I think you have to qualify the answer a whole lot. Obviously, what might be best for any given paddler is going to depend on their size, their abilities and exactly what type of use they intend for the boat. Some boats are pretty good at various applications, but some compromises are inevitable if you choose an all-arounder.
It's very much like trying to pick the "best" car, truck, motorcycle, etc., etc. It cannot be done in a general context.