@anakelly Thanks for reaching out!
You are correct that you'll find an almost limitless supply of reviews speaking to the pros and cons of each stove and it can definitely feel overwhelming at times. There are several threads here in the community that speak to this very topic, I encourage you to check out Suggestions for backpacking stoves and Looking for small stove recommendations. They both contain lots of good information from other users here in the community.
Personally, I use the MSR WindBurner Duo Stove System and I really enjoy it. It is big enough that I can boil water/cook for a small group and small enough I can pack it just for me too. The first backpacking stove I ever purchased almost 20 years ago was an MSR PocketRocket and it was great! Simple to use, efficient with fuel, hardly weighed anything, and packed down really small. I encourage you to look at the MSR PocketRocket Stove Kit, it might be just what you're looking for.
Hopefully this helps, thanks!