Kohler and other Home Depot exclusives
Wife and I like the Kohler Simplice line of faucets and are debating between single hole (K-596) or a separate control (K-647). Since we were adding a soap dispenser, Kohler pointed us to their K-R648 combination, basically the K-647 with the soap dispenser included and only sold at Home Depot.
My question: is this one of those big-box exclusives where the unit may be of lesser build quality or made with cheaper parts in order to offer a set that is $85 (about 40%) cheaper then the unit prices added together.
I've been told by appliance folks the same model d/w or fridge sold at a local mom & pop shop vs. Lowe's or HD with a small model number difference suggesting that plastic pieces may have been substituted for metal to bring costs down and meet the big-box targets.
Is there a need to worry about this with Kohler or other plumbing manufacturers? The pricing is obviously very attractive.
Thanks in advance.