Stainless Steel Sinks By The Numbers

Ever wonder what the difference is when considering the different grades of stainless steel sinks?

When browsing for stainless steel sinks online, you may come across products that are described with grade numbers like 304, 430 or 18/8, 18/10, etc…

The grade of stainless steel refers to its quality, durability, & temperature resistance, which are denoted by 304 & 430.  The numbers 18/8 & 18/10 on the other hand, represent the composition of the stainless steel and refer to the amount of Chromium & Nickel in each sink.

So, what do the numbers mean?

18/8 and 18/10: These are the two most common grades of stainless steel used for food preparation and dining, and are also known as Type 304 (304 Grade) which are part of the 300 series. The first number: 18, refers to the amount of chromium present while the second represents the amount of nickel.  For example; 18/8 stainless steel is comprised of 18% chromium and 8% nickel.

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18/0: Contains a negligible amount of nickel (0.75%) and therefore has a reduced corrosion resistance (is more likely to rust than 18/8 or 18/10 but is still high quality).  18/0 is also referred to as Type 430, which is part of the 400 series.

Is stainless steel safe?

Stainless steel is one of the most common materials found in kitchens today.  It’s used in everything from appliances to cookware because it is durable and easy to sanitize.   Additionally, stainless steel is corrosion resistant to various acids found in meat, milk, fruits, and vegetables.  Most importantly though, stainless steel is a safe option when it comes to use with food and beverage, as there are no chemicals that can migrate into your food when using these products.

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Kitchen Faucets types & styles

A new kitchen faucet can dramatically change the style of the room.  Today’s faucets are not only easier to use both functionally and in terms of durability, but they’ve also evolved into unique works of art.  If you haven’t looked at kitchen faucets in a while, you’ll be awed by the number of styles, sizes, finishes, and features that are available today.

CONSIDER MOUNTING

The first thing to consider is mounting. A Deck Mount faucet is installed on the sink or behind it on the counter, and is commonly found in most kitchens.  If you prefer an easy-to-clean countertop, a Wall Mount faucet which is installed directly above the sink may be the best choice for you.  Once this mounting decision is made, you can move on to considering various handles, spout types, sprayers, finishes, and mechanism configurations.  In addition to looking great, here’s a look at a few of the other factors involved when selecting your new kitchen faucet.

Single Handle Faucets

Single handle faucets are equipped with one handle you move from side to side to control the hot and cold-water temperatures of the water.  Single handle faucets are easier to install, can be attached to the faucet or stand-alone, and require one or two sink holes. Many models come with a mounting plate to cover up three unused holes and a side sprayer that is integrated in the main faucet deck.

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FAUCET ARC TYPES

When it comes to the type of arc you select, it is important to make sure that the faucet’s spout will effectively reach the entire sink and that the size of the spout works with the size of the sink and the overall kitchen.

High Arc Spouts or Goosenecks

Also known as “Gooseneck” spouts, high arc faucets are generally 8” – 10” above the surface of the sink, providing more room to easily accommodate items such as pots and pans. While high arc faucets add style, they can cause splashing in a shallow sink.

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FAUCET SPRAYER

Sprayers offer an added convenience that allows you to get close to whatever you are filling or cleaning – pots, vegetables, or the sink itself.  The targeted spraying with added water pressure gets you faster results.

Pull Down Faucet

Pull down faucets are equipped with faucet spouts that rise into a high arc, allowing the head to be pulled down into the sink. They are available for single or double handle faucets, allowing for more space and flexibility within the sink.

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Best suited countertop surface for undermount sinks

Undermount sinks offer several advantages over conventional drop-in sinks. Because they are installed underneath the countertop, the sink rim does not show. An undermount sink gives a more minimalist appearance, increases counter space, makes counter cleaning easier and allows freedom when choosing where your faucet is placed.

Hard Surfaces Work Best

The sinks tend to be deeper and weigh more — especially with a sink full of dishes — they require solid weight-bearing and water-resistant countertop materials. Laminate or tile countertops are not well-suited to this type of sink. Marble, quartz, granite and concrete countertops are the best options.

Marble and Quartz Countertops

Marble is a hard, durable countertop that provides a traditional look. An advantage of using marble countertops is that small nicks and scratches can be polished out. Disadvantages are that marble chips and scratch easily and require periodic sealing to avoid stains. Quartz, like marble, is a good choice for undermount sinks. An advantage of quartz over marble is that quartz countertops do not require sealing to protect against stains.

