When we have clients buying new kitchen cabinets, the kitchen sink is usually an afterthought. Deciding on what type of sink does affect the style of cabinet needed.
Undermount sinks are now the standard. Walk into any new home or remodel and you will find one. Gone are the old "drop in" style sinks and gone is the rust, "crud" that builds up around and underneath the sink.
Stainless steel is by far the most popular. Born out of the notion that home cooks needed a professional Chefs kitchen. Stainless steel was the professional option.
When shopping stainless steel sinks you will find a wide range in pricing and styles. Anywhere from $50 to $1000. Like most consumer products, brand and marketing adds to the cost. You will also pay more depending on the gauge of the stainless steel.
Thinner stainless steel has a higher gauge number...thicker stainless steel has a lower number. Example. An 18 gauge sink is more durable and costs more than a 22 gauge sink. A 22 gauge sink is the cheapest stainless sink you can buy. It will scratch, stain and dent. For our Premium Cabinet Studio clients we sell 16 gauge sinks.
My next Blog post, Sinks Part 2 will discuss the Apron or more commonly known as the Farm sink.
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