e.g. Most would say for bikes the Caad9 is the best bang for the buck. I'm looking for a similar suggestion in regards to pedals.
From searching the forums I see the popular choices are Look Keo, Shimano SPD-SL, and Speedplay. Are pedals something that are more user specific. e.g. Someone might ride with Look Keo's and never get hotspots etc... yet someone else might use them and experience hot spots.
Overall which pedal am I going to buy and not need to change for many years to come. I'd rather not buy a set of pedals for say $80, to find they aren't worth is only to spend a little more on a second set, When I could of just spent a little more up front on a better pedal and be done with it.