Seems like you are set on using a HOB filter... If you want to buy either of the ones listed above, take the time to figure out what you'll be spending on filter cartridges over the span of a year. Your "cheap" filter might be just the opposite.
The reason why most people on here use and recommend canister filters is they work well, you don't have to keep buying cartridges, and the cleaning is pretty minimal. (i clean out my eheim 2215 about twice a year.) You can also find regular accounts of 15-20 year old eheims still in use. You normally don't get that reliability in a HOB.
Don't know what "headache" you are anticipating, but it might be worth the research to see if your assumptions are wrong.
That said, if you are still dead-set on using a HOB, Aquaclear is a good choice. Affordable, no cheesy cartridges, and you can use your own media. Biowheel et al. is just marketing crap, a sponge is a sponge.