There are different grades of stainless, some are more stainless than
others! The other thing you are paying for is thickness of metal. Some cheap
ones are remarkably flexible. Here's a link whaich may help
You are right. We bought a cheap one for our utility room and while it suits
our needs the drainer, bottom of bowl and taps can flex with relative ease.
We find our resin / stone type sink 1st class as it does not stain, scratch
and looks as good as it did 10 years ago. Stainless will always scratch no
matter what the price unless you do not use them :-)
I got an inset IKEA one, which seemed good value for money, and
unlike the ones in the sheds, hadn't been dropped, stepped on,
or had a collision with a fork lift.
With regards to the tap, mount an inset sink as far forward as
you can in the worktop and mount the tap behind it in the worktop
rather than on the sink. The IKEA sinks come undrilled, so you
don't even end up with a blanking plate over an unused tap hole.
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