I think everyone will tell you the premium Warns (cti series and Zeon platinum) are the best of the best. I've also seen the Warn power plant crammed in a Hard Rock Bumper which gives you the air compressor along with the winch.I've got a new Hard Rock JKU and wonder which is the best quality winch? It would be nice to have one that was super strong and light weight.. Is there such a beast..Holy Grail?
I have a mile marker on the front of my f150. With the stock pump, meh. With the belt driven 20 gpm pump running 2000psi bypass, now we are talking. Faster than my 8274 and doesn't bog a bit. Speed control is via manual spool, more you push the faster she goes...I have a Warn Zeon 10-s Platinum. I love this thing, for me it's probably the "holy grail" although I would also like to have a Mile Marker hydraulic winch.
They're all the same shit. Get one with a good warranty and you'll be fine. "Oh but you want to make sure it doesn't break down when you're on the trail" it's an electronic, so shit will happen with all brands.