There's no arguing both Abu baitcasters and their Cardinal spinning reels were great designs and made to last.
Anyone arguing they're the best has a great argument.
For most beginning fishermen, spinning reels are easier to get the knack than baitcasters. Spinning tackle lets you concentrate on fishing and not worry about casting.
There are definite advantages to baitcasters, instant retrieve and depth control, but for anyone starting out, treat a baitcaster as a secondary skill.
I'll add to this. I'm a fishing reel historian, and have level winds that go back to the ninteen-naughties and teens, with obscure mechanisms that had to compete against the Marhoff patent (eventually used on every LW baitcaster after 1928). Here's a 1914 FE Thomas bait rod and c.1915 Talbot NLW reel (fun to cast and fish a silk braid when you're feeling really golden age).
Most distance tournament casters today still use prewar Meek and Talbot non-level-wind reels for competition.
There were a lot of bad spinning reels that showed up before WWII, but Hardy's 1932 patent Altex was the space shuttle of fishing reels (and with a war extension on the patent, it was 1954 before anyone else could use a flip bail). Even among today's computer-balanced designs, this is one of the smoothest reels ever made.
I've fished quite a few rods and reels pushing 50 years and have my favorites, including older (discontinued) Lew's baitcaster and Penn spinfisher.
The performance of this particular baitcaster (Shimano design) was a big jump over the traditional Abu design, both for improved distance and ease of backlash control.
My Penn spinfishers have lasted 30+ years in the salt and just won't quit - or corrode. My UL 4200SS has landed 30" reds, and the 4400SS has fished thousands of miles, landed thousands of fish, including jacks and kings. Penn also gets to play in that smoothest ever group. (in comparison, big fish wore out the gears on my Mitchell from high school by the time I went to college - and no one could ever accuse a Mitchell of being smooth.)
For spending your money today, I honestly don't think you can beat top-line Tica reels, for spinning or baitcaster.
These same China reels are re-branded and sold as high-grade reels wearing other names and bigger price tags.
That said, they're still making good Penns, and you won't ever need a replacement.