I used a Leitz V35 enlarger for several years with a color head and found it perfect for VC work. You only use the Y and M filters, but I had no trouble handling the full range of contrast with it, as well as easily using it for split contrast work.

If you use plastic filters below the lens, that may degrade the image (sharpness, e.g.) whereas filters above the lens will not. However, some color heads may not allow filters above the lens, making it all the better to use the built-in color filters.

Omega 4x5 enlargers are easily found and very reasonable. One of those with a cold light and above-the-lens filters is a superb option and very affordable.