I have had both and prefer hardtop as it doesn't mold, rip, fade, get stuck zippers and need to be replaced about every 5 or so years. Yo can also install stuff underneath it and on top of it as well as carry stuff on on it. It is also safer and drier when you have a big wave go over your bow/windshield (had this happen)! I would never go back to a soft top. My 2 bits.