Finally decided on Shimano PD-A530's for my now 3 week old road bike. Selling point to me was you can clip in one side or use as platform the other. I'm also using Shimano M087 mountain bike shoes. I put aside the SM-SH51 that came with the pedals and using the SM-SH56 which can unclip in more than one direction.
I have nothing to compare them to but I found this combination works for me. They clip and more importantly unclip more easily than I thought. First I practiced at home, clipping and unclipping and was confident on my first ride. I clip in my left foot before pedaing then the right foot as I'm moving. They clipped in real easy by sliding the foot forward. I went kind of slow at one point and had to pedal to keep from falling over while getting the pedal in the correct position. Stopping I leave the left clipped and the right foot off the pedal.
I always said I would never get clipless pedals. I thought they would be too dangereous and difficult to use. Easy to use yes, dangereous maybe. I always felt foot pain in my right foot while pedaling, not today. If it's the shoe or the pedal I don't know. Though, I'm on a learning curve, I'm happy with what I bought.