When getting a new kitchen sink, most people just think about the look. What looks classiest? What look will fit best with my counters, cupboards and appliances? What material compliments the fresh paint the best? A crucial part of choosing a new stainless sink, however, is the gauge.
Essentially, the gauge is simply how thick your sink is. The lower the number, the thicker (and higher quality) the sink is. They range from 22-15 gauge. At most consumer retailers like Lowes or Home Depot, you will find 22, 20 and 18 gauge models. The premium manufacturers, though, will stick to 15 and 16 gauge sinks — like Eclipse Stainless.
Look is certainly important. But you want to make sure to keep quality top-of-mind when you are looking at any kitchen remodel. Make sure you have all your facts, and look at the raw numbers before making any big decision.