Simple question: What is your favorite breadboard, and why? I'm looking to upgrade mine, and am curious to see what other people use.
I just got this one from Jameco a couple of months ago. It's nice to have the room to spare, and in my opinion, nicer than having separate smaller ones, especially considering the general notoriety breadboards have regarding intermittent connections.
3M makes a good quality breadboard. The trick is to use wire and components that are clean and the correct size. Too large of a wire will damage the contacts. If you are careful and route wires cleanly breadboard designs can be reasonably reliable. Just don't expect to make RF or high speed circuits. The parasitics from the contact strips are too high.
Have a look at this Headerboard design...
It's a good looking alternative to the humble breadboard, it looks like the connections would be nice and firm too.
If the link goes dead, it uses turned-pin socket strips on a perfboard which happens to have the same layout as a conventional breadboard.
The breadboards can be helpful in designing, but we have actually stopped using breadboards for the most part. Soldered parts give us a much more reliable indication of how a particular configuration is going to perform when we put it on a print. Especially analog sensoring linked with a microcontroller tends to give interference problems.
If your setup is anything more than basics, I would recommend using something soldered on like this: (PCB) Euroboard 160 x 100
The BusBoard BB400 is small, cheap, portable, modular, has adhesives and is great quality.
I usually keep about 5 of them around.