When planning your commercial kitchen layout, it’s important to factor in what type of kitchen sink you will need for your space. From the number of compartments to the material of the unit and more, we've laid out all the factors that you need to consider when searching for a sink of your own.
The first factor to consider as you look into buying kitchen sinks is how many sink compartments you'll need. Among the types of sinks available, the different number of compartments serve various purposes and help improve efficiency in your establishment. Although the three compartment sink is one of the most common sink layouts in the industry, you can also choose between one compartment, two compartment, and four compartment sinks.
The material of the sink you buy is just as important as its number of compartments and size. All compartment sinks are made of stainless steel to ensure long-lasting durability, but there are different grades of steel used. You will often find compartment sinks made of either 430 stainless steel or 304 stainless steel.
What's the difference between type 304 and type 430 stainless steel? Type 430 contains no nickel, but type 304 does contain a percentage of nickel. Both alloys are resistant to corrosion and food safe, though 304 is not magnetic and generally considered higher quality.
Each compartment sink is also made with a specific gauge of steel. The gauge is a measurement of the steel's thickness, with lower gauges indicating a thicker metal. The most common gauges for compartment sinks are 18 gauge, 16 guage, and 14 gauge.
You can pair your compartment sink with a variety of accessories and configurations to maximize your experience and efficiency.