I work in the Trades. Do a lot of Surveyor work as a part of what I do. Hammers are part of my stock in trade.
Wood handles are generally fine, but they can take damage from overstrikes. Handles that help safeguard you from shock are good if you use them a lot. Using a hammer that is too light for a job can blow out your elbows, and unfortunately I have done this twice so trust me on this. It is painful as all get out.
If I could persuade you, I would buy both a finish hammer and a framing hammer, and make the framing hammer be a heavier one. Let the weight do the work.
I gave up on Cheaper Hammers. I use Estwing at work. It is the last hammer you'll ever buy if you don't lose it. All steel and super durable ergonomic handles.
I think if you don't want to go that route, I'd probably buy a Stanley.
In all, the cheapest tools out there are still profitable for those who sell them, eh? This means, they are even cheaper than you pay, and you don't pay much. Please consider that, especially when your safety may count on a tool's quality.