Fumes...Welcome to the forum!
Firstly, I stated in my original post to not mention any companies in this thread. Because I didn't want to have a bunch of people start bashing any particular company by name. That can lead to a situation where the thread would need to be closed/removed. The 'don't mention names' statement really only applies to this thread (for that reason).
In other threads, you can feel free to inquire about particular companies and seek others' experiences and opinions of them. In general though, any company listed in the suppliers section of this forum is 'safe' to deal with. So all you really need to figure out is which model to start with.
A good way to get started is to read over this...
Then go ask some questions in the new users area.