It used to be a no-brainer. Stainless steel kitchen sinks were the only modern choice for decades. Occasionally, trends have leaned towards enamelled steel or cast iron, and also ceramic, granite and acrylic. But when it comes down to it, the tried and true often wins.
Stainless steel kitchen sinks are still, by far, the most popular choice and they really do stand the test of time. Considering that over 60% of the time spent in the kitchen is spent at the sink, homeowners like a practical, easy-clean and attractive work space that will not turn problematic over many years of use.
Variations in quality
Stainless steel kitchen sinks are variable not just according to size, shape and number of bowls, but also where the gauge, or thickness of the steel is concerned. Generally, the thicker the gauge, the better the quality and the higher the cost. They will maintain the temperature of the water for longer and will also feature better noise reduction.
The content of different metals in stainless steel kitchen sinks also determines its price and quality. The most favorable blend is 18% chrome and 10% nickel (also known as 18/10 stainless steel).
Chrome adds hardness and wear-resistance while nickel makes the alloy stronger and adds greater shock resistance. 18/10 stainless steel does not rust and the quality of its appearance outlasts sinks made of lesser materials.
When choosing stainless steel kitchen sinks, you have the option of different finishes, ranging from a semi-matt satin to a highly reflective shine.
Accessories and Styles
Do you want single or double bowl? Offset or centered drain holes? Garbage disposal unit or self-straining? Corner sink? Stainless steel kitchen sinks can be custom-made or bought as designed, but there are so many different styles and shapes to choose from, that you will need to think long and hard.
Some have extra holes for liquid soap dispensers or purified water faucets. Some are self-rimming, others are undermounted into the countertop. Suffice it to say that you will definitely be able to find the perfect sink for your kitchen, even if you are looking for an industrial-strength, restaurant-sized sink for your enormous family or great love of cooking.
Stainless Steel Cleaners
Consult your retailer about the correct cleaning agent for your sink. Avoid abrasive products that can scratch the surface. An excellent natural method is to use three parts cream of tartar to one part hydrogen peroxide and apply with a soft cloth. This will bring out the shine very effectively.