There are seemingly endless options of sink choices. Selecting the one for you may seem exhausting after having already made an almost dizzying array of design decisions for your new kitchen. There are 3 main categories for kitchen sinks; stainless steel, composite, and cast iron. Read on to learn about each sink and the pros and cons of each type.

Option 1: Stainless Steel

Stainless steel sinks have been around since the 1930’s, and are known for their uncompromising durability. They are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and their neutral steel material will go with almost any décor.


  • Durable; heat and stain resistant and will not chip or crack
  • Low Maintenance
  • Inexpensive


  • Scratches Easily
  • No Color Options
  • Can Show Water Spots

Option 2: Quartz or Granite Composite

Composite sinks are created with granite or quartz powders and resins and are known for their attractive colors and durability. They are available in several neutral colors which will compliment any décor.


  • Variety of Colors
  • Scratch and Chip Resistant
  • Water Spots are Less Visible


  • More Expensive Than Stainless Steel
  • Only Available in a Matte Finish
  • Require Regular Maintenance

Option 3: Cast Iron

Cast Iron sinks are the most durable sinks on the market. The baked-on enamel finish has a rich luster and is available in a wide palette of designer colors.


  • Rich Finish Available in Multiple Colors
  • Wide Variety of Styles and Configurations
  • Extremely Durable; Won’t Crack or Dent


  • More Expensive Than Stainless Steel and Composite
  • Require Additional Supports Due to Their Immense Weight

Bottom Line: There is no perfect sink, so prioritizing your top needs for your new sink will help you narrow down your selections and pick the best sink for your lifestyle and budget.

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