In our kitchen, one of the most used and popular kitchen sink materials is the stainless steel. They have got a lot of popularity especially because of some features that include durability, ease of maintenance, resistance to heat and strain, affordability and eco-friendliness. Apart from these qualities, there are many other facts about them which you might not have known before.
Are there different grades of stainless steel sinks?
There is a term in stainless steel called “grade”. It indicates the percentage of nickel and chromium present in the steel. For example grade 18/8 denotes that, the steel has a combination of 18% chromium and 8% nickel. There is another term in stainless steel called “series” which is intertwined with grade.
The two most popular stainless steel series used in kitchen sinks are Type-304 and Type-316.
In type 304 stainless steel, the presence of chromium is 18% and the presence of nickel is 8%. Hence, it is grade 18/8. It is less expensive and this steel is used in a wide range of products. This type of stainless steel shows great resistance to corrosion.
In type-316, there is a presence of 2-3% Molybdenum. Because of its increased resistance to chloride corrosion, it is also called marine grade. For its excellent performance in protecting chemical cor-rodents, it is very suitable to use in an acidic environment.
What is the best gauge stainless steel for the kitchen sink?
The thickness of stainless steel is indicated by a term called gauge. The more the gauge number is, the thicker is stainless steel is. The steel gauge number used in kitchen sinks ranges from 16 to 22 usually.
Compared to thick sinks (Lower Gauge Number), the thin sinks (Higher gauge number) tend to vibrate and resonate too much. Moreover, they cannot carry heavy pans.
On the other hand, thick stainless steel (16-18 Gauge Number) has more durability as well as a bigger size. That is why they are more suitable to be used in household kitchens.
How Thick Should A Stainless Steel Sink Be?
There are varieties of sinks depending on where it is used. For small hand sinks, the thickness can be less. Thus stainless steel with a higher gauge number is perfect for small hand sinks. However, if you need to buy a big and deep sink, you must opt for sinks made of stainless steel with a lower gauge number.
How Much Does a Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink Cost?
Ans: Several factors affect the cost of stainless steel kitchen sinks such as design, the gauge of the steel, accessories, etc. The average kitchen sinks range from $425 to $800. But if you are looking for sinks at a lower price, you should make a budget of $220 at least. Expensive kitchen sinks with the best qualities will cost around $2000.
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Is Granite Sink Better Than Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink?
Both stainless steel and granite kitchen sinks have their pros and cons. Though both of them are good enough, you can choose any of them depending on your requirements and choice.
Stainless steel sinks are popular for their durability and toughness. Stainless steel contains nickel and chromium. Nickel gives toughness and strength and chromium gives glint and longevity. Moreover, it is so hygienic to use stainless steel and easy to maintain. In addition to this, stainless steel provides excellent resistance to heat, stains, and dust. Another important reason why people like to choose stainless steel sinks is their recyclability.
Granite sinks are nowadays becoming popular for some of its unique features such as its great ability to resist chips, scratches, household strains, etc. Like stainless steel, it is also very durable because of its granite material. However, because of granite’s porosity, regular sealing is required. Unlike the stainless steel sinks, granite sinks are available in different colors. So if you care about the look and beauty, you can consider buying a granite sink for your kitchen.
Do all stainless steel sinks scratch easily?
Scratches and dents are common problems in stainless steel sinks. However, expensive steel kitchen sinks tend to scratch less than cheaper ones. If you are concerned about scratches, dents, etc , you are suggested to spend a few more bucks and purchase the expensive steel kitchen sinks.