Bah, I don't understand the hate on the 60°. I'm not what you'd call a great golfer, but I use a 60° for most of my short game play. Sure, I occasionally blade one, but I also occasionally bladed my 56°, and my 54°, and my 52°. When I don't blade it, I find I get as good or better results with it as I did with the others. After all, on most chips I'm delofting anyway, so there's really very little extra risk of sliding under or blading the ball.
The only situation where it gives me trouble is on full or nearly-full strokes from either serious hardpan or a fluffy teed-up lie. Again, those are problematic with any of my clubs, and my distance with the 60° is limited enough that I don't often find that situation. If I do, I can play less than a full stroke with a longer club. Having a slightly lower-lofted wedge just to take a full swing with isn't going to help me very often.
Personally, I don't find much difference in playability between about 56° and 60°. I think a novice would be better served grabbing whatever loft they've got and practicing with it rather than fretting over a few degrees.
I haven't read anyone hating on the 60s. It's a golf club and I've yet to see a golf club make a bad shot. My/our point is that a lot of "us" pick up the wrong club at the wrong time or pick up the right club and feel the need to play the wrong shot just because of the degree of the club. That all.
Sure, bad shots occur with ever club in the bag but you have to admit, it happens a lot more often with the higher lofted clubs in the bag. I see hacks chipping with a 60-64* all the time when the same shot would be excuted much easier with their putter or 8 iron.