My wife (a psychologist) likes to say "and that's why they make both vanilla and chocolate, so everyone can find something that they enjoy."
Luckily, there are so many styles of furniture, everyone can find something that they enjoy making and having around.
Latest Wood Magazine issue 263 rated the Grizzly G0634Z as their "top value" with the Hammer and Jet tying for "Top Tool". Interesting considering the abuse Jet has taken on alignment issues; they have obviously responded and fixed those.
I would be hard pressed to go with an "also ran" company who is relatively new to combo machines. The Hammer A3-xx series certainly has a large following in the $5k-plus tier. What I do might make me move to that platform but, purely for space and personal reasons. That is, I don't make my living doing this. If Hammer could just get a second gear on that table-raising mechanism . My Grizzly separates have served me well for many years but, do require a substantial footprint.
I bought a pack as well. My daughters promptly confiscated two of them for their workbench, informing me that I had enough of my own clamps. I hung the other 4 up out of their reach . Here they cost me $45 Canadian if I remember right. They seem like nice little clamps.
No apologies necessary. I cringe when I see all the curlicues, swan-necks and spindles on Queen Anna stuff . .. ugh! Like many things in life, there is enough variety for all of us. I was lucky to have been raised by parents who exposed me to a wide variety of styles in art, furniture, architecture, etc. I have always been thankful. I can enjoy something without really caring for it personally.