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I know what you mean about the Brazen being prone to premature death. However, they are being heavily discounted on Amazon right now, probably because of such issues in case you want to roll the dice again. [link]. I have a Plus that has given me trouble free service for 2 and one half years now. I just picked one up for $105 as a backup. (Price has gone up a little now.) The Connected model is even cheaper, probably because of poor sales and app concerns.
I have been a huge fan or and supporter of the Behmor Brazen Plus. Some people feel that its too big, but I love how it looks and I really love how the boiling chamber is above the grounds. This means it doesn't have to pump the hot water up to the shower head (the pump area can get hard water build up that's hard to clean). The water merely gets to temp and then drops down through the shower head onto the grounds.
I have had mine for around 3 years and other than the occasional descaling it still works like the day I bought it. Behmor has great customer support and the build quality is amazing compared to the cuisinart's I had in the past.
Just make sure to NOT buy the Behmor Connected. Most bad reviews are for that "smart" coffee maker.