brakes: which brand are best?

Hello,
I need to change the rear brake pads on my 60 plate 2 litre diesel Mondeo. I see there are a number of different makes available, so I
started googling to find out which, if any, is best but the more I read, the more contradictory and confusing things become.
For example, one web site said Brembo is a good make but another says that just because they make good brakes for racing cars, does not mean that their OEM brakes for family cars are the best.
A post on one of the Ford forums said Mintex were very good but I found another post on another forum saying that Mintex were a budget brand, and that Pagid were made by the same people but to a higher standard, and that textar were the same people and better still. So is Mintex good or not?
Some posts suggest that the same manufacturer will use different type of friction material on different pads to give a difference between their budget and premium pads. But then I found a post from someone who claimed to work at a disc pad factory and he said they made pads for a number of manufacturers and that they were all made in one batch with the same materials and the only difference was when they were sorted at the end to be painted and boxed. So which is right?
One option is to buy parts from the dealer but others say that these are made by Bosch or ATE. I can get these brands cheaper elsewhere. I also found a forum post suggesting that Ford would try and sell Ford motorcraft pads as the commission was greater (it did not say greater than what). When I check with the dealer, it was indeed motorcraft they had quoted for.
Some people might say that the car was designed for the OEM brakes, so they are the best to use. On the other hand, when designing are a car, I imagine Ford (any anyone else) have to compromise and build to a budget.
I have found web sites selling EBC brakes. They claim the police use the "yellow stuff" pads. These are the same price as pads from Ford or Bosch or Brembo, so is it worth trying considering they are the same price?
And then what about the discs? Some people say that having holes or grooves allows the heat to dissipate; others say these are weak points in the disc and make the disc more likely to fail or warp. Which is correct?
This is just used as a normal family car and I do not go racing on race tracks (or roads!) but I would like to be able to stop quickly and over a short distance if a child/animal ran out in front of me. I also realise that stopping distance is more than just about breaks and tyres are important too.
Thanks, Stephen.
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On 17/10/16 08:03, Stephen wrote:

Just to add another make, my local brake specialists use Pagid pads, which seem to be quite popular with DIYers..
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On 17-Oct-16 8:03 AM, Stephen wrote:

You DON'T want drilled or grooved discs on a family car. They wear the pad out much quicker. The idea of drilled or grooved pads is to scrape an overheated layer off the pad surface exposing fresh pad material and to let the gases and dust out from the pad/disc interface quicker. https://www.apracing.com/products/race_car/formula_student/sae/brake_discs.aspx
You don't want or need "Premium" pads. Race and Track day pads like Ferodo DS2500 and EBC Yellowstuff are harder and take warming up. They are intended for frequent hard application like at every bend of a race track, about 30-60 seconds between application. Get on M-way and don't touch the brakes for 30 miles and they will be stone cold so when you need to use them they don't work as well you would have liked.
For an everyday family car you are totally over analysing it. Just buy some pads and discs off E-bay/Amazon. Make sure they are ECE R90 approved - all UK stock should be. EC law now requires all brakes sold in EU to match the OEM spec within 15%. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ECE_Regulation_90
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Stephen wrote:

With over 50 years experience of car DIYing, I never now use non-OEM brake parts. I learnt the hard way that you pretty much get what you pay for. Although pattern parts *may* perform identically, it's not worth taking the slight risk of that not being the case.
With some manufacturers fitting slightly different parts to the same model seemingly at random (not Ford), you may also experience the inconvenience of having to return parts that don't fit.
For genuine Ford parts, if you want the convenience of buying online, have a look here:
http://www.fordpartsuk.com/
They give a minimum 10% discount, although that is countered to some degree by delivery charges.
I have used them perhaps a dozen times, with satisfactory results.
Chris
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