Perserverate all you want if you have to - then buy the V-II from Chris' and never look back baby!
Positive Product Points
Your last machine first.
Easy to use.
Negative Product Points
Burning hot steam wand that is hard to clean, no acceptable direct drain option yet,
This is my first purchase and I went for broke, buying this along with the mazzer mini e. I have heard many times that equipment doesnt make the barista but let me let you in on a secret. On a 1-2 shot a day routine, I am quickly pouring latte art and making killer coffee. If you have the money to plonk down, plonk it down on this machine and a superior grinder. It's too easy I feel guilty for the folks who can't scrape up the funds for one of these.
I bought the optional timer and it is great. I keep the machine on 7a-7p. It steams like a crazy man and makes exceptional shots and milk drinks. I started thinking I only drink straight shots but it got me hooked on macchiati and I love em. It's hard not to get great microfoam with this machine - and early on too.
It's a rotary machine with a driect plumb option - find that somewhere else why don't cha? I had a hole drilled into my granite top and it hooked up in a flash.
If you buy it, you will love it. I can't see how you couldn't.
Chris' has a well deserved reputation. I almost went with the Brewtus 2 and that machine is more beautiful but I had service concerns with WLL as have many others. Turns out my machine had a quirk on arrival and a new one arrived the next day from Chris and they picked up the old one. They helped with everything - technique, pre sale info, post sale follow up. Everything. I would go so far as to say that you should choose Chris' FIRST and then buy a product that they carry.