Stainless steel sinks were once only installed in garages as utility sinks or as kitchen sinks in rental properties. Those days are long gone. Now they have curvier curves, straighter straight lines, sleeker and silkier finishes, and more unique features than ever before.
Contrary to its name, stainless steel will stain. Have you ever heard the saying about stainless steel sinks that goes: "It's not stainless. It just stains less." The bright side is that the stains can be scrubbed out.
Gauge numbers in this guide (18-gauge, 22-gauges, etc.) refer to the thickness of the steel. Lower numbers mean thicker steel. You'll find a few 16-gauge steel sinks (though this number is increasing as more people get on the stainless steel bandwagon). Sinks made of 18- and 20-gauge steel abound. Stainless sinks made with thicker gauge steel are the better choice for your home remodel. Self-rimming sinks drop in from the top, while under-mount sinks attach from the bottom.
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Blanco Gives Stainless Steel Sinks a Whole New Shape
Blanco America simply tweaked its 18-gauge under-mount sink to give it a more free-flowing, relaxed shape.
It's a 10-inch deep, 30-inch wide, 19-inch deep sink. It also includes a satin polish finish.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
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Thicker Gauge Steel With the Moen 1600 Series
When you look at this sink divorced from its environment—just sitting there all alone against a white background—it looks utilitarian and boxy, like a feeding trough for cattle. This photo should entice you because the Moen 1600s are worthy of consideration.
These "feeding troughs" are actually double-basined, 34-inch x 20-inch in 16-gauge steel. The one you're looking at will separate you from about $2,000 of your hard-earned cash.
Sixteen-gauge steel is the thickest Moen offers. The 1600 Series is made of 16-gauge steel, while the 1800 Series is made of 18-gauge steel.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
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Franke Stainless Steel Double-Basin Sink
Franke is a big-name sink manufacturer that has a good line of stainless steel sinks. From the Mythos collection, this is a cute, simple, and basic sink with one deep basin and another less-deep basin. Width is 30-inch and it's made of conventional 18-gauge stainless steel.
For a budget kitchen remodel or vacation property, you can't go wrong with this one.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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Smart Angles With This Kohler Eight-Degree Stainless Steel Sink
Before you start blurting, "Eight-degree sink? What in the heck is that crazy name all about?" you'll listen up and learn that it's not some ridiculous marketing concept to make it sound edgier and more urban.
This stainless steel sink has, as Kohler says on its site, "Eight-degree angles on the front and back surfaces give you more space at the bottom of the bowl while reducing splashing."
Now, doesn't that make sense?
This high-end sink is made of thicker 16-gauge steel.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Bargain (and Thinner) Stainless Steel Sink From Elkay
A medium-sized stainless steel kitchen sink, the Elkay Celebrity 25-inch x 22-inch double basin has full sound undercoating, pre-drilled holes, and 20-gauge steel.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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Stainless Steel and Apron Sink From Kohler
You don't see a lot of stainless steel apron or farmhouse sinks. That's because you've got two competing worlds—the cool sleek urbanity of steel combined with the idea of a farmhouse sink—city and country.
But the Kohler Strive is an apron sink and it is thicker 16-gauge stainless steel.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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Teka Can Help You Save Space
Is this sink squared away or triangled away?
For corners, these double-bowl sinks have a unique triangular shape to help them fit. The great thing is that they help you use a mostly unusable space.
The downside is that the basins tend to be rather small. This sink is better for wet bars or RVs than for fully functioning kitchens.
This is Teka's double bowl stainless steel kitchen sink. The entire unit is about 32 inches wide, with a bowl depth of seven inches. It's constructed of 18-gauge stainless steel.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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Oliveri Stainless Steel Sink With Drainboard
Funny, but you don't see these built-in sink drainboards anymore. The Oliveri top- mount double basin has a very stylish drainboard.
This is a stainless steel kitchen sink with two bowls found in the drop-in style.
An interesting note about Oliveri: It is Australian, not Italian, and have been in the business of making sinks since 1948.