The Rough Country 9500# winch (with steel cable) is $299 plus shipping. With the Jeepforum discount I paid just over $312 to have it shipped.
The Smittybilt XRC8 (with steel cable) is about the same price but rated at 8000#. The Smittybilt XRC8 came out initially a few years back and had some mixed reviews. They modified the design and honestly I can say that I have read nothing but good reviews since.
I chose the RC winch for it's slightly larger capacity for the price. The wireless remote is also a plus. The relative newness is a risk, but IMO just like any other product, someone has to be the first to try it.
I also don't feel that everything made overseas is junk. FWIW the OEM wheels on my JK are made in the same country that makes the RC winch. If I am willing to risk my life to four rims made in China, I can definitely accept a winch made there.
Warn winches at the 8000# range are about $500 ish.
While I haven't read a lot about WARN failures online, I have talked to a few Jeepers who have or know of failures with WARN winches.
Now for the real world test. Even though my solenoid box did have the crack in it, I installed it just to test out the winch and I left it on during my Olympic Mountain Snow Run
last weekend. I used it twice to extricate myself when the snow got deep and I had difficulty turning around. This was a solo vehicle trip and both times I needed it the winch performed flawlessly. In both cases I was probably well over 15 miles from the nearest help, and 5-10 miles from an area with cell phone reception.
I don't know what everyone else's thoughts are on number of reliable cycles, but the fact that it pulled me out twice gives me the confidence that the next time I need it, it will work.