i owned the saeco vv for a number of years and found it to be very reliable. *i detached the outer plastic "froth enhancer" on the steaming wand, but the interior plastic sleeve is still necessary. *You may be able to replace this?
it is only a small boiler (6 fl.ounces maybe) and *steams fine for 2 drinks and a time. *to get the best out of this machine you really need to replace or dismantle the pressurized portafilter (search the forum for instructions).
i havent owned the ikon, but its a favourite among the cheaper machines. *
for 200 bucks could you look at getting a second hand gaggia classic or even second hand silvia. *they would be a much better option. *theres a second hand gaggia from NY for sale on the forum from memory.