Shopping for a stainless steel sink for the kitchen. I know nothing
about the specification "18/8 chrome/nickel content." Is this a good
number? Does it imply this steel is more stainless than other steel?
Both 18/8 and 18/10 stainless steel are good quality and have a high
resistance to corrosion and staining. 18/10 stainless steel has a higher
percentage of nickel which one might notice as a slightly richer color. IMO,
both perform well, and I doubt that one really outperforms the other.
On 8/24/2008 11:37 PM Wayne Boatwright spake thus:
The 18 refers to the percentage of chromium and the other number the
percentage of nickel. They're equally corrosion-resistant (the chromium
is what gives it its resistance). The amount of nickel mainly affects
the working properties of the metal (and also its appearance as noted
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18/8 and 18/10 are common for kitchen use. What is more important is the
construction, the thickness, the depth of the sink. If you look up Franke
they are one of the best but also one of the most expensive.Just don't get
the cheap Home Depot special on sale.
Franke is 18/10.
It is not just the percentages, it is the gauge, the methods of
construction, the finish. It is the difference in how they hold up over the
But for both sink and vanity for $49, you did well. Enjoy it. I hope they
gave you a free faucet too.
In this case it's more the guage, or thickness, of the steel, not the
content. A lot of cheap SS sinks will be 22 guage, or even thinner. You want
18 to 20 guage which also has a nice sound deadening applied.
What is best in life? "To crush your enemies, see them driven before
When I did my kitchen I bought a Blanco "D" shaped SS 10" deep sink at
Home Expo ( design center for Home Depot). It was pricey ( I think
$450) but it is well constructed. I can't remember the specs offhand.
I would be more concerned about the depth of the sink (generally
deeper is better) and its thickness. Heavier will be better. It will
be quieter. Also consider a sound reduction coating. It goes on the
outside and many sinks come with it. It looks like and works much
like an automobile undercoating.
Yes, as long as the composition is either 18/8 or 18/10 there's no problem
with the quality of the steel. 16 or 18 guage should be adequate for most
sinks. Better ones do have a sound reduction coating, but not always. If
you find a sink you like without the coating, you can apply a coating
18/8 is close to 316 stainless. It's a good alloy for most home and
boating applications. Just make sure it's thick enough that it doesn't
Also, get a can of Bar Keepers Friend at you local grocery store and it
will stay sharp.
for that application its all samo samo...for industrial process
applications alloy composition is critical.
but for sinks they will all be pretty much the same... cheapest, non
Ignore the alloy. Buy the heaviest gage you can find. Kohler is
exceptionally good in that respect (at a price). Cheaper sinks allow
the faucet set to wobble on the base when installed because the metal
isn't stiff enough. HTH
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