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Pros and Cons of Acrylic Sinks

Kathy Adams

Acrylic sinks give you an affordable alternative to metals, porcelain or stone, but they scratch easily and do not hold up well to extreme heat.

Before settling on one type of sink over another, weigh its long-term benefits and drawbacks compared to its cost. While an acrylic sink costs less than many other types, it can be damaged easily by common household chemicals as well as by heat sources such as hot pans and hair-styling irons.

Acrylic Sink Benefits

Acrylic serves as a less expensive alternative to stainless steel, porcelain or granite kitchen and bathroom sinks. It won't stain easily, because it's non-porous, so cleanup is fairly simple as long as it is rinsed and wiped clean regularly. Acrylic is also repairable if it gets scratched. Because acrylic sinks are formed in a mold, they're available in a wide variety of styles, shapes and colors.

Acrylic Sink Drawbacks

Acrylic scratches quite easily, so you must use care when handling sharp items such as scissors or knives near the sink. Even gentle abrasives and abrasive cleansers may scratch an acrylic sink, so you need to be extra careful when cleaning acrylic. Chemicals such as drain cleaners can severely damage acrylic; even some petroleum-based products may damage the material. Hot temperatures are also an issue with acrylic sinks. A hot pot or pan left in or on the sink can damage the acrylic. Hair-styling tools such as flat irons and curling irons most likely will burn the sink if the hot portions of the iron rest on the acrylic.