The topic of tubes

I have been away from cycling for many years (decades). I just bought a Novara Strada, 700c. My question is how do you shop for tubes? Had my first ride (and flat) today and the tube (Novara brand) was really chewed up. I searched for reviews on tubes to no avail. Live in southern AZ, the land of Saguaro, and there are tons of small, sharp objects on the streets. Can anybody recommend a good tube? The tire is a Vittoria Zaffiro, 700x25c, and the replacement tube I was given by the dealer is a 700 x 26/32. Should I use a smaller tube? Does the 26/32 mean it fits from a 26c to a 32c tire? Thanks for your patience!

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