I run Techtool Pro (currently 10.1.1) and Cocktail (currently 12.0.2. These have served me well in the past. My lean installations have always followed the Apple recommendations.
We'll see if 10.14.2 changes anything. I doubt it.
Those are 2 excellent products, although I am still on V9.6.3 of Tech Tool Pro (there was nothing beneficial for me in V10.x). Just waiting for the Mojave-compatible version to be released, which should be sometime early next month. OS 10.14.2 will (most likely) be out by then also.
Also, you know that Tech Tool Pro is not yet compatible with Mojave, right? You should not even try and use it with Mojave.
Not sure what you mean by "My lean installations have always followed the Apple recommendations", but here is what I do whenever I (finally) install a new version of the Mac OS:
1. Download the latest version of the new Mac OS file. Then, make a copy of it in another location.
2. Run Onyx to do disk cleanup/maintenance, and "limited" repairs.
3. Run Tech Tool Pro for more extensive disk cleanup/maintenance/repairs.
4. Run SuperDuper! to make the most recent backup.
5. Restart my Mac from that just completed SuperDuper! backup.
6. Run disk utility from there to Erase and format my internal SSD.
7. Navigate to that new Mac OS installer file I downloaded in 1 above, and perform a clean, fresh, "virgin" installation of that new Mac OS onto the internal SSD.
8. "Migrate"/copy needed "stuff" from that (just completed) SuperDuper! backup.
9. Restart my Mac.
That has always worked flawlessly for me.
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