The hand missals that I looked over come from several different pubishers: the Catholic Truth Society, the Midwest Theological Forum and Catholic Book Publishers. I looked at the quality of the presentation, the paper, the font, the artwork (if any) and whether or not the hand missals included the ICEL chant notations.
Here are the rankings:
1. Catholic Truth Society Sunday People's Missal (Presentation Edition)
The book is a thing of beauty. CTS really took to heart the mandate from Liturgiam Authenticam to produce a missal that was worthy of containing the sacred words of the liturgy. Their People's Missal also embodies the ideals of beauty put forth by Pope Benedict XVI. While the Daily People's Missal is still pending release (CTS projects a mid-February date), all indications are that it will parallel its Sunday sister book in form, quality and beauty.
The page quality is high, almost the same as that used for the ritual edition of the Roman Missal. The presentation edition is a leather bound hard-back while the regular is clothbound. CTS includes an introductory statement from Pope Benedict XVI for each Sunday and Solemnity. The artwork, although not as numerous as the ritual edition of the Roman Missal, is taken from the same British psalter used for the actual Roman Missal. What sets this particular book apart from the rest are two very important factors: the nearly complete use of Latin and the musical notations for the ICEL chants, as well as square notations for the corresponding Latin chants. Because the Roman Missal itself no longer has an appendix with the entire Latin Mass, the inclusion of the Collects, Offertory Prayers and Prayers after Communion, as well as the Prefaces and the Ordinary are a huge plus. Furthermore, the fact that CTS chose to also include the musical notations for both the ICEL and the Latin chants is a huge benefit, since the ICEL settings are the default ones found in the Roman Missal.
CTS does not overburden the book with needless copy. The extras included are quite useful. These include a rite of Benediction (with Latin) and a spiritually rich meditation on the Stations of the Cross written by Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman (which will be helpful during Lent).
Although CTS is very clear in pointing out that the readings are not meant for use in the United States, their People's Missal can still be quite valuable for those of us on these shores because of the nearly complete inclusion of Latin and the insertion of the musical notes. Not a few parishes are using the ICEL settings. Unfortunately, some of the disposable missallettes sold by publishers do not include the ICEL chants, choosing instead to use their own composers' works as their default setting. Having the ICEL chants is a huge factor for me. The variance in the readings is something that I can handle. For me, the People's Missal is unparalleled.
2. Midwest Theological Forum Daily Roman Missal