Currently looking for a new coffee making set up. I've had the Breville Barista Express before (gave it to my parents) thought that was a great machine, but always had trouble getting the shot right - seems like the grinder had issues as it didn't matter what setting of courseness it would just run fast (unless I used a pressurised filter) - tried expensive fresh beans too and same result. Then I read around here and noticed a few people also stating about issues with the Barista Express and that it would be best to look at getting a separate grinder.
So this brings me to my question about which setup I should go for. I'm open to other suggestions, but just keeping in mind current prices:
1. Breville Bambino Plus - $550 (no Good Guys Commercial access) - seems handy with the automatic and manual steam wand + would get the Smart Grinder
2. Breville The Infuser - $400 (on sale at David Jones) - doesn't have the automatic features but comes with more portafilter options, slightly larger than the above + would also get a Smart Grinder
3. Breville Barista Express - $750 ($600 on sale) - no need for the above smart grinder, although, from past experience I think I would prefer to have a proper working grinder (unless others experience of the Barista Express is different to mine).
Many thanks for your help! Open to other suggestions as well.
EDIT: Price budget around $600-$700.