The Lamborghini of Espresso Makers
The Nuova Simonelli Oscar is another amazing automatic espresso machine. We named it a 2020 Editor’s Choice Award winner, along with the Nuova Simonelli Musica, because both have beauty, power, grace and quality to spare.
Those things come at a tradeoff in automation and programmability compared to other super automatic espresso makers. Like The Musica , The Oscar II will make you perfect espresso all day and all night, but both expect you to know how a bit about steaming and frothing milk. Expressing coffee with the Oscar gives you the subtle touch and feel that a supercar sports car may give. You can squeeze every last bit of perfection out of the machine if you are up to it.
The Nuova Simonelli Oscar is one of the most beautiful automatic espresso makers on earth. Trust me, these pictures do not do it justice. It is gorgeous and people will notice it in your kitchen or office.
Surprisingly Great Value
At $1,295 it is not cheap. But it also costs less than many of the best super automatic espresso machines we have rated. Getting a top performer like this is a little like buying a Lamborghini for the price of a Corvette. It has among the best performance possible and stunning good looks. The Oscar makes superb espresso and can handle any workload that a home, office or small espresso bar could throw at it.
About the only complaint we have is that the direct water line and 2.3 liter reservoir options are separate models. So you have to decide how you want to use it when you buy it. Other machines offer a single model with both options so you can change if you move or decide to have it plumbed in later.
Both the Nuova Simonelli Musica and the Oscar II are great espresso makers. You simply can not go wrong with any Nuova Simonelli espresso machine.
The Oscar is a little smaller, simpler for amateurs to use, and it costs less than the Musica. These things make it a better choice for most people.
Commercial Design and Manufacturing
Both have the world class copper boiler and expressing technology that means perfect drinks every time. You could literally make drinks all night for 100 guests and get consistent perfection with each one.
There are super automatic espresso machines with much better automation for home use. The Gaggia Cadorna line all have the most attractive interface available today and great programmability, for example.
Nuova Simonelli Oscar Recommendation
We give the Nuova Simonelli Oscar our strongest buy recommendation. Don’t bother waiting for this to go on sale. You don’t see buy one Rolex, Get One Free deals and we the Nuova Simonelli’s don’t have sales either. You simply cannot go wrong buying any Nuova Simonelli Oscar. If you would like another option also look at our review of the Nuova Simonelli Appia.