I'm new to woodworking, well, sorta. I researched several table options and did indeed come across the Grizzly one you mentioned. I even contemplated building my own, but since I have very little experience using router tables, I didn't really even know what I needed or where to begin and decided to settle with a pre-built one. Now I did give serious consideration to the Bosch RA1171, but what sold me on the RA1181 was it was the best priced table with a solid metal table top.
Everything in the "under $200" range tends to be MDF surfaced and that means it's prone to swelling/warping over time which I can't guarantee I'll have the best of places to store my router table since I live in an apartment. In addition to that, I figured if I decide to build my own table later, the metal top of the Bosch RA1181 could be used as a good insert piece to the new table since I'm guessing one of the main benefits of a "build your own" table is making it larger to support larger/longer boards etc.
That's my thinking on it all anyways, although like I said, I have very little experience working with table routers and can just go off of combining reviews and what seems most logical/practical to me. A MDF surface seems great if someone has a shop to store/work in, but I don't and may move a few more times before things are all said and done, so durability is a very appealing quality. I'm in no hurry for the table at the moment, but don't want to get caught in a game of shipping defectives back and forth either.
If I can get a good and true RA1181, do you think it's a good table or is there other drawbacks? I went into purchasing it knowing this was a known issue that has surfaced several times and I will try to get a true one if the RA1181 is a good table. It seems to have a good array of starter features too which would seem to mean it'll serve me well for quite a while before needing anything else.
But I'm not against advice/suggestions. The surface of this table is what I was sold on the most and figured if I needed taller legs later, I can add taller legs etc. but the table needed to be solid and offer some nice features....