Guitar strings are like music itself: everybody has their own preferences, and most of us will defend our beloved style to our last breath! And in the same way as musical tastes, none of us are wrong. It's all subjective, and choosing the best strings for your instrument is entirely up to you. Since it's a matter of taste, the first step is to ask yourself what you're looking for in a set of strings. If the answer is amazing flexibility and precision for playing the most delicate bends and vibrato, then .010 gauge acoustic guitar strings may be for you. These very light strings are incredibly nimble under the fingers, giving you a ton of control and putting your technical skills to the test.
As with any guitar strings, shape plays a big role in the performance of .010 gauge strings for acoustic guitars. For instance, the Ernie Ball 2008 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Rock and Blues Acoustic Guitar Strings are based on a core wire that's hex-shaped instead of perfectly round, which makes for a crisp and overtone-rich sound with plenty of sustain. In the D'Addario EFT15 Flat Top PB Extra Light Acoustic Guitar Strings, on the other hand, the special shape is found in the wrap wires, which are polished smooth for a consistent playing surface that all but eliminates fret noise.
Another way to get a smooth playing feel is by using coated strings, which also offer the benefit of protecting the metal to help the strings last longer. Some models, like the DR Strings Hi-Def NEON Pink Coated Acoustic Guitar Strings Lite (10-48), even take advantage of that coating to add bright colors and glow-in-the-dark effects. Though if you're interested in coated strings from a purely practical standpoint, you may prefer a set from Cleartone or Elixir, both of which are known for their super-thin coatings that keep the strings true to an uncoated sound, with the feel and longevity advantages of coated.
Choose your string design, choose your coating (or lack of it). You can even go for an exotic metal alloy, or a specialty manufacturing process like what's used for the Dean Markley 2032 Blue Steel Cryogenic XL Acoustic Guitar Strings. All the decisions are yours to make: after all, it's your guitar, your music and your tone! Don't be afraid to experiment and try all kinds of strings until you find the best fit - your perfect strings are definitely out there.