10 Pictures That Will Change Your Mind About Stainless Steel Sinks

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    Stainless Steel Sinks Are Stylish, Attractive, and Not Cheap

    Close-up of a kitchen sink
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    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 unique features than ever before.

    Contrary to its name, stainless steel will stain.  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.

    Low-end?  Hardly.  You'll see this reflected in the prices in our shopper's guide, with $2,000 not being an uncommon figure.

    Gauge numbers in our guide (18 gauge, 22 gauges, etc.) refer to the thickness of the steel. Lower numbers mean thicker steel.  You'll find 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.

    Self-rimming sinks drop in from the top. Undermount sinks attach from the bottom. 

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    Blanco Gives Stainless Steel Sinks a Whole New Shape

    Blanco Performa Stainless Steel Sink
    Blanco Performa Stainless Steel Sink. © Blanco America

    Great shape with gorgeous flowing curves, this under mount sink is called Performa from Blanco.

    Blanco America simply tweaked their 18 gauge under mount sink to give it a more free-flowing, relaxed shape.

    It's a 10" deep sink, 30" wide, 19" deep.  Satin polish finish.

    Shop Direct - Blanco America Stainless Steel Sink

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    Thicker Gauge Steel With the Moen 1600 Series

    Moen 1600 Series Stainless Steel Sink
    Moen 1600 Series Stainless Steel Sink. © Moen

    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" x 20" 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.  Currently, they have only 4 of these.  1600 Series = 16 gauge steel.  1800 Series = 18 gauge steel. 

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    Your Basic Franke Stainless Steel Double-Basin Sink

    Franke Stainless Steel Double-Basin Sink
    Franke Stainless Steel Double-Basin Sink. © Franke

    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" 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.  

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  • 05 of 10

    Your Basic Double-Basin Stainless Steel Sink

    Moen Excalibur Sink
    Moen Excalibur Sink. © Moen

    Here's where Moen is moyen--a middle-of-the-road offering that nonetheless has plenty of great features. This Moen Excalibur is a dependable double bowl stainless steel kitchen sink, 33 inches total width. When you look deeper you find some nice perks:

    • 4 holes for various faucets and extras.
    • Sound deadening materials on the underside.
    • Decent price.

    Why so cheap?  Because it's made of decidedly thinner 22 gauge steel.

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    Smart Angles With This Kohler 8 Degree Stainless Steel Sink

    Kohler 8 Degree Stainless Steel Sink
    Kohler 8 Degree Stainless Steel Sink. © Kohler

    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 their 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.

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    Bargain (and Thinner) Stainless Steel Sink From Elkay

    Elkay Stainless Steel Sink
    Elkay Stainless Steel Sink. © Elkay

    A medium-sized stainless steel kitchen sink, the Elkay Celebrity 25" x 22" double basin has full sound undercoating, pre-drilled holes, and 20 gauge steel.


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  • 08 of 10

    Stainless Steel + Apron Sink?  Yes, Here It Is From Kohler.

    Kohler Strive Stainless Steel Apron Sink
    Kohler Strive Stainless Steel Apron Sink. © 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.

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  • 09 of 10

    Conserving Space? Teka's Got it All Squared Away...

    Teka Corner Sink
    Teka Corner Sink. © Teka

    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 7 inches.  Constructed of 18 gauge stainless steel.

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    Oliveri Stainless Steel Sink with Drainboard

    Oliveri Stainless Steel Sink with Drainboard
    Oliveri Stainless Steel Sink with Drainboard. © Oliveri

    Funny, but you don't see these built-in sink drainboards anymore. The Oliveri Topmount Double Basin has a very stylish drainboard.

    This is a stainless steel kitchen sink; two bowls; drop-in style.

    Interesting note about Oliveri: They are Australian, not Italian, and have been in the business of making sinks since 1948.