Kitchen Sink Spotlight: Cast Iron Sink Pros and Cons

November 19, 2020


If you’re looking for advice on choosing the perfect material for your new kitchen sink for your kitchen renovation, you’re in the right place. We’re publishing articles focusing on different sink materials (including fireclay and granite composite). In this post, you’ll learn about the ever-popular cast iron 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:


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Cast Iron Sink Pros and Cons


Pros

  • available in many different colours
  • available in drop-in, undermount, and apron front styles
  • extremely durable


Cons

  • the enamel can chip with rough treatment
  • require extra support due to their weight
  • vulnerable to stains


Cast Iron Kitchen Sinks

Vintage cast iron sinks look perfect in eclectic or farmhouse kitchens. These enamel-coated sinks can either have a single basin or a basin surrounded by drainers. Full cast iron sinks run from the edge of the worktop to the wall and up the wall a bit. You can also find cast iron kitchen sinks in drop-in, undermount, or apron front styles.


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Since cast iron sinks are coated with enamel, they can be almost any colour you choose. Most are white, though. If you have a cast-iron skillet or other cookware, you know that cast iron is extremely durable. A sink is just as durable, but the enamel can chip with rough treatment. Be careful not to chip the enamel of a cast iron sink, unless you really love the look of vintage and worn out décor.

Given the weight of cast iron, this type of sink requires extra mounting and support from below. Since they are quite heavy, we recommend hiring a professional to install a cast iron sink, even if it is a drop-in sink. You don’t want to risk breaking your cabinets, or worse, a bone in your body.

In terms of maintenance, you cannot clean cast iron sinks with abrasive materials or chemicals. Using anything abrasive on your cast iron sink will cause the enamel finish to tarnish or wear off. The enamel on your kitchen sink is also vulnerable to stains, so be sure to wash up immediately if you’re making something like curry.



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