I have a Bodum and actually use a standard metal spoon with it and have never had a problem. I use it almost daily. I suppose it could happen though! Glad to know.
I don't have any experience with other brands of presses other than a Mr. Coffee brand press that I started out with. I won't even compare it to a Bodum... It was junk.
I've tried to go back to a drip style machine after using my press simply for the speed and convience but I just can't stand the taste of anything other than pressed or a pour over brew. In short I recommend you stay with the press.
I'm not positive but I believe I have seen some "recycled" Bodum presses at Starbucks for sale. I know they appear to be plastic (haven't looked at them in detail however - they may still have glass) which would be much more durable.