Might depend on the bottom line. The hard top is a extra cost. Hardtops can be a hard to remove for some. putting that thing on and off gets real old fast.
in the end my hard top and doors all ended up never used anymore. replaced with soft doors when needed and a windjammer rear. the only thing i use from the hardtop is the freedom panels. They make the best bikini top i have ever seen.
I'm in New England so it was a must to buy with a hard top for both our Wranglers. It was more cost effective to buy the soft top afterwards to use during the spring/summer.
There's many different styles of soft tops so you can choose what's best for you later on...frame, frame less, color, ect.
hard top ftw , I bought mine with a hard top , I will be buying a soft top for the warmer months , used hard tops are expensive around here , there is no price diffence between H/T and soft top jeeps , so i figured if I like the soft top better I can always sell off the H/T