Hey bewildered, welcome to coffeesnobs!
I know the feeling - last year I was upgrade shopping. I had a $2000 budget for a new machine and grinder (trust me, budget for a grinder), which would have to last for a very very long time. Was it going to be an expobar office pulser, or the expobar office leva? Or a Nuova Simonelli Oscar? Or an Isomac Zaffiro? Or ... and what about grinders? A Rancilio Rocky? Mazzer Mini? Macap?
I had many sleepless nights.
If I were you, Id save my pennies, and wait til the second generation Sunbeam em6900 comes out. It seems that the current 6900s are having some teething issues, which are all allegedly being sorted out for the next run of the machine.
Use the waiting time to also save for a grinder. If you need coffee, buy a good grinder first (sunbeam em0480, nemox lux, rancilio rocky at the least) and get yourself some really fresh coffee and a good plunger. Fresh coffee rocks in a plunger! Tastes nothing like the dirty flavour from supermarket coffee.
It was painful, but I waited for almost a year (ok, I had a crappy grinder and a clapped out old sunbeam machine) to save up the money, but when the new toys arrived, the long wait seemed like nothing.
Wait and save!