When choosing your kitchen sink, you pretty much can’t go wrong with stainless steel. This top kitchen sink material is extremely durable and able to withstand heavy drops from pots and pans while also resisting scratches from sharp knives and utensils.
With antimicrobial properties and a rust resistant surface, stainless steel is ultra hygienic, making it easier to prevent contamination as you prepare food or wash your dishes. And because it’s heat and stain resistant, it’s extremely easy to keep stainless steel sinks clean!
One of the only drawbacks to stainless steel is that dropping dishes and utensils into the sink is very noisy. But when you look at all the other benefits, stainless wins overall!
When choosing your stainless steel, make sure to pay attention to the gauge (or thickness) of the steel you’re getting. The smaller the gauge, the thicker your steel. We recommend purchasing 16 to 18 gauge steel as those are tough, strong, and unlikely to buckle or bend under heavy use.
Another important factor in the durability of stainless steel is the series number, which tells you how the steel was manufactured and whether or not it’s magnetic. 300 series steel is usually best because it’s not magnetic and contains both chromium and nickel to add corrosion and heat resistance.