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Online source for kitchen sinks?

Does anyone know of a reputable online source to buy a stainless steel kitchen sink (undermount)?

There are plenty of online sources, but I don't know which are good and which might not be.

We are getting a new granite countertop and need to change our sink.

Thoughts and opinions appreciated.

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  1. Trish, I don't know where you live but if you have a Home Depot or Lowe's nearby I'd start there. Why pay for shipping if you don't have to? If you're responsible for getting the sink make sure you have the proper mounts before they get there to do the job.

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    1. re: Axalady

      I bought my sink from a vendor on Ebay for $310, $120 less than Home Depot's $430 ($455 w/tax) price, shipping included. Just about every decent sink manufacturer has PDFs on their website with the exact dimensions of the sink and all its flanges, etc. As long as your own measurements are exact you should be fine. Mine was an Elkay and it came with the mounting clips, I added a few more fasteners than the installation instructions called for and just used thick stainless steel washers as clips, they work nicely. You'll need to check what fasteners are best for granite.

    2. Going to a location for most home products is wise - measuring and nuances can be tricky. Imagine returning a sink you bought online? Expensive shipping - what a hassle.
      Undermounts are great - you'll love it!!!

      1. I am not a very trusting person when it comes to online sellers. I have been burned both directly and by clients asking to purchase "on their own" to save money. Sometimes this works, but more often you run the risk of delaying your project.

        In general places that have "bricks & mortar" stores tend to be a little bit better about knowing HOW to package & ship sinks. They are HEAVY but can be damaged. Tossing it in with a mixed load of freight on bulk load is NOT the way to save money...

        Often times even smaller local suppliers can get attractive prices if you work with them on an order for your whole house -- list price is generally not the ONLY price that anybody sells building material for. Smart suppliers know that cash is better than credit, but from a buyers perspective credit companies DO help protect against fraud on both sides of the transaction.

        KNOW EXACTLY what you are buying -- almost every sink comes in several finishers/grades. You ought to know that the heavy gauge sinks with sound deadening a lot nicer than the cheap sinks that dent and rattle whenever a drop of water falls on 'em. Stuff with a mirror finish is not going to stay that way unless you never cook/clean pots. Off brands might not even be made of real SS, meaning a grade that will react from kitchen chemicals...

        There ARE reputable on line ways to purchase, but there are out numbered by the bad sellers. Generally the good companies are perfect if you are miles from any competitive sales outlets, in this day and age that is pretty few places. Almost every place should be with a few dollars of one another after negotiations -- there is no reason for a large sink manufacturer to sell their current products to one dealer more cheaply than others. The exception is "end of line" items -- wherever this stuff is sitting in a warehouse after the manufacturer changes the product that seller is going to clearance it for whatever he can get. This is especially true when the new item is only a tad different than the old. You can get a huge discount. Of course you still have to deal with a reputable firm that knows how to package ans ship and only sells sinks that are complete.

        Don't forget that those clearance sinks sometimes will work best with the basket/strainer/tailpiece from the same company. IF you can get everything at once it makes life MUCH SIMPLER....

        Good Luck!

        1. Thank you all so much for some very sound advice!

          I have been to my neighborhood Lowe's and Home Depot, but was not impressed with their offerings. I would specifically like a sink with two equal-sized sections that can hold dishes and pans and such. At both spots the sinks with the two sections had one section that was huge and the other much smaller. Not practical for me.

          Also, both Lowe's and Home Depot had some 18 gauge stainless steel sinks, but they also had many 20 gauge (which I think I understand to mean is lighter than 18) and I was hoping for 18 or 16 gauge even. But these stores didn't have 16.

          So generally, I found their selections lacking, though perhaps they can custom order for me.

          Since I am going to the trouble to get granite, I figure the sink should be top notch as well. It took me several tries until I found a faucet I like...a Delta one.... so I have hope I will find a sink.

          Thank you all again, very much!

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          1. re: TrishUntrapped

            When we got a new countertop from Home Depot, we were very unimpressed by the sink selection. We ended up going to a local plumbing supply place--waited on by an experienced person who knew exactly what we were looking for and ordered it for us, and it came within a week.

            The prices were actually better than HD or Lowes, with better service and we supported a local business to boot.

