The kitchen sink is probably one of the hardest-working things in your home (well, except for YOU, of course).  How many times a day do you rinse, stack, scrape, scrub and spill into this utilitarian work horse?  

If you are thinking about simply refreshing your kitchen or a complete remodel, a new kitchen sink is often at the TOP of the wish list.  From stainless to porcelain to quartz, there are so many new products and options to consider.  Here is our guide to the best in each category!

 Stainless:  Been there, done that, you say?  Well, yes and no.....  There are some great things happening in stainless!   Morgan Tap and Basin has created a higher-quality, more durable product that solves one of the oldest problems in every kitchen:  TRASH!

 By moving the drain placement on all of their artisan-style sinks, they have allowed space for a full trash and recycling pull-out right under the sink.  Ummmm....why did no one think of that sooner?

 The quality of the stainless steel used in their sinks is significantly higher than industry standards.  By using a "304" steel, instead of a "316" steel, their sinks contain 33% more steel, and are more resistant to corrosion and scratches.  They also have crazy-cool options for sliding cutting boards, integral drain racks, to make your sink work even better for your busy household.  

Quartz sinks are creeping up into an even bigger share of the marketplace.  Quartz sinks are made from a composite of approximately 80% ground up quartz or granite and 20% polymer material that binds it all together.  Scratch resistant, and naturally antimicrobial, these sinks can really take a beating.  The range of color options are wonderful, and can be an added design element in your kitchen.  Available in single basin, dual basin and many size variations, the options guarantee that there is a solution that will fit your space!

And, last, but not least are cast iron and fireclay sinks.  Cast iron sinks are one of the oldest sink basin solutions, and are made by coating a cast iron form in a heavy layer of durable porcelain.  Cast iron sinks, as you can imagine are a heavy alternative, and occasionally need extra support underneath to carry the weight of a large sink.  If abrasive cleaners are avoided, these sinks last decades.  A benefit of a cast iron sink is that water spots are less visible than on a stainless unit, and the sinks themselves have a glossy finish, which can be an added design feature when paired with polished, light-reflective countertops.

 Cast Iron, Porcelain Sink - Style:  Executive Chef by Kohler

 A fireclay sink varies from a cast iron sink, in that the coated substrate is molded clay instead of molded, cast iron.  The porcelain coating and the fireclay substrate are heating in a kiln together for approximately 20 hours, to fuse the two materials together.  

Fireclay Sink - Style:  Shaws by Rohl

Hopefully, this information has you inspired and excited about choosing a new sink for your hard-working kitchen!  Have a new sink?  Tell us all about why you love it, or maybe don't love it...

Looking for a design partner to help you navigate the choices further?  Nest is here!  Don't hesitate to reach out to our experienced design team.  We are here to help every step of the way!

January 14, 2019

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