The smeg coffee maker is everything we have come to expect from smeg; it is elegant as anything, full of smooth curves, and highly functional. It is a retro coffee maker that somehow makes a statement about any kitchen it is placed in. It is filter coffee as it was meant to be.
And the long and the short of it is that if you love other smeg products you will probably love the smeg drip coffee maker. This coffee maker is officially part of smeg’s 50’s retro style range which encompasses fridges, kettles, washing machines, coffee machines and more. These appliances are all intentionally vintage in design and seek to be ‘appliances that embody the glamour and rounded forms of the 1950’s.’
And whether or not this is the right machine for you, you cannot deny that it is a stunning looking coffee machine. So who is the smeg coffee maker for? Does it’s functionality match its aesthetic appeal? Does it make good coffee? Will it last?
These are a few of the questions we will seek to answer in this smeg coffee maker review.
Specifications of the DCF02 Coffee maker by smeg
Smeg Coffee Maker Review
Smeg is a well known and reputable Italian company that specialises in domestic appliances. They are particularly associated with the chic retro style design that characterises their products. Chances are that perhaps on some home renovation show you have seen one of their distinctive pastel coloured bubble fridges. Alll of their products intentionally match, each typically with pastel and vibrant colours, curvaceous lines, and smooth edges.
As well as aesthetics, smeg is known for reliable and consistent quality across its product lines. Because they are heavily invested in various kinds of kitchen and domestic appliances they know how to make products that will last. As Italians of course they love coffee and over time headed into this market. An interesting fact for the coffee lovers out there is that smeg actually purchased the renowned La Pavoni coffee making company in 2019.
Appearance of the Smeg drip coffee maker
Probably the greatest distinction between this and other drip coffee makers is in the aesthetic appeal. Does it make nice coffee? Yes. Is it intuitive to use? Yes. But what really sets apart the smeg DCF02 coffee maker is the exterior design which somehow conveys both retro vibes and futuristic elegance. It simply is a stunning looking coffee maker that will particularly appeal to people already attracted to the smeg brand and smeg appliances.
The smeg coffee maker is made of an entirely metal exterior and other high quality materials. As with most smeg appliances it comes in a range of bold and pastel colors (which is rather nice as few other coffee makers can be found in such a wide range). This adds an appeal to those who are trying to showcase a certain color in their kitchen and are looking for a coffee machine to match. Need a bold red coffee maker? Try the smeg. Need a pink coffee maker? The smeg may be just about your only option. Need a blue coffee maker? smeg has you covered! Need a white coffee maker? Well smeg will do although there are certainly more white coffee makers than red coffee makers out there. You get the picture.
It simply is a coffee machine which will bring comments and compliment any kitchen.
Taste of the Smeg drip coffee maker
So as always the question we always come back to, what does the coffee it brews taste like? It can look a million bucks, be well built as well as anything, but if it doesn’t make nice tasting coffee then we may as well stick with instant (shudder!). And the basic consensus on this is yea it can make good tasting coffee. It isn’t the best of the best, that award has to go to the Technivorm. But if you get all your coffee brewing ducks lined up then yes it will make coffee that you will enjoy.
The key as always is highly quality fresh beans and a reliable burr grinder. If you pair those two variables with this retro coffee maker, you won’t be disappointed. Customers have commented that the taste of the coffee is clean, consistent, and smooth.
Functionality of the Smeg coffee machine
Another key consideration when buying any coffee machine, is how intuitive is it to use? A good test is the so-called ‘6am test.’ Basically it asks, could a bleary-eyed, slightly-irritated, just-rolled-out-of-bed version of me navigate this coffee maker at 6am? And the answer for the smeg is a clear yes. This is a very simple coffee maker to use with basic functionality. Most of the features are accessed through the small LED screen. There are a total of four buttons with two on either side of the screen as well as a switch on the side.
The LED screen has a handy little backlight which isn’t too bright. It is through this screen that you can access the water level inside the pot, the time, if your water quality is an issue, as well as the ‘keep warm’ and ‘aroma intensity’ functions. One of the nice features of the smeg in terms of functionality is that it does tell you the time and can be set to start warming up at a certain time (a real pro for the 6am test!).
The other thing worth noting regarding its functionality is the question of maintenance. Coffee makers just as most things in life need care if you want them to last. There are two main aspects of this in terms of the smeg, regular cleaning which isn’t too hard. And semi-regular descaling. The LED screen will notify you when the descaling is required and the process isn’t too arduous.
Noteworthy Features of their Smeg filter coffee maker
There are really two noteworthy features that come with this coffee brewer. The first is the auto shut off or keep warm function. Basically, this means that for 60 minutes after your brew is finished, the hot plate under the coffee pot will retain heat and keep your coffee warm. So if you get caught up in some housework or a gripping episode of The Office and forget about your pot of coffee, no worries, as long as it is not over an hour it will still be hot and good to go. This is a fantastic feature for convenience especially if you like to make large pots of coffee and then drink them over some time.
The other handy function to be aware of is that you can make a half-brew with the smeg. What that means is that if understandably you don’t need a full pot of coffee, you can set the machine to make a half-batch of 4 cups (which equates to 1-2 regular sized mugs). Again a nice feature to have.
DCFO2 vs DCF01
You might have read in a few other reviews conflicting accounts about how long the auto shut off lasts, how loud the machine is, and functions around the clock. The reason for this is that there are actually two different models of the smeg coffee maker, the original model the DCF01 and the newer model the DCF02 which this article reviews. There were a number of common complaints that followed the older model. The most common of these were that the 20 minute auto shut off was too short and that the beeping was too loud (probably a complaint by people trying out the 6am test).
To their credit smeg took these complaints seriously and released a newer model that sought to remedy these issues. The upgrades included: a 60 minute auto shut off function, the option to turn sounds on or off, the option to switch the clock from 12 hour to 24 hour time, and a lid that opens more easily. And smeg seem to have done a good job of this. The newer model is clearly superior and does show the commitment of the company to interact with the experience of their customers.
Summary: Smeg Retro Coffee Maker
So in summary the smeg coffee maker is a great drip coffee maker which functions reliably, makes good coffee, and simply looks stunning. So particularly if you are a homemaker who is in the pursuit of elegance without compromising on quality, the smeg coffee maker might be the brewer for you.
If you already like or own other smeg appliances but have some concerns about the quality of this one, then rest assured, if you do your part and put good coffee in, you will get good coffee out.