Gutter Runoff..... Splashblock or Downspout connector

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Question is how far away should water run away from a house's foundation? Ground is level as it moves away from the house. Rationale for asking is whether Gutter Splash Blocks (less profile-23" long) are adequate, OR should we use a DownSpout Connector (Ugly and trip hazard!). I don;t want to cause damage to to the house foundation because of aesthetics either though!!
gutter runoff splashblock or downspout connector, curb appeal, Downspout Connector Ugly but would definitely move water away
Downspout Connector: Ugly, but would definitely move water away!
gutter runoff splashblock or downspout connector, curb appeal, less profile but approx 23 long
less profile, but approx 23" long
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