If you want a ride height tailored to your liking, then coilovers are probably the best bet. Unless you happen to find a set of springs that lowers the car exactly to your liking, which is rare.
That being said, coilovers have a broad range of price...mostly based on performance, design, quality, etc. 9/10 people don't need double adjustable, extra reservoir, infinitely adjustable shocks. A good quality mono-tube with decent springs is more than enough for many drivers.
I find ride quality to be a matter of preference. I've ridden in cars where the owner said it was firm and I felt like my teeth were going to rattle out. BC's seem to be the most popular option. I find their ride harsh though when lowered dramatically...your opinion may differ.
I've had mostly performance shocks/springs/coilovers in my cars: bilsteins, koni's w/ swift's, AST's, etc. The main reason I've always sprung for quality name brands is I bought one set of "affordable" coilovers years ago. I was going to a show and I wanted that stance. The ride was so terrible I vowed to never by "affordable" coilovers again. My perspective on budget coilovers may be jaded.
In short, find someone with a setup similar to what you want and ride in it. If you can live with the ride, then go for it.
Side note: raising and lowering your car on coilovers requires an alignment adjustment. Once you find a ride height you like, get a proper alignment, especially for toe-in/toe-out. Improper toe will destroy tires in a hurry.
Last edited by jesup16; 07-07-2015 at 07:48 PM..