Stainless steel is the most popular and typically the least expensive sink option. Look for sinks made from 18- to 20-gauge steel. The lower the gauge, the heavier and more durable the steel. The chrome and nickel content of the steel also affects quality. The ideal combination of nickel and chrome is 18% chromium and 8% nickel; the chrome adds strength and the nickel prevents corrosion.
- Complements commercial-style appliances.
- Can be molded as a continuous part of a stainless steel countertop.
- Won't chip.
- Easy cleanup.
- Will show scratches, though over time it will develop a natural patina.
- Thinner gauge steels have a tinny sound and dent more easily.