All beauty but no functionality
I recently purchased a Sonoma Forge Kitchen Faucet with Swivel Elbow Spout and Side Spray. It was the first purchase I made for our kitchen renovation, and I ordered it before selecting cabinets, floors, countertops, etc. I saw it in a magazine and knew that it would be one of the foundation elements of our kitchen. I still think it's gorgeous, in its unusual finish: muscular, tough-looking, strong. Everybody who sees our kitchen admires it and wants to get one for themselves.
However, its functionality, or the lack thereof, leaves a great deal to be desired. For a faucet that costs over $1,000, the water comes out with slow, weak velocity, more than a trickle but not by much, a problem that our old faucet did not have (thus, it's not a problem of our water supply). Our plumber couldn't fix it so that more water would come out when turned on full force, and called Sonoma for some help. They had him measure it and said it fell within specs, so they would not do anything. It remains an extremely annoying problem.
But even worse, you'd think that at this price, Sonoma might have figured out a way to not have the spray attachment get as hot as the water, all along the part that you have to hold. We are constantly burning our hands -- what an incredibly dumb design defect. Never had this problem with any other faucet.
I guess the moral of the story is that if you allow yourself (as I did) to be totally seduced by the superficiality of this faucet's extraordinary good looks, you may well end up with a dud in terms of performance.