I am always asked about my favorite kitchen products, especially pasta makers and pizzelle irons, so I have decided to open an "Amazon Store" of sorts with my favorite, "can't leave without" items. I think you'll find these super useful and may answer some of your questions on what I use and recommend.
Bialetti is my go-to brand for stove-top espresso makers, and it's pretty much what all of Italy uses. It comes in various sizes and colors so you have plenty to pick from. I use it daily and still believe it makes the best espresso! And my Ozeri scale also gets daily use because many of my recipes are in grams. Not to mention I weigh my puppy's food daily! My Farberware Percolator has been going strong for many years! I find the coffee comes out the perfect temperature and far tastier than the drip coffee makers.
I have also added links to some of my favorite ingredients and snacks that I just love and use often. Many of us are cutting down our grocery store visits these days, so I thought you might find these recommendations also useful.