I get the whole "have good equipment for the things you love doing", but realizing there's very little difference in efficiency OR outcome with spendypants kitchen gear has helped me walk away from a shit-heap of wants without sacrificing my love for whipping up awesome food on a near-daily basis. (I'm the cook in our family, DW is capable but dislikes it and rarely does it). Between a regular smoothtop stove, crock pot, and electric grill, I've hosted 10-20 people in recent time without ever being limited by production capacity.
I've used espresso machines worth more than some cars, and I've used a $5 crapass garage-sale machine to make more or less equal drinks with just slightly more time and skill required. I settled on $100 worth of equipment to make a better capp than I can buy, in less time. The same is true with stoves and ovens... most of the upgrades people do are far beyond the point of diminishing returns, with most of the cost going into cosmetics, small portions to time savings and convenience, and virtually no unique capabilities added.
Unless you're doing actual income-producing work out of your kitchen, the vanishingly small time savings on faster heat or greater multitasking capability are nowhere near enough to justify the expense some of these people brag about. It's silly.