Some of us install spigots on our buckets and gravity drain into a purged keg. Less fiddly that way.
Yes, spigots are a good direction. I have a step bit and I'm not afraid to use it! For the rest, I'm contemplating the conversation between "gravity drain less fiddly" (done last time, on a stout, with good results) versus "hoppy beers better if limited access to CO2." For the latter model, the part that feels like a hassle, honestly, is the bucket that has no spigot on it. I prefer to clip the autosiphon to the bucket, but that gets back to that wide surface of beer exposed to air, assuming CO2 will drift away pretty quickly. I was even thinking, gee, what if I have saran wrap or waxed paper ready and drop some on the wort as soon as I pop open that bucket lid.
The rest of it doesn't sound that complex. It's just parts connected to parts. I could also go super-fiddly this time, and gravity feed next time.