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What do you know about the different qualities of stainless steel kitchen sinks?
Posted by: decocritter
Date: November 15, 2006 06:00PM
Brands, gauge?

Blanco? Franke?
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Re: What do you know about the different qualities of stainless steel kitchen sinks?
Posted by: yeoman
Date: November 15, 2006 06:14PM
Your timing is impeccable. I was looking at sinks today and was asking myself the same questions. Awaiting pearls of wisdom from fellow Macresoucerers...
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Re: What do you know about the different qualities of stainless steel kitchen sinks?
Posted by: dmann
Date: November 15, 2006 06:35PM
Check out the kitchen forums at: [ths.gardenweb.com]
You will find more info than you ever thought possible. Keep in mind that if you find something useful, save it because they have no archives and threads fall off quickly.

I remodeled my kitchen the year before last and decided I just wasn't willing to spend $400 on a sink so I bought one for $100 on eBay. It was the best decision for me.

DM
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Re: What do you know about the different qualities of stainless steel kitchen sinks?
Posted by: decocritter
Date: November 15, 2006 06:43PM
I feel the same.
I thought I might get more for my money on ebay or maybe on sale. I need a starting point.
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Re: What do you know about the different qualities of stainless steel kitchen sinks?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: November 15, 2006 07:55PM
18 gauge is minimum for something that ain't junk and is most common. 16 is considered commercial.
I've been looking at sinks too for our upcoming kitchen redo.

I'm looking at a Kindred, KitchenAid.



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Re: What do you know about the different qualities of stainless steel kitchen sinks?
Posted by: papercup
Date: November 15, 2006 08:07PM
You want a heavy gauge, SS type 304 (18/10), surgical grade, stainless steel for maximum durability.

The 18% is the chromium (for shine)
The 10% is nickel (for rust resistance, stainless DOES rust.)

Also, a heavy undercoating is also desirable for soundproofing, (helps lessen the tin-drum effect from placing hard objects in the sink)
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Re: What do you know about the different qualities of stainless steel kitchen sinks?
Posted by: vicrock
Date: November 15, 2006 10:50PM
We have a Franke and it is excellent quality.
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Re: What do you know about the different qualities of stainless steel kitchen sinks?
Posted by: sscutchen
Date: November 15, 2006 11:43PM
When we redid our kitchen we selected our sink based on the geometry. We wanted a two compartment undermount sink with a big-deep and a small side. But we wanted the small side to be big enough for "normal" use... able to take plates flat and a large pot.

We ended up with the Elkay ELUH311910R We also liked the rounded back profile on the big side of this sink versus a squared off shape. It added a nice design touch.

The sink is 18 guage. The 311910R has a 10" depth on the big side and a 7.5" depth on the small side.
The 3119 is 7.5" on both, and shown in this picture:



We mounted our faucet as close as possible... closer than shown in this picture. If you do a deep bowl, be sure your geometry will allow all of the fittings underneath.





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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/15/2006 11:49PM by sscutchen.
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Re: What do you know about the different qualities of stainless steel kitchen sinks?
Posted by: dmann
Date: November 16, 2006 10:12AM
I also went with an undermount but I wanted a single bowl. It is much larger than it looks in the picture- I can lay my cookie sheets and roasting pans flat on the bottom of the sink.

This pic was taken right after the granite was installed.
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Re: What do you know about the different qualities of stainless steel kitchen sinks?
Posted by: raz
Date: November 16, 2006 10:41AM
dmann,

is that sponge holder magnetic or attached?



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Re: What do you know about the different qualities of stainless steel kitchen sinks?
Posted by: dmann
Date: November 16, 2006 10:45AM
It has two little suction cups that hold it in place. About $4 at Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc. smiling smiley

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Re: What do you know about the different qualities of stainless steel kitchen sinks?
Posted by: sscutchen
Date: November 16, 2006 10:46AM
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raz
dmann,

is that sponge holder magnetic or attached?

Can't be magnetic... That's stainless steel!

Looks like suction cups





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Re: What do you know about the different qualities of stainless steel kitchen sinks?
Posted by: sscutchen
Date: November 16, 2006 10:51AM
On our Elkay, here's pics... in the first you can see the small side. It's still pretty big.

We have kind of an arch thing going, designwise. Which is why we liked the big side design on this sink.

I can't stress enough to make sure you take good measurements to make sure eveything will fit up.









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Re: What do you know about the different qualities of stainless steel kitchen sinks?
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: November 16, 2006 11:35AM
Y'all are making me hate my kitchen! sad smiley
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Re: What do you know about the different qualities of stainless steel kitchen sinks?
Posted by: Plumbking
Date: November 16, 2006 01:53PM
FWIW stainless under granite is in fashion. SS undercounter mount sinks are priced ridicously high.

A trick of the trade is to buy a top mount sink (about 1/2 the price of undercounter) an install it before the grantie. By routing out the plywood the end result is identical. Yes it works I've done it many times. Don't let anyone tell you different.

With top mount sinks you have a bigger selection.

Sink guage should be your main consideration.

Buy Franke or Kindred if you are into names. Buy Elkay or Just if you want to save money. After one week of use ALL stainless sinks look identical.

Granite and stainless is a very clean look. I recommend a single hole faucet mounted on the countertop. The money that you save on the sink put towards a nice Grohe faucet (in stainless of course). Try to limit the holes in the countertop by eliminating the dishwasher air gap and side sprayer. Good Luck.
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Re: What do you know about the different qualities of stainless steel kitchen sinks?
Posted by: dmann
Date: November 16, 2006 01:59PM
Plumbking- that is exactly what I did. My sink was $100 on eBay. My carpenter routed out the top of the sink base to accommodate the lip of the sink and the granite installers just did their normal installation.

You can see on my pic that I went with 2 holes- one for the faucet on the right (I am right handed) and one for the soap dispenser. I love the clean look.

DM
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Re: What do you know about the different qualities of stainless steel kitchen sinks?
Posted by: Plumbking
Date: November 16, 2006 02:05PM
dmann

Your sink looks sharp. Nice choice of granite I like the color. Stainless faucet; first class.
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Re: What do you know about the different qualities of stainless steel kitchen sinks?
Posted by: raz
Date: November 16, 2006 04:53PM
thanks. We're redoing the kitchen and with the deeper sink, that'll be a nice thing to have (if we have $4 left after this is done).



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