I'm new to this stuff, so I stipulate that my opinion is worth just what you are paying for it... however, in guns, knives, furniture, seems like wood and metal items, I look very carefully at the quality/performance first. But the look/feel is VERY important... so even if one of these items functions great, but is ugly as the boss's daughter, I will pass. I find I will use one that looks better much more. There are areas where this doesn't apply, for instance, if i'm hunting out of a boat, my rifle is going to get beat to crap, so i'm only concerned about function. Is there a time where this is an issue with pipes?