Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Stainless Steel Sink Buying Guide

Your Sink. Your Style.

Whether you're peeling veggies, filling a stock pot or just washing your hands, you spend more time at your kitchen sink than in any other area in your kitchen. So choosing a stainless steel sink isn't a decision you should make on a whim.

Our featured manufacturer, Moen, offers a growing selection of quality stainless steel sinks in four distinct lines - Lancelot Professional®, Lancelot®, Camelot® and Excalibur®. All deliver exceptionally quiet service thanks to the state-of-the-art sound-deadening properties of our SoundShield undercoating. With more than 50 models to choose from in a broad range of shapes, sizes, and configurations, how do you decide which one is right for you?
As you browse through this guide, envision your kitchen and the way you intend to use it. Look for featured sinks that match each type of kitchen shown, and consider the highlighted features for each design. Plus, check out the handy design tips found throughout the guide to ensure your sink choice works with your space and your budget.
Visit our Moen Faucets and Moen Sinks brand pages to view the entire Moen Collection.

Professional Style
From restaurant-grade appliances to custom cabinets, you want your kitchen to make a bold impression. Kitchens have expanded in the last few years and they have opened up to entertaining guests. That means style has become important since the kitchen is more visible to guests and that means kitchen sinks and faucets have upgrade to professional style or grade. When your kitchen has the capability to cater a party for 100 people, you need a sink with enough impact in size and style to command attention among the other industrial elements in your kitchen.

Features you might like:

  • A square sink is well-suited to the look of commercial appliances.
  • In addition to offering a chic, international design element, a sink with zero-radius (angled) corners maximizes usable bowl area and makes it easier to clean.
  • SoundSHIELD undercoating provides state-of-the-art sound-deadening for years of quiet performance.
Tip: When placing your sink, the National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends at least 24" of countertop on one side of the sink and a minimum of 18" on the other.
Sinks to consider

Gourmet Cooking Station

You love to cook, and you prepare nearly all of your meals at home. From fresh vegetable omelets to three-course dinners featuring roasted duck breast with orange glaze, your kitchen runs on a full-time basis - which makes for plenty of clean-up. Be sure to put durable construction and plenty of room for dishes high on your wish list.

Features you might like:
  • Look for at least one 10" deep bowl to accomodate large pots and pans.

  • Heavier-gauge steel will provide long-lasting durability - the lower the number, the thicker the steel.
  • Drain holes that are located closer to the rear of the sink maximize work space within the bowl.
Tip: Combing an undermount sink with a high-arc faucet will make it even easier to access the sink and clean awkward items such as baking sheets.

Sinks to consider:

Gathering Space
You want a kitchen that allows you to stay connected to what's happening in other rooms of your home as well as a place where people gather to share conversation. The kitchen is now becoming the gathering place for when guests first arrive at your house. Maybe it is where you start the night with appetizers and a glass of wine before moving into the living room or dining room. This open-access floor plan essentially turns your kitchen into another living room, so you'll want a sink that blends into your decor, and not one that distracts from it.

Features you might like:
  • For added convenience, consider adding a secondary sink to allow several people to work simultaneously. Or use your additional sink as a beverage center.
  • Undermount sink installation provides a sleek, understated look that allows your countertops to shine.

  • D-shaped bowls have a gently rounded shape that is easier to clean.
Tip: Controlling sound is important when your kitchen is open to adjacent rooms. Moen SoundSHIELD coating will dampen noise caused by dishes and vibrations.

Sinks to consider:

Compact Functionality

If you don't have an abundance of square footage to work with in your kitchen, then it's important to make the room work as efficiently as possible. You have to maximize your space the best you can. When space is at a premium, even your choice of sink can help you keep things running smoothly with style. Think flexibility. Think in all dimensions. Size may be limited, but creative use of space is not is not limited.

Features you might like:
  • Extra mounting holes can accommodate useful accessories such as a soap dispenser or instant hot water tap.
  • Attach your garbage disposal to a shallow bowl to maintain maximum storage space in the cabinet below.
  • Double bowls let you accomplish different tasks in one location (rinse veggies in one bowl, place dishes in another)
Tip: Keep in mind that a wide sink will reduce your available counter space. The National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends a linear total of 158" of countertop.

Sinks to consider:

You want your kitchen to look great, but you have to stretch your budget to cover everything on your wish list. With Moen Sinks, you won't have to sacrifice quality to get a stainless steel sink you'll love for years.

Features you might like:

  • Drop-in sinks are easier and less expensive to install
  • A low-profile lip will trap less dirt where the sink rest on your counter
Tip: Look for a longer spout reach when pairing your faucet to a multiple bowl sink. Better yet, consider a faucet that features a pullout so you can easily rinse out your sink.

Sinks to consider:

Determine the mounting options on your sink.

  • Faucets are measured by the distance between mounting holes, center-to-center.

  • Most two-handle kitchen faucets are 8-inch centers, while bar faucets are 4-inch centers.
  • If you chose a single-hole mount faucet, extra holes can be covered by a deckplate or used for accessories such as a soap/lotion dispenser.

  • Undermount sinks allow unlimited flexibility with faucet position.

For Tips on cleaning and maintaining stainless steel kitchen sinks read our article titled 5 Tips for Maintaining Stainless Steel Sinks.


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