Get ready to delve into the depths of your kitchen sink. There is a lot of controversy revolving around the question “What is sink gauge?” These alluring mysteries of how gauge works and why a lower gauge is a good investment are not tough to crack. For that summer remodel, look into finding a stainless steel sink with a gauge no higher than 18. The lower the gauge, the less likely the steel will dent or make loud noises when in use.
To help clear things up further, gauge describes the number of times a stainless steel sheet is forced through a tiny gap. As the steel is forced through more times, it becomes thinner. Therefore, a lower gauge steel will be thicker and have more strength against the elements.
People pay as much as a hundred to a grand more just for the more popular brand name. Performance is far more important than a prestigious brand name. At the same time, most of the too good to be true deals you see on Ebay come from unreliable manufacturers who fail to produce the product they promise.
If you want top notch at a reasonable price, Elkay has an amazing selection. A lot of companies have their sinks made in china. Elkay is one of the few companies that manufactures its sinks in America.
This Elkay 16 gauge single basin sink would be great for high-end apartment installations. If you do a lot of dishes in the sink, you might want the one with a huge double basin or perhaps a smaller double basin. It all depends on your personal style and needs.
I would need the double basin sink with a wide divider for extra drying space. I hate when dishes block the sink faucet. I go crazy if I can’t fit the water filter pitcher in the sink. This divider has a spot to place dishes where they don’t rob you of precious counter space.
So, the 16 gauge sinks are a tad quieter and more durable, but 18 gauge sinks have the best value. You can still get a wonderful product and save some money. If you want an Elkay, but you’re happy with the higher gauge, the 18 gauge Elkay single basin sink, the double basin sink, and the triple basin sink are definitely worth checking out. Elkay makes so much variety, you can lose yourself browsing single, double, and triple basin for hours and see just how deep the rabbit hole goes.
Quick Tip: Sinks that use T-304 instead of T-316 have more carbon and less Nickel and will be more likely to rust.
Another fantastic brand is Artisan. Artisan is a reliable manufacturer that produces high quality sinks for a lower price in the single basin and double basin styles. Elkay has a little more variety and is on the upscale side of the spectrum, but you can still get a stunning piece from Artisan for a lot less money.
With Artisan, you can get a legitimate 16 gauge double basin sink for under $300. This lovely 16 gauge zero radius apron front sink is on sale right now for $807 with free shipping. Another pair 16 gauge beauties, a double basin Artisan sink and a larger double basin sink go for $430 and $450 respectively. I hope you have time to take a look at this 16 gauge
round single basin sink on sale for $170. It’s too elegant to pass by.
If you’re looking to save even more with an Artisan sink, this single large basin has a lot of room for only $190.
Using Bar Keeper’s Friend and a scrubby pad to clean your sink every other day will keep it looking absolutely flawless for years and years. Has anyone found other good ways to keep a sink in tip top shape? I heard something about using sandpaper, but I’m too squeamish to try it. I’d love to learn more. I hope these deals help you with your remodel. If you have any questions, leave a comment and I’ll get an answer to you as soon as possible.