Would you buy your Silgranit sink again?

southernmumJanuary 9, 2013

I just picked out a Silgranit sink today. It's the perfect shape and size for my sink in our new house. HOWEVER, the sales lady told me she had only had one replaced due to it discoloring when the granite was being installed and the installers poured some acidic chemical down the drain. Well, it's made me wonder how easy the silgranit sink is to stain? Any problems with yours? Since mine is an undermount, I sure wouldn't want to have to replace it down the road!

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tinan

An acidic chemical would stain almost any kind of sink, kitchen sinks are not chemical disposals!

    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 12:53AM
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southernmum

I would agree, Tinan! I know that situation is a rarity, but it did get me wondering about what kind of cleansers you can use on the silgranit, and how easily they stain?

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Cindy Noll

I've only had my cafe brown sink for 6 months, but so far I love it. I have only cleaned it with Dawn so far. The dark color shows some mineral discoloration from water sometimes, but Dawn takes it away.

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may_flowers

They are well-loved on GW. I clean mine with Dawn too. I have Biscotti and the usual culprits don't stain it--spaghetti sauce, coffee, etc. In 6 months, the only stain was from a blackberry, which wiped off (not scrubbed off) with baking soda.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 8:28AM
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localeater

Yes. Mine is biscuit. No staining. I do not baby it. I cook a lot and my children's favorite fruits are pomegranates, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries, mine is red wine :).
PS I just made a huge batch of homemade cranberry syrup- no staining.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 8:51AM
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running_mom

Love my truffle single bowl. I was just saying last night that I need to remind myself to give it "deep cleans" because it always looks so great.

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alex9179

I bought mine in 2007 in metallic gray. I do get some hard water deposits, but they clean up easily. When I go through my periodic lazy housekeeping times, the hard water stains get stubborn but it's very easy to clean it as described above. On the occasion that I need something stronger, I plug the drain and put in a couple of inches of hot water with a splash of bleach. Leave it overnight and the sink looks like new. I don't do this often.

It really is the nicest sink ever!

    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 9:00AM
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Debbi Branka

I got mine in 2010. It's white. I love it and would buy it again in a heartbeat! No stains and we make spaghetti a lot. I clean it with softscrub and a green scrubbie pad (that's with Silgranit told me to use because it was white). Often I use softscrub and the dishrag because you really don't have to "scrub" to clean it.

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aimskitchen

How about pouring hot things into it? I've heard that you have to run cold water into a corian sink when you are doing something like dumping hot pasta water, so you don't damage the sink. Do you need to baby a siligranite sink in any way? Can you treat it the same as you might a stainless sink? They certainly look nice, and my KD says people love theirs.

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alex9179

I know some people avoid pouring hot liquid down their drains to avoid the possibility of the drain coming apart from the heat. Hot or cold doesn't matter to a Silgranite sink.

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Debbi Branka

No problem with hot. I drain boiling potatoes and pasta straight from the stove.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 9:50AM
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grlwprls

But make sure they install the drain with silicone NOT putty. Putty will stain the sink from the oil base of the putty. Make sure your plumber knows this...but be nice (and gentle). Members have had plumbers leave in a huff when this was mentioned to them.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 10:41AM
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mabeldingeldine_gw

Love mine. The only way I'd give it up would be for a soapstone or slate sink.

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numbersjunkie

LOL. Grlwprls, I was the one who had a plumber leave in a huff about the plumbers putty! But the second plumber the fabricator sent also used plumbers putty - and I could not find anything on the Silgranit website to point to. He said what I was reading "on the internet" was for the seal between the counter and the sink. In any case, there was no staining from the plumbers putty, and I have the Anthracite color.

