What are Sink Grids (or Grates) and Why Do I Need Them?

High quality stainless steel sinks are made to last a life time just like the granite, marble,

Ecliipse Sink Grid (Grate)

quartz or other high quality countertop you have selected for your home.  They do however scratch. In a counter intuitive way the shinier and more brilliant the sink the more the scratches will show up.  On a cheap stainless steel sink the scratches may blend in with the dull finish and not be as noticeable.

Many people are not sensitive to the minor scratching that comes with everyday use but if you are sensitive and want you stainless steel sink as scratch free as possible or you use  heavy pots and pans you can reduce the scratching by using grates or grids to protect the bottom of your sink.

What should you look for in a sink grid? This is a tough question because so often the question is never asked.

  • You should have sink grids made of the same high quality stainless steel as your sink. In the case of Eclipse sinks that is 304 stainless steel.
  • Make sure the grid fits you sink. The grids should have an even space around the edge between the grid and the sink. The drain openings should line up with the drain holes.
  • Look at the welds on the steel particularly at the intersection of the wires. If the weld is rough it may trap particles, dirt and bacteria as well as look bad.
  • Eclipse uses black legs (the rubber like pieces that the sink sits on) and shoes (the barrel shaped pieces on the sides top keep the grid from scratching the sink.) Grids with clear plastic feet can show the wear and often will have black or discolored build up around or inside the feet and legs.
  • Avoid grids with plastic coatings as they will likely not take the wear of everyday use.
    Sink grid with plastic coating
  • The best way to assure you have high quality grids is to purchase them with your premium Eclipse Sinks.



About Tom Robinson

Tom Robinson is Director of Business Development for ANO, Inc. an Independent distributor of plumbing accessories - sinks and faucets - primarily to countertop fabrication and installation industry. The are the exclusive distributor of Eclipse Stainless products in the Midwest. Tom is a former home builder. Past President of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago, winner of eight key awards for design and construction and he created over $200 million in new real estate.
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