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The numbers on stainless steel kitchen sinks

Time to trash the kitchen sink? Then it’s time to learn what gauge numbers mean.
Time to trash the kitchen sink? Then it’s time to learn what gauge numbers mean. along@kcstar.com

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.

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.

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