When you want a chuckle, here's my router story-- when you really don't know what you want or "the best" router to buy, you just start somewhere. And when you don't want to make an expensive purchase mistake, you buy at the bottom of available price paid. My "start somewhere" was a hand me down Porter Cable 690 fixed base from a family relative, followed by-- small size HF trim router, then old model fixed base Craftsman found for $30 on Craiglist, then step up to new $59 Craftsman fixed base to (now) new Craftsman $89 plunge router.
Turns out I did spend some extra $$ but I did resell the old Craftsman (breaking even at $30) and am using the PC 690 installed in my workbench as a bench router. And-- LOL-- I have probably spent more than $100 getting a good selection of router bits.
I will say that I am enjoying learning to use the routers/bits. Now if I only could buy --- (fill in the blank with your choice on your new nifty tool) lake9guy