A few years ago, I was under the impression that Yaesu was the best, Icom next best, and Kenwood after that. This was about quality, but other things too. I don't know which of the three is the best --and let's not get into any Ford-Chevy-Chrysler-type arguments-- but from what I hear lately, Yaesu is now the worst. Maybe not.
Many years ago when I repaired rigs and HT's, Yaesu was the worst on both HT and HF tended to eat finals in some models, Icom HF was reliable but HT's were not, Kenwood HT's were solid and only HF rigs with problem were some 430's and some 930's and some 440's with board sealant causing PLL problems. Other models were fine.