Kitchen Sink Reviews

    "Everything but the kitchen sink” is not a useful cliché when remodeling the kitchen. Kitchen upgrades should include the kitchen sink. Carefully consider these reviews of kitchen sink materials to choose your best option.

    Compare Kitchen Sinks

    Obviously, price is an important point, but these vary widely. For example, Lowe’s has a $60 stainless steel sink, a $3,895 stainless steel sink, and every price point in between. Lowe's fireclay sinks range from $599 to approximately $2,808. Cast iron costs $229-$2,900. Quartz sinks vary from about $225-$550. Copper and granite sinks both start above $160. The cheapest acrylic and "solid surface” sinks (made of an engineered artificial resin) at Lowe’s cost about $100. 

    Another essential factor in kitchen sink reviews is the ability to handle dropped pots and knives, as well as heat and grime.

    Stainless Steel Sinks

    Stainless steel has become the standard because it is light, easy to clean, relatively resistant to scratches and dents, and, of course, stain-resistant. When you compare kitchen sinks, note the gauge of stainless steel sinks. The cheapest models typically have high gauges, meaning they are easier to dent and scratch. Look for low-gauge steel (16-gauge or lower).

    There are two more advantages often noted in stainless steel kitchen sink reviews. The metal is light and can be formed into a variety of shapes and styles. These factors simplify installation, even when undermounting below a granite countertop. On the other hand, stainless steel can be noisier.

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    Porcelain Sinks

    Lower end porcelain sinks are also relatively inexpensive, but stain and chip easily -- so are best confined to the bathroom, where they'll experience less wear and tear.

    Fireclay Sinks

    Fireclay is a trendy, high-end type of porcelain, frequently used in farmhouse or apron-front sinks. It is durable and heat-resistant, although it's best to use a trivet when setting down a boiling hot pot. 

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    Cast Iron Sinks

    Cast iron adds a distinctive classic look to your kitchen remodel, but it, too, is easy to stain. It also has fairly low resistance to impact.

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    Granite and Solid Surface Sinks

    Granite and solid surface sinks (such as Corian) can be seamlessly integrated into a countertop for a smooth look and easy-to-clean surface. On the other hand, solid-surface sinks scratch easily (though some scratches can be buffed out).

     
    Quartz Sinks
     
    Quartz sinks, like the increasingly popular quartz countertops, are made of quartz mixed with an acrylic resin. The result is surprisingly strong and resistant to both heat and wear. Quartz is also hygienic, easycare, and soundproof. The price is pretty reasonable, as well. Kitchen sink reviews tend to give quartz sinks high marks all around.
     
    Updated June 10, 2018.
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