Plastic ones I don't mind for a backup, don't like them for everyday use. And the floating part is only usefull if you drop it overboard
at the dock
or at anchor
. Good luck turning around and finding one in anything but flat calm where you can probably keep an eye on it.
I treat it like a tool, buy quality and buy once, I don't consider it a saving if you have to spend 40$ every few years vs 100$ for one that lasts near forever unless you drop it overboard
I know my favorite handle goes back to the 70's, I've owned it since the 80's. My friend has a really nice vintage bronze one on her Alberg 30
that is from the 60's and it still works perfectly.
I've never lost
one overboard. I just drop glasses and cell phones overboard.
Being said there is a cheap
plastic handle in the "spares" box.