never heared of griffin kites to be honest. (or is this new name for monkey kites?)
I dont think there are any really bad kites on the market. Sure anyone has certain likes and dislikes. But from quallity so called B brands are not that much bad quallity anymore from the A brands. Slingshot 08 fuels were torn just by looking at it. And it was called the bombproof brand...
Just look at warantys, and if you look at the pictures/kites if you feel confident they will not tear to easily. (does it look good np.. does it look crappy.. probably is.) Even a noob will see.
If there are any differences a beginner or even intermediate kiter won't notice. and crashing kites is NEVER a good idea. if you got a 2000 dollar kite or 500 dollar kite if you have bad luck.. it will explode just as easily.
3E kites and boards are pretty cheap to.. but interesting how good they perform.
maybe thats an option for you to?
Best waroo.. always good.. some hate it some love it.. but it will always be a pretty good kite.
hope i helped a little