I love LA looks wet look gel. I've tried the sport gel, but it leaves me frizzy and I can't get a gel cast with it. Others here use it and love it. I, on the other hand, don't care for it. The wet look gel gives me great hold and my wash and goes last a week. I also use cantu curling custard which is good too.
With drugstore brands, the main concern is with alcohol in the ingredients. They're drying, and most brands tend to leave your hair too sticky or crunchy. On the other hand, I've had luck with Dove, Garnier, and Suave.