October 4th, 2012 by Dream Maker
One of the big decisions you are faced with making while designing your new kitchen is what size, shape and out of what materials do you want your new kitchen sink to be? There are so many choices, you can become lost in them and end up with a need to refocus your attention to other aspects of the new kitchen. To help you sort through the choices, we have composed a checklist, each followed by a recommendation of our own!
1. Stainless Steel: Durable if you buy the thick gauged SS and it will resist water spots and dents, as well as scratches. If you get the thin gauged type, you get what you pay for which is a product that will do exactly what the thicker gauged will not do — in other words, you can count on dents, scratches, and water marks. You can see the difference between the thick and the thin SS sinks if you compare them side-by-side. So our advice, if this is your choice, is to go for the thicker gauged sinks if you must have stainless.
2. Enameled Steel: Resembling enameled cast iron, these sinks will look good initially and yes, they are quite affordable and low maintenance and they come in many colors. They are also much more lightweight than cast iron, thus not requiring as heavy of a countertop and cabinet to hold it. Unfortunately, they are thin and prone to flexing and chipping and it is not recommended to use a garbage disposal unit as those cause too much vibration and thus too much noise with this material. We generally do not recommend this type of sink, but if you are sold on them despite their cons, just be aware that you will probably be replacing them in the future.
3. Enameled Cast Iron: Very durable, these sinks come in multiple colors and sizes and shapes. They retain heat very well, so they’re excellent sinks to have if you do a lot of handwashing of your dishes. The white ones are even quite affordable! They are prone to chipping, though not everyone is rough on their sinks, so it is possible to get away without chips for a very long time, but it could take some effort on your part. Because they are so very heavy, they do require countertops heavy enough to support their weight. If your family consists of children, young or teen type, you will want to use sink protectors to save your glasses and dishes because these sinks are not forgiving.
4. Copper and Pewter: These sinks are by far the most beautiful and the most durable. They are nearly indestructible if you buy the heavier gauged American made sinks. Do beware of the ones made out of country as many of those are thinner material. There is a small company in Florida, (Rachiele), that makes their sinks of thicker copper, and they also make thicker gauged stainless steel, as well, and both are offered in hammered or smooth varieties. They work well with both modern and traditional decor. Their only cons are that they are more expensive then other sinks and if shiny is what you are after, copper ages to a fine patina and does not stay shiny unless you put a lot of effort into keeping it that way. If you enjoy the natural changes in color that copper shows with age, you will love these sinks and they will be maintenance free and last at least into the next several generations of your family. They are, in our opinion, an investment worth making!