I'm a big fan of the more traditional desktop, using LXQt as my primary for a little while now and LXDE prior.the minimalist look
I am also a pretty big fan of Cinnamon. If I'm not using LXQt or LXDE, it's quite likely Cinnamon that's up and running.
I'm also not the kind of person that thinks my preferences must be universal. So, there's that. I never really understood the arguing about which is best, I just use what's best for me and like to hope everyone else makes the decision to use what's best for them. It's Linux, we have a diverse selection. One of 'em is bound to suit you best, or at least be close enough!