I have tried Boye aluminum, Clover Soft Touch, and Etimo Tulip. The Etimo Tulip are the best! I thought the large handles might feel awkward but I trusted the glowing reviews I read online and decided to try at least one. I am so glad I did - Not awkward at all! I now have a complete set. These hooks are very comfortable to use and I only wish they came in the larger sizes. The Clover Soft Touch hooks are nice but Tulips are even more comfortable to use. The metal hook part is very smooth. I've been using the Tulips almost daily for three months now and I love them!