          2. I found a sink online, from the Sienna Sink company, that looks like what I want and the price is excellent. It is called the Sienna Piatto, and here is the link:
            http://www.siennasinks.com/product.ph...&

            The specs are as follows:

            Sienna Piatto™ - SS208-C:
            Double Bowl Undermount Sink w/ Center Drains

            This 8 1/2 inch deep stainless steel double bowl undermount sink would make a great addition to any kitchen or utility room. Loaded with features and at less than half of the suggested MSRP - this Sienna Sink just can't be beat!

            * Beautiful soft satin brushed finish
            * 18 gauge heavy duty certified 304 series 18/10 CrNi (Chromium Nickel) stainless steel
            * Sound dampened with sprayed sound proof coating and an additional thick rubber sound proof pad
            * Triple reinforced underpanel
            * Ships with a template and mounting hardware!

            The quality and durability of our sinks stand the test of time - all our stainless steel sinks are all SGS and CSA tested.

            This sink is in stock and will ship for free within one business day.

            The cost is just $199 including shipping. I am VERY tempted. Anyone see anything wrong here, or something that would give one pause??

            I did a google search and found one complaint from a few years ago, otherwise nothing.

            Your thoughts and gut reaction are appreciated.

            Thanks,

            Trish

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            1. re: TrishUntrapped

              I would ask this same question on the Gardenweb home forums under the Kitchen section and see what they say. The fact that you couldn't find anything with a google search other than a complaint isn't necessarily bad, but I'd say it's a reason to do more digging.

              Also check out Galaxy Tool Supply, their Ticor sinks are well-regarded for the price. They have one a lot like the one you're looking at, it's $10 more but it's made of thicker 16-gauge steel:

              http://www.galaxytoolsupply.com/produ...

              It also comes with sink grids.

              1. re: TrishUntrapped

                I bought two sinks from Sienna and love them! Saved over 300 bucks on just the large sink.

              2. We did our research on-line then ordered through a local store. We're also getting a new granite countertop and switching to an undermount. We decided on one from Blanco.
                http://www.blancoamerica.com/home.php

                1. Thanks for the tips! I have more reading and studying to do.

                  The Ticor sink looks good but doesn't have middle drains like I currently have...but I will check further to see if they have a product like that.

                  On the Blanco site there is a booklet about sinks that I just downloaded, so maybe I can understand things a little better.

                  Thanks, everyone...I'll let you know what we end up dong.

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                  1. re: TrishUntrapped

                    Trish, why not try White's Plumbing Supply in West Haven, CT. They have a great selection of stuff there. Give them a call. Rich

                    1. re: javaandjazz

                      I too, like White's Plumbing. I have bought a number of things there but not the sink. I looked at them then bought online.
                      Everyone is different but I bought a very large, ceramic, under-counter Farmer's sink. I love the dropped front and the space. I got a commercial, restaurant style of faucet to go with it. This is the high, u-shaped tube and sprayer hanging from flexible metal-clad hose. I am so glad I have this setup. I will never have a regular stainless sink again.

                      1. re: Scargod

                        I went the other way this time. I had an older cast iron sink that was ready to fall into my cabinets, it was that heavy! I have cheap older Home Depot cabinets. I went for a single stainless steel sink from Home Depot and so far I love it. It looks so much cleaner than the enameled cast iron and hardly weighs anything at all. I just "made over" my kitchen, not a complete remodel but changed the floor,counter tops,sink, faucet,some electrical work, added some wainscoting and bought some new oak furniture from Kloter farms up in Ellington, CT. Still painting the cabinets though!

                    2. re: TrishUntrapped

                      Personally, I really like having the drain hole offset towards the rear of the sink, it gives me more uninterrupted space on the bottom of the sink for washing things without worrying about blocking the drain. It also provides you with a little more usable space in the cabinet under the sink, since the garbage disposal and drain pipes are mounted further towards the back of the cabinet.

                    3. AM Royal (online merchant in New Jersey) worked just fine for me. You can order online or by phone. www.amroyal.com

                      My cooktop was double-packed and shipped (by ground) via Fedex, which allowed me to track the delivery. Above a certain weight they will use a different delivery method, but I would think a sink would be fedexed. Their communication was excellent, too. I did not pay a shipping charge. An independent local retailer refused to match their price and would have charged for delivery.

