Terry S
Terry S
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Asked on Jan 25, 2012

kitchen sink

Charlotte Wood EckelAnna KTerry S
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can someone give me some pro and cons on granite sinks. redoing the kitchen and cant decide if granite is worth the extra money, as opposed to stainless steel.we are having granite countertops put in. would appreciate the input. thank you
18 answers
  • Granite sinks are very nice high end products, but the care of them can be a bit difficult. Like the tops they should be sealed on occasion to prevent oily stains that can arise. A high end stainless sink however also looks great, but it to does require some special care to prevent them from becoming dull looking. With these sinks you need to consider a mat finish to hide possible scratches that can develop over time. Personally I like the stainless look, but depending upon your decor stainless may not bode well with what your choosing for appliances.

  • 3po3
    on Jan 25, 2012

    From a home buyer's perspective , I prefer the look of stainless steel, and I would worry about bacteria and such. I have read everything about granite being clean and safe, but I just feel better about a steel surface.

  • Designs by BSB
    on Jan 25, 2012

    From both an esthetic and a maintenance standpoint, by far stainless steel is the best option in my opinion. I would further advise to take careful note of who/where the sink comes from. There are an incredible amount of imports being offered these days. Nickel content, etc gives impression they are equal to the name brands that are trusted (Elkay, Blanco, Kohler, etc) .. but reality is a) they FUMES that come from these sinks is horrendous. b) they are machine finished, so they can appear very dull and uneven and c) they may not be insulated - .. dents/scratches.. sound deadening should all be considerations to making your purchase!

  • Stainless will never chip. . . even if it scratches, it is easier to replace.

  • Ricardo B
    on Jan 26, 2012

    We have stainless steel sinks in our five year old kitchen. They were used in the early 70s went away and came back in the mid 80s, faded and came... well, you know. I think a great look would be real or resin counter tops with steel sinks. Even mica in a granite look is stunning...

  • Phyllis W
    on Jan 26, 2012

    I understand you have to 'treat' them a couple times a year? Looking forward to the responses.

  • Yes, granite is a stone that is porous and like the tops they need to be sealed to prevent grease and liquids that can become harmful as they age. By sealing your preventing this from occurring. Also any liquid that gets into the stones surface ends up staining it. So by sealing this is prevented. Its not hard to do, but it must be done to keep this expensive product looking its best.

  • Anna K
    on Jan 27, 2012

    i had a black stone sink that i used to wipe a thin layer of olive oil over four or five times a year. it stayed sooooo clean looking and nice all of the time, i would prefer to have it over a stainless that would need wiping after every use to keep the water spots etc. from showing-but i tend to be VERY particular in how clean and shiny everything is... the stone sink was a million times easier for me to keep perfect looking.

  • Designs by BSB
    on Jan 27, 2012

    @Anna would you mind sharing what brand sink? Thank you for sharing that kind of feedback. S/S is popular by leaps and bounds, so I don't hear many reviews like this - thanks again!

  • Joyce R
    on Jan 27, 2012

    I have had a stainless steel sink for 10 years. I spray a stainless polish into it every 2 weeks and it keeps it looking like new. Easy too.

  • LandlightS
    on Jan 27, 2012

    And it's easy to remove minor scratches in the bowl of the SS sink with a 3M "green" scrubbing pad. Just follow the direction of the grain.

  • Terry S
    on Jan 27, 2012

    thanks everyone!!!! all great reasons for stainless steel(which is my favorite also).

  • Sherrie S
    on Jan 27, 2012

    Terry S, another reason for stainless steel . My sinks are stainless steel & over 14 years old & I would never replace that part of my kitchen. The stainless is maintenance free and looks as good today as it did in the beginning. I don't like my kitchen countertops and plan to fix that that soon.

  • Bonnie F
    on Jan 29, 2012

    I have a stainless sink, and I use a wipe (Clorox or store brand) on it. It just gleams! And it's NOT new - probably 15 years old. Very easy upkeep. As for granite, I would be uneasy with a sink that absorbed grease, etc.

  • Terry S
    on Jan 29, 2012

    i didnt think granite would get such bad reviews since everyone is really pushing them.when i cleaned houses one of my clients had a black granite sink and it was just awful to clean, never could get it to look good. now i know why. i thought it was because his water was very hard but i think now it was a variety of reasons.

  • Anna K
    on Jan 29, 2012

    it was a moen stone sink. and i miss it dearly, when my kitchen is remodeled i will get another one.

  • Anna K
    on Jan 29, 2012

    you HAVE to keep it oiled to keep it nice, but i found it to be way easier than keeping any other sink looking perfectly clean.

  • Charlotte Wood Eckel
    on Jul 27, 2015

    When we remodeled our kitchen I was hesitant to put in a granite sink, but now am glad I did. I chose white instead of black, since black can end up looking filmy. About once a week or so, I spray the sink with a kitchen spray containing bleach, let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse. The sink has been in use for 2 years and looks as good as the day it was put in! We got it at Home Depot.

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