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Philips Saeco RI9946/47 Xelsis Digital ID Automatic Espresso Machine, Stainless Steel

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  • Using finger print recognition technology the Xelsis Digital ID will program, store and recall up to 6 unique user profiles
  • Each profile contains 9 beverages, fully customizable by strength, length and temperature as well as quantity and density of milk froth
  • Wide and easy to read display allows one-touch functionality and intuitive handling
  • Large external milk carafe with a built-in cappuccinatore hooks directly to the front of the machine, automatically frothing milk directly into the cup
  • Easy to clean front access to removable brew group and used ground tray
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Product Description

Trips to the coffee shop are a thing of the past when you use the Saeco Xelsis ID Automatic Espresso Machine. This automatic espresso machine provides multiple ways for you to customize your espresso using a simple interface, and a digital fingerprint ID system lets the Xelsis ID recall and make your preferred drink with one touch. The machine also includes a milk carafe that will deliver frothed milk straight to your cup.

Philips Saeco Xelsis ID Product Features
Produces Rich Crema and Aroma

Insisting on bean-to-cup quality, the Xelsis ID brings Italian-style espresso home. With the touch of a button, it will produce true Italian espresso, with its signature dark color, rich layer of crema, fragrant taste, and intense aroma.

An adjustable, built-in ceramic grinder, a protective coffee bean hopper, and a removable 54-ounce water tank with an Intenza water filter ensure consistent quality and clean taste. Saeco's optional Aroma System pre-brewing cycle injects hot water into ground coffee to maximize flavor extraction.

Make Customized Coffee with Saeco Brewing System

An intuitive touch user interface allows you to easily program your espresso and milk preferences into the machine so you can prepare your drink with the press of a button. The Xelsis ID features Saeco Brewing System technology, which allows you customize the strength and consistency of your coffee using a simple dial.

In addition, an integrated, automatic milk carafe adds perfectly frothed milk directly to your cup. You can also froth milk manually using the hot water wand, which provides filtered hot water for other beverages.

Fingerprint ID System Remembers Your Drink

Program the Xelsis ID to remember personalized coffee drinks for six users. A digital fingerprint ID system allows the machine to recall each user profile with the touch of your finger. This way, everyone in the family can easily make their preferred drink.

Efficient Design for Easy Cleaning

The Xelsis ID's clever design includes a bean hopper--accessible from the top of the machine--with a tight seal to keep beans fresh and a wheel base to making rotating it easy. The grounds tray and brew group can be removed from the front of the machine for cleaning. In addition, an automatic cleaning cycle keeps the milk carafe fresh between uses.

Philips Saeco machines switch off automatically one hour after use.

Warranty Information

All Philips Saeco machines are tested with coffee. Although they have been carefully cleaned there might be some coffee residue in the machine. We guarantee however that the machine is absolutely new and recommend that you read the instructions before use.

The Philips Saeco Xelsis ID is backed by a limited one-year warranty.

What's in the Box

Saeco Xelsis ID Automatic Espresso Machine (stainless steel), removable water tank, milk carafe, Intenza water filter, cleaning brush, pre-ground coffee measuring scoop, brew group lubricant, descaling solution, and instructions.


Philips Saeco Xelsis ID
Recall user profile
with the touch of a finger.
Philips Saeco Xelsis ID
External container automatically
froths milk into your cup.
Philips Saeco Xelsis ID
Front access for
easy clean-up.



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Product Information

Product Dimensions 20 x 15 x 20 inches
Item Weight 40 pounds
Shipping Weight 43.6 pounds
Manufacturer Saeco
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Item model number 104496
Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #490,409 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#136 in Kitchen & Dining > Coffee, Tea & Espresso > Espresso Machines > Super-Automatic Espresso Machines
Date first available at Amazon.com September 2, 2010

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update 10/2/14: have to say we still love the machine but now both plastic hinges have broken off the water container cover so it's gotten a little more difficult to fill -- i consider the bad hinges a design flaw that was apparently fixed after serial number TU901227104140; still trying to decide if the minor inconvenience of having to lift the cover off for refilling is worth the $58 a dealer wants for the part (with shipping)

