Stainless steel kitchen sinks achieve a balance between durability, cost, and style, making them the most popular material out of all the materials for kitchen sinks. They match or contrast well with any kitchen design and are easy to maintain.
When it comes to choosing a stainless steel kitchen sink you would look at the thickness of the steel. A quality stainless steel kitchen sink would have a thickness of at least 1.2 mm (18 gauge). The lower the gauge number, the thicker the steel and the better the quality. So a 16 gauge sink is better than an 18 gauge sink. We don’t recommend getting anything thinner than 18 gauge.
Stainless steel kitchen sinks come in single, double, and even triple bowl configurations. Single bowls offer the widest workspace, but double bowls allow you to divide up tasks. Double bowls can be equal in size or have one larger and one smaller bowl. Triple bowls have two large bowls and a small one for food prep.
When picking a configuration, try to imagine how you would improve your existing configuration if you’re not already satisfied with the current one you’re using. Some people even install two single bowl sinks because they find that works best for them!
Mowa HKN33DE (33”, 16 Gauge Stainless Steel, Double Bowl, Undermount)
The first stainless steel sink we want to take a look at is the well-priced Mowa HKN33DE. It is a budget sink made of quality 16 gauge stainless steel which is why it deserves our mention. It is intended for undermounting which is why it doesn’t come with any pre-drilled faucet holes.
It has two large, equally-sized bowls at 10” deep and it has the dimensions of a standard undermount kitchen sink: 33” by 19”. If you are looking for a simple, durable, clean-looking, and good-value stainless steel undermount sink with double bowl, this is the one for you!
Primart (33”, 16 Gauge Stainless Steel, Double Bowl, Drop-In)
This Primart stainless steel kitchen sink has a similar design and build as the Mowa, except it has a drop-in mount. It is made out of 16 gauge stainless steel, has double bowls of equal size that are 10” deep, and comes with two pre-drilled holes with decorative plugs just in case you don’t use the holes. It is just as competitively-priced as the Mowa. Its dimensions are 33” by 22” by 10”, so it has a standard kitchen sink size that will fit most standard cabinets.
Ruvati RVH8001 (33″, 16 Gauge Stainless Steel, Single Bowl, Drop-In)
The Ruvati RVH8001 is a single bowl drop-in sink. It is easy to install and what makes this sink particularly great is the large, deep, squared bowl that maximizes functional space. As a drop-in sink it comes with pre-drilled holes (four to be exact) and if you don’t plan on using them all you can plug them with the stainless steel plugs that come with the sink. This sink would appeal to those looking for a quality stainless steel single bowl sink that is simple to install.
Zuhne Prato 33 (33”, 16 Gauge Stainless Steel, Single Bowl, Farmhouse)
While farmhouse sinks didn’t typically come in stainless steel versions, they do now! The Zuhne Prato 33 is a beautiful farmhouse sink (also known as apron front). It has beautiful corners that are neither too round or too squared and look great. It is a 33” sink that only needs a minimum cabinet size of 33” to install. Its dimensions are roughly 33” by 21” by 10”. The steel is beautiful, the sink is beautiful. It’s just a quality stainless steel sink that would appeal to those looking for a farmhouse style with a large bowl.
Kraus KHU100-32 (32”, 16 Gauge Stainless Steel, Single Bowl, Undermount)
Kraus makes beautiful stainless steel sinks. The KHU100-32 is a quality, single bowl, undermount sink. Its dimensions are 32” by 19” by 10” which again is quite standard for undermount sinks as it leaves rooms for installing faucets on the countertops.
The sink is deep enough to accommodate large pots and its single bowl provides lots of room to work with. It has a proprietary NoiseDefend sound dampening technology that works best to minimize garbage disposal sound from vibration and noise from the clattering of dishes. If you have granite, marble, or a solid surface countertop, an undermount stainless steel sink like this one will match very nicely.