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Last updated: July 29, 2021
If the mission is to spice up your kitchen with a sink that is functional and looks good, a copper option is one you should look to. There are, of course, other benefits as well. An example is the antibacterial nature of copper.
The best copper sinks are only a handful out of the many options available. As such, our team reviewed over 30 products and came to think of the Sinkology SK303-33SC Ganku Copper Sink as a favorite and top product. This tool shows excellent artistry due to some of the hand-finished components. As well you will find it durable, and this is brought about by the 16-gauge solid copper used in construction. Also, there is a lifetime warranty among a few other positives. You will no doubt even find the other products mentioned below lovable and full of quality as well.
Given the volume of options we had to go through; our team spent a great deal of time doing research. Some of the manufacturers provided information about their products on their websites. In addition to that, the information given by consumers on vendor sites has also proved useful in determining the usefulness of the sinks. We looked through dimensions, weight, and finish. Other key areas we considered were drain size and installation type. These are all critical factors in determining suitability to your kitchen as well as to your needs. Having collected all the necessary information on the best copper sinks, we have presented it in a simple overview table below. After that we have a section giving detailed reviews of products and we finish with a buying guide.
The first option of the day is the Sinkology SK303-33SC Ganku Copper Sink. As you can see, the dimensions of the sink mean that one of these is enough for your kitchen. Also, you will notice that this is a farmhouse-style sink, which means it will extend a little past the cabinets you place it on. If you are building a kitchen, this may prove relatively easy to do. However, if you already have a kitchen that uses another type of sink, for instance, an under-mount or dual mount, you are going to have to make some adjustments to the cabinet setup. Overall this may prove more challenging and more time-consuming.
Nevertheless, once you are done, you will notice a significant improvement in the aesthetics of the kitchen. Not only because of the color of the copper but also due to the hand-embossed scroll details on the front. The material make-up for most of the sink is unaltered 16-gauge copper. In addition to that, you have front apron wax that is even thicker. Because of this thickness and the robust nature of copper, you will as well find this tool quite durable when you purchase, install and use it.
The drain size for the product stands at 3.5,” and you will no doubt find a drainpipe to attach it to. If you don’t know where you can get such, you can ask the professional you hire to install the sink to bring drain pipes as well. Also, unless you are very good at DIY projects, you should leave the installation to professionals. You may as well want to acquire some of the accessories that you would need to make the most use of the sink. They include hand-finished sink drains, custom made bottom grids, a sidekick sponge assistant, and materials to clean the copper. Also, if you regularly wash with soap and water, you will realize that this simple routine maintains the sheen and texture of the sink.
What makes it special?
Aesthetically pleasing to look at
Easy to maintain
Readily available accessories
What cons did we find?
This is one of the more expensive sinks to own
Installation may prove difficult for a non-professional
This is a much smaller sink with regards to dimensions as compared to its predecessor on this list. As such, installation may not suit the kitchen. In our opinion, if you are going to buy one of these, it would be better suited for bathroom installation since you won’t have to clean dishes here. Given its small nature, it is no surprise that the sink only weighs 6 lbs. This is further enhanced by the 18-gauge metal that makes up the body of the sink.
You or the professional you hire will have to install this sink under the counter. Once you do, it will prove difficult to damage. The workmanship that brought this product to fruition is also pristine, given that it was hand-hammered into shape. As such, you will note that it has a textured surface that even adds to the aesthetics of the tool.
As you can see from the features we have listed above, the finish on the device imaged above is of polished nickel. However, this is not the only color option you can buy. There are as well, antique copper, polished copper and brushed nickel finishes available. One should note that recycled copper is what makes up the composition of the sink. Also, given the likely installation scenario, the drain size doesn’t need to be as wide as the one used in the kitchen. Consequently, the drain size for this tool stands at only 1.5” wide.
What makes it stand out?
Variable available finishes
Made from recycled copper
Durable and long-lasting
Limited lifetime warranty
Which disadvantages must you keep in mind?
