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Posted Thu Apr 17, 2014, 4:18pm
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I've been looking at a first "real" roaster. I'm dismissing the Behmor and the Gene Cafe over limited control of the roast (in the case of the Behmor) and the heating-element burn-out issues of the GC. That leaves me with the Hottop... or so it did until today.

I was about the bite the bullet on a HT for $820, but it seems that SweetMaria's has suddenly bumped the price up to $1100!

That's way over my budget, but entertaining the idea that I'm over-budget anyway, I'm thinking that new options might present themselves? What other roasters might I be looking for between $1000-1500?
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Posted Thu Apr 17, 2014, 4:25pm
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Ouch. To think I got mine from Michael at HTusa for $650 reconditioned.

Don't fear a used one, I have seen a few in the B/S/T section. They are a machine that anything is replaceable if needed.
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Posted Thu Apr 17, 2014, 4:47pm
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The price increase went into effect yesterday. It does look like a huge jump, but it puts the US more inline with what the rest of the world is paying.  But as Rob stated, used ones do pop up, and virtually any part is available and they are (IMO) easily repaired by any decent DIY sort of person. We also do try to give excellent customer service as well as technical support wherever we can.

 
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Posted Thu Apr 17, 2014, 4:47pm
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Yikes! So did SCG and roastmasters.com

Glad I got one in January!

The Huky and Quest roasters are often touted. They're a bit more cumbersome but do some things much better.
They're a little bit over $1100, I think. I'm rather shocked they raised the price so much on the Hottop in one swoop. I would think that will majorly dent their sales.
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Posted Thu Apr 17, 2014, 5:35pm
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Wow, I didn't see there was price increase coming. I really want one of these, but I think I'll have to go used.
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Posted Fri Apr 18, 2014, 7:27am
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I was considering a Hottop, but the (original) price was offputting.  It's definitely not happening now.  I imagine that Joe Behm is pleased about this...
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Posted Fri Apr 18, 2014, 8:44am
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I bought a Hot Top about 2 weeks ago from Sweet Maria's for $820, so I feel lucky.  It's a great machine.  While $820 obviously  is better than $1,100, I think the Hot Top is worth $1,100.  It has taken my roasting to a higher level than a hot air popcorn popper ever could.  Like everything is life, it's a question how much you want to spend for a product.
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Posted Fri Apr 18, 2014, 10:52am
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DCcoffeeman Said:

I bought a Hot Top about 2 weeks ago from Sweet Maria's for $820, so I feel lucky.  It's a great machine.  While $820 obviously  is better than $1,100, I think the Hot Top is worth $1,100.  It has taken my roasting to a higher level than a hot air popcorn popper ever could.  Like everything is life, it's a question how much you want to spend for a product.

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Certainly. It isn't even so much a question of if the Hot Top is worth $1100. It's more that the price jump shifts the equation into considering other models. Before, the Hot Top was competing with the Behmor and Gene Cafe.  It was an easy choice for many to spend the extra money on a HotTop when looking at it versus a Gene Cafe (especially considering $75 element replacements).  Today? Breaking the $1000 barrier puts the HotTop in closer range of the Quest Huky, and possibly others under the $2000 mark, especially if one is willing to consider the used market.

I for one am now considering going with the Gene Cafe as I could suddenly afford two for the price of one Hot Top, or spending a tad more for a Sonofresco, Huky, or Quest (obviously pre-owned in the case of the Sonofresco...)
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Posted Fri Apr 18, 2014, 12:41pm
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Yeah, I've got a hottop and I think it's a great machine and built much better than the Gene, but $1100?  Its build quality seems more like a good toaster oven than a real oven, and I can get an oven for less than $1000....  $1100 would definitely push me towards an alternative that's more like a real drum roaster.
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Posted Fri Apr 18, 2014, 1:21pm
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rmongiovi Said:

Yeah, I've got a hottop and I think it's a great machine and built much better than the Gene, but $1100?  Its build quality seems more like a good toaster oven than a real oven, and I can get an oven for less than $1000....  $1100 would definitely push me towards an alternative that's more like a real drum roaster.

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I have a "real drum roaster" or a commercial drum roaster as I prefer to call it and IMHO the HT is on par with it. Sure it is slower to respond to heat changes and its airflow is not as strong but it also costs 9xs the HT price increase. I think the quest is the only electric machine that came along that can even claim to compete with the HT and while the Huky is probably a great little roaster it is far from plug and play. There are some newer roasters coming to market with larger batch size capabilities but actual price is still up in the air.
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