Measuring the quality of a stainless steel sink involves looking at all of its various technical specifications and making an overall judgment about how good it is. A lower-quality stainless steel sink may initially be cheaper, but you will also need to pay more money in repairs than if you would have paid more initially and purchased a sink of higher quality.
Step 1 – The Thickness
Determine the thickness of the stainless steel that was used to make the sink. Thicker stainless steel sinks are of a higher quality because they will not bend or flex. Thinner stainless steel sinks will bend and flex, which can ultimately damage the sink. The thickness information for a stainless steel sink will be listed in the unit’s technical specifications.
Step 2 – The Finish
Find out what type of “finish” a stainless-steel sink has. Certain finishes make a stainless-steel sink prone to water spots, smudges and dirt which would make the sink of lower quality. Certain finishes are also more difficult to clean, or display scratches more obviously which would make your sink look old and broken. Mirror finishes also display water spots very easily. The type of finish will be listed in the technical specifications of the sink. For example, “satin polished finish” is easy to clean and is durable in that it prevents scratches. The aforementioned “mirrored finish” is another type of finish.
Step 3 – The Seal
Examine what type of material was used to “seal” your stainless-steel sink. Just because the bowel and backsplash of your sink is stainless-steel doesn’t mean all parts of it will be. The parts of a sink that connect to other pipes (like the holes for faucets, the primary drain and the sides of the sink) will have some type of material on them that acts as a sealant. This material should be foam based for the highest quality sink experience.
Step 4 – Number Of Holes
Count the number of holes in a sink and make sure they match the number of accessories you have in your kitchen. For example, some sinks will have just a hole for a water faucet and that’s it. Others will have a hole for a faucet and accessories like a spray nozzle. Make sure your stainless-steel sink is compatible with all the accessories in your kitchen.
Certain parts of a “quality” measurement are subjective. While it is possible to tell the level of quality of a sink based on things like its finish, the total number of holes the sink has is purely up to your personal preference. A high quality sink for your neighbor may only have one hole for the faucet, but if you have a spray nozzle the quality would go down accordingly.