Make Everyday Life Better With the Perfect Sink

Women washing vegetables in stainless-steel sink

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This insightful blog was written by Elkay®, an American owned and operated company that manufactures innovative plumbing products. Elkay is excited to celebrate 100 years in business in 2020.

Choosing a sink for kitchen, laundry or bar installations can be overwhelming with the array of choices in today’s marketplace. This blog provides an overview of different sink materials with a focus on how the style, functionality and material durability of the sink should stand up to whatever life dishes out.


From traditional to modern styling, and colors to match any décor, quartz is a versatile material. These durable sinks can take on the toughest household tasks and look great doing it. Here are a few items to think about when shopping for a quartz sink:

  1. Durability
    This is determined by the manufacturing process and the components used. Look for a quartz sink that is scratch and chip resistant, as well as heat proof.
  2. Color
    Quartz sinks offer color options that match or complement your décor – from muted, natural hues to rich, bold tones that make a statement.
  3. Noise level
    The thick material of quartz absorbs noise when working at the sink. This makes quartz a great, naturally quiet choice for busy kitchens where meals are made and cleaned up. 

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a timeless favorite for American homes. Some stainless-steel finishes are even repairable. Why stainless? Consider the below:

  1. Virtually endless options
    Stainless steel can be formed into any shape or size. Corners can vary from zero radius, for a geometric look, to rounded, for a traditional style.
  2. Gauge
    Stainless sinks come in different gauges to suit application and budget needs. The typical gauge range is from 14 to 22. Gauge is the thickness of the steel, the lower the number, the thicker the material. Steel thickness impacts strength, denting and vibration.
  3. Recyclability
    Many stainless-steel stinks are recyclable. Recycling reduces the amount of waste going to landfills.