I liked the \"pulse\" button idea on the Virtuoso as I want to grind directly into the portafilter without wasting any more than I have to (ie. repeated on/off cycles). Does the Rocky have a similar switch for this purpose? I know it's not in the same place but is it designed for heavy use like that or are you supposed to set a kind of timer?
The Rocky has a main power switch on the right-hand side and a \"pulse\" switch under the PF cradle.
I've never used a Virtuoso, but the Rocky has been serving me well for the last 5 months. Pound for pound, it will be the most dense \"appliance\" you will ever own (the motor alone weighs something like 12 Ibs!). Was planing to get a Solis Maestro - but when I beheld the Rocky, there was no going back.
I returned a Maestro and just tried a Virtuoso with only slightly better results. My thoughts are to go with a Rocky. My older Solis Barista (Starbucks) produces a better grind. It seems the settings from 1-20 are like a find drip machine to a French Press and from 21-40, well I guess it might be used for installing sidewalk blocks. But seriously, I believe that some tweaking is still required on the Virtuoso just as was stated in the review.