Q: I’m looking to replace my drop-in kitchen sink with a stainless steel sink. Many of the sinks have a gauge number. Please explain the meaning of gauge numbers and what you look for in a stainless steel sink.
A: To get everyone up to speed, a drop-in or top-mount sink refers to a sink you place into the existing countertop opening. Stainless steel kitchen sinks are relatively light, making them a nice choice for replacing existing top-mounted kitchen sinks.
First, find one with an attractive brushed finish that is scratch-resistant.
Second, check for sink bowls with engineered sound absorption technology.
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Finally, look for a solidly constructed sink. Gauge numbers may help with this.
Stainless sinks with lower gauge numbers can be a little thicker than sinks with higher gauge numbers, and that’s the thin and thick of it.