I love my Lee Valley low angle block plane, DX60.....
The "A" model
I think it is the best one out there, $185 US
I also like the Lie Nielsen 60 1/2...
but it lacks a couple of features of the LV, but it is still one VERY good plane. $165
Dunno about the made in China Wood River planes, it seems they are getting decent reviews, but they often need a bit of work, or some of the machining is off. For me, I'd rather buy my last block plane, and be done with it, I also like the idea of supporting a Canadian Company, maybe you could support an American company Yes I realize that either of these planes are about $100 more, than the Wood River plane, and if you do not have that $100, well you don't have it, but if you can squeeze the extra out of your budget, then I know you will be very satisfied with either the LV or the LN, mine puts a smile on my face each time I use it.
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward