I have a wood handle and a metal handle and I really prefer the feel of the wood, especially if I don't have gloves on. But you must keep those out of the weather or then will make you unhappy. :(
I also have the simple plastic head(like the one pictured) and like it best.. I have the reinforced? Type with the cross bars but I really do not like it unless I am only picking out a stall bedded in pellets or picking on dirt. They don't work well with hay or straw etc. If I kept my horses stalled more I would want a deep one basket type to keep stuff from falling off the sides and back.