I have white appliances and brown/beige counter top. Should I use a white sink or stainless?
By Greengh from St. Louis, MO
I think white. Not only do I think white would be better, but I rent and have a stainless steel sink. I hate it. You have to polish it all the time. I think there are different grades of porcelain. I would get the best or as close to it as you can afford. I have learned, you get what you pay for. (07/21/2009)
I have a stainless sink and appliances. Never again.
They are impossible to keep clean and show scratches and every smudge mark. I have had the sink about 3 years and it looks dirty no matter how much I clean it. (07/21/2009)
I have a white sink and cannot keep it clean! It seems like everything stains or scratches it. The only thing I found that will clean it without scratching it is a Magic Eraser. (07/21/2009)
How about copper? It kind of pricey, but very nice. I think it would look nice with your countertop. (07/21/2009)
I hate my stainless steel too mainly because we have so much lime in our water where I live. You can not use lime removers on it or you ruin the sink (which I did). It is a cheap stainless to begin with. I am getting a new white one and know I will be happier with it. (07/22/2009)
I must be the only one who loves my stainless steel sink. Whichever you choose, get top or near top of the line. It will make a huge difference. (07/22/2009)
I love my stainless steel sink too. I think the problem is that when these sinks are new most people don't realize you aren't supposed to use Brillo on them or other harsh abrasives. Then they have ruined the surface and hate them. You should clean them with Bon Ami or Barkeepers Friend just as you would a porcelain sink. Also there are various "grades" of stainless steel. The better the grade the better the sink! (07/22/2009)
While it is a matter of opinion, stainless is neutral. I loved mine, and I hate my fiberglass sink. Besides, who knows what you will do in the future. My dad is a builder, and the one thing that he has seen in forty years is trendy colors that date a place terribly. If you can find one of the old concrete laundry sinks, they look amazing. But try and see your house from the perspective of a buyer. Is their stuff going to match? And more importantly, you have to bleach white every time you use it. Getting what you pay for is true. I bought a better stainless sink in my old house, but never had to polish it. I used bleach gel cleaner, and wiped it with a dish towel and glass cleaner between bleaching. (Don't mix the two.) Most old stainless sinks haven't been properly cared for, so they get a bad rap. (07/22/2009)
How about a white cast iron? More of a traditional look, but it is classic and would go with the appliances. Or you could look for a beige one to blend with the counter top. Bring a few sample boards or chips home if you can find them. (07/24/2009)
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