The "best one" is one that is permanently attached to your fishing partner's hand.
Seriously though....I have used a few different generation of Scotty manual riggers back to the ones that used to have the royal blue plastic on them. I wasn't crazy about them but didn't have much to compare them to. If you weren't fishing too deep I guess they may not be all that bad. I should add that these older ones were mounted on the stainless railing of a Whaler and part of the pain was the mount as well. The ones I mention below were mounted on "proper" mounts and are much easier to use as you can get leverage on them without having to worry about the mount slipping etc.
A friend has a couple of the newer manuals on his boat in the Gulf Islands and they're not bad to use......but after using electrics they just don't seem "right".
I have seen the Penn ones that TG mentioned but have never used them.
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