Composite kitchen sinks are a man-made alternative that combines the best qualities of stainless steel and cast iron.

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Q: I’m in the process of designing my new kitchen, and I want to install either a cast iron or stainless steel kitchen sink. Both materials have advantages and I’m stuck in the middle. Can you please weigh in with your thoughts and ideas on this topic?

A: Kitchen sinks are available in many types of materials, and cast iron and stainless are both very popular. Cast iron is often chosen for its wide range of color choices, and of course for its strength and durability. Stainless steel gives you classic looks that match just about any style, and it’s a favorite with home chefs who want a professional kitchen.

In addition, I’ve worked with a third material choice that brings in advantages from both worlds.

Composite sinks are a man-made alternative for kitchen sinks. A composite sink offers a matte finish like stainless, with wide color choices like cast iron. It’s exceptionally durable, but can help absorb the impact of falling cookware. It’s also heat-, stain-, scratch- and chip-resistant.

Bottom line: If you’re looking for another material choice, a composite kitchen sink may bowl you over.


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