$900 difference. The Pro 500 is on its way. I feel I never got my questions really answered from the sales person at WLL. And now I'm feeling like I made a mistake, but mostly because I don't feel I got much useful information when I called to place my order.
A dual boiler with PID will be more precise than a HX with Sirai. The steam power on the DB will be superior to a HX. The footprint of the 700 is massive compared to the 500. The rotary pump is way better, but he said the cost to replace one is $600! I can plumb a 700 maybe one day.
Does a PID on a HX really make that much difference over a Sirai on a HX? I opted for the Sirai as I feel with a HX + e61 you've got a lot of variables for temp changes, and the steam boiler being dead on only helps a little.
The sales rep didn't think cooling flushes on a HX e61 mattered and he just "trusted' the machine was ready to go whenever he wanted to pull a shot. This I feel is just wrong, and even WLL has a video on the importance of cooling flushes.
He had to look up all the stats on the machines, and I understand people can't keep a catalog of stats on all machines, but some of the things were pretty basic, that even I knew and was correcting him on. Over all I'm feeling like I didn't get to really hammer out the benefits.
My biggest concern with the 700 is that it is so big. And the little tray to lift the cups up is just an eyesore (stupid I know) [EDIT, a fellow HB'er pointed out that since I use a scale to weigh my shots, the little tray is unnecessary - ALSO I have to buy a table/island for the Pro 500 regardless, so the footprint of the 700 I guess isn't that big of a deal].
And the cost to replace a pump at $600 is worrisome... Arg. Help? Though it's probably too late. 500 will be here on Friday...