Countertop Education: Choosing Your Sink Material

Whether it’s time to re-do your kitchen from top to bottom or just freshen a few things up to bring it back into style, McGrory Inc. is here to help.  Previously in our blog we’ve gone over the pros and cons of some of the more popular countertop materials and we’ve explained our most popular edge options.  Choosing your countertop material and edge are important parts in the updating process, but what good is a gorgeous new countertop without an equally fabulous sink?  Keep reading to learn a bit about your kitchen sink options.


Cast Iron

Possibly the oldest option, these sinks have been in use since the 19th century.  Because they are both stain and bacteria resistant they are a popular option.  Cast iron sinks come in plenty of color options so you’ll always be able to find one that matches your kitchen.  The downside to these sinks is that the enamel is susceptible to scratches and chips.  They don’t hold heat for extended periods either, so if that is a concern you might want to consider other options.



Often called granite sinks, composite sinks are made of a blend of acrylic polyester, granite and quartz all bound together with a man-made resin.  These sinks are lightweight and easy to install.  Unlike the cast iron sinks these do retain temperatures well and the plethora of colors will easily coordinate with your countertops.  The only downside for composites are the cleaning, which can get tricky and the possibility of chips/scratches.



Made from clay fired at extremely high temperatures these sinks resist scratches and dents very well.  Incredibly easy to clean and best of all, fireclay sinks are recyclable.  Color options for these sinks are pretty limited so if this is the material you want to use, try to integrate your countertops and sink color before choosing each.



With its natural antibacterial and rust resistant properties, copper is a highly customizable option in terms of kitchen sinks.  Not a common choice, a copper sink will make your kitchen a standout.  Be sure to choose a high quality sink that is at least 99% copper and be on the lookout for welded seams instead of soldered seams.  Copper can dent, so be careful with your new sink and always polish to treat for scratching.


Stainless Steel

Stainless steel sinks are easily the most popular option on the market.  The heat and stain resistant qualities coupled with the choices in size and style make them do-able for any kitchen.  The biggest complaint with stainless steel is the visibility of watermarks.  Stainless sinks can get a little loud when doing the dishes too.


Solid Surface

If you’re looking for a smooth and streamlined aesthetic that matches your countertops perfectly, a solid surface sink is the choice for you.  Solid surfaces are incredibly easy to clean and the qualities that make them great choices for countertops translate directly to sinks.  Some solid surface materials can show scratches, so double check with the pros at McGrory Inc. before choosing your sink material.