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Philips 5400 LatteGo Review: Philips Newest Super Automatic Espresso Machine

Philips 5400 LatteGo review

Philips 5400 is the latest fully automatic coffee machine in the Philips LatteGo lineup. This machine comes with a top-notch ceramic burr grinder, stainless steel drip tray, and automatic milk frothing system.

I liked many things about Philips 5400, especially its four user drink profiles and the ability to brew 12 different drinks. The LatteGo system is an automatic milk frother that’s easy to use, although the lid caused some issues for me. 

In my Philips 5400 LatteGo review, I’ll talk about everything from the unboxing and setup process to the description of the main features and how well it worked for me. Also, I’ll compare all the Philips automatic espresso machines in the LatteGo series and recommend the Philips 3200 for those looking for the best value vs features trade-off. 

Philips 5400 LatteGo Product Highlights and Rating

The standout feature is the full-color display and numerous drink options. It also comes with Philips patented LatteGo automatic milk frother. The Philips 5400 has the same internal components as other Philips super-automatic machines, so ask yourself if it’s worth the additional price for the display.

Philips 5400 LatteGo highlights:

  • Dimensions: 9 3/4 x 17 x 14 3/4 in
  • Weight: 18 lbs
  • Can brew 12 different beverages 
  • LatteGo system 
  • Ceramic grinder with 12 grinding levels
  • 9.7 oz bean hopper and pre-ground bypass valve
  • 60.8 oz water tank that is front loaded 
  • AquaClean system keeps descaling away for up to 5,000 cups

*The Philips 5400 LatteGo is sold exclusively by Williams-Sonoma*

8.6
Philips 5400 LatteGo: Craft Coffee Spot Rating
Design & Functionality10
Espresso Quality & Brewing System8
Ease of Use9
Milk Frothing9.2
Value7

Getting Started with Philips 5400

The Philips 5400 LatteGo comes in a nice cardboard box, with all the machine features listed on the front and the back.

A lot of the time, when I open the box containing my new espresso machine, there’s a strong plastic smell. In some cases, the plastic smell lasts for the first several uses. I’m glad to report this wasn’t the case with the Philips 5400.

When you open the box, there’s an extra thick corrugated cardboard box on top, which protects the machine. I prefer cardboard to foam, as it’s better for recycling. Below the cardboard, there’s a box with a power cord, drip tray, scoop, a tube of grease, water hardness strip, and manuals. All of these are separately wrapped and cleverly packed to save space. 

Next is my favorite part of Philips packaging, and something they tend to include with all of their espresso machines: the front of the machine is packed in something resembling half of a shopping bag. There are handles, so you can easily and safely lift the large body of the coffee machine out of the box. As I’m often alone when I do the unboxing, this makes it very convenient and, most importantly, safe. 

There’s another small cardboard box in the front of the coffee maker that contains the LatteGo milk system and AquaClean filter.

Finally, the machine itself is wrapped in a soft material that’s easy to take off. 

Overall, the machine is very well protected, and the unpacking is uncomplicated. You’ll be ready to start setting up in no time.

Setting up the Philips 5400 LatteGo

Once you’ve got everything out of the box, it’s time to set up this fully automatic coffee machine.

First, insert all the removable parts — the drip tray and the LatteGo system – and plug in the machine.  When you turn on the Philips 5400 for the first time, you’ll have to choose the language and do the water hardness test. 

Enter the water hardness info in the machine settings so the coffee maker can calculate the descaling time. Next, set up the AquaClean filter. 

As Philips 5400 super automatic espresso machine has an AquaClean filter, you’ll be able to brew 5,000 coffee cups before having to descale. So if you brew two cups of coffee a day, you won’t need to descale for about seven years. This is more than impressive, and not many machines in this range have this feature.

Pro tip: Make sure to place the drip tray, or even better, place a glass under the hot water spout, as the machine will do an initial rinsing cycle when you first turn it on. I didn’t do it and had to clean up afterward. 

When you use the espresso machine for the first time, you’ll see a guest profile on display. You can set up your own profile with your favorite drinks — press the profile button on the left. You can create up to four profiles, plus the guest profile. I like my latte a certain way, my family members all prefer a cappuccino or an espresso, so this is a really useful option. 

Finally, fill the bean hopper, the water tank, and the LatteGo milk system if you plan to make milk-based espresso drinks.

Now you’re ready to brew!

Feature Breakdown

Here are the most important features of the Philips 5400 LattoGo espresso machine.

