You should try it again (and maybe dig a bit deeper into it's capabilities). It's by far the most powerful GUI text editor on the mac.Best is your opinion, text editors are personal beasts and what is best to one person is cruppy to another.
I tried it and the lack of basic features during the 1.0 and 1.1 days made me give up on it in a heart beat.
The OP needs to test them all out and decide for himself.
I do all my editing remote as well, but that's what SFTP is for.. just connect with Cyberduck and open the files through that, it'll upload directly everytime you save .... but I usually do my PHP'ing when secure-shelled into a unix webserver, so a text-mode console is all I get anyway