I'm not a Kool-Aid drinker for any brand. I've been reloading for over 45 years, have five presses now, did have others and have loaded on several owned by friends. Guess what? Given the skill to use them, they all work just fine!
And any of them will last two lifetimes if they aren't abused or neglected.
I buy my tools for the features, not the color. That means I have stuff from virtually every maker. My first choice of press is not Lee because I wanted features they don't have at the time but that is NOT a put down for them. I won't even say what my favorite is because it's irrelivant for others who seek or need different features.
All that said, there is no question that Lee's Classic Cast single stage and their auto-indexing Classic Turret (the better choice for reloading some 200 rounds a week, in three calibers) are THE greatest values of their respective types. They are fully as good and in some ways better than others costing MUCH more and they both handle spent primers as well as any presses made today! In fact, I realise they're both just as good as my favorite press from an objective perspective.
Progressives are great for cranking out hundreds of the same handgun load at a time but they aren't much for developing accurate loads for rifles. In my opinion, experienced, high volume shooters suggesting noobs with much different needs get an expensive progressive press for starters, especially since changing calibers is so costly and difficult, seems illogical.
Most of us agree that noobs will be MUCH better served with a single stage until they learn a LOT about reloading. For many of us a single stage or, at most, a Lee auto-indexing turret press is all we will ever need or even want. If the noob eventually determines he wants a progressive he will have the experience to know what he needs without asking us and he will still have plenty of uses for his first press so it won't be a loss!