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Composite Kitchen Sinks

Heather Asiyanbi - 3/15/18 3:00 PM

Material matters when it comes to your kitchen sink. While stainless steel, enameled cast iron, and fire clay will certainly come to your attention, we suggest you give a composite kitchen sink a look. 

A composite kitchen sink gives you the best of both worlds; a natural stone look without the high maintenance or budget-busting price tag. Composite sinks are crafted of quartz dust and resin, and you might see them listed as "granite composite" or even just as "granite." Let's review the pros and cons of adding a composite sink to your kitchen.

Pros

Composite sinks are really durable. Because high heat is what gets the quartz dust and resin to bond, composite sinks stand up well to heat and stains. Even better, unlike actual granite, a composite sink never needs to be sealed.

Variety is another great point for composite sinks. You can choose an under mount, drop-in or farmhouse installation in just about any color under the sun. And, because composite sinks are not natural stone, your sink's color will be even throughout without the variations you might be used to seeing in granite countertops.

If you drop something heavy and your sink gets shipped, you should be able to find a filler in the same color as your sink from the manufacturer for an easy DIY repair.

Maintenance is also pretty easy; just wipe it down after every use. If you choose a deep brown or black sink, you may need to give it an application of mineral oil once in a while to keep dark colors rich. 

And, because cost is typically a factor for most homeowners, you'll be happy to know that composite sink prices start at under $300.

Cons

Composite sinks are heavier than a standard stainless steel kitchen sink, so you may need additional support for your cabinets and countertops. 

Scratches are another downside of composite sinks, but if you use a sink grid, you will decrease the chance that pots, pans and sharp utensils will mar your beautiful finish.

Depending on your viewpoint, the lack of color variation could be considered a mark against composite sinks. If you enjoy the way natural stone varies, you may want to consider a natural stone sink, but be prepared to pay a lot for it: prices start at around $500 and go up from there. 

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