When it comes down to it at this level
"which machine do you prefer the look of"
Both have similar operational abilities, both make near enough to identical coffees, Heck, Id even go so far as to say that the group handles have identical lugs.
So yeah, Get the one you think will meet with the significant others approval, Dont forget to budget in a proper grinder (sunbeam em0450 is the lowest ranked we like)
All up, you should be able to find a deal for under 500 with enough left over for fresh coffee beans from your local cafe.
Just remember, Fresh coffee is best, Read up on the information thats discussed in this forum, and above all...
Enjoy the Journey ;)