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My wife and I run a small property business in Southwestern Pennsylvania. We buy, fix, rent, and sell residential properties in this area. My end of the business is to run a small crew that handles almost all the renovation and repair work in our properties. I am a registered Pennsylvania home improvement contractor.
I’ve reviewed a number of Anzzi sinks here at homedepot.com, and given all of them highly favorable reviews. I do not like this sink as much as Anzzi’s 36-inch single bowl
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farmhouse/apron sink, which I really feel is about as a beautiful a stainless steel sink as I’ve ever worked with. In my view, apron sinks, in accordance with their commercial roots, look best as single-bowl sink with very large professional-style pulldown washing sprayers to make the most striking visual impression in a luxury kitchen upgrade.
But that’s not how people actually live, in actual homes, with their actual families. People connect the smaller bowl of a 60/40 like this one to garbage disposals, and usually, the easiest way to connect a dishwasher is through a garbage disposal. Unless you’re feeding a family of eight with commercial-sized pots and pans, who really needs the three cubic feet of sink space the single-bowl 36-inch sink offers? Unless you have a gigantic semiprofessional kitchen with more than one sink and work triangle, a 60/40 dual-bowl sink like this one is probably the right sink for you.
So if you’re looking for something really nice for your kitchen upgrade, I think this is the way to go, and as I’ve also written elsewhere, when it comes to stainless steel kitchen sinks, no one is going to give you more value for your investment dollars than Anzzi. I started off skeptical of this brand, because I hadn’t heard of it before, but it turns out that the Anzzi line is proudly produced by Spa World Corporation, headquartered in Florida, an American company that’s built a highly enviable reputation over the years for quality. I’ve been turned into a believer the hard way: these people make really good stuff.
So it’s now something of a pleasure to explain, from my contractor’s perspective, exactly why this sink, the flagship of the Anzzi line, is worth your consideration, and ultimately your money.
If you’re considering buying a sink that costs northward of half a thousand dollars, it is my sincere hope that you’ve done your homework before you put your money down. HomeDepot.com has an excellent guide to different sinks that you should definitely look at. To get some of the technical matters out of the way, this sink is made of ultrapremium 16-gauge stainless steel, it is a handmade sink with steel reinforcing the corners and edges of the two rectangular bowls which makes it as strong and solid as possible, and it’s made out of 304 stainless steel, which is generally acknowledged to be the best grade to make residential and commercial stainless sinks out of because of its superior corrosion resistance.
What I feel really sets this sink apart from other sinks of this basic design is its superior workmanship. Figure 1 shows the sink out of the fabric bag it comes (with two carry straps) and up on a 36-inch vanity for display purposes. I have been over this sink’s exterior six or seven times, feeling for polishing imperfections. I still haven’t found one. That is a lot of care and detail that does not always happen with sinks like these at similar price points. Figure 2 shows where that polishing excellence really comes out and where it matters most, up and down the edges of this sink. I’ve oversharpened this image as much as I can without obscuring detail to try to give an idea of just how good the polishing is compared to what you’ll see on other popular brands of sinks of this basic design. It’s perhaps an overly technical point, but there’s no question that the workmanship here stands head and shoulders above anything else you can buy at this general price point. I didn’t expect it when I first started looking at these sinks, but I’ve seen it in every Anzzi sink I’ve reviewed.
Figure 2 also shows you the precision of the drain lines on the bottom of the sink. One of the problems of sinks of this design is that sometimes, dirty, greasy water doesn’t drain well out of the mostly flat bottoms. Anzzi has chosen the best solution to the problem: manufacturing into their design drain lines whose slope is laid by lasers. These sinks drain very well indeed.
Figure 3 is the bottom of the sink. Unlike one of its main competitors, Anzzi does not mention in its product descriptions that the rubber soundproofing pads on these sinks are 3 mm for the bottom pad, 2 mm for the sides, which will give you one of the quietest sinks of this basic design available today. The condensation/soundproofing coating on the bottom of the sink is a standard feature for almost all stainless sinks sold today, but here the rubberized coating is significantly thicker and more robust than on most of its competitors.
Figure 4 is where we get into stuff that only a professional will really appreciate before his finger gets sliced open as he pushes this 75-pound sink into position. Not only does Anzzi weld the seams of the apron together, they grind the weld to a basic polish to make it much safer to handle during installation. That’s a quality touch.
Figure 5 shows another good touch. All too often with sinks of this design, the rubber bumpers of the sink grates are underwhelming. Over time, with enough weight on the grate and enough rubbing around, the bumpers do wear down and the grate starts scratching the bottom of the sink. Anzzi grates have properly enormous, heavy rubber bumpers that will last and last in this demanding application.
The bottom line is that this is a flat-out great ultrapremium kitchen sink, a wonderful investment decision from a professional remodeling standpoint and one that will hold its value extremely well over time and use. It looks beautiful, it will work great, and it is manufactured to extremely high standards. This is the one to get if this is the design you prefer and you demand absolutely the most bang for your buck that you can possibly get. I am happy to recommend this sink with absolutely no reservations.
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