Bike saddles are very personal. I swear by the Specialized cutout saddles; I've put thousands of miles on my Avatar Gel.
You only want a slight bit of gel padding if any, because while your sit bones can get used to the soreness over time, too much padding means it'll be squishing your soft tissue, which is where you run into problems (squeezing the perineum for hours is not a recipe for amazing sex, nor a high sperm count.)
But I have friends who've tried cutout saddles and say it awakens nerves in them they didn't know they had, that it's excruciating to ride them. One of those friends swears by Fi'zi:k. I'm pretty sure he's riding an Arione K1
these days. But for me, just looking at the flat top on that thing makes my balls start to ache.
Another friend swears that the Selle An-atomica
saddles are the most comfortable things he's ever ridden.
At any rate, I recommend regularly standing out of the saddle and doing a couple Kegels (i.e. contracting the perineal muscles, then releasing) to make sure the blood's flowing. If it hurts when you squeeze and release, you're probably pinching off some important arteries. :)