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Single Basin Stainless Sink - best choice?

Stan B
7 years ago

I am looking for a single basin stainless sink to put in a standard 36" base cabinet. I've only lived in houses with Kohler cast iron sinks all my life (all manufactured before the mid 90s so a different product than is available today).

Desired features:

- we would really like a 16 gauge with a finish that will develop a patina so that it looks well used over time not just a bunch of scratches (if you know what I mean). Should I be looking for polished, brushed, or satin?

- drain location. We are getting a pull down faucet. If the drain is rear/center or even center/center will the disposal and plumbing interfere with the pull down hose so maybe a left or right offset is better?

- sloped enough to drain water (not puddle)

- sound deadening - pads vs coating?

- accessories are fun but not mandatory. We do not want a drain board.

I've looked at Kohler, Franke, Julien, Elkay, Blanco, Kraus, CreateGood and a few more. Reviews are hit and miss: for the same sink some people complain about excessive scratching and not draining, others say it is not an issue. Or reviews are non-existent.

Any suggestions for me?

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