Southernmum - the answer to your question is YES, YES, YES I would do it again. My sink is 2 years old and looks like new. And I do not baby it at all. No scratches at all and if they don't show on black they shouldn't show on anything lighter. After about a year, I did have some issues with a white haze, but after some research, I tried Mr Clean magic eraser and it worked like a charm - turns out there was a buildup of some sort (grease?) that I couldn't see (maybe due to the color) and didn't come off with Dawn. Made the sink look brand new, and water beaded up on the surface like when it was new. A year later, I needed to use the Mr Clean again. I plan to put a Silgranit in my vacation rental when I update the kitchen - because I know it can stand up to abuse.

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southernmum

Thanks so much! I'm sold! :) Excited to have my pretty sink -- I chose the single basin one, and waiting to decide on color when I pick out my granite. Can't wait!! :)

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breezygirl

Would I buy my two silgranit sinks again! In a heartbeat. No questions. No issues. Don't let me trample you getting to the store to buy two. I'd even pay a higher price to buy them again. I love, love, love them. Love.

Silgranit is by far the best sink material I have ever owned. I've had cast iron and SS. Each have major cons to me. I can't find one con of silgranit, except maybe that I have to remind myself to actually *clean* the cleanup sink. It always looks great, and I have no real reason to scrub it regularly in the course of cooking. I do scrub my prep sink before I put food, like greens to soak, in it so that one gets cleaned much more often.

Speaking of cleaning, I scrub dish soap around on my cleanup sink every time I have it empty, which isn't often sometimes as I average about two DW loads per day so there's always something on deck waiting for the empty DW. I somehow don't feel right about the dish soap being the only cleaning method so I remind myself to scrub it down with Bon Ami as I do the cleanup sink.

My sinks being metallic gray might have something to do with why food "stains" (not really stains as you've read above) or hard water marks never show. The color is too light for the hard water marks and too dark for the food "stains." Plus, they just look amazing in metallic! :)

I also pour hot pasta, potato, and blanching waters down both of mine without issue. I cook almost every meal from scratch and use my sinks all day without much thought other than to sometimes catch myself admiring how gorgeous they are. At the end of the day, they still look fabulous after I rinse away the food bits. At the end of 14 months of hard use, they still look fabulous. No chips, no scratches, no discoloration, no stains, no cracks. They look brand new.

I have serious sink love. Who knew that was even possible?

    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 1:16PM
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a2gemini

breezy - you are giving me confidence. I put in our Silgranit sink but have been chicken to pour hot water into the sink as I am still afraid I might crack it...

I read some posts about cracked sinks - but most sounded like they were cracked from day 1.

Consumer Reports hated the Silgranit - but they dropped a 5 lb pot into the sink - duh - SS would dent, porcelain would chip, etc...

Now - give me confidence - I can pour that hot water down the sink.....

On a positive note - it is very easy to clean - I would recommend a positive reveal - I went with a negative reveal cause I didn't know any better and when I asked the group was split down the middle and DH liked the look of the negative reveal.

Southernmum - can't wait to see your sink!

    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 3:12PM
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breezygirl

Glad to help, A2! There was a spat of the early generation silgranits that arrived cracked in their boxes (especially the double bowls), but I believe that by and large the issue has been fixed with the new gen silgranit. I haven't heard of one new gen that has cracked in situ after prior successful use.

I love my ever-so-slightly positive reveal. Besides, my marble would probably chip if I had a negative reveal. I use my sinks hard. :)

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alex9179

I've been draining pasta, potatoes, veggies, etc. in my silgranit for 5 years. I've had NO issues with hot water.

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oldbat2be

I'm NOT crazy about my Silgranit biscuit sink. It cleans up fairly well with soft scrub or BKF but there is a fair amount of elbow grease involved to keep it clean. Of course, I do dump the left over coffee in the sink every morning. I'm not a weekly cleaner tho...usually when company comes or I take pictures:)

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Sophie Wheeler

It's not infatuation. I not only LOVE my big single anthracite Silgranite, I'd actually marry it if I could. There are many days it gives me less trouble and more pleasure than himself that I did marry.

