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Nuova Simonelli Oscar Espresso Machine Review

Crew Review: Nuova Simonelli Oscar

This one-group semi-automatic Oscar Nuova Simonelli machine arrives packaged into a gorgeous, lustrous design that produces, in a nutshell, absolutely incredible espresso. Features include commercial-grade components which include durable, longlasting brew group made of marine-quality brass and an extremely efficient 2.3-liter heat exchange boiler system. Another feature that sets this machine apart from most of the others is the heat exchanger in this one, which enables brewing espresso and steaming/frothing the milk simultaneously.

Product Description

Read this Nuova Simonelli Oscar espresso machine review if you are searching for a great espresso maker that is fully capable of making all of the espresso beverages that your local Starbucks or other coffee shop can, as well as one that allows you to brew beverages with the same quality you get from your local barista.

Top features include its ability to froth milk and brew espresso at the same time, durable construction made to last many years, and ease of use, as reported by customers who have bought and used this workhorse!

One customer even reported having this machine for 8-1/2 years and using it for their customers before needing to purchase another one.


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Is this machine in the Super-Automatic, Automatic, or Semi-Automatic class?

This machine is in the semi-automatic class of home espresso machines.

Is this machine programmable?

No, this machine has no programmable options. It is operated with a series of front panel push buttons.

One customer commented that although there are not the “bells and whistles” on this machine that there are on some of the super-automatics available, this machine produces fantastic, precise shots and great froth, at the same time, each time a beverage is brewed.

Another customer praised the labeled status lights on this machine, which they felt left no question as to what “status” the machine was at.

Is this machine easy to use?

Although dosing and tamping does take some practice if you are new to espresso making, customers who used this machine reported it really was very simple to use.

What types of beverages does this machine make?

This machine makes all types of espresso beverages that you could order at your local coffee shop, including Americanos, lattes, macchiatos, and more!

In addition, one customer reported that the steaming wand also steams water to incredibly hot in about a third of the time it takes to heat up water in the microwave, leaving open the option for a quick cup of tea now and then.

What is the cup height allowance of this machine?

This espresso maker allows for using a cup up to three inches tall.

Does this machine use pods/capsules or ground coffee?

This machine uses only pre-ground coffee.

Does this machine have a built-in coffee bean grinder?

No, this machine does not have a built-in grinder. You would need to either purchase/use a separate grinder or buy your coffee pre-ground.

What is the bean hopper size in this machine?

Not applicable – espresso machines without built-in grinders do not have bean hoppers.

Does this particular machine have an LCD display?

No, this machine does not have an LCD display.

What is the frothing capability of this machine?

This machine has a stainless-steel, articulating commercial type of frothing wand that produces great froth, once you have the hang of the concept of frothing, which does take some practice if you are new to the world of making your own espresso.

What is the brew time length of this machine?

Although this one apparently takes 25 minutes of warm-up time before being ready to brew, once it has heated the water, the heat exchanger that comes with this machine allows for making brew after brew with no wait time in between.

In addition, we located a tip from a customer who purchased and used this machine, who advised that a great way to heat the water up much faster in this machine is to release the steam after 5 minutes of heating, close up the steam valve, wait another 5 minutes and then it is brew time!

How many cups at a time can be made with this machine?

This machine can brew either one double shot or two single shots at the same time.

Does it have a cup warmer?

Yes, as with most home espresso makers that have a cup warmer, simply placing the cups on the top of the machine heats them with the heat dispensed out of the top of the machine.

One customer who had purchased this machine reported that the top of this machine works very “decent” as a cup warmer.

What colors is  this machine available in?

From what we could determine from our research, this machine is available in either black or red.

What type of housing (outside casing) does this machine have?

This machine is housed in plastic. Also made of plastic are the drip tray and the drip tray cover. One customer made note that because the machine is housed in plastic rather than steel or metal, it weighs much less than some of the ones cased in metal or steel. Plastic is also noted not to show scratches or nicks as easily as stainless steel.

What type of water heating system does this machine have?

This machine has a copper boiler that is 2.5 liters. Also features a “heat exchange” system to ensure no wait time between beverage brewing, if brewing more than one at a time.

Does this machine have dual boilers?

No, this machine has only one boiler. However, the heat-exchange system built into this machine ensures there will be no waiting between brews, and this heat-exchange system is actually much better than dual boiler machines.

Is this machine noisy?

It was impossible to find any information that told us whether this machine makes a lot of noise. Most home espresso machines, however, do make some noise, so we can only assume that it does make some noise, although likely less than those with built-in grinders.

What is the bar pump pressure information regarding this machine?

This machine offers a 15-bar pump pressure.

What is the water tank size on this machine?

The water reservoir on this machine is 77 ounces.

Is the water tank easy to access?

The water tank on this machine is not removable and is accessed from the top of the machine. This would require the home barista to slide it out from under a cupboard if, in fact, it is stored under a cupboard when not in use.

In addition, one must keep an eye on the water level, as there is no water level indicator or visibility from the outside of the machine.

Lastly, the opening of the water tank on this machine is smaller than most, making it somewhat difficult, although by no means impossible, to refill the water tank.

What is the weight of this machine?

This machine is one of the heavier ones, weighing in at 39 pounds.

What are the dimensions (measurements) of this machine?

This machine measures 21 x 16 x 22 inches.

Shipping and Warranty Info.

This machine has a 2-year warranty.

What is the wattage of this machine?

This machine is powered with 1,200 watts.

Customer Reviews – Pros & Cons – Nuova Simonelli Oscar Espresso Machine Review

Here are some of the pros and cons that are actual reports from customers who have purchased and used this espresso machine.


  • Ease of use.
  • Incredible steaming ability.
  • Although not the cheapest machine you could consider, it is also not anywhere near being the most highly priced. Customers have reported that it is very well-worth the money they have paid for it. For the price, it is an extremely great deal.
  • Provides the home barista with the ability to brew and steam at the same time, which tremendously decreases the actual time spent brewing.
  • The incredibly sturdy construction of this machine ensures it will last for many years.
  • Although the casing of this machine is plastic, note that the plastic it is constructed of is very heavy duty, preventing scratches and nicks like you would get with the machines that are constructed of stainless steel or metal.


  • Taller coffee mugs do not fit under the spout.
  • There is no way to keep track of the water level in the water tank, other than to open the water tank and look inside.
  • Customers reported that the drip tray could have done well to be larger.
  • No LCD display – many people prefer home espresso machines that have an LCD display, which this one does not.