Updated: November 2017

Stainless Steel Sink Reviews:

The Best Stainless Steel Sinks - If you take a minute and look around your home, you will realize that many of the most integral parts of your home can be taken for granted. The plumbing, for instance. We don't think about that on a daily basis, but if something goes wrong, it becomes the most important thing in the house. It is the same for our sinks, particularly the kitchen sink. These are invaluable components of our households, and yet, the best ones perform so well that you needn't ever think about them. On second thought, though, maybe you do take notice when you pass by because they're so beautiful and shiny. This is the beauty of stainless steel sinks. They are not only very durable and functional, but they are attractive and blend well with virtually any decor as well. Choosing a good stainless steel kitchen sink is important so you can have all of this form and function and save money and time in the long-run. No one wants to replace a sink that leaks or has cracks, is damaged, or it just doesn't look good anymore; with stainless steel, you avoid this problem. So, how do you buy the right sink for your home?
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Choosing a Stainless Steel Sink - Regardless of what type of sink you eventually choose, you need to go through some preliminary steps in order to get the right fit. Literally. If a sink doesn't fit, it's not going to do you any good. SO the first step is measuring the space that the sink will fit into. If you are replacing your old sink, measure from the underneath so you get the correct measurement. You don't want to get home with a sink that is too small or too large for the opening (though too big can be fixed with a little minor construction). If you are putting in an entirely new sink, measure the overall area in which you would like to place the sink. Easy enough, but absolutely essential. Now the fun part. You get to choose the type of sink that you would like. Stainless steel is an ideal choice for many reasons:

*Stainless. That is a magical word. As is steel. Durable, strong, and ready to last a lifetime.
*Steel goes with anything. It is the new black. This is helpful because you can change your decor without making your kitchen sink obsolete.
*It is a wonderful material for keeping bacteria and germs from growing. It is easy to clean. Doing the dishes is up to you, though.

Besides the material, would you like a single bowl sink? Double sided? Do you need a kosher stainless steel kitchen sink? Will you need the proper drain opening for garbage disposal? Will you need openings for a sprayer? Will the sink fit with your faucet, or will you need a new one? Do you want undermount or topmount? Once you've thought about these questions, it is time to get into the meat of choosing your stainless steel sink. RECOMMENDED - We suggest shopping online at Amazon.com. Yes, there plumbing section has grown leaps and bounds over the last few years and now they carry all the leading brands like Kohler, Blanco, Houzer, American Standard and many more. You get in depth reviews from actual owners of the sinks and some of the lowest pricing on the Internet. You can browse their single bowl designs here, the double bowls here, and the triple bowl kitchen sinks here.

Best Stainless Steel Sinks:

When choosing your stainless steel sink, it is important to purchase the best quality that you can afford. If you have a smaller budget, you can still work perfectly well within that, but it is to your advantage that you spend a bit more if you can. A higher grade steel will resist rusting, corrosion, denting, and scratching. Look for sinks with 18-gauge steel or thicker, and opt for brushed steel instead of glossy steel surfaces because they do not show scratches and are easier to maintain. Top names in the industry include Kohler, Franke, Blanco, Elkay, Kindred, Decolav, American standard, Pegasus, Stone Forest, and Swanstone. The cost will be a factor in your decision, and you will generally pay according to the:

*Size of the sink
*Gauge of the steel
*Extra features and options

But it is important to keep in mind that stainless steel is one of the least expensive sink materials. Compared to granite or quartz, for instance, it is a steal. And yes, that pun was intended. Let's look at a few of the top models. When you are looking for a great stainless steel kitchen sink, Franke is a name you will hear often. Several plumbing websites recommend the Franke GNX-110-20 as one of their top picks for stainless steel sinks. This particular sink has a single basin made of 18-gauge chromium/nickel stainless steel (scratch and stain resistant). It measures 20 inches x 18 inches x 10 inches and is a sleek undermount model with a classic oval shape. The GNX-110-20 is just over $550. While this is pricy, in terms of stainless steel sinks, it is middle of the road, especially for this size. If your budget is smaller, you have to decide if you want higher quality or bigger volume. The top quality Franke ARX 110-13 Single Basin Stainless Steel Sink, for instance, measures 13 inches x 14 inches with a basin depth of 6.31 inches. The classic sink has an apron front and is made of 18/10 chromium/nickel 20-gauge stainless steel, offering a beautiful finish and great durability. This sink costs about $240. Other single basin models to check out for smaller budgets are the Franke NAX 110 and Elkay ELU2115 (see Elkay sinks here). At the top end, you could pay almost $2000 for a Blanco Magnum 440294 Single Basin Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink. Price is certainly a factor, but if you have a few hundred dollars, you can get a great sink from a top brand. The above models are all single basin sinks, so keep in mind that as you add features, like another basin or attachments, the price will increase if you continue to look for 18-gauge or thicker steel. Also, as the size goes up, so, too, does the price. You will find that most sinks fall in the $300 to $800 price range. Browse the top rated Blanco stainless steel sinks here.

Installing a Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink:

There are two options for installing your new stainless steel sink: calling a plumber or doing it yourself. If you are comfortable with basic plumbing and are just replacing a sink, then do-it-yourself is certainly an option for the handy among us. The hardest part is making sure the drain is connected properly. Assuming all goes well, this should take between 4 and 6 hours. You can find a good how-to guide at This Old House (http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,358427,00.html) or on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipUklmhsaQI). If you don't have the time or aren't willing to mess with your home's plumbing, calling a plumber is a good choice. This is also a good option if you are not simply replacing the sink but installing it or if you are going to be connecting dishwashers, garbage disposals, and more. On the website DIYorNot, you can see the price breakdown. Say you buy a sink for about $250, it will cost about $450 to replace it when you use a plumber, according to DIYorNot. Many plumbers charge by the job, but there are also some that charge by the hour. This rate is typically $45 to $65 an hour, so make sure you clarify this before hiring a plumber. The rates, of course, vary depending on your area. Whether or not this is worth it depends on the time you have (or don't have), your budget, and the complexity of the job.

Cleaning a Stainless Steel Sink:

One of the benefits of stainless steel sinks is that they are easy to clean, particularly if you get high quality steel that resists scratches, dents, and corrosion. The chromium content gives it a protective layer against the forces of water, air, and flying pots and pans. Stainless steel may begin to appear a little dull and you really want to maintain the protective facade so the sink doesn't rust like regular steel will. There are a number of commercial and home cleaning products that you can use to care for your sink. Your particular brand may recommend a particular product, so make sure to look before you clean. Before going to the store, check your cabinets. Three very common household items can make great cleaners. Olive oil will remove streaks. White vinegar cleans, offers some disinfectant properties, and polishes steel. And finally, club soda removes heat stains and streaks. It is best to treat streaks and stains as soon as possible. You can also use a sprinkle of baking soda as an abrasive cleaner or add a capful of bleach to a sink full of water. There are also commercially available products that are designed specifically for stainless steel sinks. Blanco 406-201 Stainless Steel Sink Cleaner is a good one, even if you don't have a Blanco sink. A bottle of this cleaner costs under $15. View the best selling stainless steel cleaners for sinks here. Stainless steel sinks are classy and beautiful, and in addition, they are extremely durable and versatile. Keep the big names and your budget in mind, and remember to get the highest quality steel you can - 18-gauge or higher. With proper treatment, your sink will last through thousands of loads of dishes.