The design of the sink is not standard due to its handcrafted nature
You will also likely need to employ the services of a professional for installation, and that will raise costs
This is our first dual-mount sink so far, and hence despite the small frame should be installed in the kitchen. You will likely have to buy two of these. If you add that to the cost of hiring professional help, then you will be spending quite the sum of money. Nevertheless, if money is no object, there is no reason not to go out and buy this sink.
Design-wise there are some similarities between this product and the Native Trails CPS868 Classic Bathroom Sink. More specifically, both of these sinks are hand-hammered, and you will thus see a similar attractive texture from the two. However, the finishing is different from that of the Copper Factory CF162AN Rustic Kitchen Sink. This product has a rustic body while its predecessor on the list has a few polished and brushed coatings.
Given its dual-mount nature, it is no surprise that one of these sinks is small. There is also no mention of the gauge used to craft the sink by the manufacturer. It may be difficult to pin-point the thickness of the sink, but you can give a rough estimate. All you need to do is take into consideration the small frame of the sink in conjunction with the 24 lbs weight. As such the tool would have to be thick to spot that weight.
Why is it special?
Good-looking hand-hammered design
3.5” drain ideal for the kitchen
What are the flaws?
You need two units of this sink hence it will prove costly to buy and install
The Color y Tradicion Kitchen Sink is yet another farmhouse installation sink. This particular one is made in Mexico and comes in quite a heavy body. You are thus guaranteed on its durability. The dimensions of the sink allow you to only install one in your kitchen for all your dishwashing needs. You will as well need to find a suitable base capable of holding its weight.
Some of the positives associated with the sink include the designs on the apron front, which are rather impressive. Given that almost all other components of the sink are hand-crafted, you will likely see variations in color, texture, and sometimes even size.
What are its best features?
Good looking dear and pine design
3.5” drain perfect for use in the kitchen
Sink is big hence only requires you to buy a single unit
What could be improved?
Variations in size, color and texture from sink to sink
Another impressive farmhouse installation sink presents itself in the form of the Rockwell Kitchen Sink. This particular one is a 16 gauge item that weighs 48 lbs. As you can see from the image above, this model is different from other farmhouse installation sinks thus far. It is partitioned in two to look more like a dual-mount sink from above. This may also be helpful when you are washing the dishes.
It also seems to have a hand-hammered body similar to some of the other sinks mentioned above. Add that to a rustic finish, and this would make an ideal addition to a classic kitchen.
This product is from the Sinkology manufacturer, like the editor’s choice. Given this fact, there are various accessories that you should get in addition to the sink. A bottom grid and sink drain are just two of them.
What are our favorite features?
Aesthetically pleasing hammered body
The sink is divided into two
Easy to clean and maintain
What could be better?
You will experience discoloration with your sink over time
This sink is the first one by the manufacturer to feature drop-in installation on our list. It as well has an antique finish and will go well with other copper installations in your kitchen. Once you make your purchase, you should have a lifetime warranty. This goes to show the manufacturer is confident about the product he puts out.
There are also aspects of the sink that make it stand out. Most noteworthy is the inclusion of three faucet holes. As such, the person you hire to do installation should have no issues fitting three faucets into the holes.
What makes it special?
Comes with slots for the installation of taps and faucets
A few available accessories by the manufacturer
What cons did we find?
While repairable the sink is relatively fragile and can bend in certain areas when subjected to impact
While this is officially a dual-mount sink, you can often get away with installing just one. They make great bathroom accessories primarily due to their shape. As an 18 gauge sink, this is probably one of the thinner sinks on our list. Nevertheless, if the installation goes well, you shouldn’t worry about any damage as it is unlikely.
The drain size is as well more suited to the bathroom than it is to the kitchen. Also, the manufacturer advises that once you have started using this sink, it will take some time, but there should be some discoloration due to contact with water and air.
What do we love it for?
