For future reference - the K&K also works really well for impulse response technology so, if/when the inherent sound of the pickup starts to grate on your nerves (I've never heard any kind of pickup that won't, eventually) then some kind of relatively cheap IR loader can make a significant improvement.
Pretty much all acoustic guitarists are down this same rabbit hole of tone to a greater or lesser extent so there is much wisdom (and nonsense) to be found and learned from.
I appreciate this is a long time after the fact now, but if you did want a removable soundhole pickup for occasional use, the Seymour Duncan Woody or the Dean Markley Promag are both pretty reasonable choices at around £40.
I have a Woody as an emergency backup and it provides a perfectly reasonable sound, plus it came with a handy little carry bag.
Magnetic pickups are always going to sound like magnetic pickups, but I think in terms of a pleasant, usable sound they are a better option than a cheap under-saddle PU.
There's also an ARTEC single-coil about that's around £25. I own two of them, and they do the job fine - I quite like the option of adjustable pole pieces they offer. They do sound more 'electric' than the other two options I suggested (ideal if you're looking to sound like Elmore James!) and the jack socket on the removable version was not great quality and I ended up rewiring it to an endpin after it broke. The second time around I bought the one that had an endpin pre-installed.
Also, here is John Prine using a Dean Markley, just to give you an idea of how one sounds in professional hands.
I have tried quite a few over the years with mixed results. I eventually came to the conclusion that I really didn't like having a lump in the soundhole so fitted a K&K mini and have never looked back!
However, the best soundhole pickups I tried were the LR Baggs M1 or M1A (Active). I used both and I think I preferred the passive model. These are them:
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