Stainless Steel Sink

Written by Patricia Skinner
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Most people think there's not much to buying an ordinary stainless steel sink. This is not so. There are a number of points you should watch out for. The most important of them all is quality. Anything less than 18 gauge, and 18/10, simply won't be good enough for the wear and tear meted out in the kitchen.

The gauge refers to the thickness of the steel, and this surprisingly, is better the lower the number. Thickness of 20 and 22 are far inferior to 18 and 19 gauge. The numbers 18/10 refer to the proportion of stainless steel to chromium. Again, these are the numbers to look for. After you've looked at the thickness and quality of the material, you need to look at the size and shape of the sink you have in mind.

Choices of Stainless Steel Sink

Different types of stainless steel sink are suitable for different uses. If you want one to wash your vegetables in, or to slot into your home bar, then you need special purpose sinks. These are not quite the same as ordinary kitchen sinks, which nowadays often will have more than one bowl. The most common combination is one large and one small bowl, as this seems to be the most practical for most households.

Apart from durability, with a stainless steel sink you need to look at finishes and sound absorption. An insulated sink will not only cut down on noise, but will also resist condensation which could cause a problem under the sink. Some experts maintain that home owners are better off with a stainless steel sink that has a matte finish, rather than a polished finish. Even the best stainless steel tends to scratch, especially in a kitchen environment. Leaders in the field, Kohler prefer to use their satiny sheen for this reason.

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