Founded in 1920 on the principles of quality and service, Elkay has since become the largest stainless steel sink producer in the United States. Boasting a “modern design with universal appeal,” these sinks are sturdy and reliable, and are able to fit into a number of kitchen, bathroom, and commercial settings due to their simplistic natures.
In the market for a new sink or two? In this guide, we’ll cover the different types of stainless steel sinks that Elkay has perfected, as well as a few more major features you should consider before making that purchase.
Like we mentioned above, the Elkay stainless steel sink collection includes a variety of models built to fit any situation. While the majority of these sinks share those same simplistic design qualities, there are a few key differences in both design and functionality based on the type of sink in question. We’ve listed the major sink types below.
- First and foremost, the Elkay kitchen sink model comes in a wide range of installation types, including drop in (with a lip around the edge that spills out onto the countertop) and undermount (with no lip). Features you’ll want to pay close attention to are the number of faucet holes installed, as well as the number of basins (ranging from 1 to 3). Our recommendation? Check out the farmhouse sink models from the Crosstown collection (pictured above). The front faces of these sinks extend outward from the counter, creating a stylish lip that also allows for more space within the basin itself.
- Stainless steel bathroom sinks from Elkay, while typically smaller than their kitchen counterparts, still maintain that simple, practical design flair. Installation types range from drop in to undermount, with some additional wall mount models built for public areas like offices and schools. Once again, be sure to take into account the number of faucet holes you’ll need, as well as the amount of countertop space you have available for any lip overflow.
- Elkay’s utility sink lineup actually comes in a mixture of both regular and stainless steel options. These sinks are mainly used for cleaning purposes, easing some of the foot traffic around typical kitchen or bathroom sinks. And while they may look strictly commercial, utility sinks can actually fit in nicely in the laundry room of a home, or even in some cases on the outside. The trough-style basins are built to handle large amounts of water at a time, and several of these sinks have space for multiple faucets if you’re dealing with a high-traffic area.
- Rounding off the lineup is Elkay’s collection of classroom sinks. The majority of these models are single-basin and drop in, and most of them also come with an extra hole intended for soap dispensers, making for a hygienic cleaning process. On top of that, Elkay’s custom Lustertone finish gives the sink a durable linear grain, meaning that light scratches naturally blend into the sink with time.
One benefit of choosing an Elkay stainless steel sink is that they tend to have rigid geometric shapes (either rectangular, square, or oval), making for a relatively easy installation process if you have the right sink size. These sizes typically depend on the amount of basins within the sink itself; for example, the single-basin Avado Undermount kitchen sink requires a hole in the counter that is only 18 inches wide, whereas the Gourmet Freestanding model comes with three basins and two drain boards, making it 120 inches wide.
The type (and size) of sink you need will depend on the situation, but we encourage you take accurate measurements beforehand, especially if you plan on dropping a sink into a countertop.
Like most models on the market today, the standard Elkay sink comes with one drain located in the center of each basin. However, if you’re wanting to be a little more space efficient, there are several stainless steel kitchen sinks with specialized drains that might interest you.
The Elkay Perfect Drain Top Mount sink, for example, has a drain located in the corner of the basin rather than the center. This change in drain placement frees up space beneath the kitchen counter, shifting any plumbing to the side and leaving more room in the center. Have a little too many cleaning supplies underneath that counter? Consider an alternate drain type.
Custom Elkay Features
In addition to the main points we’ve listed above, there are a number of features specific to the Elkay brand that may interest you if you’re in the market for a stainless steel sink. One such feature is the Aqua Divide. Found in kitchen sinks like this Gourmet Farmhouse model, the Aqua Divide acts like an other divider between two basins, except that it is half the standard height, making it easier to fit and wash larger items like pans and baking sheets.
Another custom Elkay feature is the Perfect Drain. Included with several stainless steel kitchen sink models, the Perfect Drain “provides cleanliness, utility, and a modern look to kitchens,” according to the brand themselves. What makes the Perfect Drain special is its air-tight lock and lack of lip, eliminating the space around the drain where food and bacteria can often gather. Want to learn more about the Perfect Drain? Check out Elkay’s press release!
Once you’ve chosen the perfect sink from Elkay, don’t forget that there are a number of additional, complimentary products Elkay offers. Like we mentioned above, several kitchen sink models come complete with a drain, but just in case your’s doesn’t or you’re in the market for a replacement, Elkay also sells drains separately.
Other products you might want to consider? Sink bottom grids, rinsing baskets, cutting boards, and soap dispensers, to name a few. The point is, whether you’re looking to replace a single sink or remodeling an entire room, Elkay has a reputation for reliable products that last.
Any questions about Elkay’s stainless steel sink collection? Feel free to reach out to our team at 866-355-0310, or shop the entire catalog below!