I once went to a star party which turned me into a bit more of a refractor guy (still have more of other optical designs, however).
The wife and I were not a part of that star party but we were there when they started setting up for a fairly high-altitude public viewing star party. They set up nice and early and had more than one hour to achieve thermal equilibrium.
Well, when the Sun was down people started viewing. I was fortunate enough to view through 5 scopes in pretty rapid sequence before we had to go. 4 of the scopes were pointed at Mars and one was on Saturn.
The 6", 8", and 15 or 16" (can't remember for sure which at this time) Dobs had literally horrible views of Mars. Not minimally bad but literally horrible.
Went to a 130mm StarFire and the view was great and you actually got detail.
Went to a Swarovski 80mm spotting scope and got a beautiful view of Saturn (tiny but great nonetheless).
The refractors just worked. Cool-down was not the big problem those wonderful Dobs had to deal with.
Two of the Dobs had black tubes which meant that they were being significantly heated when the Sun was still up and the bigger Dob was truss-tube but still had the big old mirror to cool down. So even though they were set up long before sundown they still had to struggle for thermal equilibrium when the Sun set and we had rather rapid cooling in a somewhat thinner atmosphere.
The A-P had a white tube and presumably had less heating. The spotter just worked as well.
Since I don't usually have a whole lot of time for viewing, a refractor wins hands down most of the time. No question that my 8", 10", 11", and 12" scopes should be able to show me more, but most of the time they can't because I don't have the time to do the set up and cool-down so the 80mm Swarovski spotter I got (used) after that star party is my most-used scope.
Oh, and esthetically? My most enjoyable views of M31 have been with 80mm refractors at high altitude with dark skies. They give the right FOV to frame it almost perfectly!
Yup, I'm sort of a refractor guy even though if given plenty of cool-down time and time for setting up I agree that I'd see most of my targets better with my bigger scopes.