I love fondarific. I live in Charleston, SC & it is very hot and humid here. It is very forgiving & stretches nicely. As costumeczar mentioned, it stays very soft. I usually walk away from it for a few minutes before trying to move it. Have to let it dry out a bit. I like that but can see where others don't.
I really wanted to like Satin Ice. I do like it for making figurines & embellishments but never mastered covering a cake with it. For whatever reason, it always tears on me. I also found that if I work it even a minute too long it's toast. When adding color or shortening to prevent drying out, here seems to be a very fine line between ok & over.
I tried Fondx but didn't like it either. It is very marshmellowy. I didn't like the texture at all.
My absolute favorite is Duffs. It has the workability of Fondarific but isn't as soft. Because it is so outrageously expensive & not available in large quantity, I use Fondarific.
One of my favorite decorators swears by a mix of chocopan & petinice. I have not yet tried petinince. I know it sounds crazy but I can't get past the fact that it comes in a silver pack not a pail. Irrational I know. If I could find a little sample of it, I would snatch it up!