There are many ways to go. Penn reels are a good bang for the buck. I have Penn 650ssm reels that, IMO, are decent. Some like Shimano baitcasters.
Other less expensive are Okuma reels. Alumina's, and Salina's have metal bodies, and aren't too costly. One thing I look for in a reel, is one that the bailer won't slam shut on a cast. That can be annoying as well as costly, if you're tossing plugs. Now you are prolly asking, well how do you know that?
The reels I mentioned won't ha:smile that problem, I know by experience.
Those are spinning reels.
If your into the conventional scene, I like Abu 6500's and Abu 7000 reels.
These are products I use, and find reliable.