Kraus is a well-known brand in the kitchen sink industry, and the Kraus Standart PRO 30-Inch 16-Gauge Undermount Single Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink upholds its reputation. Constructed of industrial-grade, T304 16-gauge stainless steel with a commercial-grade satin finish, it resists corrosion and denting. With ample outer dimensions (30 inches wide by 18 inches front to back by 10 inches deep), this single-basin model accommodates large pots and pans as well as piles of dishes. While users may not love washing the dishes, many loved the roominess and depth that makes doing dishes and working over the sink more convenient.
Speaking of the floor, it slopes gently toward a drain hole that's positioned closer to the back of the sink in order to provide more usable space. Kitchen Faucet Guides noted that the sink has "superior drainage [so] water won't stagnate inside the KHU100-30." The drainage received mixed reviews from Amazon customers, some disapproving ("you have to spend a little extra time [effort and water] to wash food particles down the drain") and some approving ("I saw several reviewers complain that it doesn't drain well, but that has not been my experience. With a quick rinse around the edges everything flows right down the drain leaving little standing water." What people do like with this sink overall, and especially with its round corners, is that the Kraus Standart PRO 30-Inch 16-Gauge Undermount Single Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink is pretty easy to clean.
Another asset is the NoiseDefend technology, which consists of extra-thick pads that cover more than 80% of the sink for added sound and temperature insulation. Healthy Kitchen 101 named this model its top pick and praised the sink's superior soundproofing, which means that you won't hear much noise when running the water or garbage disposal. The undermount comes ready for installation in a 33-inch-minimum sink cabinet, including mounting hardware, a cutout template, and instructions. Some Amazon users described installation as "easy," but many had theirs professionally installed.
The single-bowl Ruvati 33-Inch by 22-Inch Tirana Drop-in Stainless Steel Sink is lovely and large. Its T304 16-gauge stainless-steel single bowl with a satin finish is 10 inches deep, 31 inches (interior)/33 inches (exterior) wide, and 18 inches (interior)/22 inches (exterior) front to back. Many Amazon reviewers praised its spaciousness, sturdiness, and beautiful appearance. One went so far as to say, "It makes the manual dish washing experience a breeze."
Included are a basket strainer for the drain and a grid you put on the sink's floor to protect it from being scratched. A few Amazon users worried that the grid itself would scratch the floor. Like most stainless-steel sinks, the Ruvati 33-Inch by 22-Inch Tirana Drop-in Stainless Steel Sink does scratch a bit. The floor itself slopes slightly for the water to drain, although it could slope even more, conceded Amazon reviewers who "use the sprayer to assist the drainage of food particles, but that issue is partly due to the zero [sharp] corners — a worthwhile trade-off for more space." Another wrote, "The sharp corners and flat bottom do lead to slower drainage. We have to spend a little more time spraying water to get the food debris down the drain but it is worth it."
The Ruvati 33-Inch by 22-Inch Tirana Drop-in Stainless Steel Sink is insulated with thick sound-guard padding and undercoating, which effectively dampens noise from things like faucet water hitting the bottom or the garbage disposal). This top-mount model comes with a cutout template, mounting clips, and an installation guide. It has four pre-drilled holes for faucet and soap dispenser installation. Don't worry if you don't use all four holes; three holes have steel plugs. Drop-in models are good for DIYers and so is this one, although many reviewers suggest professional installation for most kitchen sinks.
Internationally recognized German manufacturer Blanco produces high-quality sinks, and the Blanco Performa Cascade Super Single Bowl is no exception. Many of this brand's models earned accolades; we decided to focus on the Blanco Performa Cascade Super Single Bowl because, in addition to positive reviews, it has a less-common feature: a low divider that separates the large basin (33 inches wide by 19 inches front to back) into two sections.
A ledge that's half as tall as the bowl's depth acts as a border between a lower main part (18 inches wide by 17.5 inches front to back by 10 inches deep) and a raised part (12 inches wide by 17.5 inches front to back by 7.75 inches deep). You can perch the included mesh colander atop when washing fruits and veggies. The Blanco Performa Cascade combines the benefits of single- and double-basin sinks. On one hand, you can fill the lower side with water and use it independent of the raised section as if you had a double-bowl sink. On the other hand, if you need more room for large pans or wide serving plates just keep filling it until the water overflows the divider and — voilÀ — you've converted the sink to a broader single bowl. One Amazon reviewer noted, "It's nice to have the full size for washing large items and the little shelf for thawing items or placing soap holder."
The sink's single drain is in the large section's upper right corner just next to the ledge; this positioning provides ample uninterrupted floor space in the large section as well as easy emptying of liquids dripping from the small ledge, which is convenient for drying veggies and thawing meat. The Blanco Performa Cascade drains well.
