Linux Mint comes in a variety of desktop type environments. The Mate and Cinnamon desktops are the most popular and practical for most general purpose needs:
The Mate desktop needs a computer with very moderate hardware requirements and is very similar in operation to Windows XP, Vista, 7. Most easiest to switch over from a Windows environment. We personally use the Mate desktop until this day because of the ease of use and the straightforward similar style of Windows.
The Cinnamon desktop requires a bit more of a powerful computer to run smoothly. It to has a similar desktop menu and style of Windows with many more multimedia widgets associated with it. If you are looking for more of a flashier desktop like wobbly windows, this is the one for you.