Well, I'm over the price increase and am nearing a decision point. I am trying to decide between the GS/3 and the Synesso Cyncra. Unfortunately I've never seen either machine in the flesh, making an informed decision difficult. I also have a tendency toward paralysis by analysis. The space on the granite countertop is 24.5" deep, 28" wide, and 21.5" high. I can get 110 or 220 to the location, so power isn't a deciding factor. I want dual boiler, rotary pump, plumbed in, but I would prefer not to have to drill large holes in the granite. There are full granite backsplashes back and side so I can't get around drilling stone. There is already a 1.25" hole in the stone at the back of the slab. Here are my thoughts so far:
-- Fits the space a little better, just a little shorter front to back
-- Electronic controls more accessible
-- Can be set to turn on in morning
-- May not need to drill another hole in the granite if I don't plumb in the drain
-- Funky style (IMO)
-- Plastic sides, not a functional issue but disappointing given the price
-- Electronics in a hot area, possible toll over time
-- QC problems noted here and/or CG
-- Looks better to me, all metal, like the style
-- Electronics are located away from the heat
-- Possibly quieter since I can put the pump under the counter
-- Quicker recovery in 220v, but realistically this isn't much of an issue since I'm only making drinks for myself, rarely for more than 3 or 4
-- I like the paddle group
-- Appears to be larger, a little deeper front to back, wouldn't fit the space quite as well
-- According to Synesso, I would need a much larger hole in the granite - they recommend 2.5" but that would be a honking big hole. Alternatively, I could use the hole that is already there for some of the lines and make another smaller-than-2.5" hole to handle the rest, but I don't really know since I don't know what the feed and drain lines look like. This could be a deal-killer with the wife.
-- No timer, not sure if it could be run with an external timer. OTOH, if 220v it would warm up pretty fast anyway
I may see if I can burn some vacation time and take a trip to Synesso and to wherever my "local" Franke dealer is to see the machines in person. Unless someone who has used these machines comes up with a deciding point for me I suspect at this level of machine it may be a subjective decision, sort of like spouse preference.
Any and all impressions and advice encouraged and appreciated.