Practical Sailor tests VHF
You can buy articles from Practical Sailor. In 2009 they tested some high end units. The articles cost $10 and are very thorough IMHO. I would generally rely on them more than from someone saying that they like their unit while having no experience with any others.
The link is
Top-of-the-Line VHFs Packed with Multi-function Features
There are many other articles including recent ones on handheld units.
Freedom F38 #154
out of Marion, MA