To answer the original question, what is considered the best of course has no single answer. Also there is no gold standard. But if it were up to me, I do very much like the German translations by Nyanatiloka, Nyanaponika and Zumwinkel. Although I'm by all means no pali expert, in general they seem to me more consistent and direct than other translations I've found so far. However, I do like to read multiple translations and I think that's the best way to go about it, other than reading it fully in Pali.
edit: I see now this thread is already about a year old. Don't know if this advise is still useful, but here you go.