Kitchen Sink Spotlight: Acrylic Sink Pros and Cons

September 10, 2020


If you’re looking for advice on choosing the perfect material for your new kitchen sink during your kitchen renovation, you’re in the right place. We’re publishing articles focusing on different sink materials (including ceramic and copper). In this post, you’ll learn about the low-cost acrylic sink.

Would you like to learn more about the different elements of a kitchen sink? You should check out some of the other articles in our Sink Spotlight series! Click any of the links below to expand your sink-related knowledge:



Acrylic Sink Pros and Cons


Pros

  • lightweight and easy to install
  • uniform in colour
  • easy to clean


Cons

  • not as long-lasting as a stainless steel or cast iron sink
  • vulnerable to petroleum-based products
  • vulnerable to heat
  • a risk of leaking when attached to a garbage disposal


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Acrylic Kitchen Sinks

If you’re looking for a low cost and stain resistant kitchen sink, an acrylic sink is perfect for you. These sinks are made out of polycarbonate plastic and can be made into any shape you fancy. Of course, there are also many different off-the-shelf options available. Let’s look at a few of the pros and cons of acrylic sinks.

Acrylic sinks have a uniform colour. This means that you can remove scratches with the same compound you buff your car with. These kitchen sinks are lightweight and easier to install than stainless steel or ceramic sinks, but these benefits do not come without drawbacks.


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First, an acrylic sink will not last as long in your kitchen as a cast iron or stainless steel sink. You’ll want to weigh the cost of replacing an acrylic sink with the cost of a durable and long-lasting higher-end sink. They are also vulnerable to petroleum-based products, meaning that you can’t wash off your paintbrushes in an acrylic sink.

If you’re thinking about putting a hot pot or pan in your acrylic sink, think again. Acrylic will burn, leaving your sink with a permanent mark and your kitchen with the smell of burning plastic. That doesn’t sound too fun. Lastly, if you install a garbage disposal in one of the basins of your acrylic sink, you’ll need to keep the connection tight. Plastic and metal can loosen up over time, which could lead to leaks if you’re not careful.

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