As someone who loves a good controller, ain’t no way I’m just picking one, so:
Favorite Overall: Dualsense
Probably because I grew up a Playstation kid, but to this day I still prefer Playstation’s symmetric analog stick layout to Xbox’s offset layout. From an everyday-use standpoint, I feel like a standard Playstation controller can’t be beat, and because Sony manages to improve on that classic design with each iteration, the Dualsense gets the best overall controller award in my book. Also still holding out hope that more developers make good use of the new haptics and trigger (and speaker!) stuff
Favorite 3rd Party: Astro C40 TR
Love the overall feel of this controller, from the size to the weight, to the slightly rubbery(?) feeling exterior. However, the configurability of this controller is where it really shines. You can swap the position of analog sticks and dpad to go back and forth between the aforementioned symmetric/offset layouts, and you can switch out the sticks completely to fit your preference of shorter/taller and concave/convex ones. To top it off, there are also two remappable buttons on the undersides of the grips (can never have too many buttons in my book).
Favorite Peripheral: DJ Hero turntable controller
Looks cool, and once you get the hang of it, it’s sooooo satisfying to use. Enough said.
Favorite Design/Concept: Joy-cons
I love love love handhelds, so getting a switch was already a no-brainer for me. But once I saw that the sides were detachable controllers AND were able to be used wirelessly, I was in love. Being able to comfortably play laying in bed or under a blanket with my switch on top of me or on my nightstand is an all-time greatest-feeling gaming moment for me.