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Laura517

Jumping onto this thread with a related question: for those of you who have the single bowl sink, do any of you have the grooved countertops that drain into the sink? I have seen it in magazines. I believe it can be done with granite countertops. If not where do you drain/dry your hand washed pots/pans? In our new build I would like to avoid the unsightly drying rack that I have now. On a typical night it looks like the leaning tower of pisa. Now I will admit we have a small dishwasher so hopefully will be able to throw more stuff in the new dishwasher, but....I am open to any ideas.

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GreenDesigns

2 dishwashers solve that problem!

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Laura517

Green: I know If only DH would agree to that! Seem like a necessity to me, except DH does do the dishes.

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alex9179

I have laminate so I use the dish drainer on the counter. I keep it below the sink unless I have something to hand wash. Most of my stuff goes into the dishwasher, though.
Wood and stone can have the grooves done, for sure.

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breezygirl

Runnels?! Did I hear sometime ask about runnels? I love mine at my prep sink, not nearly so much as the silgranit itself, however. ;)

Note also how my woodworker inset the sink underneath into the black walnut so the sink didn't end up so deep. He routered out some of the thickness, not much, but it makes a big difference in depth. Most of the silgranits are deep, and when you add a thick counter material like my Carrara perimeter or walnut island they can almost be too deep.

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Laura517

Breezygirl: I love your walnut countertop. It's gorgeous! And now I know what runnels are! LOL Does the water drain properly into the sink as it should?

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breezygirl

Laura--Thank you for the kind words. The runnels do drain, but not completely. I'm not sure why not. Probably not enough slope. I've never had them before, and I guess I assumed that all the water would run into the sink. So I do have to wipe a little standing water down. I don't mind though. My purpose for them at the prep sink was as a landing and draining spot for fruit and veg. They perform those tasks, and I'm happy with them.

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a2gemini

I took a baby step and poured the left over tea water into the sink - It makes noises but survived just fine. Next step - pasta water...
Thanks for the support.
When I pour that pasta water down the sink - I will give it the final stamp of approval!

One nice thing about the cafe brown - even if coffee stained it - I would never know!

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southernmum

"I not only LOVE my big single anthracite Silgranite, I'd actually marry it if I could." I love the enthusiasm over these sinks! I just looked at my order form -- this is the exact one I got! :) (I did tell them I'd make final color decision once I pick out granite.) Does anyone have a light colored granite with a Silgranite sink? I know we would do better (cleaning-wise) with a dark sink, but wondering how that would look on light granite? *Would love to see any pics of light granite and silgranit sink, if anyone has this! * Thanks!

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berryfarm

I have had a white Silgranit sink for over 2 years - I love it! If I ever need another kitchen sink, I will probably not even consider stainless steel or anything else. I like the color and material. It just looks good.

As far as maintenance/general use, I have poured steaming pasta and potato water in it - no problems. A few times a month I spray Clorox Clean-Up (bleach) in it and it removes discolorations - coffee, tea, etc. Now, some pots and pans have left grey scratch marks on it, but they are superficial and come off with the rough side of a sponge. The marks don't bother me, though.

I had a white Moenstone sink years ago - it is the same thing - and I also loved that sink.

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bahacca

I love mine other than the fact that it has a hairline crack in it. I have anthracite, so i'm not sure if it came in like that or if it happened during install. All I can say is that a week after I sent pictures and proof of purchase, I was sent a BRAND NEW SINK. The crack is in a spot where it doesn't matter to me and isn't clear through, so until something happens or the sink gets very old, the new one is in my garage. It is undermount, so not exactly an easy fix;-) If you get a dark color, take white flour and dust the whole thing with it. Swish it around and if there is a crack, it will show with the flour. I was told to do this by SIlgranit. As far as function, look, etc, I'd buy one again in a heartbeat, even with mine coming(or becoming) flawed.

