What to Look for When Buying a Stainless Steel Sink What to Look for When Buying a Stainless Steel Sink

A stainless steel sink is one of the most popular additions to kitchens. Though these sinks are readily available at your local home improvement stores, it is best to be well informed before making a purchase. You should consider a number of factors before heading to the store to make your purchase.

Thickness

Stainless steel sinks come in a variety of thicknesses, specifically called gauges.  A sink made with 25 gauge steel is thinner than one made from 18 gauge steel.  For the most part, the thinner the steel the cheaper the sink.  This is why it is important that you don’t just buy the cheapest sink you find.

It is best to buy the thickest sink you can afford. A thicker sink is better for a number of reasons. First, it won’t dent or ding over the years of use.  Next, a thicker sink won’t make as much noise. Noise is not often a consideration for most people looking for a new sink.  However, when every fork or knife tossed into the sink can be heard outside of the kitchen, many wish they had taken noise into consideration. Lastly, a thicker sink will function properly longer. Pipe fittings and hose attachments are maintained longer with a higher quality, lower gauge stainless steel sink.

Size and Capacity

There are so many different varieties of stainless steel sinks available for purchase. Single basin, double basin, and even triple basin sinks can be found at local home improvement stores and kitchen specialty stores. You can also find sinks with built in cutting boards, food prep areas, and holes for easy waste removal. 

Depending on your lifestyle, you may need a large sink with deep basins. This may be the case if you have a large family and cook frequently. Also, those who entertain on a regular basis will also find a large sink indispensable. However, if you live alone or with one other person and don’t spend a lot of time in your kitchen, a smaller sink may work for you. Before you decide on the size and features of your sink, you should consider your lifestyle.

Finish

All stainless steel sinks are shiny in the showroom. However, not all of them will look pristine and glossy after years of use. Besides deciding if you want a satin or glossy finish on your sink, you have to consider the composition of the steel. Steel that contains nickel and chromium will keep a clean and beautiful look throughout the sink's lifespan. These two metals add strength to the steel and resist rust.  Not all stainless steel sinks will be rust free after two or three years of use. The specific steel composition is what makes one sink superior to another. 

Undercoating

Who cares about the bottom of the sink?  Not many people understand the importance of a sink’s undercoating.  One of the best available undercoating is a latex spray coating, though, there are other good undercoating as well.  A superior undercoating will help maintain the temperature of the water in the sink, whether hot or cold.  It will also help keep your sink quiet by absorbing sounds and protect against condensation buildup. 

Armed with this information, you can now make an informed decision about the best stainless steel sink for your home. 

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