I like Crystal Palace. I just broke one of my CP dpns and had to sub in one of the Lantern Moon ones of the same size that I got in a trade (can you believe they traded me KP dpns for LM ones?!). Anyway, I dislike getting around to the LM needle, because its tip is noticeably less sharp than the CP needles.
Then again, CP needles for me seem to not be the same if I get them wet. I mean to start a thread about this some day.
Even cheaper than CP, I like Chiagoo dpns as well, which are pretty slick and have fairly pointy (for non-metal) tips.
On the other hand, I hate Inox. Just don't like their coating. And Brittany Birch have no slickness to them at all. I dislike them.
KnitPicks I found too slippery, but maybe I'll try again some time. Don't have any anymore, since I traded them away for the LM.