The wonderful feel of a stainless steel sink
Stainless steel is the material most frequently used for sinks, and the most popular countertop for commercial kitchens. As one of the world's largest buyers of stainless steel for kitchens, we have perfected its evolution over decades to bring you unique quality.
What makes it so special?
Durable and naturally hygienic, stainless steel is a natural choice for commercial applications including restaurants. With a range of attributes, it’s the most frequently used material for kitchen sinks.
- corrosion-proof: premium quality chrome nickel steel makes sinks highly resistant to staining, rust and corrosion
- pore-free: naturally hygienic, it doesn’t harbor bacteria
- self-regenerating: stainless steel surfaces develop a passive protective layer that continuously renews, so your sink is easy to clean and care for
- durable: temperature and acid resistant
- environmentally-friendly: 100% recyclable
Franke stainless steel is unique
There’s stainless steel and then there’s Franke stainless steel. The alloy used by Franke is the result of an evolution that began in 1930. Franke stainless steel sinks are made from premium quality chrome nickel steel giving them stunning beauty while making them highly resistant to staining, rust and corrosion and providing maximum durability. The steel is composed of 17-18% chromium for shine and rust resistance and adds extra corrosion protection.
And this means...
You can rely on a rust, heat and acid resistant, impact resilient sink. One that is also absolutely hygienic and easy to clean thanks to its pore-free surface.
Sheets of metal can be purchased ready-polished. Franke does not do this for its deep drawn sinks, however. Instead, we polish the stainless steel only once it has been turned into a finished sink. The silky-glistening surface of a Franke stainless steel sink comes from the final polish. This not only ensures that your sink remains beautiful for as long as possible, it also means it becomes even more attractive over time. The subsequent polish is also functional, however: The silky mat surface of the stainless steel makes it easier to clean, and guarantees greater resistance to corrosion.
Choosing the ideal stainless steel gauge
The standard gauge describes the thickness of a metal sheet, on a scale from 8 to 30. The lower the number, the thicker the metal sheet. The thicker it is, the less it can be bent or dented and the quieter it is in use. But if too thin, it becomes impossible to produce a sink from a single sheet of metal. So we take great care when choosing the right standard gauge for our sinks:
- deep-drawn sinks in full size have a standard 18-20 gauge
- hand-made sinks have a standard 16-18 gauge
- smaller accessory bowls are standard gauge 18-22
Stainless Steel Topmount Sinks
These sinks have a rim that extends over the countertop surface. Topmount sinks work with any countertop material and offer easy installation.
Stainless Steel Undermount Sinks
These sleek sinks sit slightly below the surface of the countertop, making it convenient for you to easily wipe away spills and crumbs. Great looking with granite, quartz or marble.