When it comes to the kitchen, we favor single-bowl, undermount sinks, the deeper the better. Stainless sinks are favored by professionals for their durability and functionality
Jerome Buttrick, our Oakland-based architect friend, recommends you spring for the lowest gauge you can afford (the lower the gauge number, the thicker the steel). “Ideally, you should go with a 16-gauge stainless steel with a soundproof coated bottom, which minimizes noise,” he says. “At the very least, go with an 18 gauge.”
Above: Francesca’s favorite sink is the spacious Franke Professional Series. At 12 inches deep, it’s great for hiding a dinner party’s worth of dishes; $1,536.75 at AJ Madison (other depths and sizes available).
Above: Architect Jerome Buttrick recommends the Berlin Large S-Series Undermount Sink. The sinks are handcrafted in 16-gauge heavy-duty construction with soundproof coating and they’re made in the US. Contact Berlin for pricing and more information.
Above: We like the square corners and crisp profile of Blanco’s Precision Single Bowl 32-Inch Undermount Sink; $877.50 at AJ Madison.
Above: Serious utility enters the kitchen with the Moen Lancelot Sink, featuring state-of-the-art noise reduction; 29 by 16 by 10 inches, $642.45 at the Home Depot.
Above: Elkay’s Avado Undermount Sink in 16-gauge stainless steel (with sound insulation). The bowl is 10 inches deep and measures 28 by 16 inches; $1,191 at ABT.
Above: On the higher end of the pricing spectrum, the Waterworks Kerr Stainless Steel Sink is made of 16-gauge steel; $2,524 at Waterworks.
Above: Kohler’s new Stage 33-Inch Sink features a large, deep basin, offering ample room for cleaning large pots and pans, while the stepped side platform provides an additional workspace. A wide range of accessories designed to enhance the sink’s functionality is available; $1,699 at Kohler.
Above: Super Chefhaus Rectangular Stainless Sink by Whitehaus; 32 by 21 inches; $1,650 at Stainless Steel Store.
Above: An affordable option is the Kindred Single Bowl Stainless Steel Sink in 18-gauge steel; $452.19 on Amazon.
Above: Ikea’s new Norrsjön Inset Stainless Steel Sink is made with a sound-absorbing material laid under the sink. Ikea does not, however, list what gauge of stainless steel that the Norrsjön is made of. Priced at $310.48 at Ikea.
Above: If you’re looking for a super-size sink, consider Blanco’s Magnum 12-inch Extra Deep Large Single Bowl Undermount Sink; $1,093.70 at Every Faucet.
For more sinks in the kitchen and bath, see our posts:
- 10 Easy Pieces: White Kitchen Farmhouse Sinks
- 10 Easy Pieces: Utility Sinks
- 10 Easy Pieces: Wall-Mounted Guest Bath Sinks
- 10 Easy Pieces: Traditional Pedestal Sinks
Finally, get more ideas on how to evaluate and choose your kitchen sink and faucet in our Remodeling 101 Guide: Kitchen Sinks & Faucets.