I just go with 2 contrasting OD/distortion pedals (tonally and Gain range) to use individually or stacked; I pair mine up according to which amp I am using/type of music I'm playing. This works for me as I don't ever need too much gain, and don't care to have a big pedalboard. With 2 good pedals you get 3 great options. Lately it's a GFS Brownie Classic and a Dano TOD or Blues Driver.
Tele/Tex-Mex Strat/Dano '56 U2>MHP "Stubble Trouble" FUZZ/MHP "perfected" GFS Brownie Classic/Barber Direct Drive/Blues Driver> MORE PEDALS
> '68 Deluxe Reverb or blonde Blues Jr. Rock On!