Design and Main Specs

Philips 5400 is a compact coffee maker compared to other fully automatic espresso machines. Its dimensions are 9 3/4 x 17 x 14 3/4 in, and weighs 18 lbs. It can fit under kitchen cabinets, and the front-loading system means you won’t have to pull it out very often.

The espresso machine is made of matte black plastic. Stainless steel accents around the display, and the silver front panel gives it a stylish look. The machine looks modern, and the plastic is durable. I didn’t have any issues with scratching, even when I washed the removable parts in the dishwasher.

The bean hopper is located on the top, and its capacity is 9.7 oz. The lid has a UV filter and a rubber seal, which helps keep the coffee beans fresh. I’ve had issues in the past with lids that wouldn’t seal properly, so the coffee beans were exposed to light and air. That’s not the case with the Philips 5400 lid. 

The coffee grinder is located within the bean hopper, and it has 12 settings. There’s also a bypass valve for pre-ground coffee. This is a good option when you or your guests are in the mood for decaf coffee.

12 grinding levels

The 60.8 oz water tank is front-loading, which is handy as there’s no need to pull out the espresso machine to fill it up. Also, it’s large enough to brew several espressos, lattes, and cups of coffee before refilling. 

The drip tray and the used coffee puck container are connected, and they slide out in the front of the coffee maker. The used coffee container can hold up to 12 used coffee pucks before you’ll have to empty it. The drip tray has a red floater that indicates when the tray is full and should be emptied.

The coffee spout is adjustable, and I liked that it’ll fit even my tall macchiato glass, which isn’t the case with many other coffee machines.

Control Panel and Drink Options

This fully automatic espresso machine is controlled via a color touchscreen display. The on/off button is located on the far left. Next to it are the user profiles, which are differentiated by colors and not names. There’s pink, blue, yellow, green profile color, and no color for the guest profile. The arrow and confirmation buttons are on the right side.

The top row shows six coffee drinks: espresso, coffee, Americano, cappuccino, latte macchiato, and café au lait. My mom, who’s not very tech-savvy, liked that there are actual pictures of the drinks and not icons. There’s also a “more drinks” button, which lets you scroll for more coffee drinks. 

Philips 5400 LatteGo Color Touchscreen Display

Overall, the touchscreen gives the espresso machine a modern feel. The control panel is intuitive and easy to use, primarily thanks to the drink images. 

Each user profile has individual setting options for adjusting the bean strength, volume, choosing an extra shot, and adjusting the amount of milk for milk-based drinks. The coffee bean symbol is the aroma strength, and you can choose between five levels, from strong to mild. 

When you need that extra powerful caffeine kick, Philips 5400 lets you brew coffee and get an extra shot on top, which is also something not many other fully automatic coffee machines do.

Philips 5400 LatteGo display - allows your to customize your drinks
Philips 5400 LatteGo allows your to customize your drinks

You can save the settings, so the next time, you’ll get a customized latte, macchiato, cappuccino, or any other delicious coffee drink with a touch of a button.

You can brew 12 different coffee beverages with the Philips 5400 LatteGo
You can brew 12 different coffee beverages with the Philips 5400 LatteGo

Here’s a complete list of the coffee drinks you can make with Philips 5400 LatteGo:

  • Espresso
  • Coffee
  • Americano
  • Latte macchiato
  • Cappuccino 
  • Café au lait
  • Flat white
  • Cafe crema
  • Cafe latte
  • Espresso lungo
  • Ristretto 
  • Milk froth
  • ToGo mug
  • Hot water

Note: To get hot water, you’ll have to remove the LatteGo milk container. You can adjust the temperature and water you need.

LatteGo Milk Frothing

Philips 5400 LatteGo milk system

Philips 5400 has an automatic LatteGo milk system. The LatteGo is an automatic milk frother with only two pieces. It’s a unique aspect of the Philips line of automatic espresso machines.  The milk system is made up of a transparent container and an outlet through which the milk goes into your cup. It’s very easy to attach and remove from the coffee machine.

You can also get the Philips 5400 with the classic milk foamer, which is a traditional manual steam wand.  It comes at a lower price than the LatteGo versions.

You set up the LatteGo system by clicking the milk carafe and its holder together and then latching onto the machine in one move. The two ditches create a tube. To froth milk, you have to add cold milk to the LatteGo milk container, and then press the button on the machine for the drink you want to make. Milk and air will be mixed at high speed in the milk container, and milk froth will be automatically poured into your mug through the tube. 

