I have two boats, featuring Andersens, Lewmars, Gibbs, Enkels and Barlows.
I rate them Barlows (sadly, extinct and non-tailing), Andersens, Enkels, Lewmars and Gibbs.
The best Lewmars I ever saw were 65s, probably the Ocean series from the '80s.
My Andersens work trouble-free and are easier to clean than the Barlows and the Lewmars. The Barlows can take Lewmar pawls and springs, but that's not cheap
, merely better than ordering stuff from Arco (Barlow's successors) in Australia
The Andersen winch handle doesn't annoy me, and if it did, I would get a different winch handle. They aren't, or don't seem to be, wildly different than any other winch in that respect, as I have a variety of handles...in rough weather
, I prefer the floating ones!