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There’s no doubt about it: stainless steel is a popular choice for today’s kitchens, from refrigerators and stoves to kitchen sinks, and for good reason. This classic material is not only practical, it’s also extremely versatile. While stainless steel sinks’ neutral color and sleek looks complement a wide range of kitchen styles, they’re most at home in contemporary and transitional spaces.

Why stainless steel sinks?

They're durable.

Stainless steel sinks live up to their name: they are incredibly resistant to staining and rust. Hot pans won’t hurt them, and they’re less likely than harder materials such as stone or fireclay to damage delicate dishware that may slip from your grip.

Our Undertone® Preserve Series feature a unique scratch-resistant layer that offers added protection from everyday wear and tear.

They’re easy to clean.

Most stainless steel sinks just need a quick wipe down with a sponge at least once a week. If your sink should need a more thorough cleaning, here are some tips and products to consider.

Some models come with cool extras.

Select Vault™ sinks and all of our Strive™ sinks include accessories like bottom bowl racks to help prevent scratching, a divider dishcloth bar and a divider utility shelf for scrubbers and sponges.

There's a huge selection.

Kohler has more than 120 different stainless steel sink shapes, sizes and designs available in a range of prices. With so many to choose from, you’ll want to think about how you work in the kitchen to help you narrow down your choices.

Which one’s right for you?

When making a decision on a stainless steel sink, you’ll want to consider the same factors you would for choosing any kitchen sink, including installation type, number of bowls and desired features. Here's how you can narrow your sink choices:

  • If you have a dishwasher and you use it for almost everything except pots and pans, you’ll likely want to consider a single-bowl sink or a sink with a low divider that can accommodate larger items.
  • If you wash most of your dishes by hand, you’ll likely want two bowls.

What’s your prep and cleanup workflow?

  • Think about the placement of your prep space and dishwasher when choosing your bowl configuration. Do you work from left to right?

Should you choose a fabricated or a drawn stainless steel sink?

Fabricated sinks are made by bending and welding the stainless steel to form it into geometric angles to provide more space for dishes. The steel is often thicker, and these sinks are priced higher accordingly.

A drawn, or molded, stainless steel sink is made by pressing the steel over a mold, so there are no seams. These rounded bowl sinks are smooth and easy to clean.

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