Size: can vary in size from around <56mm to >110mm. Generally, aggressive skates tend to take 56-60mm wheels; freestyle and recreational skates 72-84mm (80mm being standard); fitness skates 84mm-90mm and speed skates 100-110mm.
Profile: can be flat, rounded or eliptical. Aggressive wheels tend to be flat, freestyle wheels rounded and speed wheels eliptical.
Hardness: the durometer of the wheel is its hardness rating. Soft wheels are grippy and hard wheels less so, but will last longer. <80A is rather soft, >90A is very hard. I like my wheels on the hard side for skating outdoors, around the 84-86A mark. If you want wheels a little softer - and therefore grippier - for skating outdoors, try 80-84A. Wheels softer than 80A should only be used indoors, otherwise they will wear out very quickly.
Colour: choose what colour matches your skates! It is said that colour can effect performance, but to such a tiny degree that is barely noticeable except by the most experienced skater.
Make: manufacturers of inline wheels include Hyper, Seba, Labeda, Gyro, AM-Wing, Matter, Bont, etc. I like Hyper Freedom Concrete +Grips... but that's only my opinion.
Cost: I usually pay around £50 for a set of eight wheels. You should not be spending much more than this. However, if you're spending a lot less, don't expect your wheels to last very long.
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