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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2012 12:12:16 PM PDT
We've had the same experience with the Franke composite sink. Really looks bad and can't find a good solution.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2012 9:39:17 AM PDT
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Pat S says:
I hate my granite sink and would never buy another one if I ever get another sink it will be stainless it served me well on my former house for forty years. All you had to do was go over it with a stainless steel cleaner when you really wanted it to shine. hate hate hate......

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 1:03:20 AM PDT
OldAmazonian says:
We've had our stainless kitchen sink since 1978. It too works great and cleans easily. Granite sinks and counter tops are just part of the "improvement" racket I jokingly call homeowner porn.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 10:16:25 PM PDT
Mouse says:
I had a cast iron sink, light colored. It scratched and stained over time. I think stainless is the way to go, it never stains and is easy to clean.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2012 6:55:53 PM PDT
I have had white cast iron for almost ten years. No big problem. I just bleach it, though the instructions say not to do so, I've had no issues as a consequence of bleaching. The white makes the sink area seem brighter, but whether that matters may depend on your lighting.
However, this Kohler sink was very slightly warped and will not sit absolutely flush on countertop, but I assume you would do undermount on granite. Just be careful--quality is often not very good with building supplies. I traded one Kohler cast iron back to store (60 miles away) and when my builder got the second one out of the box, it was also not true. Because I'd had it more than 30 days (what, they think builders can keep to schedule??) they wouldn't take it back.

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 8:56:37 AM PDT
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I build custom kitchens and have been around and installed every sink out there. Granite composite sinks by Blanco are BY FAR the best choice for heavy use and stain resistance. They are entirely maintenance free other than an occasional wipe down with bleach. Don't EVER get a sink made of acrylic. And yes, stainless steel is fine. And cast iron is pretty dumb. ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2012 1:19:45 PM PDT
First off, Mark, you are a yahooo, and clearly do NOT know design at ALL!! Granite sinks, such as Franke, are a composite and virtually indestructible!! The finish is not shiny, so it will contrast with granite(polished) counters. Cast iron, such as Kohler, has a porcelain top finish which, does easily chip, scratch, etc and can only be installed on top of the counter (as to an undermount) due to it weight. I have black with nutmeg brown granite counters, black granite, double sink, undermounted, with an oil-rbbed bronze single handle faucet. I have had this, now, for five years...and anyone who enters my home marvels at the awesome design of my kitchen and home!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2012 1:20:51 PM PDT
We recently had installed a granite countertop with a "suede" finish. We went with a Blanco composite sink in Biscotti, which is a light tannish, goldish color. The combination is gorgeous. We love it. Still new, so the sink hasn't been stained. However, the manufacturer says that a cleaner like Bartender's Friend can be used on it. We'll see.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 12:33:21 PM PDT
Buy a high quality stainless steel sink. The granite sinks will show stains and you will say to yourself "why did I ever go with a granite sink, especially in a kitchen. With all the foods that stain ones clothing its a no brainer.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 1:09:51 PM PDT
John, you have obviously never owned a Blanco granite sink. They will NOT stain. But yeah, high quality stainless steel is good.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 1:46:13 PM PDT
Bought our house in June 2005. Immediately gave away the stainless steel sink and replace with the Franke Slate/Charcoal Double-Basin Composite Granite. Seven years later, it looks as good as the day of the install. Does it require periodic cosmetic maintenance? Of course it does! Every sink, regardless of construction, requires some form of routine cleaning. I use an automotive product by Mothers called "Back To Black". Perhaps there are other products better suited, however since this is a polymer/rock composite, the Mothers works well for maintaining appearance. As far as durability, you can bounce cast iron skillets in this thing (don't try this at home...).

