Very glad you enjoy your BI.
Though Im not sure whether you meant this post to be a tongue in cheek humorous one or not, Im a bit of a joker/joke myself, anyway Im taking the bait.
I have not had the good luck to try a Breville Ikon out
I am very open to the machine itself would love to run one for a month against my beauties.
I have 4 cheap older manual Gaggia espresso machines (my best) and use two different Gaggia machines every day, none are skinned in stainless steel or chromed and all are masterpieces of design and function. Milk steaming ability is a bit limited but as the only coffee drinker in my household that limitation is not of concern to me. The drip trays are also a bit limited on the Careazza and Evolution but this is unimportant and of no consequence to the pleasure they give me.
I hope sometime you will be able to feel the real functional quality of these machines and realise that a cup of coffee does not gain a thing from the bling, stainless steel and glamour of a popular pedigree.
If you gain confidence and comfort from your tribal membership that is fine but the quality of my tribe is not dependant on the recognition of those without knowledge of us.
You can call me a coffee slob, it is true
but dont slander my babies