso as it pours, layering it according to the specifications of your selected beverage type. The process froths your milk twice, making it especially smooth. The grinders are ceramic, so they don't heat up and burn the beans as they're ground. The brewing unit is removable for cleaning, so it won't get jammed with the detritus of previous drinks. As for the rest of the machine, it has an automatic cleaning cycle, to make maintenance as simple as possible. The boiler heats up fast, so you won't have to spend a lot of time waiting for your coffee and milk froth on a cold winter morning.
While the Incanto is a good choice in the reasonably priced espresso maker field, you might want to look at some of their competitors in roughly the same price range. Alternatives include the Gaggia Velasca, the Jura Ena Micro 9 and the Breville Dual Boiler. Or you can stare longingly at some of the ultra-high-priced Jura machines, like the Giga W3 Professional).
Just got this machine for Father's Day and really enjoy it so far! Very pleased with the quality of the espresso. Great coffee beans as always - very fresh and tasty!
The coffee is something hotter and the grind is slightly better. The options are extensive. Water filter is a great idea also saves certainly maintenance.
He is very easy to use and the different strengths of coffee are also experiments clearly.