Choosing a new kitchen sink can feel overwhelming with the sheer amount of styles, types and colors. Add in the different materials and there is a dizzying array of options.
Kitchen sinks are typically made from stainless steel, enamel-coated cast iron, solid surfaces and composites. For clients who choose solid surface counters like granite or engineered stone, its often good choose a stainless steel sink because of its under mount capability. Also if homeowners tend to be hard on sinks stainless is often the best choice.
When shopping for a sink, keep in mind that lower-gauge stainless steel makes for a better quality sink. Some people find stainless steel sinks noisy, but that’s a problem that can be addressed by choosing a design featuring sound-absorption technology. Once the standard in kitchen sinks, enamel-coated cast iron still has a place in today’s kitchen. Though they are aesthetically pleasing they are far from durable. Enamel can scratch and wear over time, which may not make this sink the best choice for people who are tough on sinks.
If ease of cleanup is important, a solid surface sink that’s an integral part of a countertop is the option to investigate. Solid surface sinks create a much smoother clean up area. While minor scratches can be buffed out of a solid surface sink, if the material is prone to chip, then transferring hot pots and pans directly from the cook top to the sink can damage solid surfaces.
Composite sinks, a newer style of sink, are another option for kitchens. There are several types of composite sinks on the market, with polyester/acrylic being just one of them. Coming in at a lower price point and with many colors to choose from, this sink might appeal to homeowners on a budget. However, polyester/acrylic sinks aren’t as durable as other sink options and drop-in sinks can be more difficult to clean.
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