                      Home Click gets lots of good reviews on gardenweb.

                      I have friends who unfortunately used Home Depot and they had many problems with damaged deliveries. I'm sure it depends on who they are using locally for shipping.

                      I have used Lowe's but as you said, they don't always have what you want.

                      1. I had great success with "faucet.com" not faucets.com. I even bought an expensive mirror from them (they had a better price) which came in pieces. They responded immediately and took it back and sent another. I bought faucets which were very well priced. So far, so good.

                        1. If you live in the NYC area you should take a trip to Park Slope Plumbimg Supply on 5th Avenue on the corner of prospect Ave. in Brooklyn, NY. Ask for Mark. They have a slew of different style stainless teel sinks, from low price to 12" deep high end. They also have faucets such from the low price range like Kingston, Mid range like Delta and high end like Rohl. It's a great store. Plus they're right next door to Honduras Maya restaurant.

                          1. I went ahead and ordered a Ticor S205 undermount double sink from galaxytoolsupply.com. The total cost with shipping was $235.40 and it included some nice extras.

                            Reviews on the gardenweb Website were very positive for both the Ticor sinks and this online company.

                            I spent the past weekend on a tour of numerous plumbing supply/big box places looking at sinks. I did like the look of the Franke sinks that I saw, very sleek.

                            In the end, the sink I ordered is what I want as it is very similar to the one I have now and for our family, this has been a handy and useful style.

                            In a few weeks I hope the counter and sinks will be installed and I can post a photo.

                            Thanks for everyone's advice. I learned a lot about sinks!

                            1. We bought a Blanco Diamond silgranite sink from www.VidaVici.com. The price was less than from Expo (Home Depot's high end store), with shipping included. When it arrived is was damaged. I emailed them about the damage. They got back to me immediately, sent me a return shipping label, arranged to have the damaged sink pick up & shipped me a new sink - all within about a week. I highly recommend them.

                              1. My sink arrived yesterday, and it was in fine condition. We have since hired a contractor (who went to high school with my husband, so he is also a friend and someone we trust) and he said the sink is good. He is going to watch over the installation of the new granite countertop, sink, and faucet for us.

                                Again, I will take some before and after pix... hope to have the job done in a couple weeks.

                                Thanks for everyone's advice. It's been quite a learning curve.

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                                1. re: TrishUntrapped

                                  so you're probably tired of all the responses but I want to tell you that my experience w/ Ebay was fabulous. My undermount sink (sooooo many to choose from!) is terrific! Not only can you take my word for it, but the seller's feedback speaks for itself. There are several sellers that have thousands of feedback posts from buyers. My sink (double, right side a tad bit larger than left & right 9 inches deep while left 7) It was $99.00 plus $21.oo shipping. As you know, in most hardware, manufacture's stores you can't get one for under $300. they come w/ templets & some come w/ complimentary grates for both sides -- the seller I purchased from shipped the day they receieved payment if purchased before 2pm....we also purchased our GE Profile gas stove-top on Ebay. It was EXACTLY the one I wanted in all (discount appliances as well) it was approx. $800 - $900 and I bought it for $354. WOO-HOO!!! Good luck!

                                  1. re: TrishUntrapped

                                    Hello. I am currently searching for people who have bought and have experience with a Ticor sink. You seem to fit the bill after what I read on chowhound. Would you mind sharing with me how you like it after almost 2yrs time and if you have any complaints or tips. Thanks!

                                    1. re: Tara Burnette

                                      Sure, Tara,

                                      Two years in, and the Ticor sink is terrific. I really have nothing negative to say. I have a double sink, which came with racks for each side. I have not had any dents or scratches. The sink and racks are quite durable. I would say it totally lived up to expectations.

                                      1. re: TrishUntrapped

                                        That's what I needed to hear. Thank you!

                                        1. re: Tara Burnette

                                          I ordered a Ticor sink and I hate to say that I wasn't as impressed. The sink I ordered was damaged and seemed cheap. After returning it, I learned that I had to pay a 10% restocking fee. Maybe it was a bad first time, but I'm not looking to purchase anything else from them for a while.