Nuova Simonelli Oscar II Espresso Machine Review

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Nuova Simonelli Oscar 2 review

The Nuova Oscar 2 is a manual espresso brewing system with a modern, ergonomic design. An easy interface allows for simple programming, whereas manual controls put the quality of the beverages made firmly in your hands.

While other machines can boast full automation and thorough programming, the Oscar II is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to know what it feels like to be a true barista. The latest in heat exchange technology ensures that whether you make one beverage or a dozen, the wait time will be less than if you were at your local coffee shop.

Professional grade components mean that the Nuova Oscar 2 is designed to provide top quality beverages for years of daily use and abuse.

Introduction to Nuova Simonelli Oscar 2 Espresso Maker

The brand, Nuova Simonelli is among the top reputed brand in manufacturing some of the best commercial espresso machines for cafes and homes. Baristas love machines by Nuova Simonelli and Nuova Oscar 2 tops that list. These machines can be seen in many of the cafes everywhere. The class, the look, and they feel all is mostly retro giving a unique statement to your work area.

Features and Specifications

  • Heat exchange boiler. The copper boiler in the Simonelli Oscar II creates virtually instant hot water, enabling you to pull one shot after another without any wait time in between.
  • Water level sensor. A sensor in the water reservoir will alert you when your water level is low, preventing the hassle of running out of water.
  • Easy programming. Programming the Oscar II for single or double size shots is as simple as pressing a single button.
  • Versatile steam wand. The fully rotating steam wand on the Oscar II enables you to steam milk in virtually any size or shape container.
  • Professional size portafilter. The 58 mm portafilter in this model is the same shape and size as the portafilters used in professional coffee shops.
  • Large capacity water reservoir. The 2.8 liter capacity of the water reservoir means that you can make numerous beverages before having to worry about adding water.
  • Cup warmer. The top of the machine rests over the copper steam boiler, resulting in a convenient warming platform for your cups or drinks.
  • Modern design. The modern chrome finish on the Simonelli Oscar II offers a touch of style fit for any modern kitchen.
  • Ergonomic design. The handles and knobs of this model are designed for comfort and convenience, providing a pleasant all-around experience.
  • One year warranty. A 12-month parts and labor warranty ensures the quality of the components in your Simonelli Oscar II.

Extended Feature List of Nuova Oscar 2

Heat Exchange Boiler: The copper boiler in the Simonelli Oscar II is the latest innovation of boiler technology in the Simonelli family of espresso machines. The design creates hot water almost instantly, significantly reducing wait time for your first beverage.

Additionally, the rapid heating of the boiler ensures seamless transitions from pulling shots to steaming milk. Combined with the 2.8-liter water reservoir, the Simonelli Oscar II is designed for making beverages on a scale comparable to your local coffee shop.

Water Level Sensor: The water reservoir is equipped with a water level sensor that will alert you when your water level gets low. This is critical for preventing air from being pulled through the system as a result of running out of water.

Not only will air in the system result in poor quality shots and milk foam, but it will require the machine to be re-primed after the water is refilled. Now you can rest assured that you will never run out of water unexpectedly, and thus avoid the hassles of a dry machine.

Easy Programming: The manual nature of the Nuova Simonelli Oscar II means that very little programming needs to be done. The only option available for programming is the volume of the espresso shots.

Nuova Simonelli Oscar 2 Controls

Choose between single size shots for small drinks and double-sized shots for larger or stronger drinks. The shot size is programmable by nothing more than the pressing of a single button. This is ideal for anyone who wants some sense of versatility without the complication and confusion of fully programmable brewing systems.

Versatile Steam Wand: The steam wand on the Nuova Simonelli Oscar II is longer than normal, allowing you to steam milk in larger containers for several beverages at a time. Additionally, the steam wand is fully movable, allowing for a full range of angles to fit into any size or shape container. This versatility means that you don’t have to stop and steam milk for each beverage you make. The cup warmer on the top of the machine will keep the milk hot while you pull your shots for the next beverage. This will allow you to make top-quality beverages at the speed of a professional barista!

Professional Size Portafilter: The Nuova Simonelli Oscar II’s portafilter is 58 mm, the same size as that used by professional baristas in local coffee shops. This means that the amount of espresso used in making a shot is the same as used at the professional level.

Nuova Simonelli Oscar 2 Portafilter

Using the same amount of espresso is the key to making your favorite coffee shop beverage in the comfort of your own home. Additionally, the portafilter handle has an angle allowing it to sit flush on a countertop, making it easier for tamping.

The ergonomic design of the handle also makes it comfortable when using, even if you use it multiple times. [ Don’t forget to owe an espresso knock box for the puck of waste grounds ]

Large Capacity Water Reservoir: The 2.8L water reservoir in Nuova Oscar 2 means that the unit is designed to make multiple beverages every time. The high water volume allows for large quantities of steaming milk. Or also while pulling numerous single or double size shots for multiple lattes, cappuccinos, or whatever.

Cup Warmer: You can locate the Copper Water Boiler just beneath the top of the machine. The heat creates a perfect platform for pre-warming cups or for keeping beverages or milk warm. This is a huge benefit for those times when you are making numerous beverages for family or friends. At that instance, you need your milk to stay warm while pulling multiple shots.

Modern and Ergonomic Design: The modern style of Oscar II’s design gives it a touch of modern class and elegance. This is a perfect unit for any contemporary or modern kitchen. The shiny chrome finish is also easy to clean, requiring nothing more than a damp cloth or paper towel.

Nuova Oscar 2 Rear

Also, the ergonomic design of the Oscar II means that all handles, knobs and buttons are easy to locate use. Handles are comfortable to hold, and knobs are responsive and pleasant to the touch.

One Year Warranty: The one year warranty of the Nuova Simonelli Oscar II covers both parts and labor. This testament is to say about the quality of the components in the machine. It also says about the standards of the labor used in putting the machine together. Moreover, extended warranties are available through the website or the retailer.


  • The steam wand is completely manual. It allows to be in full control of how thick and rich your milk-froth is each and every time;
  • A simple two-button interface means that programming is simple and straight forward. Choosing between single size and double size espresso shots is as simple as a single press of a button;
  • The ergonomic design makes everything easily accessible and comfortable to the touch;
  • The boiler design significantly reduces the heat up time compared to the earlier model;
  • The lack of a built-in grinder means that the Oscar can fit into more compact spaces. Additionally, it reduces the number of components that can break down and need repair;
  • Commercial-grade components mean that the Oscar will last for years of daily use and abuse.


  • The modern style of the Nuova Oscar means that it really only compliments the most modern of kitchen decors;
  • A single boiler means that the Oscar has a limit to one function at a time;
  • Fully manual controls mean that the machine lacks certain safety features, such as automatic power-off when not in use;
  • The fully manual nature of this machine means that every function is hands-on, including cleaning;
  • The manual milk frothing requires a certain skill set which you will have to develop to get the best results;
  • The brew spout is static, meaning that you can only pull shots into shot glasses or small cups.

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Wrapping Up

The Nuova Oscar 2 is the latest and greatest in the Simonelli family of manual control espresso brewing systems. A simple and tough interface makes this unit as simple as it is reliable. Now make multiple espresso beverages with ease, treating your family and friends to the coffee shop experience at your home.

Cappuccinos, lattes, mochas, and more are all at your fingertips with the Nuova Simonelli Oscar II. Consider having a look at it. Finally, with this espresso maker, you are only an apron away from being a barista superhero!