# Recommended package size and type for a surface mount linear regulator IC that will be hand-soldered?

I am designing a board that needs a couple linear regulators (5.5v to 3v and 3v to 1.6v) but I am having difficulty selecting a suitable surface mount package type and size that will allow me to hand solder the IC to the PCB without too much difficulty.

I know there is not one correct answer to this but there are so many difference IC package types I don't even know where to start. From doing some searches on digikey it seems that 6mm by 6mm is about the largest you can get for the regulators I am looking at: Linear Regulators

I'm not too experienced in soldering but I do have other people who have more practice that would be able to help. Is 6mm by 6mm large enough for someone with moderate experience and moderate equipment to solder?

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