You see Charlie, the problem is pilots only do initial training once, in fact most training other than recurrent training is only done once.
So, any pilot who says that XXXXX flying school is the best to start out at has no freakin idea because they only did it once and they have nothing to compare it with unless they switched schools midstream.
Any pilot who is critical of any school is just confessing that they chose a school that wasn't a good fit for them, or maybe they're just an idiot who has no place being in the cockpit.
So really, these threads are useless and that's why they are frowned upon.
As others have suggested, get in your car go and checkout what's available at your location. Take a trial flight with each.
YOU make the decision, if it's not working by all means try somewhere else.
But it's your choice.