Edited July 19, 2021
at 05:25 PM
Lowest price ever. Amazon price tracker website shows an average of ~$200.
New model: "Date First Available July 21, 2020", though not necessarily an "upgrade" to the VE model.
Caveat: it's unclear if this newer model fixes the "melting plastic inner lid" issue. You can try to prolong its lifetime by not running it 24/7. For the VE model with this lid issue, folks were able to buy replacement parts after deterioration from 1-2 years of use. Their online manual states, "The lnner Lid Gasket may need to be replaced due to time and wear. We recommend that you replace it about once a year."