In this article we’ll have a stand off between two top manufacturers. It’s Jura vs Saeco. Bring. It. On!
Buying an espresso maker regardless of the price, can be a daunting process. I certainly understand this, and for that very reason I am here to help you make an informed decision. We are constantly adding new articles and features! To get the best view on specific models, make sure to take a look at our easy comparison page.
MORE ABOUT THE MACHINES
Here, we will take a look at one machine from each manufacturer. These two are fairly comparable in price. In this instance, the two are not at the very top of what their respective companies have to offer but they aren’t far off. As always Amazon is your best bet for a great deal.
One thing I wanted to note: Both of these machines are labeled as “automatic” makers by their manufacturers, but they are both “super-automatic” makers.
Jura Capresso ENA5 Automatic Coffee and Espresso Center
Like a lot of makers in this category, the ENA5 has a very small footprint, Jura claiming the ENA to be the narrowest. While this is great, it also means that room above the machine will be needed for adding water. Of course, this is very common on large machines as well.
[easyazon-image asin=”B001B60Y0S” alt=”Jura ENA5 Automatic Coffee and Espresso Center, Ristretto Black” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41nU-rO%2BSsL._SL160_.jpg” align=”left” width=”139″ height=”160″]This machine is pretty simple to use, it adds some user adjustability in the form of selectable shot size, 1.5oz. to 8.0oz., and has a rather smart pre-ground coffee door that accepts two scoops, smart because it will determine on its own whether or not you have actually added coffee after selecting the feature. If you haven’t, the machine automatically goes back to grinding beans.
I also like that you can use your own carafe of milk with the tube attachment for frothing, and steaming when making coffee drinks, a great feature that many others in this price range can’t match.
While the ENA5 doesn’t have a timer feature for setting it up to brew at a pre-determined time, it does have a great power saving zero-energy switch, which shuts off all power when not in use. The “Energy Save” standby mode further reduces power consumption by bringing the needed power down to almost zero when not in use.
SOME NICE FEATURES
- Very Slim (H 14” x W 9.5” x D 17”)
- 18 Bar Pump
- Zero Energy & Energy Save Standby Modes
- Three Color to Choose From: Blossom White, Ristretto Black, or Cherry Red
- Clearyl water filtration designed to eliminate decalcification
Saeco Syntia Stainless Steel Automatic Espresso Machine
The more I look at Saeco products, the more impressed I am. The cost in this range of maker is substantial,of course, so you’d be forgiven for expecting a lot for your money, and with this in mind it seems that Saeco edges out the competition in some ways.
[easyazon-image asin=”B003HFTLOG” alt=”Saeco Syntia Stainless Steel Automatic Espresso Machine” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41jCo5EbU0L._SL160_.jpg” align=”none” width=”160″ height=”160″]I love the cabinet of the Syntia. You will find stainless throughout, and even though it may seem trivial, the use of magnets for things like drip trays, and attachments are operable. When I say little things, I mean a digital screen that changes from green, the ready state, to red, when a door or attachment is off or open. I also like that the water is filled into a container that you pull out of the front, although the bean, and pre-ground coffee hopper is filled from the top.
SOME NICE FEATURES
- Very Compact (H 12.5” x W 10” x D16.5”)
- 15 Bar Pump
- Ceramic Grinder
- All Stainless
ABOUT THE COMPANIES
Jura, a Swiss company, is the older if not wiser, of the two here. Opening their doors in 1931, Jura claim to have created the very first percolator based coffee machine, which debuted at the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris, France. The name Jura comes from a beautiful mountain range in Switzerland, the company’s headquarters being situated at the foot of these mountains.
Jura also says that they were instrumental in the development of automatic espresso/coffee makers, developing them since the 1980’s. More recently, in 2011, Jura received the prestigious Red Dot award for their Impressa J9 One-Touch TFT Automatic Coffee Maker.
Jura, in the United States, is known as Jura Capresso, Inc., and is owned by Jura AG of Switzerland. They operate in over 40 countries and claim global market leadership in the premium segment for automatic coffee centers. The best part is that all Jura machines are 100% Swiss made.
Saeco, which is owned by appliance and technology giant, Phillips is a bit different from their typical competition. Saeco is a newer troupe than Jura, getting their start in 1981. An Italian company, Saeco, like a fabled dotcom in the 90’s operates with a focus on employees, their commitment to team effort, and happiness.
No stranger to accolades, Saeco won the Red Dot award in 2007 for the Talea Touch, with Milk Island accessory. Unlike JURA, who claim to have been instrumental in creating the first automatic espresso maker, Saeco takes full responsibility for the innovation.
The Jura website is a lot like their products description, well thought out, and simple to use. You will find everything you need at this website with regards to product information. Well done.
About the Saeco website, when you research, and review, and basically eat, sleep and breathe espresso, you tend to think about how the product gets into your cup, and there is no way, more high tech than a super automatic. There is no voodoo, of course, and thinking about it with a logical mind gets you most of the way there but still the Flash sequence at the opening of the Saeco website is really cool for those remaining bits that may be left out.
It’s not comprehensive mind, but this isn’t a PowerPoint presentation folks. Anyway, you’ll find what you need at their site. Check it out.
In wrapping up, to declare one maker a clear winner would be a bit misleading. Both are very capable machines. In the end, what it often boils down to is preferences regarding things like looks, cabinet size and specific features. If you love stainless steel, and have a kitchen full of high end stainless appliances, you may feel that the Saeco is the obvious choice.
If, on the other hand, you like the energy saving, lovely color options and versatile milk frothing features of the Jura Capresso, then you can’t go wrong with the ENA5.
If given an empty kitchen, and one machine to choose from I would go with the Saeco Syntia. Simply because I prefer its looks and feature set. In this case, if the devil is in the detail, then for me the Syntia gets the win.