I went with the VBM DD as well. I got an insanely great price and figured it would be stupid not to take. So far, it's about as good as I thought it would be. I think it comes down to WANTS as opposed to needs, more or less, in this higher level category. As the needs are mostly, if not all, fulfilled by most if not all of the offerings. The type of machine you choose is based on needs, you decide on a certain machine for what it offers in comparison to others, including the cost.
Surveys are only useful if there's a real way to choose a 'winner'. The survey will be full of answers from people who made personal decisions and most may have been more impacted by price then others. It won't solve anything, in other words. You have to decide for yourself... none are BAD options.
I know I've pulled a great shot when the flavour is 'like a beany taste that tastes like a bean'.