Some of the kits from various suppliers allow you to 'upgrade' to better bottles. You might want to take a look at this wiki
article and add that into your considerations.
I point to the wiki article so this doesn't turn into yet another glass vs better bottle thread, it's already spelled out there.
Edit: Oh and to answer your questions; I personally use buckets and better bottles. Syphoning really isn't a big deal (get a kit with an auto-syphon or buy one, best 10 bucks you'll ever spend) so I wouldn't worry about that part.