Knowing the competition that a keyword has in the search engines is the single most valuable piece of data that you can have.
Without knowing how many websites are ranked for a keyword, you are rolling the dice. It’s why keyword tools in the past have never worked for you.
Spending hours, days, or weeks researching that perfect “niche” is not only a waste of time, but an indication that you do not using the right tool or implementing the correct techniques. You should be able to research 10 niches in a matter of minutes.