The base price is very good, but after adding shipping it's not such a good deal. I built the same setup from parts sourced from various vendors, and I think I ended up spending a little less than $196, using stainless steel valves and fittings from Northern Brewer. I built the manifolds for the mash tun from CPVC and they work great - will be happy to share my "drawings"
I have the exact same coolers, and I am still learning about the pretty significant temp drop when dumping the water into either the mash tun or the HLT. Once I figure that part out permanently, I think I'll be in very good shape for the future, but it's been a couple of interesting brew sessions so far with undershot mashing temperatures and hyperfermentable beer...
You don't need to go all stainless. I picked up my brass ball valve and SS braid at home depot like $15. If you do a PVC or Even Copper manifold, you can DYI this for 1/2 the price. It is pretty easy, just need some basic tools.
I am going to be getting rid of the screen in mine and go with a manifold. I think the manifold will get a better extraction in my cooler setup. If you are doing a fly sparge, I would definitely go with a manifold. It covers the bottoms better for a more even flow of sugars. The system you are listing uses the SS Braid at the bottom with is usually fine with batch sparging.
I love the CPVC manifold on the bottom. When testing with just water, it leaves about a cup and a half at the bottom. It's a piece d'cake to put in, remove and clean, and so far (*knocking hard on noggin'*), I've had no issues with stuck or problematic sparges.
I'll try to get a pic or two uploaded on my next brew day in December!
Hmmmmmmm, part of the allure of this system is I can email the link to Jessi and it may show up under the tree............. This is the only complete system I've found online that has enough room to do 10 gallon batches of big beer.......................