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theballs

Let's put it this way, I wish Blanco would start making Silgranit bathtubs. My main sink is 33"x22" single tub, my coffee/wine/juice sink is 25"x22" single tub, both are anthracite. I love them. I seriously wish my bathtub was made of the same materials.

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roof35

I like ours, as well as my wife likes it.

Someone commented they couldn't find on Blanco's site, about not using plumber's putty. Being I installed ours, I was very cautious about how I installed it.

On Blanco's site, under "Customer service", the "installation FAQ", the one question is: What kind of sealant should be used when installing the basket strainers in a Silgranit II sink?

Answer: We recommend using silicone for the sealant and not plumbers putty.

That is exactly what I used.

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localeater

Southernmom, mine is bisquit and my countertop is MadrePerla quartzite- so I think that meets your light criteria. I love the two together. I strongly considered biscotti as well but liked the undertones in biscuit better.From GW Photos

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magdiego

This is my anthracite sink with a white quartz - Silestone Yukon Blanco. I LOVE my sink. LOVE. From Kitchen

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lyfia

I love thie sink, but wish I had gotten a light color as the hard water stains are horrible on my dark color one. Ive not been able to scrub them out or find anything that removes it. Other than that I love mine. Been using it for over 5 years now.

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mudworm

A thousand times yes.

I visited a big supplier when countertop shopping. The wife and husband own a big supply store for cabinets, countertop, tile, sinks, etc., and they are a contractor (cabinet installer and stone fabricator, etc) as well with two dozen workers. When I told the owner that I would buy a Silgranite sink, he shook his head disapprovingly and told me 90% of his customers who bought one returned it. Before that point in the conversation, I was already getting uncomfortable when he told me the very crappy stone seams in the showroom were meant to show customers one should not expect a perfect seam. And when he told me that about the sink, I knew he was full of BS and left the shop quickly.

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southernmum

Thanks for the replies and the photos! Love seeing your sinks and lovely kitchens! :)

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numbersjunkie

lyfia - try Mr Clean magic eraser to see if it helps on your hard water stains.

Roof35 - those instructions must have been updated in the 2 years since my sink was installed, because I scoured the website very carefully looking for something to back me up on that point. BUT, I'm happy to say that there was no staining from the plumbers putty on mine.

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lori_inthenw_gw

Local eater, which model do you have? I'm seriously considering a low divide, since I don't want a prep sink, but I like to maintain one side as "clean" when cooking is underway. Is that how you use the 2 sides and is it working for you? Or anyone else who has this?

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localeater

I have the performa low divide. I use it exactly as you describe. The entire sink is across from my island, where I prep. I installed the sink with the small bowl closer to my stove. I use the small bowl for rinsing veggies during prep. After dinner I use it as a drying rack. I do not have a separate prep sink in my kitchen and that was a factor in my selection.

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lori_inthenw_gw

Thanks, Localeater-- that is exactly what I was thinking, though had not thought of the drying rack angle. This place is such a great resource!

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ellabee_2016

In a heartbeat. I've had my white Diamond Super Single since early March 2011, close to two years now. Constant use, and nothing that hasn't cleaned off with dish soap, baking soda and a plastic scrubbie.

LOVE this sink.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2013 at 2:24AM
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jaynees

Absolutely! When we removed this past fall I insisted in Silgranite after reading such good things here as well as a personal testimony from my aunt, who got one for her new house in Colorado. Ours is a double bowl, with runnels on the side, in Anthracite. It's fantastic.

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williamsem

Localeater, have you found a drying rack that fits in the small sink side? I plan on getting a low divide but it seems all the drying racks are just a little bigger than that small side!

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localeater

Williamsem- I frequently just dry things on the stainless grid. However, I have a multi-tool approach. I also have a collapsible drainer that I use for overflow days. I like it because it takes up so little room under my sink. I also have a drying mat.
So I can dry on the stainless grid, I can hang the collapsible rack over the grid and still have other dishes drying right below on the grid, or in a pinch I can pull out the drying mat set it on the counter and place the drainer on top of that.
The link is the exact rack I have, it doesn't fit in the basin, however if I got out my sander and shaved the handles it would because it is just off a hair. That is just not a requirement for me.

