When I was deciding which Dual Boiler to go with, both the Brewtus and VBM left the list early on.
The Brewtus left my list for 3 reasons. 1) I PERSONALLY have not had good experiences with WLL in the past. 2) slow steamer. 3) The brew boiler/heating element makes no sense to me.
(Please dont let this turn into a thread about why WLL is a great company. IF you're thrilled with their service, Awesome.)
The Vibiemme, is probably one the nicest looking E-61's. But, one thing I didn't like about the DD, was the PID showed actual boiler temp.. There is no offset so you can see what you're brewing at. FOR ME, this is not what I wanted. Also, the brew boiler/heating element issue again.
The two machines I was stuck on, were the Izzo Duetto II, and the Vivaldi II. I thought those two had the best features.
-The Duetto has a Rotary Pump, but doesn't have to be plumbed. Good for moving the machine around. It's 100% PID controlled, no pressurestat. The drip tray and be drained. It has a large steam boiler, and small brew boiler/high powered element.
-For the Vivaldi.. It was easy. Its been out forever, and many, many satisfied owners. There have been very few large issue's with the machine, outside of normal maintenance, and "growing pains" of a new machine. It's a Rotary/Plumbed machine, and the drip tray can be drained. It's known for having massive steam power, and the Brew Boiler is tiny, with a large heating element. You can buy it as a 20amp, and use it on 15 until you're set up for 20amp(meaning, it's one model, not two).
The actual decision as to which one to get.. was tough. I went back and forth, daily, for months. A deal came up on a VII and I was in a position to buy. I knew it was a solid machine, and the deal was worth it. So I jumped on it. Now? Im 100% sure I made the right choice. Ive got zero complaints.
But, the main reason, why I was looking at these two machines? Simple. Chris sells them. He's 1hr from my home, which makes it easy to go up there when I need too. I like the way Chris runs his operation, and I like that he only sells machines that he thinks are the best out there. Ive personally dealt directly with Chris, and His Team many times, for both small and large purchases, and gotten nothing but the absolute best service I have ever gotten, from any company. That's the reason I stay loyal to Chris'.