Not speaking from experience here, just a general observation of other posts. (so please dont take me seriously)
maximise on grinder, then get the cheapest HX or dual boiler machine?
-k3t grinder and the new breville dual boiler
-breville smart grinder and new breville dual boiler
-k3t grinder and nuova simonelli oscar (hx)
-k3t grinder and expobar office semi auto (hx)
Would recommend k3t over breville smart grinder, seems like everyone always aims for the highest possible for grinders. Every single cent is worth it.
Well breville smart would be more appropriate if you often change grind settings for different coffee equipments. K3t better if you are into espressos only.
Espresso machines. I cannot make up my mind.
Either the Breville dual boiler or Expobar Office semi auto.
And if you want to save more money, the nuova simonelli oscar. (not that its bad or anything, but... I just like the metallic bling of the other 2)
I would recommend Chris of Talk Coffee
Great service and patience hehe* ;D
Sorry if this confuses you even more :(
Hope this helps ^^