Sinks and Faucets. Tuesday , February 06th , 2018 - 09:06:47 AM
There are many kitchen sink materials to choose from, including stainless-steel, enameled cast iron, fireclay, quartz silicate and solid surface. A high-quality, 18-gauge stainless-steel sink will take a lot of abuse. Enameled cast iron has endless options for shiny colors. Solid surface or quartz silicate is better at resisting scratches. Solid fireclay is just as durable, but limited in regard to color choices.
Pull-out faucets — spouts with sprayers attached — reach anywhere in a two- or even three-bowl sink, fill large stockpots, coffeemakers, and buckets outside the sink, and can replace a separate side sprayer. Look for one that extends 20 to 24 inches. Pull-down spray faucets let you adjust the water flow, choosing between an aerated stream and a spray. Some offer a second, more powerful spray setting for intense cleaning.
Some sinks are available with "tile-in" edges. Designed to mount flush with a tiled surface, they offer a built-in, grouted sink edge. Self-rimming, drop-in sinks work well with any countertop material but have a raised lip that may, depending on the sink material you choose, interfere with cleaning.
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