Agreed! I just had a similar experience as you described when I recently decided to move hosting providers. I'm really glad I took the plunge. If you are comfortable plopping down a decent amount of coin up front, it actually works out to about the same as a Netflix subscription for the first 3 years or so.
I also took the time to really research providers and have been very happy with Siteground (esp after godaddy), if anyone's looking for hosting, I highly recommend them: siteground.com/?referrer_id=7910825
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