No offense but the de1+ sounds like its pooping or like a motor engine about to give up when its extracting. I dont know about you but for me that is really a turn off. Get a gs3 or something like a slayer(save up more but i think its definitely worth it as I just tried it a month ago and I was sold!) if your really into preinfusion thats something you will not regret and resale is very good for these machines(idk about the de1+) but incase its too much for you, you can always sell it to another person
It's not a question of budget for either the GS3, a slayer, or any other prosumer/light commercial machine. The selection is entirely dictated by my kitchen, living situation, and functional and aesthetic preferences. I want something small, relatively easy to maintain, and not plumbed in. I'm not putting a light commercial machine in a modern minimalist home. Based on Jim's response above I'm confident a Strietman is the right machine for me.
The Bianca loses out for size, maintenance, and aesthetics; all the metal in the house is matte black, the kitchen is stark black and white with white oak. I'd do it and wrap it with vinyl if the Strietman didn't exist.
The DE1+ sounds like the tech is too invasive for my preferred morning experience. I like mechanical tinkering, not necessarily electronic. I'm trying to avoid using my phone/computer between midnight and 10am, so the tech isn't totally welcome. Otherwise it's a cool machine that fits reasonably well.
The Strietman isn't my preferred aesthetic style, but it's much like a super flair. Fortunately it is small enough to go under the counter without any fuss. I do enjoy the process for the flair, so I assume I'll adore the Strietman. The super low maintenance requirements and ease of repair are really the icing on the cake.