What do you get when you pay top dollar for a kitchen or bathroom sink? Despite the hype, sink prices have little to do with performance. We also found that the manufacturer isn’t as important as the material.

Focus on the material. Our tests showed that the material is more important than the manufacturer. Similar materials performed similarly across brands, so we based our evaluations of sinks entirely on materials.

Top 10 Kitchen Sinks

Bestseller No. 1
Sarlai Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink STS3322R1 33x22 Inch Ledge Drop-in Topmount 16 Gauge R10 Tight...
3 Reviews
Sarlai Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink STS3322R1 33x22 Inch Ledge Drop-in Topmount 16 Gauge R10 Tight...
  • indestructible construction: Dent-resistant T304 stainless steel in TRU16 real 16-gauge for superior strength...
  • Save space:Ledges on the front and back provide a track,The track provides us with more space to use. It can...
Bestseller No. 2
Kraus KHU100-30 Kitchen Sink, 30 Inch, Stainless Steel
668 Reviews
Kraus KHU100-30 Kitchen Sink, 30 Inch, Stainless Steel
  • INDESTRUCTIBLE CONSTRUCTION: Dent-resistant T304 stainless steel in TRU16 real 16-gauge (always 1.5mm thick)...
  • COMMERCIAL GRADE SATIN FINISH: Resilient and easy to clean, corrosion and rust-resistant; matches most kitchen...
Bestseller No. 3
Kraus Standart PRO 32-inch 16 Gauge Undermount Single Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink, KHU100-32
503 Reviews
Kraus Standart PRO 32-inch 16 Gauge Undermount Single Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink, KHU100-32
  • INDESTRUCTIBLE CONSTRUCTION: Dent-resistant T304 stainless steel in TRU16 real 16-gauge (always 1.5mm thick)...
  • COMMERCIAL GRADE SATIN FINISH: Resilient and easy to clean, corrosion and rust-resistant; matches most kitchen...
Bestseller No. 4
KRAUS KCA-1200 Ellis Kitchen Combo Set with 33-inch 16 Gauge Undermount Kitchen Sink and Bolden...
21 Reviews
KRAUS KCA-1200 Ellis Kitchen Combo Set with 33-inch 16 Gauge Undermount Kitchen Sink and Bolden...
  • KITCHEN COMBO SET INCLUDES: Double bowl sink, commercial pull-down faucet, custom-fit stainless steel bottom...
  • SMART LOW DIVIDER provides the spaciousness of a single bowl sink with the functionality of a double bowl....
Bestseller No. 5
Kraus KGD-433B 33 1/2 inch Dual Mount 50/50 Double Bowl Black Onyx Granite Kitchen Sink
182 Reviews
Kraus KGD-433B 33 1/2 inch Dual Mount 50/50 Double Bowl Black Onyx Granite Kitchen Sink
  • PREMIUM GRANITE COMPOSITE: Ultra-durable material made from 80% natural quartz for the look and feel of real...
  • RICH NON-FADING COLOR: UV-stable material offers a rich and consistent hue that will not discolor over time
Bestseller No. 6
Kraus KTM33 33 inch Topmount 50/50 Double Bowl 18 gauge Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink
137 Reviews
Kraus KTM33 33 inch Topmount 50/50 Double Bowl 18 gauge Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink
  • #1 IN QUALITY & VALUE: Made from Heavy-Duty T-304 Stainless Steel, Ideal for All Home Improvement Projects &...
  • LIFELONG FUNCTIONALITY: Durable & Dent-Resistant 18-Gauge Construction Protects Against Damage from Daily Use
Bestseller No. 8
Ruvati 32-inch Low-Divide 50/50 Double Bowl Undermount 16 Gauge Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink –...
271 Reviews
Ruvati 32-inch Low-Divide 50/50 Double Bowl Undermount 16 Gauge Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink –...
  • 16 Gauge thick premium T-304 grade stainless steel (18/10 Chromium/Nickel) | Heavy duty soundguard padding and...
  • Unique low divide design: divider between two bowls in 3" lower, giving you extra clearance when you are...
Bestseller No. 9
Ruvati 32-inch Workstation Ledge Undermount 16 Gauge Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink Single Bowl -...
341 Reviews
Ruvati 32-inch Workstation Ledge Undermount 16 Gauge Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink Single Bowl -...
  • WORKSTATION sink with single-tier track - Overhanging lips on the front and back act as a track for sliding...
  • 16 GAUGE Premium T-304 Grade Stainless Steel (18/10 Chromium/Nickel) will never rust or stain | Commercial...
Bestseller No. 10
Franke EDDB33229-1 Granite Double Bowl Kitchen Sink, One Size, Mocha
27 Reviews
Franke EDDB33229-1 Granite Double Bowl Kitchen Sink, One Size, Mocha
  • Double bowl sink with 3.5 inch drain opening
  • Granite material construction in mocha finish

