Ok, I have had this stove now for 5 years and I LOVE IT! First of it is an extremely easy stove to use compared to almost every other stove out there. The WhisperLite stove gives you more then just a great reliable stove. Do not listen to the WHY SETTLE FOR LESS. This user had no idea what he was doing when he bought the stove.
Ok Reasons why the WhisperLite is one of the BEST stoves out there:
1) Extremely easy to use and to get started.
2) Extremely reliable!
3) Uses universal fuel.
--Yes, you can go to a gas station and get the gas out of the pump and run this stove (has run on just hair spray as well).
4) Packable, this stove is on the larger side for stoves but it still isn't huge. When Im out hiking, I actually keep this stove inside my pots to save space.
5) Oh yeah, Freakin reliable.
-Yup, I have been using this stove now for 5 years and only replaced 2 o-rings in the process. Now if you are wondering often I actually use this stove. I would easily say between 90-140 days a year depending on weather and work and yes ... The best damn stove I have ever used.
Cons: It is a bit on the heavier side for stoves.
It does use a little bit more fuel.
It does ........ Yup 2 cons. Can't beat that.
Yes, the Dragonfly is another great stove. Not as reliable. I have had the Dragonfly for 2 years and I have had to replace the 0-ring 8 times. I have also had it just not work on me. No reason, even after a Good cleaning. No workie. Oh yeah, its also $40 bucks more for a stove that is only uhhhh.... 1 OZ heavier! Yup, Dragonfly also weights more.
I hope that I could help you out on the stove you are going to pick up. This really is one of the best stoves out there. If you are tired of EXTREMELY load stoves, unreliable stoves, Jetboil stoves pick this puppy up and never buy another stove for the rest of your life .... :)