Best Sink Buying Guide Consumer Reports

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Enamel: Colorful and Easy to CleanThese sinks, sold in two models enamel on forged iron or lighter, less expensive enamel on steel, are available in many colors and are easy to clean. Our hot pot test didn’t damage them, but if we dropped a 5 pound weight, akin to losing a heavy pot, enamel on steel sinks chipped or cracked. Enamel on cast iron chipped when we dropped a pointy, light object, comparable to a knife, on them. Damaged enamel can cause the metal below to rust.

Acrylic sinks might appear to be enamel but they scratch more easily and heat can be harmful—our hot pot melted the surface. Enamel Over Cast Iron or SteelThese ingredients are available many colours and are easy to scrub. In our tests of kitchen sinks neither enameled forged iron nor enameled steel suffered any damage in our hot pot and scouring tests, but when we dropped a 5 pound weight, comparable to losing a heavy pot, on enameled steel sinks they chipped or cracked. Enameled cast iron chipped when we dropped a sharp, light object comparable to a knife. Our tests of bathroom sinks found that enameled cast iron wasn’t pretty much as good as enameled steel at resisting stains and chipped when small objects were dropped on it.

Damaged enamel can allow the metal underneath to rust.

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