Among all the materials available for kitchenware and kitchen appliances, stainless steel is a top pick for many reasons. It's an important decision, and a well done industrial look in the home kitchen can look great. The stainless steel kitchen sink, on the other hand, works without committing to the industrial kitchen look - and the benefits are nothing to sneeze at.
Stainless steel is known for it's ability to resist rust - that's a good quality for something that's designed to be exposed to water for almost 24/7. In addition to that,
stainless steel sinks
can weather the worst you can 'dish' out. from boiling hot water to heavy abrasive pots and pans.
Stainless steel is composed of chromium and steel plus other metals to further enhance the quality. The ratio of chromium in the material is usually 18%; this percentage contributes to the shiny appearance of that we enjoy in kitchen appliances. Nickel (8- 10%) is then added to make the mixture more moldable according to sink specifications.
Kitchen sinks made of this material are usually constructed of 18 to 23 gauge material. These number represent the thickness of the metal, with the higher the number, the thinner the metal. The thicker 18 gauge material is preferred. The thinner ones are less durable since they're susceptible to dents and tend to be noisier.
The more expensive, thinker gauge sinks will also come with a coating on the outside - a sort of epoxy coating that is especially designed to dampen noise. A good quality sink will include this under-coating and will not give that tin sounding ting when bumped with kitchenware.
With proper care, you can get the most out of your stainless steel sink.
First off, never use metal abrasives or sharp objects to clean the sink - stainless steel is prone to scratching. Not only will scratches damage the appearance, they also impair water resistance.
With these pros and cons in mind, go forth with your kitchen sink decision with confidence.