Kitchen Sinks

You may not cook every day, but is there ever a day when you don’t use your sink? We subjected more than 20 double-bowl sinks from major manufacturers to a barrage of hot pots, scouring pads, dropped weights, and stains. The results of our sinks tests:

Stainless: Gauge Doesn’t Matter
More people buy stainless-steel kitchen sinks than any other type. We tested 18-to-23-gauge sinks; the lower the gauge, the thicker the steel. We also listened to the noise made by running water and dropped weights. We found the gauge had little to do with performance and sinks with sound-absorbing pads, placed on the exterior’s bottom and sides, were quieter than those with a spray coating.

Enamel: Colorful and Easy to Clean
These sinks, sold in two versions (enamel-on-cast-iron or lighter, less expensive enamel-on-steel), are available in many colors and are easy to clean. Our hot pot test didn’t damage them, but when we dropped a 5-pound weight, similar to dropping a heavy pot, enamel-on-steel sinks chipped or cracked. Enamel-on-cast iron chipped when we dropped a sharp, light object, similar to a knife, on them. Damaged enamel can cause the metal underneath to rust. Acrylic sinks might look like enamel but they scratch more easily and heat can be damaging—our hot pot melted the surface.

Solid Surface: Sleek and Seamless
These sinks can be paired with counters made of the same material for a seamless look. In our tests, high heat and dropping a sharp, light object, similar to a knife, damaged solid surfacing.

Count Inches
Double-bowl sinks let you soak a pot in one bowl while you rinse in the other. Just be sure that at least one of the bowls is wide enough to fit large pots or roasters. Sinks that are rectangular shaped are standard; D-bowls has a curved back and offers more space, front to back.

Think About Depth
Bowls are usually 6 to 12 inches deep. The deeper ones reduce splashes, but depending on your height you may find it uncomfortable to reach the bottom of a very deep sink. Remember that under-mounted sinks will be up to 1 ½ inches lower than a top-mounted.

Features

The sink’s material is the main factor that will determine how well it will stand up to everyday use. Some materials are sturdier than others, but most have some drawbacks. Here are the materials to consider.

Enamel Over Cast Iron or Steel
These materials come in many colors and are easy to clean. In our tests of kitchen sinks neither enameled cast iron nor enameled steel suffered any damage in our hot pot and scouring tests, but when we dropped a 5-pound weight, similar to dropping a heavy pot, on enameled-steel sinks they chipped or cracked. Enameled cast iron chipped when we dropped a sharp, light object similar to a knife.

Stainless Steel
This is the most popular material for kitchen sinks and it’s becoming more popular in the bathroom. It tops both our Ratings of kitchen and bath sinks. Stainless steel comes in different thicknesses or gauges. While thicker metal typically costs more, gauge made little difference in our tests.

Solid Surfacing
A skillful fabricator can integrate a solid-surface kitchen or bathroom sink with a countertop made of the same material for a sleek, seamless effect. Solid surfacing resisted stains, but the heat was a problem. A hot pot and a hot curling iron marred the sinks.

Acrylic
It may look like enamel, but scratches more easily, and a hot pot melted the surface and a hot curling iron left a visible mark.

Glass
Believe it or not, a tempered glass bathroom sink can take a beating. Drain cleaner, nail-polish remover, and other tough staining agents didn’t leave a mark on the glass sinks we tested. But the sinks shattered into small shards when we dropped a pointed 2.5-ounce dart from a height of 20 inches, similar to what could happen if a pair of scissors or nail clippers fell out of your medicine cabinet.

Fireclay
This material offers a choice of colors. It withstood stains, scouring, and heat in both our kitchen and bath sink tests, but resisting chips and cracks from dropped objects was a challenge. In our kitchen sink tests, the fireclay cracked severely when we dropped a 5-pound weight on it, similar to dropping a pot. Our tests of bathroom sinks found that pointed darts, weighing only 2.5 ounces, chipped the fireclay.

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