If you truly want "the best", you're going to pay for them.
Every set I've ever used has been acceptable. However, digital is generally better and you wan't the highest NRR you can get.
Muffs are nice for keeping your ears warm in cold weather, hearing aid style are generally more comfortable otherwise.
"The best" is going to cost you at least a couple hundred dollars, depending on how you define "best".
There's "best" that really means "cheapest I can get that don't suck" and there's "best" that means genuinely highest performance that can be had, best costs money.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.