So far, all discussion is about variable contrast paper, and up until recently, that's all I used. Then, for various reasons, I decided to give graded paper a go. I bought a box of Forte Fortezo grade 3 glossy to use in preparation for an upcoming show.
As APUG member "Jeanne" put it: printing with this paper is like "spreading butter on warm bread". Here is the thread. Les McClean gives some great tips for varying contrast with a graded paper.
As far as cost, it's right in line with Ilford, and it's surely a blast to print with.