I need advice or suggestions for a new (wireless) router. My current one is going to die with death by hammer pretty soon, so I need a replacement.

I'm not even sure which brands to look at. I spoke with a friend and he suggested I look at the Asus DSL-N14U which has a good price, however I do read some conflicting posts.
Some say it is great, others complain about issues regarding wifi falling away or latency with this router but not another one (they suggest it is the modem on the router). I guess it is nice to have this router as a fall back modem if my current modem were to die.

Anyhoo, some Googling also showed that the TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 comes highly recommended, however it is on the expensive side. I'm also loathe to spend too much on a router, because lightning has already killed 2 of my routers in the past.

I don't want to spend more than R2k on a new router, but that is the absolute upper limit, I would ideally like to spend R1.2k max.