I think a soft top is an on-going investment. Unless you are meticulous in care, they just simply start to look like crap after a while. Start sagging, fading, the windows get that fogged plastic look. I bought a hoist and sold the soft top. You do have to plan your day and can get caught in the weather if not observant, but at the end of the day, the hard top is much quieter, more safe, and keeps its luster if painted. Wax and go.
To each his/her own of course.