Sorry, I didn’t see that my name had been tagged in this thread.
My thoughts on the different rigid heddles are this:
First it really is a preference thing between the three major brands, though some have different features than others.
Ashford: They are less expensive. They come unfinished so you will have to put a stain, add wax, or finish it in some other way. Some people do not like the plastic pawls for turning the warping beam and cloth beam. Doesn’t fold unless you get the knitters loom which ups the price point.
Shacht: They are made in the US (which is a big pro to some people). They can’t be used as a warping board. While I am not sure about the cricket, the flip tends to be heftier (made from harder wood). My previous loom was a flip. It worked fine, but the other looms will also weave fine. The flip comes with second heddle blocks built in but I think the cricket doesn’t have that (I could be wrong though).
Can fold to take up less space.
Kromski: I have heard that it has softer wood. Some people really like the magnetic pawl system (they say it tensions better). In my opinion the harp forte is the prettiest of the rigid heddle looms. They have recently come out with walnut stain ones available and if I ever get another rigid heddle loom this is the one I will be getting (for purely aesthetic reasons). The harp forte also can be used as a warping board. And I believe the pegs come standard and are not a separate purchase like on the Ashford (I could be wrong though).
One thing you need to consider is size. What kind of things do you think you want to weave? I had the 20” and I would not have wanted smaller because I wanted to weave towels, shawls, etc. If you get a larger size, you may want a stand.