You don’t have to fear milk being stuck inside and crusting if not cleaned properly. There aren’t any tubes, so cleaning and maintenance are extremely easy. You can clean the LatteGo milk system underwater or in the dishwasher.

Be careful when placing the mug underneath the milk system. I put mine too far back, so there were some spills.

The milk container has markings, so you know exactly how much milk you should pour for a latte, macchiato, and other milk drinks. However, the markings are hardly visible. This was an issue for my parents, so I always had to help them get the milk amount right.

The Philips 5400 LatteGo system has markings for how much milk to use for different drinks

The coffee machine created a nice, thick froth that’s especially good for cappuccinos. However, you don’t have any control over the froth, and it can’t create the microfoam needed for latte art.

Finally, I have the same complaint about the Philips 5400 milk container I had with other fully automatic espresso machines in this range: the lid. There’s no rubber to hold it in place, and it flies off the container very easily. I had to be extremely careful every time I took it out and back to the fridge. Otherwise, it would go flying, and because it’s made of thin plastic, it’s not very durable.

Espresso Taste and Quality  

I was satisfied with the espresso taste and quality. 

Philips 5400 is a single stainless steel boiler machine. This means one boiler is used to heat water for both brewing and steaming. You won’t be able to brew and steam simultaneously, but there’s not much waiting time with Philips 5400. The machine steams the milk first and pulls a shot a few seconds later.

The Philips 5400 comes with a ceramic burr grinder.  I know ceramic vs. stainless steel grinder is a hot topic among coffee drinkers, but I give ceramic grinders an advantage. They grind at a lower heat, which preserves oils in your coffee beans, and makes your espresso rich and flavorful. 

ceramic grinder on the Philips 5400

You can choose between 12 grinding levels on the Philips 5400, which means you can influence how strong your coffee drink will be. Overall, the 12 grinding levels meant I could always have the best grind size, no matter which beans I used.

Another thing that contributed to good espresso quality is the removable group head. It should be cleaned occasionally to remove coffee grounds deposit from it, to make sure your espresso is brewed with the freshest beans.

Philips 5400 LatteGo has a removable group head

Comparing Super-Automatic Espresso Machines: Philips 2200 vs 3200 vs 4300 vs 5400

Philips 2200

Philips 2200 LatteGo highlights:

  • Can make three coffee drinks: espresso, coffee, cappuccino, and hot water
  • Has a classic milk frother
  • No user profiles
  • No extra shot option
  • Has a touch display
  • 12 settings adjustable ceramic burr grinder
  • 60oz water container with AquaClean filter

Philips 2200 LatteGo is the first machine in the Philips LatteGo lineup. This fully automatic coffee machine can brew up to three coffee drinks, as well as hot water. 

Compared to other coffee machines in the LatteGo series, this is the most basic one, but it still contains many features that later versions do. There’s a ceramic burr grinder with 12 settings, an AquaClean water filter, and LatteGo milk frothing. Philips 2200 allows you to adjust aroma strength and quantity via the “My coffee choice” option on the display. Finally, it has removable parts, so cleaning the coffee machine is easy.

Philips 2200 is best for coffee drinkers who are just entering the world of fully automatic coffee machines. If you have a strict budget and don’t need a ton of coffee options, this is the machine for you.

Philips 3200

Philips 3200 LatteGo highlights:

  • Has three levels of aroma strength, coffee, and milk length
  • Can make five coffee drinks: espresso, cappuccino, coffee, latte macchiato, Americano, and hot water
  • Has an automatic LatteGo milk frother
  • Has a touch display
  • 12 settings adjustable ceramic burr grinder
  • Aroma seal lid keeps the coffee beans fresh
  • 60oz water container with AquaClean filter

Philips 3200 coffee machine is the second in the Philips LatteGo lineup. It’s a slightly more advanced version of 2200. It has all of the same features as 2200 does: adjustable aroma strength and quantity, a sharp ceramic burr grinder with plenty of settings so you can experiment with ground coffee flavors, a large water tank, and removable parts.

The only difference between 3200 and 2200 is the number of coffee options — 2200 has three, while 3200 has five coffee options.

This coffee machine is best for coffee drinkers who want more drink variety and ease of use. If you don’t want to worry about cleaning the machine, and the ease of use is your primary concern, you’ll love Philips 3200. All the important parts that need to be cleaned are removable, and you can brew drinks with a touch of a button. 

