I don't have much actual experience to offer I'm afraid but recently went through a similar decision process, having to choose an extractor without being able to see and test it beforehand.
I'm a small scale hobbyist (in Canberra also in Oz) so don't really need a lot of capacity but my previous experiences with small, manual 4 frame tangential equipment convinced me that I didn't need to go down that path again.
Yes there are extractors akin to the 'hybrid' you describe. In my youth one of the commercial apiarists I dealt with had what was called a semi-reversible extractor with hinged baskets that would rotate through about a 50-60 degree arc when the extractor reversed direction. Expensive due to all the extra work and material used to construct them, turn them and clean them and... chaos if one of the baskets or chains broke. I'm not sure how much they're used here in Aus any more, the commercial guys seem to all use large radial equipment. They're good for heavy, cold and partially crystallized honeys and hence... I gather they're pretty much necessary if you're dealing with thixotropic honey like the New Zealanders with Manuka.
At the hobbyist end of the scale I was considering and can get 6 frame unit at around the same landed cost here in Oz as a 12 frame radial.
A 12 frame radial was very tempting but I chose not to go down that path largely due to the extra bulk of the unit needing to be stored and moved around, given I don't really need that capacity. Plus... the units I've been considering appear to generate a bit less centrifugal force than the 8 frame unit which could be an issue with colder, stickier honey; and I don't have three phase power which would be needed for a more serious motor to get sufficient speed.
A 6 frame radial is nearly right for me, quite a bit cheaper than the 6 frame self-reversible and 12 frame radials but... not quite enough of a step away form the 4 frame unit I had in yesteryear.
Which left me withe the mother bear approved not-too-small, not-too-large, not-cheap-and-nasty but not-too-expensive option of an 8 frame, electric radial extractor which turns up in a bit over a week so I'll know soon after that if I made a mistake :-)