When it comes to beekeeping in America, langstroth hives are pretty standard. These consist of wooden rectangles with vertical frames that slide in. Inside the frame is a thin layer of wax foundation that bees use to draw out their comb. To expand the colony add a super onto the top of the hive body.
Some beekeepers love them, others opt for top-bars or Warres. The key pros to Langstroths revolve around honey extraction. When harvesting honey from these hives, you scrape the tops of the honeycomb and spin the honey out of the cells. Then, the frames go back into the hive, which means they don't have to start from scratch, making it easier on the bees. Harvesting honey is also generally easier, because extractors are very compatible with langstroth frames.
On the flipside, bees naturally want to move down versus up when forming a hive. Some beekeepers note this can become a problem during the winter, becaues bees don't have honey stores at the bottom of the hive. You also don't know where the frames' wax foundation derives from and if it's been exposed to chemicals. Ultimately, it's a matter of personal preference. $185.