Finfinfriend, syrian hamsters are the sweetest, cleanest (and they don't smell either), cuddliest and most adorable rodent pets ever. In fact, I had my Holly on my bed, cuddling with me just now (I just got done putting her back in her tank), My mouse, a REW named Algernon, was mean and wild and bit a lot. He also smelled so bad his cage was put out in the garage. Never again will I get a mouse. Hamsters are waaaaay better, IMHO.
Unless your abusing/neglecting your hamster, he/she should be cuddly and sweet too.
I was at Petco today and I saw a syrian sitting on her house, spinning her wheel from the outside. It was the funniest and cutest thing I ever saw!! I am totally in love with hamsters, in case you can't tell.