A truly exceptional deal as an ultrapremium sink
My wife and I run a small property business in Southwestern Pennsylvania. We buy investment properties, repair and renovate, and rent and sell. I am the licensed contractor of the outfit, and usually work with a small crew of renovation specialists. We do quite a few kitchen upgrades every year as part of our regular investment and renovation strategy.
This is the kind of sink we would happily put into an upper-end investment renovation here. It represents one of the best value-for-money
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renovation fixture investments I’ve ever seen.
The Anzzi brand is relatively new, although gaining ground quickly in luxury kitchen and bathroom fittings. It belongs to a very well-respected Florida company, Spa World Corporation, that has been manufacturing high-end fixtures like this sink for over twenty years. I think it’s important to building an understanding of how Anzzi products are designed and made to know that the parent company has forged its reputation for uncompromising quality in the unforgiving commercial/professional arena, because it shows throughout the entire Anzzi product line. Here, I am quite pleased to be able to tell you exactly why you cannot buy, beg, borrow, or steal a better made sink of this type until you get well above this price point. Anzzi has made me a believer.
HomeDepot.com offers a good online explanation of sink materials and types, and you can read it at your leisure. This is a rectangular stainless-steel 36-inch apron/farmhouse sink, and the site does a great job of explaining these terms. Yet Anzzi bills this sink as a “handmade” sink, which requires a bit of explanation. Essentially, all stainless sinks begin life as a flat piece of stainless steel, which is then stamped into shape. This is about all the complexity involved in how most sinks are made -- they're a stamped piece of metal. They generally have shallow bowls with rounded edges because that’s an easier form to stamp a sink into. But the stamping process does not lend itself easily to making deep rectangular sinks that offer the biggest bowls possible per the amount of counter space sacrificed for the sink.
Handmade sinks like these are reinforced at the edges and corners to create a steel cage around their larger bowls. This makes the sink very strong and solid, and the thicker the steel of the sink, the more solid it gets. This sink is made of the thickest ultrapremium stainless steel used in residential sinks: 16-gauge stainless steel. Moreover, the kind of steel this sink made of is generally acknowledged as the best for kitchen sinks because it offers maximum corrosion resistance: 304 stainless steel.
But there are a number of companies offering sinks of this design, or close to it. 16 gauge, 304 ultrapremium stainless is becoming ever more common. What makes this sink stand out?
I have to begin with the finish. Figure 1 shows what this sink looks at. Disregarding my grubby fingerprints, because I didn’t use the cotton gloves included to muscle it out of its bag, you’re not going to find anything else near this quality of deep satin finish at this price point. Figure 2 shows the finish down to the depth of the sink in one of the corners, and I’ve tried to enhance the sharpness of the image well past what I would normally do in an effort to show you that there are NO visible or tactile irregularities in the finish here. This quality of polishing is highly unusual for sinks like these. In the corners, you often get irregular buffing and scrapes that you can feel in place.
Figure 3 shows the thick rubber bumpers on the sink grate. You will appreciate these over time much more than the thinner ones on most other brands, which tend to wear through under dish loads over time and allow the feet to start leaving scratches on the bottom of the sink.
It’s indisputable indicators of quality like this that push this sink past what most companies offer. Look, if you’re even looking at this with any intention to buy, you clearly understand that you’re making a fixture investment decision here. This is an ultrapremium sink being offered at a great price point for what it is, a thing that you will use for years and yet will still add a great deal of value to your kitchen renovation when you sell your home, have your home re-appraised, or pass your home on to your loved ones. The people at Anzzi clearly understand what this kind of investment decision is about. This sink may well be one of the ten best deals being offered on this website. As an ultrapremium kitchen sink, it stands head and shoulder above its competition by clearly beating it out in both price and quality of construction. That’s an accomplishment Anzzi has a right to be proud of.
I have one caveat for you if you are a DIYer and are having this sink installed, but will be connecting the strainer yourself. Please look at Figure 4, which shows the included strainer assembly. I’m pointing at the white inner gasket seal included in the packet. You should throw this away and use a ring of plumber’s putty to make the seal. This is a convenience gasket included for DIYers, and I suspect the only reason it’s here is that Anzzi’s main competitor in similar sinks includes one in their sinks, too. 9 times out of 10, it will be fine for 5, 10, even 15 years if you install it correctly. But a sink like this will last practically forever if you treat it right. Plumber’s putty would be the professional’s choice to form the seal and would offer a higher level of protection for your expensive investment.
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