When it comes to household appliances, there is no material second to stainless steel. Between its durability, hygienic qualities and general ability to match almost any decor of choice, it’s the prime pick for most homes, and with good reason.
There’s nowhere that stainless steel is more utilized than in the kitchen; stainless steel looks appealing, it's affordable, it lasts long, and it fits into almost any home decor such as transitional, transformational, rustic, Mid-Century, modern, and so on.
For centuries, it was common to use iron in the kitchen, however, even coated in enamel, it can be both corrosive, very heavy, and rust easily if the enamel gets chipped. Stainless steel was introduced to the U.S. in the 1930s, and became a household staple for its combination of resistance to corrosion, heat, and rust, its durability, and for being relatively easy to shape into sinks of any size and corner radius. The metal does not interact with many substances, and is relatively inexpensive compared to other options on the market.
You have a lot of options from which to choose for your kitchen sink, so you still have to weigh not only the costs and risks, but also the overall aesthetic you want to achieve. Here are the most compelling reasons to choose a stainless steel sink.
Why You Should Choose A Stainless Steel Sink
The most well-known aspect of stainless steel is that it’s durable. Whereas other materials may chip, stain or easily tarnish, stainless steel doesn’t get that name for no reason. Appliances made of stainless steel typically last many years, and you don’t have to worry about wear and tear despite consistent, rigorous use, such as what you would do in your kitchen.
Easy to clean
The term “stainless steel” refers to the finish of the steel, which ensures that it’s non-porous and glossed. This means that your appliances can be wiped down with warm water, or even a special polish for an extra shine. You shouldn’t have to scrub your stainless steel appliances to remove stains and other debris, given that the surface is designed to naturally repel marks, fingerprints and other dirt.
The most hygienic option
When it comes to your kitchen, there are unfortunately many aspects that potentially make it a hazardous space when it comes to bacteria, germs, and your overall health. Between raw foods, moisture and other germs, cleanliness is essential for the space in which you prepare your meals. That’s why stainless steel is also preferred by many: it has a non-porous surface, which means that it doesn’t absorb germs the same way woods and plastics do.
Versatile for design
Stainless steel is silver, with a brushed appearance and a polished finish. This makes it very sleek looking, and easy to coordinate with almost any home decor. Its versatility makes able to withstand multiple kitchen renovations.
Easy to find matching appliances
If you’re someone who wants their appliances to coordinate, stainless steel is a great option because it is very easy to find other products such as blenders, refrigerators, faucets and toasters all made of the same material.
Stainless Steel Sink Ideas & Inspiration
This kitchen design incorporated a stainless steel refrigerator that opens from the center and has transparent doors allowing you to see its contents. This type of refrigerator is often seen in luxury and upscale homes, given that it requires its contents be very organized. However, the reason why this kitchen in particular works so well is that the silver color from the refrigerator ties in beautifully with the hardware on the cabinets, the steel grey paint, and coordinating light fixtures.
This kitchen design is very unique, utilizing a series of stainless steel drawers on the side of the island, as well as other appliances, too. Everything from the chandelier to the faucet coordinates, which contributes to its upscale appearance. This kitchen is a great example of what it looks like to take risks, especially those that will accommodate the needs of your home and family. Perhaps you have kids or individuals who struggle to reach the uppermost cabinets, so you need more accessible drawers. This is a great solution, and using stainless steel for it ensures that it will remain clean and intact for as long as possible.
Our Favorite Stainless Steel Sinks
Kohler K-20060-1-NA Verse 33" Single Basin Drop-In Kitchen Sink
Simple and to the point, this sink is perfect for a kitchen that’s industrial, or simply requires a highly durable, stylish sink. Paired with either coordinating hardware or a statement faucet, it easily blends into any kitchen design.
Kraus KHU100-32 Standart Pro 32" Single Basin Undermount Kitchen Sink
This undermount sink is perfect for a kitchen with high use, as it comes with an extra large basin, racks for draining and drying, and other accessories. However, the undermount also makes it really sleek looking, as it will blend right into the countertop. It’s the perfect blend of fashion and function.
Kohler K-3945-NA Vault 35-1/2" Double Basin Apron Front Kitchen Sink
This sink has a lighter stainless steel finish, dual basins and accompanying accessories to ensure you’re really getting the most out of your kitchen. The exposed front apron gives it a similar style to a farm sink, however the silver tone makes it unique, as the farm sink is typically an acrylic white, which can chip.
Moen G18191 1800 Series 18" Single Basin Undermount Kitchen Sink
This simple undermount is perfect for the minimalist kitchen designer. With a square base and angled sides as well as the ability to install it right into the countertop, this sink is perfect for getting the job done, no frills or excessive details required. Paired with other stainless steel appliances, it would be the perfect option for any kitchen.
Kohler K-5282-NA Strive 35-1/2" Double Basin Undermount Kitchen Sink
This double basin has a unique cut, with angular sides and asymmetrical basins. It comes with a variety of tools and accessories to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your sink, and the varying heights between the basins allow you to perform different tasks at the same time. This is perfect for a family kitchen in which the sink has to serve multiple functions.