Handsome, sturdy and meticulously welded sink
I am in the middle of a complete kitchen renovation and were looking for a farmhouse sink when I got the opportunity to receive this sink in exchange for my review. We had been looking for a white clay sink, but the good ones are just so expensive that we hadn’t been able to pull the trigger on the purchase. We had also looked at some stainless sinks, but again, a good many of them were over $1,000! I was unable to locate any information on this sink before receiving it, as the manufacturer
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appears to be new to the market. Or, at least this brand is. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect for quality. Please don’t think that because I received this product for free that I’d sing it unworthy praises. I would not build custom cabinets and a counter top around a sink that I didn’t want in my house for the next fifteen years or more. We absolutely love this sink and feel that it’s a great value, especially considering how much you could spend on a similar item. This attached pictures show my temporary setup and how we’re experimenting to determine our final mounting approach.
APPEARANCE – Let’s just get this out of the way. It looks fantastic. Great lines, great form, absolutely no visible defects or anything that looks less than high end. It comes well packaged and wrapped in a cloth bag. When I first peeled away the bag I was blown away with how nice the sink is. The proportions of the walls, the compartment sizes and the bowed front are excellent. We have noticed one detail that I want to mention. The sink is very easily stained from water drops and splashes. We never noticed this effect with our old stainless sink. Admittedly, it was an under-mount and significantly less visible. With a showpiece like this unit, and with so much exposed surface these stains are quite visible and annoying. A simple wipe with a soft cloth is all that’s needed, but it’s a factor in my book. I don’t know if other stainless alloys have the same problem.
BUILD QUALITY- As you may have read in other reviews the metal is heavy gauge and is sturdy. It feels solid. Dampening material is bonded (sprayed) on the bottom, really contributing to that solid feeling, as well as preventing it from sounding hollow during use. The hand welded seams are all perfectly ground and sanded, leaving no sloppy artifacts. The front apron also feels great – not thin or hollow. It honestly looks perfect.
CHOOSING A SIZE AND LAYOUT – Ok, you’re probably going to lose some capacity if you’re coming from a single bowl sink – even if your old sink isn’t that big. We got to compare the 33” and the 36” and decided on the 36” because we liked the large bowl’s capacity for my Wife’s pans and sheets. I really suggest you find a way to assess your needs to ensure that the sink layout you choose is sufficient for your daily needs. To us, the 36” is a great balance of double bowl functionality and capacity for larger items.
INSTALLATION – The instructions are quite sparse. I suspect that virtually all of you will be having a professional perform the installation, making this a non-issue. Because I’ll be building my cabinets and counter top I’ve had to do quite a bit of experimenting with mounting this sink. It can be mounted under the counter top, flush with the top of it or sitting proud. Also, it’s intended to be installed away from the wall such that the front protrudes out from the base cabinets and out from under the counter top. Again, the instructions were sparse, so I wanted to experiment. As seen in the attached photos I built a temporary base to mount the sink to, as well as a plywood counter top to let me test fit and see how it looks in the various configurations. We living with the sink in this temporary manner for now, with it sitting proud of the “counter top” to see how we like it. We may end up trying the other configurations as well before committing.
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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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