I wish I could say that you could do worse than the Utilitech Pro 40W Equivalent Candelabra LED. The problem is that, as far as price goes, you really can't. At $11 each, it ties a similar Sylvania bulb for the title of priciest LED in its class.
The bigger problem is that the Sylvania LED is a better performer -- as are a couple of options that cost less than both. Whether it's brightness, efficiency, or dimmability, there always seemed to be a better option than Utilitech. Mind you, it wasn't patently bad by any of those metrics, but at the price you're paying, it needs to be better than mediocre.
Let's start with brightness. Utilitech lists this bulb at 300 lumens, and it outperformed that number in our spectrometer and integrating sphere setup, clocking in at a respectable 330 lumens. That's all well and good, except for the fact that a number of bulbs I tested came in even higher -- including a candelabra LED from EcoSmart that costs a not-insignificant 36 percent less per bulb.