IMO, Linux MInt 18.2 MATE (formerly known as Gnome or 'Main' edition) is the best ever!
Otherwise I'd not have been running the OS as my main once since early 2009 (8.5 years). Have tried Cinnamon several times, while there's been improvements, not that appealing to me, don't like the way at boot that the DE comes flying out at boot. KDE is a pain I can live w/out, that little bouncy thing that wasn't present in PCLinuxOS (also KDE) when I first started with Linux wasn't in that release. Would had stayed there, just that at the time, the very friendly community (a stark contrast in 2008 compared to others) couldn't get my (then) cellular based wireless dongle working.
So via a very kind Moderator, seeing me being drilled hard as a newbie, sent me a PM with her email address only, with a notice it would be deleted in 24 hours if I didn't respond. Once connected, she told me that she felt a soft spot for me, seeing that I was only looking for guidance, then suggested that I took a look at a then 'up & coming' Linux Mint Main edition. Also told me that the conversation would be kept to ourselves & off of their forum or she'd deny speaking with me & I'd be permanently banned. Needless to say, I didn't tell anyone, in fact, for well over two years afterwards, never appeared again on the forum, as really I didn't need to. Plus still to this day have less than 60 posts on the Linux Mint forum to date, half of which others were asking my opinion. The most notable of which was getting a virtualization section started, I added my two cents with a compelling reason why needed, a few months later, the Administrator announced that Linux Mint forum now had a new one to visit & learn from.
Had it not been for that kind tip, I may or may not had found Linux Mint, likely would at some point, although maybe too late. However, when I first laid eyes on Linux Mint 7 Gloria, it was love at first sight.
Later on, when Ubuntu messed up big time (otherwise wouldn't had retracted) & went full blown Unity, in little time Linux Mint became the #2 most ran Linux distro, trailing only Ubuntu, and #4 Worldwide, behind Windows (all versions), Mac (all versions).
The rest is history. While Mint Cinnamon is considered the 'drop in' replacement for Windows 7 & now more popular, it was Linux Mint MATE that carried the distro for many years.
Here's my latest MATE 18.2 install, while running on a 3rd gen i7-3635QM quad core mobile CPU, is running on the single 4GB module of soldered on RAM only. Somehow or the other, the only slot that would hold an added 8GB went bad, yet MInt MATE 64 uses just 2GB with both Firefox and several Google Chrome pages open, runs fast as greased lightning.
It was actually setup for my wife's usage, the fastest notebook she's ran, much more so than the 1st gen i7-640M with 8GB dual channel RAM, and a weaker GPU, as well as SATA-2, versus the above with SATA-3 (both SSD's). I like it too, and has convinced me that the old rule of a few years back that upgrading RAM being the best 'bang for the buck' no longer applies in 2017. A SSD, example, 250 GiB Samsung 850 EVO for $99 ($89 on promo) typically costs less than 16GB (or sometimes 8GB) RAM kits & will provide much more performance over a RAM upgrade. It's not like a Linux Mint system that's not running virtual machines or gaming will saturate 4GB RAM anyway.
If the MB weren't expensive & likely plagued by the same bugs as this one, would purchase another, it's now running fine, so no need to fix what isn't broken.