my 2 cents: it's a decision made by Profitec which doesn't necessarily correlate to what's better for you, but almost definitely correlates to what's better for business (and those two are not necessarily aligned)
"Temperature Stable", "PID", "Dual Boilers" are all conceptually good things and are selling points for consumers, but they don't necessarily translate to better espresso or a more user friendly machine.
Though not an entirely fair comparison given lever vs pump, but my L-R (HX, Pressurestat) is miles ahead of my Alex Duetto III in terms of shot quality, usability and consistency
ben8jam wrote:What is everyone's thoughts on whether or not a Pro 500 HX is worth having a PID or not? It sounds like they ditched the pressurestat and now it's all temp based. Price is up $200 to go along with it. Does it seem worth the extra price bump or is it just making life imaginarily easier for the espresso user who doesn't know how relatively stable the HX system already is?
A mere $900 difference to step up to the Pro 700 and get two boilers. Is there any benefit to staying with the 500 at this point?