16 Gauge Vs. 18 Gauge Stainless Steel Sinks

Stainless Steel Sinks

Stainless steel is one of the top choices for kitchen sinks for many reasons. It has a clean look, matches other stainless appliances, often the least expensive option, is highly corrosion and bacteria resistant, and very durable; making it easy to clean and maintain. Stainless steel is certainly one of the best metals on the market, and you can learn more on our mild steel flat bar webpage. Absolute offers 18/10-16 gauge stainless steel sinks to complement our beautiful granite or other countertop surfaces. Click here to view the best stainless steel sink for 2019.

What Is The Gauge Number?

18/10 also known as Type 304, refers to the percentage of chromium and nickel in the steel. For example, 18/10 stainless has 18% chromium and 10% nickel. The chromium bonds oxygen to the surface of the product to prevent the iron in steel from oxidizing (rusting). Nickel also adds to this corrosion resistance. I hear that copper kitchen sinks are currently all the rage as well, something work considering.

Gauge is the standard unit of measure for sheet steel and wire products. The lower the number, the thicker the steel. Therefore, 16 gauge is thicker than 18 gauge steel. The reason we promote using 16 gauge steel for your sinks versus 18 gauge is 16 is more rigid. You will hear the difference between these two thicknesses when you drop a knife or other utensil in the sink. The thinner steel will be louder and higher pitched, whereas the 16 gauge will be a lower pitch and substantially quieter when struck.

With a sharp enough object, stainless steel can still scratch. Luckily, stainless sinks can be refinished with a stiff nylon brush and a product called Barkeeper’s Friend.

Interested In Adding A Stainless Steel Sink To Your Kitchen?

To learn more about why you should get your 16 gauge Stainless Steel sinks at Absolute, we invite you to contact us today! Our professional staff looks forward to assisting you with your next project.


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