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Granite Countertops

Like marble, granite countertops are very solid and durable. Granite can take a lot of wear and handle heavy weights. Granite countertops come in a large variety of colors, giving you many options in designing your kitchen. Like marble, granite requires periodic sealing to protect against stains. If chips develop on edges or corners, a professional will need to be contacted to repair them.

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How to choose a Kitchen Sinks for your Home?

There is more to picking out a sink than just how it looks! After all, it’s one of your kitchen’s most used areas, so it is important to choose the one that suits you best.

Sink Styles:

There are many styles, sizes, and materials of sinks that suit different spaces and needs. (For info on the material type of sink to best fit your needs, check out our detailed blog here:  https://eviersinks.wordpress.com/2017/06/26/first-blog-post/)

Single Bowl vs. Double Bowl:

If you’re looking for a kitchen sink with enough room to fit large oven trays, a large single bowl is an excellent option and provides ample room to store oversized dishware.

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Specialty handmade single bowl sinks can also provide this utility with a sleek modern look.  (Model PLHA109 – http://eviersinks.com/evier-single-bowl-sinks/evier-pl-ha109)

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Double bowl sinks, on the other hand, offer the benefit of another basin to separate dishware and food items during preparation.  Double bowls also come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, which provides homeowners with more options when designing their kitchen.

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(Model PLHA120 – http://eviersinks.com/evier-double-bowl-sinks/evier-pl-ha120)

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Taking care of Stainless Steel Sinks

Stainless steel sinks are easy to maintain and it always has a long life if the Care & Maintenance done right. Here are some simple and easy steps which can help you to take good care of the sinks

Clean sink at least once in a week, use light soap, Wipe the sink dry with a soft cloth!

Remove stains with a cleaning liquid which is mild, rinse well and towel dry.

Do not use steel wool.

Do not use concentrated bleach.

Do not leave water or bleach to stay in your sink.

By following these simple measures you can have your sinks life extended!

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Why choose a farmhouse sink?

HISTORY

Originating in the late 17th century, the original farmhouse design actually pre-dated running water.  The large basin of the farmhouse sink was used to store water as it was gathered from local wells and rivers.    The depth of this sink was also useful in bathing children, as filling entire bathtubs was difficult at the time.

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BENEFITS

In addition to the attractive look farmhouse sinks, this model offers several useful benefits to the homeowner.

  • The Farmhouse sink gives you an ample amount of space to work with, much more than traditional single basin sinks.
  • Farmhouse sinks are undermount installed, so cleaning and wiping your countertops is a lot easier than with typical topmounted sinks.
  • Many different sizes are available. Farmhouse sinks come in a variety of different depths, configurations, and gauges—the perfect option for your kitchen is out there!

PL-HA108

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HOW TO PURCHASE

At Evier, we have great collection of farmhouse sinks available at some of the lowest prices online, including premium handmade models.  To learn more, visit: www.eviersinks.com

 

 

Tips on Buying Stainless Steel Sinks

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Quality & Value

Stainless Steel Sinks are an obvious choice for any Kitchen because of their great look and easy maintenance. Once you decided on an Undermount or Overmount model, the next thing to consider is the quality of the sink you’re purchasing. Gauge is an important factor (see next paragraph) but also look for additional features like sound deadening pads and a manufacturer guaranteed warranty before making your purchase. 

Metal Gauge

For a ‘strong and silent’ sink – the lowest gauges are best!  16 & 18 gauge steel will provide you excellent durability and are ideal for connected use with a garbage disposal.  Higher gauges like 22 are considerably cheaper than the lower gauge sinks, but are prone to denting and do not hold up as well over time.  Additionally because of the vibration, higher gauge sinks are not ideal for pairing with garbage disposal units. 

Get a Friendly Depth

6 Inch basins are abundant in the market and very affordable, however they tend to splash easily and cannot hold much.  8+inch basins are ideal for kitchen use and will give you an ample amount of space to wash and store dishes. 

Accessories

When purchasing a stainless steel sink, always take into consideration the accessories which are available to pair with your model of sink. Drain opening size can vary with different sink models, so be sure to take note when choosing the appropriate drain for your sink.  Additionally, some homeowners prefer to have bottom basin sink grid accessories in order to store dishware and avoid scratching their sink. If this interests you, make sure the supplier offers grids for your exact model of sink before you make your purchase.

Those who opt for stainless steel sinks will have the peace of mind of knowing that their sink will stay beautiful for years –even with minimal cleaning!

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