Or one can opt for the DVD. It has almost everything, including several DEs (Gnome, KDE, XFCE, LXDE). In my opinion, it is the best option for those of us with slow internet connections. For some reason, the DVD is not easy to find on the Debian web-site.
I also use XFCE, but with a few Gnome icons thrown in. I do not know about the past, but today Debian is a wonderful system. Fast and as bug-free as an OS can get.