Here is a link that might be useful: my collapsible drainer

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nanj

If you have Silgranit now and love it, did you have stainless before? Why do you love Silgranit more than stainless? I know hard water leaves spots on stainless but we don't have hard water so I am not concerned about that issue.

I'm so tempted by Silgranit but I have Swanstone now and just hate it. I'm worried that Silgranit is like Swanstone.

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southernmum

Good question, Nanj. I'd love to hear some silgranit lovers respond. Since my sink is an undermount in granite, I need to be POSITIVE it's the right choice for us! The threads I've found about cracked silgranit sinks does cause me to pause and question my decision to get silgranit. BUT, I really want a lovely sink! :)

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breezygirl

I know nothing about Swanstone. What about it dont you like, Nanj?

Yes, I've owned SS before. Why do I love silgranit over SS? Let me count the ways.

1. The water were I've lived with SS hasn't been particularly hard, but water spots show anyway. Anywhere that water touched, left a mark. (I wouldn't call it a stain.). It's meant wiping down every...single...time I turned on the water. I use my sink(s) dozens and dozens and dozens of times per day; I use my kitchen hours a day. Wiping them down after each use is unthinkable so I lived with the marks and my sink looking, to me, grungy. This is a sink were talking about. It should work for me, not me having to work to keep it looking like its supposed to.

I have zero water spots on my silgranit.

2. I cannot stand the way SS sounds when something is set or dropped into it.

My silgranit makes no tinny, metal sound.

3. To make SS shine, people use furniture polish.

My silgranit requires no such chemical to make it look nice.

4. SS scratches.

Silgranit does not scratch at all. No patina develops from scratching.

****In fairness, I should say that my SS sinks were not of my choosing so I have no idea the gauge or pricing of these sinks. I know they were not high end. That might make a difference. But you would have to pry my silgranits from my cold, mangled, dead hands to get them from me now. I would NEVER go back to stainless willingly. Nor could you pay me to do so.

Hope that answered your question, Nanj!

EDIT: Added scratching to list.

This post was edited by breezygirl on Sun, Jan 13, 13 at 15:23

    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 2:47PM
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shannonplus2

Nanj - in response to your post, Silgranit is NOTHING like Swanstone. Swanstone is a solid surface created by a compression of plastic compounds. Silgranit is 80% granite. That is why Silgranit doesn't stain, doesn't chip, feels solid, doesn't look dull, withstands heat up to 500 degrees, and doesn't scratch.

I am linking a recent thread in which people compared stainless steel sinks to Silgranit sinks. The opinions are pretty polarized, but you can read it for yourself and make up your own mind. I myself wish I'd chosen a Silgranit sink instead of the stainless sink I have.

Here is a link that might be useful: Thread called Anyone Regret Stainless Steel Sink

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nanj

The endorsements for Silgranit are so passionate, so convincing! Breezy, thanks for your input. I do wonder if more expensive, assuming higher quality, stainless sinks are better.

What don't I like about Swanstone: the staining. For instance, if I rinse out a pot that I cooked marinara sauce in, there are faint stains left in the sink. Yes, the stains can be removed with cleaners that contain bleach but it is such a nuisance that so many things stain.

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alex9179

I've had porcelain over cast iron and SS and currently have a SS bar sink. I agree with Breezygirl. Always look dirty and the sound. My bar sink even makes a weird sound when the water is running into it, like a vibration. It was here when we moved in, so I have no idea what gauge it is. I can almost guarantee average builder type, though. On the other hand, the silgranit material is quiet whether you're placing dishes in it or running water.

The surface of silgranit reminds me a little of teflon. It's nice and smooth and things don't stick to it. Stuff does stick to SS. Chiseling off the dried oatmeal is something I don't miss.

