Handmade Sinks: Understanding your options

Handmade Sinks: Understanding your options
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Whether you’ve just started shopping or have been researching for a while, you’re likely finding a confusing array of kitchen sink options. You may have come into this process, assuming that it would be reasonably straightforward. After all, you’re shopping for a kitchen sink, how difficult could it be?

Regardless of the size of the cabinet, what you will quickly start to find is several different styles and types of kitchen sinks. In this blog, we discuss handmade sinks. What does it mean when a sink is handmade, and what are the benefits of selecting a handmade sink?

The Manufacturing Process

The difference is in how sinks are fabricated. What makes a sink handmade? We’ll start first with the different manufacturing processes for kitchen sinks. Pressed sinks are the most common type of kitchen sink, manufactured by a machine that presses a single sheet of stainless steel into a predetermined shape—resulting in a wide range of variants for shapes, lengths, and bowl configurations.

Handmade sinks get their name from the process of forming the sink by hand and welding the corners. This process results in tight radius corners and straight lines throughout the basin. The end product is a professional or industrial appearance, a significant departure from the gradual curves of a pressed sink.

Increases Usable Space

Get more space with a handmade sink

While the distinct appearance of a handmade sink is the most obvious difference when compared to pressed sinks, extra space is one of the most notable benefits of the handmade sink. Large radius corners found in pressed sinks significantly reduce the amount of usable space within the basin. The tight radius corners found in handmade sinks allow for flat surfaces throughout the basin.  

For anyone with a busy kitchen and lots of dishes, this extra space will help make quick work of chores.

Extra Depth

Our handmade sinks offer a 10" deep basin

The standard depth of pressed sinks is 9 inches, while this will vary based on the brand, the most common depth you’ll find will be 9 inches. At Allora USA, our handmade sinks feature a basin depth of 10 inches. A distinction that you’ll find quite beneficial if you often use oversized or large pots and pans. While it may seem insignificant, if you find yourself at constant war with dirty dishes, you’ll learn to appreciate the extra basin you'll find in one of our handmade sinks.

Maintenance and Upkeep

Cleaning is a key consideration

While the handmade sink certainly does offer greater functionality than its pressed sink counterparts, you should consider cleaning when choosing between these two styles. The tight radius corners that give a handmade sink all the extra usable space, also require a bit more effort to clean. Where the design of a pressed sink guides water to the drain, handmade sinks are flat, meaning that the water will not naturally drain from the basin. To avoid water spots and remove debris, you will need to rinse and wipe down the sink after every use.

Start Shopping Today!

Now that you know more about handmade sinks, we invite you to start shopping Allora USA for your handmade sink.

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