I used Monroe quick struts so didn't have to deal with spring compressors. I've used them before and they aren't as easy as some people say they are. Once you find the right placement, it's easy, but takes a little time to find exactly where to line them up. The hardest part was getting the bolts off, which quite frankly was a PITA. Might want to think about cutting off the old ones and replacing them to help save time.
I personally don't like the Monroe's and regret not taking the time to pull the springs off and using a better quality strut. They are much too soft and although the ride quality is improved, don't like it. My thinking was that if the springs were bad then I just wasted a bunch of time and have to do it all over again. Plus, it was cheaper to replace the unit in one shot than it would've have been to buy struts and new mounts.