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breezygirl

Nanj--A higher quality SS may have less tinny noise, but it would still show water spots and SCRATCHES (forgot to mention scratches in my list above--hate those) and not look shiny. From what I've read here, only the noise can improve with more $$. Also, from reading above, you can see that some folks with the light colored silgranits have that same light staining issue on occasion, although it doesn't sound like they need to use bleach to clean. I do not have that trouble with my metallic silgranits. From what I've read, the truffle color, while still light, doesn't have this issue either.

Shannon--good info on Swanstone vs silgranit.

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lyfia

Stainless always looked dirty unless just cleaned in my old houses and that drove me crazy so I figured with the dark silgranit that it would show less and it would if we didn't have hard water, which we had no clue we would have since we were the first to build in the neighborhood. We now have a water softner, but can't get the hard water stains off.

Numbers junkie, I've tried magic eraser, other scrubbers with and without various cleaners including CLR. I think I'm just doomed to live with it as is. I have even used a razor blade on some of the edges and that helped, but can't do that on anything else since the sink isn't smooth in it's surface.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 5:28PM
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nanj

Shannon- Great info! Thanks.

I'm tickled that the Silgranit I am interested in is within what I have budgeted for a kitchen sink. Thanks to everyone for sharing your opinions!

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breezygirl

Lyfia--That's really interesting. I've not heard anyone else with those issues before. Have you contacted Blanco to see what they recommend in your situation? I'd be curious to hear what they have to say about it.

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KitchenConfused

Thanks everyone--very good information.

I was sold, totally sold, on the Blanco Silgranit low divide in our kitchen remodel. But THEN, i picked my color scheme and am confused on which color to get. I'm dismayed that I may HAVE to get SS just because of this!! Can anyone help me decide on a color that would work for my palette? I'm stuck.

We will have a red island with probably a charcoal countertop. The Blue Star on the wall will be a matching red. The backsplash will be a fun splash of color (not sure what--yellow/red/white?) All the cabinets will be white (since i have to have SOMETHING neutral!) we love color :)

The wall trio will be stainless and the fridge will be paneled.The peripheral counters will ???? because I have no idea except for white what would work! And then because of that, i'd have to get the white sink which i didn't want since more people seem to love the dark colors because the light ones stain.

The pics above helped me a bit. Thanks much in advance!

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KitchenConfused

Thanks everyone--very good information.

I was sold, totally sold, on the Blanco Silgranit low divide in our kitchen remodel. But THEN, i picked my color scheme and am confused on which color to get. I'm dismayed that I may HAVE to get SS just because of this!! Can anyone help me decide on a color that would work for my palette? I'm stuck.

We will have a red island with probably a charcoal countertop. The Blue Star on the wall will be a matching red. The backsplash will be a fun splash of color (not sure what--yellow/red/white?) All the cabinets will be white (since i have to have SOMETHING neutral!) we love color :)

The wall trio will be stainless and the fridge will be paneled.The peripheral counters will ???? because I have no idea except for white what would work! And then because of that, i'd have to get the white sink which i didn't want since more people seem to love the dark colors because the light ones stain.

The pics above helped me a bit. Thanks much in advance!

    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 6:04PM
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chicgeek

Yes, I would buy a Siligranit sink again. I love the ones we just had installed. We had porcelain over cast iron for the past 19 years, and SS in our other house. I like that there is no shine to it-the SS was blinding when the sun shone in the kitchen and the porcelain always was getting marked up from pans in the sink and never looked clean to me.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 6:05PM
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ellabee_2016

I'm coming to Silgranit from decades of enameled cast iron and enameled steel sinks, some chipped and worn to the point where it was impossible to get them really clean.

Obviously any new, integral surface would be a big improvement there. But the Silgranit gives me the familiarity of a white sink, easy to clean and easy to see that it's clean, warmer than enamel-on-metal and less prone to damage (inflicting or sustaining it) when something clunks against the side of the sink.

