Sorry, I don't know much about the traditional spinning wheel from Ashford, but I do have an Ashford wheel. It is a wonderful wheel that is so easy to use. I like mine because it is smaller and compact so I can take it with me if I need to. I believe Ashford is one of the top of the line wheels, that's what I was told by my friend who gave me my wheel anyway.
But not having used any other kind, I can't give a rating. But Ashford is a wonderful wheel, and I love mine.