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It is not easy to pick between all the choices.
Unless you are determined to own an Italian machine, take a look at the Breville Dual Boiler, BES900. There are a lot of us here very happy with our BDB’s.
While the recommended retail price is $1,500, they can be found discounted down to about $1,200.
It has two stainless steel boilers, short warm-up, instant steam, two PID’s that give a constant temp and many other extras that give a lot of bang for your bucks.
Being a semi auto, many things can be pre-set to make brewing easier but unlike a super auto settings can be easily altered.
As you are new to coffee brewing, whatever machine you buy, you will have to master grinding, dosing, and tamping etc, it may be an idea to take a course to learn about it.