About 10 years ago or more I picked up an MSR Whisperlight International. It wasn't cheap for me then. But 10 years and hours upon hours of use later & I haven't even used the re-build kit I bought when I got the stove. occasionally the jet will get clogged with soot, but a few knocks on a rock and the shaker jet clears right up.
I've packed this stove while back packing many times. I used it to cook several times/week one summer while I was doing a college internship & the kitchen was less than ideal to cook in. More recently it's gone along on dozens of over night padding trips where I was more often car camping than over night padding.
It's an older model, I believe the newer models allow one to simmer better than this one, but I still find it easy to cook anything from eggs and bacon to boiling a pot of water for freeze dried meals. I also consider it easy on fuel & if you would happen to take off and forget to fill your bottles up with white fuel you can top them off with regular gas, diesel, fuel oil, jet fuel or kerosene.
The availability of fuel for me was the greatest draw. I also liked that it had a low profile and a decent base.
Many of my paddling partners love the old school Coleman back packing stove, but I find they sit high off the ground & I don't care for the balance. they pack a bit bulky too.
The downside to the pocket rocket style MSR stoves are the fuel availability. Although they're found easily in most big box outdoors stores or any outfitters it is one less thing that I do not have to remember to pick up. I also didn't care for ending up with an empty fuel can to throw away (recycle). they're tough to do anything other than boil water too. It's hard to beat the price of the stove though...cheap.
The Jet boil stoves are great for boiling water, very efficient, super light. They're good at what they are designed to do & if you're only using foods that you must re-hydrate, a stove of this style is the ticket. If you can sacrifice a bit more space and a few oz of weight, a whisper light or similar style liquid fuel stove may be your thing.
I also haven't taken the plunge, but this stove sure looks like the bees knees - http://www.rei.com/product/846334/bi...ning-campstove