It's also a giant bonus that the Diamond super single model fits exactly into the cutout of the old (1963) sink it replaced; unlike most GWers, ours is overmounted - drop-in. The plumber only sealed it lightly, because we hope someday before too long to put in a new counter run on the cooking-sink wall, at which point we might undermount it. I expect it to be still in good shape when we get around to that.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 6:20PM
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breezygirl

KitchenConfused--So if I understand correctly, you will have one sink on the perimeter with white cabs and counter yet to be decided. Island cabs will be red with charcoal counter. Right?

First, I'd suggest waiting to decide on your sink until you have your counter material decided. Counter material is everything with sink color choice.

Second, have you considered the metallic silgranit? The color is so hard to capture in photographs for me, but here's what my metallic prep sink looks like.

It's a little more silver/stainless looking IRL. The color in the top right corner of the sink is close to how it really looks. I find the color to be a great neutral and goes well with stainless appliances. It really goes with lots of different colors.

So, decide your perimeter counters FIRST, then sink color second. I would not be forced into a stainless sink under any circumstances. When you've got your colors all together, start a new thread with pics of all the materials together, and we'll help you decide!

    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 6:29PM
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KitchenConfused

BreezyGirl, Thanks SO MUCH! Good to know that you would not be forced to do SS. I REALLY want this sink but i don't want white since i don't want any staining at all, even from my pots.

Oh, and yes, the perimeter (U-shaped kitchen) has white cabs and the main sink (blanco performa is what i'm thinking, wanting the low divide). On the perimeter also is the red Bluestar range and colorful backsplash.

The red island with charcoal countertop will have a prep sink (not sure if i shut so blanco silgranit again here or blanco SS Ronis sink with the cover).

Thx again!

    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 7:58PM
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southernmum

Breezygirl, is that the gray metallic in your photo? If so, that's the color I've been thinking I will choose. It's beautiful!

    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 8:26PM
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breezygirl

Southernmum--yes, that's the metallic. It's even prettier IRL. I hate to show this pic of my metallic, super single cleanup sink because the color is so wrong! Yikes! Its sickly brown here. Like I said, it's hard to photograph the metallic color well.

It really does match the charcoal veins in my Carrara.

For KitchenConfused and anyone else interested in what color works best for them, call or email Blanco. They'll send you little silgranit color chips so you can look at them with your other kitchen elements. I received my chips in the mail within a few days of emailing.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 8:57PM
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KitchenConfused

thank you all! we picked all our countertops and the metallic grey works best! thanks!

    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 10:48PM
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KitchenConfused

thank you all! we picked all our countertops and the metallic grey works best! thanks!

    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 10:49PM
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kgolby

The off chance anyone here have Bordeaux River (Colonial Creme is a close match) granite countertops and biscuit Silgranit sink? If so, is this a good match? Would love to see a picture if this is the combination you have in your kitchen.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 9:06PM
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kgolby

The off chance anyone here have Bordeaux River (Colonial Creme is a close match) granite countertops and biscuit Silgranit sink? If so, is this a good match? Would love to see a picture if this is the combination you have in your kitchen.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 9:07PM
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alwaysfixin

Kgolby - I googled Bordeaux River granite, but the pics that came up varied so enormously in color from slab to slab, that it would be hard to advise you without seeing a pic of your slab. What color are your cabinets? I am thinking a darker Silgranit might look good cause it'll have a nice contrast to the Bordeaux River counters. But I am in general partial to the darker-color Silgranits like anthracite and cafe brown, so probably I'm not the right one to opine!

My advice is that you can contact Blanco and they will mail you color chips of the Silgranit colors you are interested in. Their customer service number is 800-451-5782. It may be best to hold up the color chips right against your granite to see which color goes best in your kitchen.

