Sink Material: Enameled Cast Iron
Distinctive Features: You know cast iron is a common cookware material. Cast iron sinks are made of the same durable iron alloy but add a porcelain enamel coating, fired at a very high temperature, which gives the sink that signature smooth, glossy surface.
Associated with: Farmhouse or apron style sinks; vintage or country designs.
Pros: Won't crack or dent; extremely durable; smooth, glossy finish is very appealing and "sparkly."
Cons: Porcelain enamel can chip or scratch if handled roughly; susceptible to stains; undermount cast iron sinks require extra mounting support because of the sink's weight; not compatible with strong or abrasive cleaners, which can wear away the enamel coating.
Installation: Drop-in cast iron sinks are DIY-friendly, but may require more caulk to seal the gaps between the countertop and the sink. A drop-in cast iron sink installation will cost less than an undermount cast iron sink installation, which is more labor-intensive.
Price range: $200+. May cost more for colors other than white.
Kitchn Reader Reviews:
Our apartment still has the original sink cabinet; the cabinet part is white-painted metal, and the top is a huge piece of enameled cast iron. The counter has runnels so I can place the dish drainer directly on the counter without one of those bases that always get dirty. The continuous counter/sink means there's no gap to get dirty or leak, but I break more dishes than I did with our previous stainless steel sink, because it's so hard. - Lauren F.
I much prefer what I have - enameled cast iron with double basin. Easier to keep clean and better looking. Scotch Brite pads are a wonder. I've had single basin and stainless steel and they were not for me. - krnstn
We just replaced our white cast iron sink (hated it with a passion! never, ever get a white sink!) with a black composite granite double bowl sink top-mount sink. We absolutely love it! - DCEJamie
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