Feeling a bike is not easy, specially if you are a "commuter"; commuting or city bikes, are such as different ride.
Bike shops geeks tend to recommend what they would buy for themselves, very expensive and sophisticated and with lost pieces with interesting names.
After trying a few, touring and road, I ended up getting the Specialized Dolche.
Some of the candidates were:
The beautiful touring Voyager Ridgeback very sturdy and reliable.