Stainless steel sink or porcelain?

th61August 1, 2013
We are replacing our countertops with soapstone and I want advice on choosing a new stainless under mount sink, or use the drop in white porcelain one we already have. Any preferences out there?
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brolimom
My vote is for stainless (assuming your appliances are also stainless). We moved recently to a house with a white porcelain sink and I can't believe how much I miss my stainless from the former house. One word of advice if you do get stainless...purchase a grate for the bottom. Forks and knives can scratch.
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Dullea and Associates Inc.
Since you are using soapstone I suggest that you go with an undermount stainless sink.
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indianpatti
Between the 2, I would go with stainless. Have you considered a granite composite sink? I have one and LOVE it!! No more "smeary" stainless sink ... never need to scrub. Just use dishsoap when washing dishes.
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feeny
I prefer undermount sinks, whichever finish you choose.
    Bookmark   August 1, 2013 at 3:54PM
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Marilyn Wilkie
I love our porcelain apron sink. I love it so much that we are using the same sink in the kitchen we are doing now in another house. It is really deep and I don't find it a problem to keep looking it nice. I don't like stainless...too noisy unless you spend a lot of $ and they do scratch and smear. Soapstone is a somewhat rustic finish and a farmhouse sink goes well in that kind of decor. But I don't know what style you have.
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pedalva
Have you considered having a soapstone sink? I recently remodeled my kitchen and thought I was going to reuse my big, deep drop-in stainless sink......until I saw a soapstone sink on display at the quarry!
    Bookmark   August 1, 2013 at 4:21PM
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Adrianne
Soap stone will soak in oil and darken in spots that get more oil.. If you have a dark Soap stone you should be fine with a stainless under mount... It would be a good Idea to just keep in mind a porcelain Apron front sink.
    Bookmark   August 1, 2013 at 4:26PM
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pedalva
Adrienne, I don't know how much experience you have with soapstone, but you darken it first (if you want) with oil. Literally NOTHING shows as long as you keep it clean like any other surface. There is also the option not to darken it, and then it will darken in some spots and not others.....it is completely a personal preference. It does NOT absorb stains nor does it need to be sealed. You may want to do some research and you will see what a wonderful, almost maintenance free surface it is. And no, I do not sell the stuff! Mine was last oiled in February.....it is still dark and uniform with just a weekly cleaning with soap and water. I will be happy to provide pictures if you wish.
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pedalva
Addendum: soapstone does not "soak in oil". It's surface is impervious. www.alberrenesoapstone.com - check out the facts...
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Adrianne
Whoa.. Easy tiger.. Hataz going to hate..
I sale counter tops for a living.. So thanks for getting all personal..
as I was saying "if you start with dark" I know lots of people that wanted light.. and all around their work areas have darkened.. So apparently... it does soak in.. so by saying "nothing" well yeah something does.. Oil and if it didn't soak in oil it wouldn't darken in the first place. It would just bead up .. and you would just wipe it off..You don't have to make other people wrong to make yourself right.
my name is Adrianne.. Cut an copy it might be easier
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Adrianne
Their website www.alberrenesoapstone.com says to seal it.. LOL.. why would you seal something that is non porous..
    Bookmark   August 3, 2013 at 10:45AM
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cede123
Love my new Blanco Silgranit sink.
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Amanda Fossum Design
You can't go wrong with a high quality stainless under mount sink. So easy to keep clean & won't ever chip!
Soapstone is one of my favorite materials - if it's good enough for chemistry labs, it's good enough for a kitchen!!
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feeny
Soapstone is defined geologically as non-porous (see link below, section on soapstone's properties). Oil and water leave marks on unoiled soapstone, but these marks are temporary. They are not absorbed into the stone, and they eventually evaporate (though oil marks take awhile). That is why people have to oil or wax soapstone if they want to keep an even, dark finish.

http://geology.com/rocks/soapstone.shtml
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Nancy Travisinteriors
I vote for stainless. Get a 16 grage. The lower the number the better the quality.
    Bookmark   August 3, 2013 at 1:33PM
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Adrianne
Consumer reports just did an article on sinks.. That might help your decision.
    Bookmark   August 3, 2013 at 2:31PM
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pedalva
Thank you, Amanda Fossum Design and feeny. I have looked over the Alberene site and cannot find where it recommends to seal the stone. In fact, they specifically say several times that it does not need to be sealed: http://www.alberenesoapstone.com/faqs

No worries, though. I am not sure where the perceived hostility came from, Adrianne (apologies for the misspelling of your name), perhaps I came on a little strong.

After mulling it over, I cast my vote for an under-mount stainless sink with a rack for the bottom!
    Bookmark   August 3, 2013 at 7:20PM
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