...For more plates you could add additional in series, for more volume you could add additional in parallel...
This is what I would recommend.
Blichmann is the way to go. Most (all?) of the cheaper versions (Duda, Shirron) are made from 304SS instead of 316SS. The 316 stainless offers better protection against corrosion from Chlorides than 304. Especially at higher temps, wort, water, and cleaning solution with even moderate Chloride content is quite corrosive to 304SS. The fact that you can't fully drain the unit doesn't help, either.
Just as well, the Blichmann unit is uber-efficient, easier to clean, and doesn't sit on the ground.