The basics: Stainless steel kitchen sinks contain chromium and nickel, materials that make them truly stainless and resistant to rust. The sinks come in varying thicknesses: 16 gauge (thicker and higher in quality) to 22 gauge (thinner and less expensive).
Advantages: Stainless steel sinks come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and can be made very large and deep. Depending on the gauge, stainless steel's durability can stand the test of time. In fact, hot pots and pans can be loaded directly into a stainless steel kitchen sink without damaging its surface. Fragile dishes are also less likely to break when dropped into a stainless steel sink, since it's not as hard as stone. Aesthetically, these sinks allow for cohesiveness in finishes, since so many modern appliances are stainless steel.
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