The only one I can talk about from your list is the VBM. I am more than satisfied with mine.
The espressos are great, no surfing needed. (Ive tried various schemes and they dont make any difference I can taste.)
Steams milk easily. Push the steam button. Wait 45 seconds (get milk from fridge, clean portafilter and re-mount on the machine), drain steam wand, stretch milk (about 5 seconds for a piccolo latte), turn off steam button and open steam valve, pour milk into coffee, push pump button to re-prime, rinse milk jug, turn off pump cause boiler now re-filled, close steam valve.
Drink coffee and repeat as required.
I used to have a La San Marco Domus (Silvia equivalent) and this is definitely a big step up.