I dunno why I never tried it, but after purchasing a 49mm polisher from Denis I decided to try doing all my prep with the basket in the portafilter. I had to switch from the tidaka funnel to the OE funnel I have to make it work. I haven't decided yet whether I like it better, but it works well and the workflow is probably an improvement in most people's eyes over what I was doing. I do like the polisher. Much less tapping needs to be done to settle the grinds which is nice. Anybody else do their prep with the basket in the portafilter?
For function there's no difference. I have the bimetal dome for over 6 months and before that the normal dome for a year. For cleaning, scale buildup and looks the bimetal dome is much nicer. That's why I bought it. It's up to you if you think it's worth the money.
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