I've checked out some Force's and DLX's in the on hill shop where I ride and they didn't seem cheap to me... The DLX is the cheaper binding and to me it still looked and felt sound.
Ride's ankle straps are nice IMO. They may not look super soft but they are comfortable. With the center cut (rodeos, revolts have this) out it distributes the pressure well. The capo has the same type of distribution with the middle not cut out but I find them very comfortable. The toe straps other than cosmetic rubber tearing work well.
Union bindings don't feel cheap at all to me either. I've owned the DLX (2011) and the Contact Pro (2012). The DLX was super solid for their entry level binding. The Contact Pro is really nice as well. I really like their highbacks, ankle straps, and overall look. I think the ratchets work great as well. I've heard so much crap about the toe straps on them but they fit my boots just fine. The only complaint I have with them is that the footbed is really hard and there is no canting. It didn't bother me much, but if you're coming from a cushy footbed to this it might not feel that great. I also have Ride Delta MVMNT (2011). They were replaced by the Rodeo for 2012 and later. Their footbeds have tons of padding and their canting feels really nice. It's either 2 or 2.5 degrees I think. The ankle strap isn't quite as padded as the Contact Pro but is still comfortable. The toe straps are awesome! They can grip anything! Just my input. I haven't ridden any other bindings than these three, and I know other companies make some great stuff as well, but that's what I think of the stuff I've ridden