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Dec 6, 2006 01:11 AM

What kind of sink to buy?

I'm replacing my 16 year old acrylic sink, but was all ready to purchase a porcelain over iron when someone told me these can scratch. My acrylic seems nicked, with little black pits. I hate it. I'm not wild at the thought of stainless, since I'd had one of these back in the early 90s and found it "soulless". Countertop is white Corian, so I'm planning to put in a white sink. I was wondering about the new granite product.

Any advice? Thank you, chows.

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  1. You need to take this to Cookware for good answers. I will tell you that I have stainless steel and am ready to go back to porcelain over cast iron. They both scratch but if you use something non-abrasive like Bob-Ami to clean with it is not a big deal. The advantage over stainless to something softer is that your risk of chipping china and crystal is less. I wash china in the dishwasher and crystal in a plastic dishpan inside my sink so it is not an issue. My problem with stainless is that it seems to get grubby faster than other materials.

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    1. re: Candy

      This may sound crazy, but because of the way they are made, all stainless steel sinks have a grain, like wood, and if you try to clean it by going against the grain, the sink will eventually look all scratched up.

      If you get the sink new, take a close look and you will be able to see the grain (usually oriented front to back on the bottom and clockwise around the sides). If you scrub it with comet in the direction of the grain it will look great for a very long time. If you use a scrubby and go against the grain it will very quickly look like every other scratched up stainless sink you've ever seen.

      Where does the grain come from? It's a byproduct of the forming and stamping of the sink. Since most people don't buy brand new sinks and don't read the owners manual, the problem persists.

      1. re: Theodore

        My stainless steel sink looked scratchy (it came with the house). So I just scrubbed the hell out of it with Comet. It doesn't shine, but it does have a hand-rubbed luster that is even all over.

        1. re: Hungry Celeste

          I though I loved my porcelain-over-iron sink, but as the years went on I got tired of the bleaching/cleaning I had to do (yes, I peel veg into the sink prior to the compost bucket). My stainless sink (high-end Moen) is great - low noise (an issue with me - get the heavy insulation on the bottom) and really easy care with a good nylon scrubber and a little stainless polish.
          It doesn't look *new* after 5 years, but it looks good. And it works, which goes a long way with me. A few scratches are not an issue.

      1. I had a corian sink that was integrated into the corian counter. No seams, no edges to catch stuff. I loved it. Bon-Ami to clean and occasionally bleach for a stain. I had it for about 6 years with no problems.

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        1. re: wally

          I considered a corian sink when we redid our kitchen but the idea of it being burned by a hot pot was too much for me. I do live the seamless look though

        2. Believe it or not, IKEA does a excellent porcelain sink. We've got it when we renovated our kitchen, it's the best sink I've ever had, in any kitchen.


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          1. re: andreas

            I have that Ikea sink right here on the floor in it's box - I'm replacing a two-year-old horribly scratched Corstone sink.

            1. re: andreas

              I am contemplating this same sink, how has it been after a year of use? Would you purchase it again? Thanks in advance for your response.

            2. Wouldn't trade my Franke stainless sink for any of the others. Have had Corian and porcelain and neither compare. It's underhung in a granite countertop, has two sides, one deeper of course. Outstanding.

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              1. re: rtmonty

                I've had Franke sinks in three locales, and they've held up well. It does help to minimize scratching if you use a grate on top of the base.