I usually tell whom ever I am helping to start with Addi circulars. You pay a little more, but they are a good investment. Also Harmony circulars. They have recently started making straights. There is also a wonderful couple in Oregon that make glass Pyrex needles. They are a treat to own and use. You really have to decide for yourself and good luck and happy knitting. Constance
I just bought some Hiya Hiya 8 inch circular needles size 3. with an 8 inch cable, especially for socks and mittens etc... They have good recomendations online, and have reasonable prices and you can buy them in steel, and bamboo, dpns or circular. When I get them I'll post what I think about them.
Ally and Angie, I just bought the set you are talking about and Angie, like you I love mine. I have purchased other inexpensive bamboo needle sets that were rough and snagged my yarn. I like the fact that the needles have the size stamped on them and they are in individual packs with the size on the outside. So far I have been very satisfied and have been using them almost daily.