Philips 4300

Philips 4300 LatteGo highlights:

  • Silver spray-painted front
  • Brew eight drinks: espresso, coffee, Americano, cappuccino, latte macchiato, café au lait, caffe creama, ristretto, and hot water
  • Two user profiles so you can save your drink preferences for future use
  • Touch display
  • 12 settings adjustable ceramic burr grinder
  • 60oz water container with AquaClean filter

Philips 4300 is a more advanced coffee machine compared to 2200 and 3200. The main difference is that the 4300 fully automatic coffee machine has two coffee profiles. This means you can save all your coffee preferences and have your favorite brew with a touch of a button. Once you set your preferred parameters, there’s no need for further adjustments. Also, Philips 4300 is silver, while previous LatteGo coffee machines were all matte black. 

This coffee machine is best for coffee drinkers whose #1 requirement is the ability to brew various coffee drinks. With Philips 4300, you’ll be able to make up to eight drinks, plus hot water. This is also a good choice for you if you’ll be sharing your coffee machine with one other user, as both of you will be able to create your own profiles and have coffee according to your preferences.

Philips 5400

Philips 5400 LatteGo highlights:

  • Silver-chromed front panel
  • Brews 12 drinks: espresso, coffee, Americano, cappuccino, latte macchiato, café au lait, caffé crema, espresso lungo, ristretto, caffé latte, frothed milk, and hot water.  
  • Has a color LCD display
  • Has four profiles plus one for guests
  • 12 settings adjustable ceramic burr grinder
  • Plenty of drink personalization options
  • 60oz water container with AquaClean filter

Philips 5400 is the latest and most modern coffee machine in the LatteGo lineup. Compared to the previous models, there are slight differences in design. 5400 has a stainless steel front panel, which makes it look more high-end. Another difference is that 5400 has up to four drink profiles, which will come in handy if you have family members with different drink preferences. 

Finally, 5400 is the only LatteGo coffee machine with a color display instead of black and white, and the most drink options — 12.

If you’re looking for a fully automatic espresso machine with plenty of drink options that’s easy to use, you’ll love Philips 5400. You should also choose this coffee machine if you’ll be sharing it with more than one person, as it has four drink profiles.

What’s the Best Philips Espresso Machine?

Our recommendation for the best Philips machine is Philips 3200. It has the best price to value ratio. In our opinion, paying $200 more for 12 drink options and four drink profiles is not worth it. You’ll have the same espresso quality with Philips 3200 as with 5400. 

028 Philips 3200 LatteGo

Philips 3200 LatteGo is a perfect starter super-automatic espresso machine.  Bright lit displays with five espresso drinks and control options for temperature, aroma, coffee quantity, and milk froth. The LatteGo milk frother makes one-touch cappuccinos and the machine is easy to maintain with the AquaClean system.  The Philips line comes with ceramic burr grinders, which are higher quality than comparable machines.

You’ll have plenty of drink variety with Philips 3200 as well, as it brews five different drinks plus hot water. Thanks to the LatteGo system you’ll be able to make a range of milk-based drinks. 

All the other features of Philips 3200 are in line with the rest of LatteGo machines. You’ll also get a fully automatic coffee machine that’s easy to clean, has the AquaClean filter, and a ceramic burr grinder.

See our full review of the Philips 3200 LatteGo

Final Thoughts

Apart from some minor drawbacks, such as the flimsy milk system lid, I was satisfied with the Philips 5400 super-automatic espresso machine. It consistently brewed delicious coffee, it’s extremely easy to use and maintain, and I could share it with others in my family without messing up our preferred drink settings.

The Philips 5400 can do it all: 12 drink options and four different user profiles.  The full color LCD display is easy to use.  Perfect for a large household or an office setting.  The AquaClean system can go 5,000 cups, dramatically reducing maintenance.  The ceramic grinder is high quality and hard to find at this price range.  Overall, a high-quality super-automatic espresso machine.

*The Philips 5400 LatteGo is sold exclusively by Williams-Sonoma*

If you’re looking for a more affordable super-automatic espresso machine, check out our DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300 review.

Marina Maletic

Marina Maletic

Marina comes from a family of coffee addicts, but she started to appreciate java fairly late — around 25 years old. Her coffee journey began by writing coffee articles. This led to buying her first coffee machine, where she fell in love with the drink that means so much to people all over the world. For the last five years, she starts every day by brewing a cup of coffee. Nowadays, if she’s not writing or thinking about coffee, she can be found trying out the latest social media coffee trend.

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