When embarking on a total or partial renovation in your kitchen, one of the most important items is your kitchen sink. This is the workhorse of the kitchen. A bad selection could cause regrets for years and it is not easily changed after counter tops have been cut.
Here is a quick review of the options I feel are best for the kitchen:
Stainless steel is an excellent option and the one I personally prefer but it also depends on the style of your kitchen. It is very durable and it will not rust, stain, fade, chip or crack. You want to buy an 18 or 20 gauge stainless and in this case, a lower number is better. 18 gauge is thicker than 20. If it is 18/10, then is has a ration of 18% chrome and 10% nickel. 18/10 will not rust and will maintain its appearance much longer and is thicker. The thicker the gauge, the less apt the sink is to dent, bow or make noise. A good stainless steel sink does acquire some scratches along the way but it results in a nice patina. Also, look for a sink with an undercoating, it will be much quieter.
Enamel coated cast iron sinks are very attractive and can be ordered in a variety of colors. You do run the risk of chips or cracks over time. They are very heavy and usually require a support if they are being under-mounted. Lighter colors can also stain from wine or berries if they are not rinsed out in a timely manner.
Solid Surface sinks are made out of the counter top materials such as Corian. They give a nice seamless appearance. They can also stain but they scratches can be buffed out and they are heat resistant.
A few last tips:
* I would recommend that any sink be under-mounted for a cleaner appearance and you will not have grime build up on the lip on top of the counter.
* Many people like the double bowl sinks but make sure one bowl is large enough to clean a roasting pan if you cook a lot.
* Did you know you can clean stainless with a little olive oil on a rag or towel? That way you can avoid using the expensive chemical stainless cleaners.
* Double sinks sometimes come with the option of a custom sized dish rack. Make sure you install the disposal on the opposite side.
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