I always love these React-base thumping posts making it seem like a full framework (monolith) is a problem then the post ends up listing N external packages to finally have a monolith of its own. LOL.
Claiming a clear winner is a fools run. If I need simple widgets on a page (not an SPA), React+(build tool)+(http library)+(etc) will not be the choice.
I write React all day for my day job.