This post was edited by alwaysfixin on Fri, Feb 1, 13 at 21:34

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 9:29PM
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kgolby

Thanks again, alwaysfixin! I do have to say I really like cast iron sinks but didn't want to get another one because of the black marks & the cost. I think a Silgranit sink is going to give me the same look with better benefits. The only concern I have about going with a darker color is the hard water we have in NE Florida. We need to get a water softener installed and I read that hard water spots are more noticeable with the darker colors.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 9:51PM
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socalusa

Ditto to all of the positives about Silganit, including the "love" votes.

We also have hard water and although we have the Cafe Brown single sink it has not proven to be a major issue. If we get a mineral build up, I spray some CLR on it lightly (maybe every 6 mos. or so) and rinse off.

I heart it on an every day basis.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 12:04AM
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aliris19

yes.

I have a SS and silgranite. I like them both. I like that the silgranite is not scary; if I knock a dish I'm not terrified it will break. I like that it's quiet and relatively splashless. I like that it's big. And pretty. I like that it feels silky and soft. I like it. Thank you GW.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 5:33AM
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kgolby

This is the slab we've picked for the island where the sink is located. The cabinets are a painted maple ivory color. Cabinets have a beige/gray undertone so maybe truffle would look really nice??? I don't think I could go wrong w/ biscuit.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 7:03AM
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kgolby

This is the slab we've picked for the island where the sink is located. The cabinets are a painted maple ivory color. Cabinets have a beige/gray undertone so maybe truffle would look really nice??? I don't think I could go wrong w/ biscuit.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 7:04AM
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drbeanie2000

We got ours entirely based on GW raves. We had SS before. I didn't mind the water marks as much as others seem to - my feeling was that it WAS a sink, after all.

It was hard to get an actual look at the Silgranit sink in person but I ordered it (in Anthracite) anyway. I was a bit apprehensive seeing it coming out of the box. It seemed like it was going to be flimsy. It's NOT, when installed. And I'm pretty sure that I read somewhere on this board that the Silgranit sink upon which Consumer Reports dropped their weight on wasn't even installed in a real counter top.

The only thing is that I wish it were shallower. That's just me, though - a lot of people like being able to stack lots of things in it and have them be hidden. I find it a tad harder to wash dishes, and my taller husband seems to even more.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 11:25AM
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aliris19

You might want to check (maybe even this is noted above) about lighter colors. When I was looking into this a couple years ago there were complaints that the lighter colors can stain? That may have been a silgranite I as opposed to silgranite II issue -- I think it was. That is, I think they remade the material for all about 4 years ago so it might be a complete non-issue if ever it was. But that's what I recall about the lighter colors - some people don't like the look quite as well and possible staining issues. I have anthracite (black-grey-ish) and it has been a zero problem. If this does turn out to be a problem, better solicit info about local water hardness too and compare it with yours! Zero problems in LA with impossible-to-know-because-it-varies-locally-and-seasonally hard water (I'm no help, sorry!)

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 1:06PM
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aliris19

p.s: I think truffle would be pretty (that's the grey, right, as opposed to the beige -- I'd go darker because the sink is sort of a cavern and the darkness helps de-emphasize this).

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 1:10PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

Metallic grey double sink...going on 8 years. LOVE it still.

-Babka

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 3:24PM
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dtjen

I've got a cinder Silgranit Performa Undermount sink for sale at Amazon at a great price ($399 + $14.99 shipping) if anyone is interested. Click on "5 used and new from $399" under "More Buying Choices".

Here is a link that might be useful: Blanco 441476 Silgranit II Performa Cascade Sink, Cinder

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 4:31PM
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attofarad

I wouldn't get another undermount sink with a 10" depth, if the counters are the standard 36" height. Even with the stainless grid on the bottom, it is just too low for back comfort.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 12:22AM
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attofarad

I wouldn't get another undermount sink with a 10" depth, if the counters are the standard 36" height. Even with the stainless grid on the bottom, it is just too low for back comfort.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 1:22AM
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