Having just gone through a similar exercise not too long ago, there are several entry level candidates that are solid. The Audio Technica LP 120, Project Carbon Debut DC, U Turn Orbit, and the TEAC TN-400 were my four finalists. Any of them would likely suit your needs.
I ended up going with the TN-400 because it is by far the most visually attractive to me (it's a focal point in the room it is in) and I was able to grab it at a really good price. There weren't a lot of reviews out there on it, but I am pleasantly surprised by the sound.