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Stainless steel or natural stone? Kitchen sinks come in all shapes, sizes, and materials. In this week’s blog post, we are going to talk about kitchen sink materials. We’ll discuss the pros and cons so you can choose the perfect kitchen sink. Some materials are durable and resistant to stains and scratches. Other materials are more sensitive and suited for light to medium use. 

 

1. Stainless Steel

Best for: All types of countertops

Pros: Easy to care for and affordable

Cons: Can be loud

Stainless steel is the most popular sink material since its creation. Probably the most durable sink material as its heat resistant and stain-resistant. Stainless steel sinks can be a little loud, so look for sinks with a decent amount of sound dampening pads. Quality stainless steel sinks can range from $150 – $1,000. 

2. Copper

Best for: All types of use

Pros: Antimicrobial 

Cons: Can be very pricey

Ranging in a variety of patinas, copper is trendy in farmhouse kitchens. With its antimicrobial properties, copper contains a natural ability to kill 99.99 percent of bacteria. What’s most intriguing about copper sinks is the way the material changes over time and adapts to the way the user uses the sink. Copper typically starts around $600.

3. Enamel

Best for: Light to medium use

Pros: A classic look 

Cons: Requires special cleaning and care

Available in wide variety of colors. The enamel sink is made of cast iron with glass glaze. Enamel sinks are quieter; however very heavy and need proper installment. They stain easily and have been known to chip if not cared for properly. Appropriate treatment to avoid scratches is necessary. 

4. Fireclay

Best for: Modern and farmhouse kitchens

Pros: Easy to clean; long-lasting

Cons: Heavy and expensive

Fireclay is popular with modern and farmhouse kitchens. Although a beautiful sink, Fireclay sinks can be costly. Each sink is handcrafted and heated at very high temperatures. They resemble enamel sinks but more durable and scratch-resistant. Fireclay sinks require professional installation and range between $500 and $1400.

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