These Durable Kitchen Sink Materials Give You The Best Bang For Your Buck

Can you count how often you go to your sink daily? Whether it's to wash a plate, rinse some produce, or drop something on the flat side, you use it a lot, and it's one of the biggest essentials in your home. Investing in a high-quality kitchen sink is a smart decision because it is a one-time purchase that offers durability and longevity. The material is a big part of what makes or breaks a sink, and stainless steel, cast iron, and granite composite are some of the top choices for your money's worth.

Sink materials have evolved over the years and have much more to offer, especially regarding style. For example, non-traditional sink materials like glass and copper can make a big design statement in spaces like the bathroom or the utility room. When it comes to the kitchen, however, durability is key, and it's risky to venture away from proven, tried-and-tested options like stainless steel, cast iron, and granite composite. These will always be reliable. 

Stainless steel

Stainless steel sinks are best known for their strength and easy maintenance. They can handle a lot of wear and tear, don't rust, and can be cleaned with just soap and water. Their antimicrobial properties also make them safe to come in contact with food. Their style is another big perk because the sleek, modern look fits any kitchen style. A stainless steel sink can cost you $200 to $500, which is affordable for a durable kitchen feature. Note that a high gauge on a stainless steel sink means it's thick and, therefore, of higher quality, so try to invest in a higher gauge.

While they're durable, it's important to know that stainless steel sinks can still scratch and dent, so be careful when dropping and dragging items on the surface. Water spots can also be a problem, so consider this and care for your stainless sink adequately, especially if you have hard water. Some things to do to keep your stainless steel sink in pristine condition are to use a stainless steel grid, clean it with the right products and processes, and avoid leaving items in it for too long.

Enamel cast iron

Enameled cast iron sinks are iron at their core but covered in a porcelain enamel coating. They are probably most famous for their glossy appearance and various design options, which look great in trendy kitchen styles like rustic or farmhouse. They can hold heavy items, withstand heat superbly, and aren't as loud as other materials when things come in contact with the surface. At a price range of $300 to $600, this durable sink material will give you the best bang for your buck — it just needs to be taken care of well.

Because they are cumbersome, they need expert handling and care during the installation process. Their top layer is also prone to cracking, chipping, and rust. Like stainless steel sinks, be careful when things come into contact with an enamel cast iron sink. To clean this sink material, you'll need a specialized cast iron cleaner that you can use only with a soft cloth or sponge to wipe and dry the surface.

Granite composite

What to know about granite composite sinks is that they are generally highly resistant and come at a good price since they aren't made from pure granite. Made from a combination of acrylic stone and resin, they can withstand scratches, stains, heat, and other types of impact very well. A granite composite sink can cost anywhere from $150 to $800 but is generally more in the $300 to $600 range, like enameled cast iron. This price range, combined with the assured durability, is good value for your money.

Two things to note are that this material won't give you the natural, unique look of actual granite and needs daily cleaning. Black granite composite sinks can show water spots, scum, and mineral deposits, while white sinks can display stains. To clean, use a mix of mild dish soap or baking soda and water and wipe with a soft sponge. There are also specialized cleaners.