I think 26 x 2.0" would suffice for what I'm looking for. I have Supremes in 700c sizes and love them, but the price is a little high at ~$75 a tire for what I'm doing now (cheapy cannondale MTB commuter conversion).
Try Panaracer Pasela. The used 26x1.75 Paselas. Their suppleness gives them such a nice ride. Paselas are relatively inexpensive. 2" Schwalbe Kojaks are better than Apples but not nice as Paselas. Compass tires (26x1.75) are a half step better than Paselas but a lot more expensive. By better ride, I mean float over bumps and are easier to peddle so they perform better except in flat resistance. My rate of flats is low enough for me stay with Compass. I had one flat in close to a year and it appears to be a tube failure. I could no evidence that the tire was penetrated. The tube split at the seam.