Kitchen Sink Spotlight: Stainless Steel Sink Pros and Cons
If you’re looking for advice on choosing the perfect material for your new kitchen sink, 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 stainless steel sink, and whether it's the perfect choice for your kitchen renovation.
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:
- How to Pick the Perfect Size of Kitchen Sink
- How to Decide on a Great Kitchen Sink Design
- Which Kind of Kitchen Tap is Best?
- Add Function With Kitchen Sink Accessories
- Our Top Advice for Hiring a Plumber
Kitchen Renovator Price Guide
Pros and Cons: Stainless Steel Sink
- versatile material
- easy to clean and maintain
- cheap sinks made of thin metal are easily damaged
- can get expensive based on the thickness and quality of the metal
Stainless Steel Kitchen Sinks
This is definitely the most common kitchen sink material out there. Stainless steel sinks appear in many homes and businesses across the world, as they are easy to clean and maintain. Better yet, they are quite inexpensive compared to other sinks on this list. Stainless steel sinks can range in price and style, starting at very cheap and basic to expensive and professional.
While a stainless steel kitchen sink might look most at home in an industrial style kitchen or a professional kitchen, they can be found in any style of kitchen. From modern to traditional to everything in between, there is no kitchen that a stainless steel sink won’t belong in.
When you’re buying a stainless steel kitchen sink, you’ll want to be aware of the thickness (or gauge) of the metal it’s made of. Lower gauges mean thicker metals, while higher gauges mean thinner metals. Thinner metals will be less expensive, but have less strength and are more prone to scratching and denting. Thicker metals are less vulnerable to damage and mute noise more but are more expensive. You should also look for a stainless steel sink that has a rubber coating on the underside of the sink, as this will help to reduce the noisiness of your sink.
Ready to install your new stainless steel sink? Make installation a breeze with a top kitchen sink installer! Then, if you're planning a larger kitchen renovation be sure to hire a kitchen renovator who will get your new kitchen installed efficiently and professionally.
Bidvine tip: If you’re considering purchasing a stainless steel sink, check out this guide from This Old House to learn their five tips on shopping for a stainless steel sink.