How to choose between Bitwarden Mac app download sources?

Having looked in the Safari Extension search field I downloaded what was presumed to be the Safari extension from the Mac App Store. It wasn’t. Then I discovered from the Bitwarden site the existence of not only the safari extension, which I installed, but the macOS Bitwarden app. I’m aware of the restrictions Apple places on devs on the App Store. It breaks my heart none to give the App Store install the heave-ho but before doing that I figured I’d ask here to get the skinny on what folks’ choices are and why.