inBest Bang Stainless Sk- Ticor still best option?

marvelousmarvinJuly 3, 2013

I've been reading through some of the previous threads about stainless steel sinks, and Ticor got a lot of love in those threads.

But, since those threads were older and Ticor seems to be a relatively new company, I wanted to verify how Ticor stainless sinks are still doing. Ticor stainless sinks may have been great out of the box, but have there been any issues or problems with them years later?

Also, I kept reading that Ticor's price couldn't be beat. Yet, I'm looking at Ticor's prices, and they don't they seem that inexpensive to me with some of their sinks costing around $300. Is that considered a good deal for stainless steel sinks?

For example, a Ticor Undermount 16 Gauge Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink 31 Inch costs $350 while a similar Kraus KHU100-32 32-Inch Undermount Single Bowl 16 gauge Kitchen Sink, Stainless Steel costs $370.

In that case, is Ticor still the better vaule?

Or, Is there a specific Ticor model that was recommended to get the best bang for the buck? I'm a bit confused cause I'll see two Ticor sinks that look the same to me that are both 16 gauge, yet one will cost a lot more than the other.

For example, all three Ticor sinks looked the same to me and they're all 16 gauge stainless steel, but the regular price for one model is $350, the regular price for another model is around $500, and the regular price for the last model is $700.

The dimensions are slightly different in each one, but not enough to justify the large difference in prices.

http://www.mainfaucet.com/ticor-s6501-undermount-16-gauge-stainless-steel-kitchen-sink-32.htm

http://www.mainfaucet.com/ticor-s6501-undermount-16-gauge-stainless-steel-kitchen-sink-32.htm

http://www.mainfaucet.com/ticor-s3550-undermount-16-gauge-stainless-steel-kitchen-sink-32.htm
What's the difference between them that could explain that difference in cost?

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millworkman

Might be easier to help you if the links actually worked!

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 8:36AM
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MizLizzie

On the advice of my KD and my contractor, I went with Houzer stainless, a brand I'd never heard of. They said gave excellent value for the money. At Amazon I got my 18-gauge MEC-3220SR-1 double-basin kitchen sink for $235 and my prep for $60 on an Amazon warehouse deal. These were going in a $50K kitchen, mind, and I'd expected to pay at least $1K for my sinks.

I have to say, I could not be more pleased. They make little sound, clean up beautifully, and went in easily. My contractor said he'd always had good luck with Houzer. I wanted the 16-guage version but it was OOS at the time, but I'm happy with the 18.

That glowing review aside, I would have preferred Blanco Silgranit over stainless if I could have found a color to go with my scheme. It seems far and away the preferred sink here, and with good reason, IMHO. My sister has had one for ten years, and it is indestructible and gorgeous.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 10:10AM
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sstrazisar

A timely post for me! marvelousmarvin, I've also been looking at those old Ticor threads. I've been looking for a low divide sink, and Ticor has a 16 gauge 32.5" 50/50 model for a good price (~$215, not the retail price). I've also been wondering about long-term performance, so hopefully someone else chimes in!

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 3:53PM
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Mrs_Nyefnyef

If you want stainless, check out Kraus sinks on overstock or expressdecor. Kraus sinks are made with the thicker 16 gauge stainless and come with sink grids free. Having said that, I agree with MizLizzie that the Blanco Silgranit is a preferable material to stainless steel. I am on my third kitchen reno, and have had two Silgranit sinks so far. They're so great. No scratches, no water marks, always looks clean. Sorry MizLizzie couldn't find a color that was right for her kitchen, but IMHO, the biscuit color (if you want light or cream-colored) or the anthracite (if you want dark-colored) go with everything, and there's a bunch of other colors too. Anyway, I'm never going back to stainless, no no.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 8:43PM
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marvelousmarvin

Is there a way to edit the title?

I meant to write Best Bang Sainless Sink, and somehow wrote inBest Bang Stainless Sk.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 1:16AM
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writersblock

Is ticor available again? Where?

    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 10:28AM
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suzanne_sl

I've never seen a way to edit the title. The good news is that I understood exactly what you meant to say, so all is not lost.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 10:39AM
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sstrazisar

I've seen them on amazon writersblock.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 10:54AM
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writersblock

Thanks, sstrazisar. I see they're only at faucetdirect and only a couple of models, so I guess they're still getting rid of old stock, maybe. Certainly very much higher prices than used to be available at Galaxy et al.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 11:11AM
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lilymila

I have the Kraus 30 inch sink from Expressdecor and have been using it for 8 months now. I don't see any reason to pay premium for Blanco or Julian. Sink doesn't have any mechanical parts, as long as it is thick and sturdy, then it should be good.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 7:08PM
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marvelousmarvin

Ah, I see. So, Ticor's prices are much higher than when those old posts were written about its prices.

How much higher are we talking about? 20%? 33%?

With Ticor's price jump, it doesn't seem like its the winner for the best bang for the buck category anymore. For stainless steel sinks, what's the best bang for the buck winner now?

Kraus sinks? Or, did their prices increase a lot too?

    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 9:31PM
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multitasker

I have a Ticor sink, single bowl... that I installed at my lake house in 2007. LOVE IT! I especially love the wire rack in the bottom. Cleans really nicely and is quiet. In fact, I am getting ready to remodel my kitchen at home and plan to purchase another.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 9:45PM
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buehl

I don't think it's that Ticor's prices have jumped per-se - I think it's that Galaxy Tool Supply, the main source for most of our Ticor sinks is out of business. They were selling them at much less than other sites at the time.

From what I've read here, Ticor and Kraus are probably comparable. Ticor's are also 16-guage. My Ticor also came with the sink grids and strainers (one basket, one regular). I don't know if the Kraus sinks do or if the other sites include the grids, etc. for the Ticors they're selling.

This post was edited by buehl on Wed, Sep 25, 13 at 0:12

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 12:11AM
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