I consider a fast load time to be anything under 3 seconds. I've tested several of the standard WP themes that come with WP, and without adding any extras - just stock out of the box (testing at GTmetrix | Website Speed and Performance Optimization) most load up in under two seconds. However, I like all the bells and whistles offered on many of the latest themes sold here on the WF.
And yes, I use a lot of plugins (security, popups, etc.), but again - I like the extra functionality. So it seems that if I want fast-loading I have to use a striped down theme with fewer plugins, or have a theme with lots of bells and whistles but poor loading speed.
It's quite a head scratcher for me. Anyone have any ideas? :confused: