Your question, as you alluded to, is akin to standing up in a Babtist church and asking which is best, the Bible, or the Koran.
I got back into riding after 28 years off bikes by riding my son in law's Harley Softail Heritage Classic. After 4,000 miles on that, decided to get back into it again myself, and started looking. Did not know what kind of bike I wanted, except that it was not going to be a Harley! Had some fun on it, but just too feet forward, tractor like for my blood. I ended up with an LT, and rode those very happily for 124,000 miles!
When my son in law was home on leave, I talked him into riding the LT. He was a long time Harley rider, started when he was 15 and had Harleys ever since. He reluctantly took the LT out, and about 30 minutes later rode up the driveway, looked at me with a wide grin and a somewhat flushed look, and said "Wow, what an adrenalin rush!" His outlook to other than Harley changed entirely in that 30 minute ride.
He recently sold his Harley, and if he does buy another bike he will no longer have the "Harley only" outlook.
Ride all the bikes you are interested in. Only you can make the final decision, based on what you desire in a bike. It could well be the Harley, but our bets are on you getting the LT. Perfoamance wise, there is no comparison, either in power, speed, handling, and most certainly STOPPING! Be really careful the first time you stop on the LT, or you may end up testing the seating comfort of the TANK!