Well, I've played with a lot of them. Some opinions for you:
aewm: Nice, easy, clean, lightweight, hackable. One of the few floating wms I really like
evilwm: An aewm derivative. Much the same, but a little less friendly and heavier on keyboard controls
wm2: Ultralight floating wm. Doesn't do anything apart from manage windows, so you'll be wanting to work with other apps as well
Ion: I liked this a fair bit. It's a very nice tiling manager, and the tabs are excellent
larswm: Another tiling window manager, but quite different from Ion. Does floating and sticky as well, can mix them
dwm: Tiling, and much like larswm in how it manages things. Does tiling or floating at any one time, not both. Also very lightweight.
Enlightenment 17: Very nice, my favourite of the full desktop environments. Can be unstable.
There are of course dozens which I've forgotten, but those are some which I would recommend right now. I'm currently using evilwm, btw.
Edit: Hell, I'll just post opinions on all the ones I can remember offhand. God knows I've tried enough.
blackbox: Reasonable. I tend to prefer fluxbox, but it's quite neat.
fluxbox: The heaviest manager I have installed right now. I only prefer it to blackbox because it does tabbing
pwm: Ion without tiling. Sucks, IMO
Gnome: Well, I prefer it to KDE. But that's mostly because I prefer GTK to QT. Far too bloated for my taste though
KDE: Don't like this either. At least as heavy as Gnome, still not as easy or sensible to use as some of the lighter ones.
XFCE: About the heaviest I can tolerate. This is pretty neat, but I'm not a great fan.
flwm: I can barely remember this. I seem to recall it being fairly good, but not world breaking
ratpoison: Not keen, but there are people who swear by this. I don't like the over heavy keyboard emphasis
wmii: Not so keen on this, but I swore by it for a while. Tiling, and could be worse
9wm: No thanks, unless you really have some perverse desire to make things behave like Plan 9
twm: Basically default, I really don't like this.
AfterStep: I didn't like this - couldn't really get how it worked, for a start
WindowMaker: See above
WindowLab: This is quite neat, and very different. Couldn't manage menu configs.
General comments: I like things to be very lightweight. I like both floating and tiling, for different reasons. Tabbed is good. Things have to be 'sensible' - it can draw a window for the first time without asking me for the shape and size. Keyboard controls are vital, but never make it so that you can't interact without the mouse. There are different mouse buttons - use them.
Second Edit: Hey, I remembered some more! You have to wonder how many there even are.
Matchbox: Interesting. It's nice for small screens, but does feel wasteful on a big one. I like it though.
JWM: I didn't like it. Unsurprising, as I didn't like IceWM either
IceWM: I didn't like the style - too Windowsey
fvwm: Classic, but I didn't like the way this worked either.
I've heard good things about both Ion3 and Xmonad, but have never used either.
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