Had a lot of frustration setting it up, but now that it's working I'm beginning to fear coffee addiction. Like many others, I got the dreaded E05 priming error upon initialization; must have tried restarting the thing 20 times. Finally called Saeco support and was told that this is a common error ("possibly caused by sensor movement during shipping") and that I should return the product to Amazon. Yeah, right. So I googled for help and found the trick to entering the Service Menu: immediately after you switch it on press the LR, UL, UR, LL buttons in that sequence. Then you find the pump test and run it manually. Voila! Got the expected water heating message upon the next restart. Even installed and primed the filter. An espresso and two great cups of cappuccino later, I'm a very happy camper.
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Just got this new machines. Had a Saeco Vienna Deluxe for 8 years that seems to be getting weak (had the boiler replaced twice during the 8 years, but otherwise a great machine at $600). Easy to unpack and get set up following the quick start guide. Had an issue with the water filter. The quick start does not even mention it. Finally found the installation instructions in the water filter box itself. The machine would not prime when we inserted the water filter as we were setting it up. We followed instructions and submerged it and squeezed it to get the water out but it quickly put up an error panel each time we tried to turn it on and get to prime. Thought we had a bad machine for a bit, but removed the filter completely and put water in it and it primed right up the first time. Ran some water through the steamer wand and then reinserted the filter and powered it off and on, and it primed fine and is using the filter now without issue.

One nice surprise is that the machine is 16 inches tall. The specs I read online somewhere indicated it was 20 inches tall which would have meant it would not fit under any of our kitchen cabinets. We were pleasantly surprised that it was only about an inch taller than the Vienna Deluxe machine and fits easily under our cabinets. It's a beautiful looking machine as well - a nice addition to our kitchen.

Tried all the different coffees - with 2% milk it really froths and creams up milk incredibly - quite a nice surprise. Cappuccino's and lattes are superb. The carafe is a great design - you can pop it off easily and put it in the fridge when not needed.
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If you're reading this, then I'm betting you're serious about getting something in this price range. Yes, it does what it says it does. Yes, the other reviews are correct about everything.

But here is what makes this special.

I no longer have make coffee myself. I just push a button. nice.

BUT, it seems like almost every super-auto doesn't heat up the milk enough. My Xelsis get the milk to about 105F. I like it at 150-160F. So, easy enough to fix but takes another 30 secs. I have to push the 'special' (yeah, that's what it's called)button to get the option for MORE hot milk (not hotter just more) as the drink options don't allow for enough milk vs. coffee (for my preference) and then once again for steam. But the steaming wand is ready within a second and the process of getting my mildly warm latte from 105 to 150 is about 25 seconds, which is outstanding!

So, I do recommend this Super-A to anyone that wants a machine to remember their preferences for many people (6)and have the option to change it easily. You will have to tweak your settings a lot before you get it just right. So many variables but the menu system is so easy to use you really don't have to worry. I'm drinking my Xelsis latte right now in fact!
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Ravings from the world of Pricepal:

Before I bought this maker, I had the Delongi Perfecta. In a word, it was junk, non stop error codes, bitter coffee, etc.

The comparison with the Xelsis might not be fair as this machine was over twice the cost.

The Xelsis is a ton of money, hard to justify the cost, but you do get what you pay for.

Yes, I know I can make a perfect espresso with a $200 MANUAL MACHINE, but this review is not for espresso freaks, just the common guy trying to justify dropping a boatload of cash on a espresso maker.

Most importantly, this think pumps out HOT coffee, much hotter than a Delonghi which was tepid at best.

Set up time, will take awhile, as there is so much to read and adjust initially and the instructions are rather hard to comprehend as most of it is very small text and pictures that just don't cut what the next step is.

But after the set up was complete, before adjusting anything, I made a cup and noted this coffee was much smoother than anything I had before, so smooth I first thought it was too weak, It had the taste but not the bitterness!

The finger scanner is a "wow" item not needed, but "wow".

Yes, The water container is too small, so is the drip tray, both cons, but if you made them larger, you would have a much larger machine which would be a major "con". This one sits and looks great on the counter.

The steam wand is a little short for me. Another inch or so would of been better.

The milk carafe seems very fragile, all plastic, and the concern is you insert it into the machine on a angle, then snap down to seat it....I guess we will see.
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