I wanted to upgrade what I have for wheels and obviously rims are in a handful of widths but i'm still pretty new and not fully sure which widths will do what for me. the bike is something i ride everyday everywhere. i was looking at the h+son archetypes. seemed a little on the wider side at 23 so i'd assume stability would be a little better. but i'd rather hear from people who know then spend money on assumptions.
also, as a rule of thumb should the front and the rear be the exact same width or would within a few of each other not have a huge impact?
Wider rims do make for more stable cornering. Archetypes are kinda the standard by which other wide rims are judged these days, they're nice.
Front and back do not need to be the same unless you want them to match. I have a 23mm front rim and a 28mm rear rim on one of my bikes with 23mm/25mm tires.
the real thing is that i'm subbing out wheels as i have the money so i have to do one wheel at a time. so i wanted to make sure if i do the front wheel first as a 23mm archetype, that wouldn't throw off the ride any with the stock rear wheel (i think it's 19/20mm).