The only distros I typically use are Fedora & Ubuntu with Xfce or Mate and Arch Linux usually with Openbox. I prefer the Arch way of installing only what you want and I almost always do minimal installs these days. On servers, I've only ever used CentOS. It's never given me a reason to want to use anything else. Other than those, the only other distros I've ever been greatly impressed by were SolusOS, Salix Xfce edition and Fuduntu (RIP).