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Door hardware will turn 10,000 to 20,000 times in a decade of use, so buy the highest quality you can afford. Look for solid metal parts and avoid plastic. Many builder-grade doorknobs don't go five years before the finish and function fail.
In old homes in Philadelphia, where I work, it is common to encounter mortise lock sets that are still going strong after 100 or more years. Recently we started working on a house from the 1700s with original interior door hardware that is still working. Installing building materials that will last is friendly to the environment and your wallet. Consider life-cycle costs. How much energy goes into making, packaging and shipping doorknobs that need to be replaced every 10 years?