VHS machines hit their peak of quality nearly ten years ago and it has dropped again.
I bought a few from the peak period and apart from the resolution you can actually get a superior picture to DVD with the right tape and deck.
My family first got ours in 1987 and recorded almost anything. Those Amstrads always were very good and we were hooked right away.
Lately I have been using my VCRs to back up old tapes to DVD. And the machines are still very useful at playing back old tapes bought from second-hand shops which are crammed with never-repeated old favourites.