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Stainless Steel sinks: 16 Ga vs 18 Ga

Posted by Lorenza5064 (My Page) on
Wed, Dec 12, 12 at 14:53

I have read conflicting opinions re the importance of using 16 Ga SS for a sink. I notice that many high end sink mfrs. use both gauges in their lines. I believe that zero radius corners may require the use of the heavier 16 Ga SS because of the method necessary for construction. Otherwise, opinions vs fit, finish, durability, etc.? Lorenza

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RE: Stainless Steel sinks: 16 Ga vs 18 Ga

Fit and finish depend on workmanship not thickness of metal used.

You will not wear through an 18 gauge sink.

The differences are slight when it comes to sound sink produces when struck and possible dings if hit by something like a cast iron pan or dutch oven.

RE: Stainless Steel sinks: 16 Ga vs 18 Ga

Mine is 18 gauge. It is not loud. It is heavy duty, hard working and IIDSSM pretty dadgum awesome. I don't really think that there is a big difference unless you plan on living in a kitchen that works closer to a small restaurant than a regular home cook's kitchen.

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