Pros and Cons of Stainless Steel Sinks

Stainless steel sinks have been around for decades, and for good reason, they are durable, affordable, and easy to keep clean. Depending on your décor, the only thing comparable in a higher end home is granite composite sinks. However, the stainless steel sink has weathered the test of time and does not ever seem to go out of style. Here are some of the pros and cons of stainless steel sinks:  

The Pros

More expensive than porcelain, cheaper than granite – A good value for the price.

Steel sinks are more affordable than sinks that are made from other material such as granite composite sinks. While the cost of stainless steel sinks vary depending on the thickness of the steel, they will last forever, making them a great mid-priced option.


Stainless steel sinks retain their shine for years and better quality sinks do not dent easily. The steel surface can take the most strenuous scrubs and heaviest dishes. Staining liquids won’t discolor it either. And of course, they never tarnish or rust. In addition, the surface is sanitary since it deflects harmful bacteria from accumulating. Its non-porous surface is easy to clean and keep clean.


Stainless steel sinks are the neutral element for any granite countertop, meaning they match every color or style of kitchen from modern to contemporary. They are the most versatile of any sink option and easily match most stainless steel kitchen appliances too, creating a uniformity of all appliances in the kitchen.

The Cons

Of course, stainless steel sinks might not be everyone’s favorite option and here is why –

Lack of Variety

Stainless steel will probably come up short if you are looking for accents that complement your high-end kitchen’s specific décor. Such customers often choose granite composite sinks for high end décor for this very reason. Stainless steel is available in a variety of bowl styles. However, a stainless steel sink will always be just that; stainless steel.


Crash and Bang

Stainless steel sinks are not the quietest kitchen feature. Dishes or other items dropped in a stainless steel sink can be loud, even with the dampening pads placed underneath that come standard with higher end models. This makes them nosier than porcelain or granite composite sinks.

Susceptible to Scratching

While stainless steel sinks are durable, they do tend to scratch if abrasive cleansers are used. You might notice tiny scratches on an older stainless steel sink if you look closely. Most stainless steel varieties have a grain or pattern to them. The pattern can become unsightly if the sink is rubbed with an abrasive against the pattern of the metal.  In addition, water droplets in hard water areas that are left to dry will also leave calcium deposits. They are easily visible too, which means that stainless steel looks best if they are wiped dry.

While new technologies in granite sink composites are quickly making them a leading contender, stainless steel sinks are still more affordable and are a viable option for the homeowner on a budget. In addition, they are neutral enough to accommodate any type of kitchen décor. For these reasons, they will likely never go out of style and continue to be a good choice for many kitchen remodels.

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