Easy to maintain
What were we disappointed with?
Slight discoloration of the sink is to be expected over time
Things to Consider
A sink is a lifetime investment, and one you will probably have to look at for most of your life. As such, getting your selection right the first time is crucial. A buying guide on the same should prove remarkably useful in getting you to that end. Consequently, you should take into account every area highlighted below if you want to buy a quality copper sink.
Benefits of copper sinks
The first thing that comes to mind with regards to copper is the metal’s appeal. It has an attractive sheen to it as well as color. Another benefit that accrues from copper sinks is the durability that is sometimes dependent on thickness. Lastly, copper sinks are relatively easy to maintain, only requiring you to rinse with soap and water every once in a while. This is easy to do, especially in the kitchen as you are washing dishes.
Features to consider when choosing a copper sink
There aren’t that many features associated with copper sinks, but the ones that are there make a world of difference in determining the usefulness of particular models. As such, you can find them listed and explained in detail below.
There are a few ways to gauge quality with regards to copper sinks. The purity of copper is one of them, and it implies that the purer the copper used in making the sink is, the better. Also, the higher the gauge value, the lower the thickness.
A 16-gauge is, therefore, thicker than a 20-gauge and likely more durable.
Consequently, you need to go for the lowest gauge figure you can find in a sink if all other factors are right.
As well smooth finishes show a bit of machine refinement while hammered designs are useful where you need a bit of texture in your sink. Both of these are solid choices, and it falls to you to decide which you prefer.
There are also a couple of ways you can install your sink. Most manufacturers will design their sinks with a specific installation style in mind, and you can then choose which one works for you. Under-mount, for example, will require installation under the counter. Dual mount sinks can be installed over and under countertop due to a thin and flat sink rim. Another installation type is farmhouse, as seen in the Rockwell Kitchen Sink, and these have the habit of protruding from the counter. They as well need strong cabinet bases since they are often weighty. Vessel sinks are probably the easiest to install and will sit on top of the counter. Nevertheless, there aren’t any examples of the same mentioned above.
Dimensions and weight
These matter most with regards to installation. Smaller sinks, for instance, tend to be more suited to the bathroom since you often use them to brush your teeth and wash your hands. On the other hand, kitchen sinks need more space for the dishes. Also, the weight comes into play, where you may need a strong base to handle a weightier sink.
Bigger drain sizes are more common in the kitchen since they need to drain water faster. As such, 3.5” is the standard drain size in the kitchen with their counterparts in the bathroom often being 1.5” in size. An example of the same is seen in the Sinkology SK101-33AC Angelico Kitchen Sink.
Single or double sink
This is a matter of preference. However, double sinks may be better since they offer you the opportunity to rinse dishes in a different tub.
Also, your sink is likely to develop a patina cover over time and this may change its appearance. This is perfectly normal and should not be cause for worry.
Other features may include finishes that are not common in other copper sinks. Among them, you find examples such as artistic designs on the apron front. Nevertheless, these should only be a consideration once you are sure a sink is suitable for intended uses and fits all your other criteria.
All you’d need to do is wash a copper sink from time to time with soap and water. There is, of course, going to be a difference in color over time due to the development of patina. Nevertheless, this is normal and doesn’t affect the quality of the sink.
The Sinkology SK303-33SC Ganku Copper Sink is superior in design, gauge as well as a few other areas. Consequently, it would be difficult for you or any other person considering a copper sink purchase for their kitchen to go wrong with this purchase. Another copper sink worth spending money on is the Native Trails CPS868 Classic Bathroom Sink. This one is more suited to bathroom installation and despite its 18-gauge frame, you have nothing to worry about concerning durability.
Anyone looking for a dual mount sink should choose the Copper Factory CF162AN Rustic Kitchen Sink. While this tool will cost you a pretty penny, it is likely to be worth it in the long run. Also, don’t be shy to pick from the other four options as well if you feel they fit your vision for the kitchen or bathroom in your house.