Anyway, to the OP; ultimately your choice will be decided by personal preference.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 2:36:33 PM PDT
Metallikov says:
The last post says it well - personal preference drives our choices. If stainless appeals, you can hardly go wrong with it, for all of the reasons suggested above. I have a stainless sink with a dark granite counter and the contrast looks really sharp, but I'm sure it's not for everyone.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2012 4:59:26 PM PDT
Mountain gal says:
Never had a problem with cast iron porcelain sink. I am having another one installed in my new house. I do use a rubber mat when washing dishes. Never had a scratch of a stain in my previous sink. I also washed my dog numerous times in the sink without any problems.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 7:30:13 PM PDT
J Zimmerman, why do you think cast iron is dumb? Myself, I like a white sink and could not afford granite, etc. I rarely wash dishes in a sink--that is why I bought a dishwasher, so I don't worry about banging it or whatever is why someone uses a mat. If the darned thing had been "true", I'd love it. It all depends on how you use it and how you want something to look. So maybe it would be dumb for you, but not for me.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 28, 2012 7:39:10 PM PDT
OldAmazonian says:
I know you're not asking ME, but cast iron has the greatest likelihood of breaking dropped glass or china. Stainless has some flexibilty. With proper damping material stuck to its underside, stainless can be just as quiet in use as cast iron too.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 28, 2012 7:44:06 PM PDT
Oh, well, given that I rarely wash dishes in it, you can see it would not matter to me about dropped stuff. If I did fancy entertaining and used china and crystal, definitely an issue. The only thing I wash by hand is stuff I need immediately during cooking or really big stuff that would hog the dishwasher.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 7:57:37 PM PDT
bclark says:
It's been about a year since I originally posted the question back when we gave our kitchen a face lift. We ended up going with a cast iron sink and I love it. Ive had no trouble keeping it bright white. It provides great contrast with our new granite counters yet coordinates with our white subway tile. I've been really pleased so far. We bought the Kohler smart divide under mount. It's funny that so many people recommended stainless because that was never an option! Our last sink was stainless. It always looked dirty to me and I know this might seem minor to some people but I really don't like the sound of metal on metal, it bothers me, and obviously you can't get around putting silverware in the sink! Thanks to everyone for your advice and suggestions!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 28, 2012 8:56:56 PM PDT
Master says:
IF YOU LIKE WHITE CAST IRON SINK...

1- GET A GOOD ONE (yes, the most expensive you can afford). The quality of a cast iron/porcelain sink is heavily dependent on how it was manufactured. A sink from a brand name is more likely to perform well, due to the more strict and consistent quality controls a brand will typically demand from its suppliers in order to defend its reputation. That in turn allows brand to charge a premium for what is perceived as a better quality product (rightfully so, in most cases). So for better quality, pay more.

2-TREAT IT REALLY WELL. The thin porcelain coat that protects the sink from water and corrosion is very hard but also very brittle. Once that goes, the sink is gone. It will look bad and in time it will fail. So treat it with care. No impacts (don't drop that pan), no abrasions (forget about Comet powder or other abrasives), and no chemical attacks (avoid bleach until the porcelain is gone. Then bleach it frequently to keep it looking white and sanitize it). Eventually you will want to replace it, but you can get a good decade from a well kept, quality sink.

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shay says:
Jo Anne and to Kenneth, Some installers would like to have a fine cast iron sink in good condition, but they cost a fortune in comparison ... I would not mind having a used one even ... is my point taken??? hmmm :)

I hate stainless sinks, they always look bad ... dirty looking, have to polish them constantly ... I replace every stainless with porcelain as soon as I move into a new home.

After reading everyones posts here, which I really appreciate, I think the ones that prefer the composite all got the darker colours, where I prefer white, and I see most of the people who prefer the cast iron also prefer the white. I have almost black counters and want the white contrast.

Anyway, thank you bclark for starting this post because it is time to select a sink for my home:)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2012 1:36:46 PM PDT
Have you looked at Fireclay sinks? Franke makes beautiful undermount and apron front models which are stain resistant (CeramicPlus coating is amazing).

Posted on Aug 19, 2012 11:57:00 AM PDT
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L. Lynch says:
What about a white granite composite sink? I'm worried about stains and black marks from pots and pans.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 5:24:27 AM PDT
My granite composite sink is doing great after 3 years. I'm a tea drinker and it can discolor the sink, but my installer recommended using Soft Scrub with bleach to clean up any stains. I pour some in the sink, spread it around with a sponge, and leave it for about 5 minutes. Stains disappear -- honestly! Be careful of your clothes, because it will bleach them if you splash any on yourself.
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