Kitchen sink - what is the best?
kitchenremodelhelp
April 19, 2013 in Design Dilemma
i will be remodeling our kitchen. What is the most durable, best material for a new kitchen sink? Solid surface, stainless steel, something else? I want easy to clean, durable, that will last for years with no chips, scrapes, etc.
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Karen Smuland Architect, LLC
Is there a perfect kitchen sink material? Stainless can dent and scratch, solid surface can also be damaged. Maybe enameled cast iron is better, although it can chip, the enamel can be repaired. Look how long cast iron tubs last!
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Ironwood Builders
Add soapstone too the list of durable sinks!
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HERE Design and Architecture
I had stainless in our previous house, then had porcelain in this house until we had some work done in the kitchen, when we went back to stainless. Have never had any trouble with it scratching or denting, it is super easy to clean, and the dishes don't break as easily. We lost practically an entire set of dishes over the course of 6 years when we had the porcelain sink. It was double, and we were forever breaking things on the divider.
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waterbaby
I love my silgranite sink made by Blanco. It is in the biscotti color and does not show waterspots, and is very easy to keep clean. It seems very durable, as well.
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Ed
I'm installing a Corian counter top, with a Corian sink, under-mounted, lip-less, seamless integration with each other. Easy to clean, durable, and a nice clean look. Those were my criteria.
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OnePlan
Ed - make sure you run the hot water at the same time as straining boiling water from pans etc as the shock can sometimes cause damage - this is the main reason corian introduced the stainless steel base sinks !!
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bdennison
we used a black granite composite under mount double sink and love it. it's been 7 years and no problems
0 Likes   Thanked by kitchenremodelhelp    April 21, 2013 at 4:18AM
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feeny
I would second the caution about Corian sinks. The seamless one in our bathroom (put in by the previous owners) has cracks in it.
Our Kohler cast iron kitchen sink with a white enamel finish looked like new after 25 years. We replaced it with another one only because we were renovating and wanted an undermount. And I agree with others that soapstone and stainless are very durable, great choices.
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Nancy Serafini Interior Design
I love The look of a farmhouse sink - I had one for 12 years and never experienced chipping or scratching
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kitchenremodelhelp
Thank you for your ideas! I am not familiar with Silgranite so I will look into that. I am familiar with Corian but did not know about the hot water issue. Good tip! My new counters will be a black background so I will also look at the black granite composite (is that the same as quartz?). I will also look at the enamel and farmhouse sinks. Durability is my criteria. Thank you!
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kitchenremodelhelp
Hi, Can you give me the brand name of your granite composite sink? Thank you for your help. I looked at a couple of brands yesterday and like the look. Thanks again.
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kitchenremodelhelp
Thanks again!
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bdennison
PS. read all the reviews! Truly is a great sink. Very deep too.
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kitchenremodelhelp
Thanks. I just went to the link you provided and it looks nice. I will go look at them.
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Norm Walters Construction Inc.
Ed, I thought you would appreciate these photos of an integral solid surface sink that looks like stainless steel.
0 Likes   April 27, 2013 at 7:28AM
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Norm Walters Construction Inc.
Here is a deep sink in a laundry room.
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Norm Walters Construction Inc.
One more, this is a Karran zero edge stainless steel sink installed under solid suface.
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kitchenremodelhelp
Thank you, Norm, for the ideas. The picture help!
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Norm Walters Construction Inc.
@feeny, another reason solid surface sinks crack is that overzealous plumbers tighten the drains too tight, to inlcude the disposal flange. Solid surface expands and contracts and this has to be taken into account, and allowed for.
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