I was so ready to respond by saying "But you can't control the pour, and it's important to get the grounds wet before brewing!" Then I looked at your Bonavita and saw that it does that. I hadn't seen that before. Still think it's important to limit machinery in our houses (due to the impending robot uprising), but as far as coffee makers go, that one does look pretty solid.
And I actually use Melitta filters m'self as well. I was just already on the Chemex site, so I noted their filter prices.