Q: I have always liked the look and practicality of stainless steel kitchen sinks. Now that I am moving into my own home I want to change out the old sink and install a new stainless steel sink. Since I have chosen my sink material, please give me some tips on what to look for in a quality stainless steel sink?
Joy, New Jersey
A: Stainless steel sinks do offer a lot of advantages and because of the lighter weight material, installation can be a little easier.
look for high quality heavier-gauge models. Stay away from thinly pressed sinks that feel light and tinny. Basically, don’t buy according to low price; buy according to high quality.
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Now for a couple of extra nice features to look for that not every stainless steel sink may have:
▪ Sound absorption technology. These sinks are engineered to reduce the noise from garbage disposers and dishwasher draining to help quiet your kitchen.
▪ Scratch-resistant coating. These specially coated stainless steel sinks offer a scratch-resistant layer of protection to preserve their new look. Keeping that new look is easy. Usually a damp sponge can wipe away any evidence of an older looking sink.
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