Tons of info. is available in previous blogs. Just do a search.
Around the marker you speak of...A classic or sunbeam or Rancilio would be great.
There is nothing in that category that can compete with cup proven results.
The Rancilio has a longer learning curve if your a newbie stay away. You will be
unhappy for a long time and eventually you will learn how to dial it in.
**if your willing to wait..its worth it.**
THe gaggia is more forgiving. Both can be upgraded later once you get the hang of stuff with PIDs which are a must.
THe Sunbeam i imagine does a fantastic job as well considering previous blogs.
Visually its not my cup of tea.
ps. the Classic was discontinued but all parts and support is there.
the company decided to make cheap composite housings and buttons on the new lines
**most likely for profit**
no more simplicity in the design they all look like modern day stereos now.