Made of the brand's "Silgranit," a composite that's 80% solid granite, this sink is very durable and stands up to years of use. It's easy to clean and is scratch- and dirt-resistant. A Great Sink, which named it "Budget Choice" among best granite sinks, likes that it can "handle citric things like lemon, vinegar … for cooking or cleaning purpose" as well as tea-, coffee-, and red-wine stains. The Blanco Performa Cascade withstands heat up 536°F, and Best Kitchen Faucets Hub pointed out the sink's versatility in that you can slice citric fruit over it and also put a hot pan on the sink floor without worrying.
This elegant sink is available in eight rich colors: anthracite, biscotti, biscuit, café brown, cinder, truffle, metallic gray, and white. A cutout template and clips are included for undermount installation into a 36-inch-minimum sink cabinet. Among more than 75 Amazon reviewers — most who had the Blanco Performa Cascade professionally installed — this model earned 4.3 out of 5 stars.
Pros: Beautiful appearance, durability, a ledge that makes the sink a hybrid of single- and double-bowl models
Cons: Drain not included, pricey but expected for granite sinks, can chip and stain
Made of industrial grade 16-gauge stainless steel with a satin finish, the Zuhne Genoa 32 Undermount Double Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink is sturdy yet streamlined and striking. As a 50/50 double-bowl model, this sink has two equal-sized and side-by-side basins, each 14.5 inches wide by 17 inches front to back by 10 inches deep. The sink's overall exterior size is 32 inches wide by 19 inches front to back by 10 inches deep. Users really like that the bowls are deep, which makes them great for storing (and hiding) piles of dirty dishes and containing splashing water.
The Zuhne Genoa 32's stainless steel walls and floor are 25% thicker and heavier than comparable products and thus resistant to dents, scratches, and corrosion. Amazon users confirmed this (especially regarding resistance to dents), but some found that the sink still scratched easily. The sink comes with two grids that can help prevent scratches.
Each bowl has its own drain hole, positioned not in the center but toward the back wall to allow for more floor space; this way, when you put items down in the sink, you are less likely to cover the drain holes. The floor slopes to drain the water quickly and well. Only a few Amazon users noted that they wished the floor were graded or sloped even more for better draining and preventing standing water. Two stainless steel basket strainers are included.
The Zuhne Genoa 32 is easy to clean and wipe down. It is has thick insulation to absorb sound. One Amazon reviewer wrote that you won't hear "clatter when putting dishes in" the sink. The insulation also mitigates temperature changes that lead to condensation, which can damage the sink's cabinet.
This undermount sink comes with mounting hardware and a template; most people had it professionally installed. Both Kitchen Gear Zone and BestPickest ranked the Zuhne Genoa 32 second among their tops picks. KitBibb ("Your Ultimate Kitchen Guide") named it "Best Double Bowl Kitchen Sink." Of more than 175 Amazon reviewers, 82% awarded it 5 out of 5 stars.
Pros: Great price, convenient double-bowl design, heavy-duty quality
The front apron and interior are strong, durable, and dent-resistant (even for one reviewer with three young kids). As expected with stainless steel sinks, this model can get scratched; some owners said the scratches inside this huge, heavy-duty basin usually aren't very noticeable, at least less so than scratches on the front. This sink comes with a grid to help protect the floor from getting scratched, a three-piece basket strainer set, and a Kraus kitchen towel.
Deep and spacious, the Kraus Standart PRO 33-Inch 16-Gauge Single Bowl Stainless Steel Farmhouse Kitchen Sink is 33 inches wide, 20.75 inches front to back, and 10 inches deep on the outside and 30 inches wide, 16 inches front to back, 10 inches deep on the inside. You can easily stand tall pots and lay cookie sheets in this sink. Amazon reviewers marveled at the sink's roominess with one noting that it "fits a two-and-a-half year-old and an eight-month-old … for a bath." If you do this, just remember to keep a close eye on the little tykes and clean out the sink well afterwards.
Speaking of cleaning, this sink is pretty easy to clean. The Kraus Standart PRO 33-Inch 16-Gauge Single Bowl Stainless Steel Farmhouse Kitchen Sink has grooves that direct water toward the drain. Some Amazon reviewers thought the sink drained well while others were less effusive, describing it as "a little flat on the inside so food particles get easily stuck and don't float down the drain. So you need to make sure to rinse it well." If you want to save water, then use your hand to push debris and water toward the drain. The drain hole is positioned toward the back of the sink instead of the center, creating more floor workspace in the sink and storage space in the sink's cabinet.