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Stainless Steel Vs. Cast Iron Sink

Having a good kitchen sink greatly benefits any home for a number of reasons. Whether used for cooking or cleaning, a long-lasting sink makes for a great investment. The choice between a stainless steel sink or a cast iron one depends on several factors.

Cost

Sinks are essential kitchen components

A stainless steel sink could cost anywhere from $300 to $800, while a cast iron sink starts in the same range and goes up to $1,500.

Maintenance

Stainless steel sinks live up to their name and do not show any signs of stains, making cleaning them very easy. And while cast iron sinks are made of a non-porous material that is helpful in cleaning, they are susceptible to staining.

Durability

Cast iron sinks are known for lasting a long time without showing signs of dents or cracks. Stainless steel sinks are also durable, but are more prone to denting than cast iron.

Appearance

Since cast iron sinks are used in older homes, they have a more traditional look, while stainless steel sinks come with a more modern look.

Considerations

Because of the heavy weight of cast iron, installation can prove difficult. Furthermore, there is an increased risk for rust in cast iron models.

About the Author

Spencer Hendricks has written for various well-regarded blogs. His work has appeared in the "Kickapoo Prairie News" and online at sprayahen.com and Spencer Vs. The Food Industry. He is currently in the process of obtaining a degree in Web development.

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