What is the difference between fabricated and molded versions?

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Q: I am looking to purchase a new stainless steel kitchen sink and have been a little confused. What is the difference between a fabricated stainless steel sink and a molded stainless steel sink version?

A: Molded (or drawn) stainless steel sinks are found in most kitchens because of the many designs available and the accessible price ranges.

Basically, it is made by pressing a sheet of steel into a mold. This process produces smooth, rounded sink bowls that are easy to install and maintain.

A fabricated stainless steel sink is made by bending, cutting and welding metal sheets to form a box-like kitchen sink. This type is popular in professional-style kitchens, but you may need to fabricate a little extra money in your budget to include a fabricated sink.


Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. For more information, visit eddelgrande.com.