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Label it however you would like, but when completing a remodel of any room in your home finding a cost-effective, inexpensive, economical or even “cheap” alternative that can help you save money but not compromise the quality upgrade you are after in the first place is the goal of every home renovation project.
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Top Houzer Kitchen Sink Reviews
his is no different when remodeling the most frequented area of your home – the kitchen. While many homeowners stress about the overall price of a kitchen makeover (the average can vary between $12,000 and $35,000 according to HomeAdvisor.com), there aren’t many spots where you can feel comfortable sacrificing the money you will need to pay for the quality and craftsmanship of the product you will get.
No one wants a low-rent set of cabinets. And if you’re going all in on a remodel, why skimp on a cheap or poorly-made countertop? Which brings us to the focal point of any kitchen – let alone kitchen renovation project – the sink.
Options abound for how to round out your rejuvenated kitchen from engineered composite quartz to highly durable porcelain to lustrous, high gauge stainless steel.
But one thing is for sure when considering a sink to meet your remodeling needs: you don’t have to give up on quality in a kitchen sink just to meet your budget on the other items in your project. In fact, many manufacturers have found a way to merge quality with cost-effective when it comes to the latest models of kitchen sinks, including Houzer, a relatively new entrant on to the kitchen sink scene.
While other manufacturers have marketing and brand recognition covered, Houzer is best known for being on the lowest end of the price scale on all of its various kitchen sink styles and models.
Houzer offers a wide range of sink styles, shapes, colors and finishes. Customers don’t seem to be complaining however, as Houzer sinks get solid reviews while maintaining the durability and aesthetic appeal you are after for your kitchen remodel project.
Here are just a couple of Houzer’s models to consider when you sit down to match quality and craftsmanship with the constraints of your budget.
Houzer STS-1300-1 Eston Series
With all of the focus on composite and stone sinks, stainless steel models have taken a backseat in popularity recently, but not it is not for a lack of quality in the market.
Take the Eston series from Houzer for example. The single bowl is constructed of 18 gauge T-304 stainless steel for a lustrous satin finish. The mix of nickel and chrome combine to resist corrosion, stains and denting – three of the most common complaints with old school stainless steel sinks. The finish also helps keep the sink hygienic, while helping to fight off scratches.
The mid-range bowl dimensions (23 3/16 x 17 15/16) are aided by the 9 inch depth of the bowl to provide you with maximum cleaning space while allowing the possibility of a smaller cabinet hole for install.
Take Note: Houzer has added two bonus features with the Eston series that you can’t see but will hopefully help you hear. First, there’s the SuperSilencer pad undercoating to help reduce the sounds of dishes and utensils scraping and banging on the bottom of the sink’s basin. The pad is made of natural rubber and is an upgrade on the standard sound pads of other stainless steel models.
Then, they’ve added the MegaShield insulation which goes over the sound pad to add further sound dampening, while also helping to reduce condensation under the sink. The goal of the double layer of protection is to allow you to continue your dinner conversation without having to hear over the din of the dishes in your sink as you clean up after dinner.
Precautions: In order to avoid any scratches or other blemishes to the sink, Houzer offers a custom stainless steel bottom grid, as well as other sink accessories like a rinsing basket, a cutting board and a drying tray to keep your dishes from damaging the sink.
- Model Number: Houzer STS-1300-1
- Weight: 9 Lbs.
- Rating: 4.75/5.0
Houzer 2522-8BS3-1 Glowtone Series
Another stainless steel alternative is the Glowtone series, which is different from the Eston in a few notable ways.
First, the Glowtone is a top mount or drop in sink. This not only helps to make install more efficient, but it also allows one of the sink’s important aesthetic features to shine through. Houzer adds a highlighted rim to its stainless steel sinks, giving them a deeper luster and cleaner shine. The exposed rim of the Glowtone sink uses this feature well and depending on your appliances and countertops, it could be a nice accent feature.
The Glowtone series also comes with three holes in the top of the sink for easy faucet and handle installation. The alternative gives you added versatility when using the sink, as well as options for how to pair the fixtures with your appliances and countertop color.
Take Note: It’s the little things in the craftsmanship of kitchen sinks that sometimes go a long way – and that’s definitely the case with the Glowtone sink. The 20 gauge stainless steel is a notch up from the Eston series and provides further resistance against corrosion, dents and stains while still maintaining its luster and shine. All of Houzer’s sinks are made of T-304 stainless steel, which is easy to sanitize and stands up against most corrosion.
Precautions: Because of the dimensions of the Glowtone sink series, customers have noted that it may require more clamps than those provided with the sink. The sink measures 21” x 15 ¾” x 8 and as a result may not fit directly into an opening if you’re simply removing your old double basin and replacing it with the Glowtone model. Some customers have pointed out the need to widen the sink opening to fit the sink.
- Model Number: Houzer 2522-8BS3-1
- Weight: 12 Lbs.
- Rating: 4.1/5.0
Houzer NVS-5200 Novus
One more stainless steel model to look at when researching Houzer sinks is the Novus model. If you’re comfortable with or have already budgeted for a bit more expensive sink, the Novus model has many of the same features that make the previous sinks possibilities for your consideration, while also including some value-added features to help you get the most out of your remodel.
The Novus model is noticeably bigger than the other two model series, measuring in at 32 x 18 x 9. The sink is easily equipped to handle all of your regular nightly dishwashing – and then some. That’s thanks to a bevy of added features that transform the sink from an appealing single basin model to a functional kitchen support system with a few small movements.
The Novus comes a dual deck sliding system. Want to rinse and strain your veggies, while also having a cutting board right next to the sink? Well now, you can do both. The dual deck sliding system includes a cutting board, a rolling drying rack, a drying tray, a bottom grid and a strainer – all of which fit neatly into the various grooves at the top of the sink. The function of the sink is unmatched and helps to save counter space and clean up time all in one fell swoop.
Take Note: The sink maintains its 18 gauge stainless steel composition with a brushed satin finish. And while the bottom grid is a nice addition to help save the bottom of the bowl from scratches and dents, the grooves in the bottom of the sink that flow from the four corners to the center drain not only add to the sink’s aesthetic appeal, but they also help move water toward the drain to help prevent sitting water and its notorious friends – rust and corrosion.
Of course, the sink also features the sound dampening benefits of the MegaShield and the SuperSilencer pad.
Precautions: Like most stainless steel sinks, the Novus model requires some upkeep and maintenance to help it retain its noteworthy shine. Customers report that wiping down and drying the sink regularly helps, as do stainless cleaning products. But when you add in all of the other features the Novus sports, a simple wipe down isn’t really an option.
- Model Number: Houzer NVS-5200
- Weight: 36 Lbs.
- Rating: 4.5/5.0
Houzer PCS-2500 HW Porcela Series
The Houzer Porecela series gets its name from its porcelain enamel steel manufacture, making it an intriguing alternative to stainless steel alternatives for a few reasons.
The lighter core of steel makes the sink easier to install and maintain, while the porcelain enamel is extremely durable and yet not the hefty weight of quartz or granite composite sinks. The sink is fired at 1500 degrees, setting the coating of the sink and making it stain, chip and scratch resistant.
Further, the non-porous, glossy surface is easy to maintain and helps to maintain the hygiene of your kitchen because of this. Some customers note that because of the surface of the Porcela model, the sink always appears to be shiny and clean.
The Porcela series comes equipped with the natural rubber SuperSilencer pad, as well as the MegaShield insulation of the other models as well as a 10 year warranty.
Take Note: The sink is an undermount model and it measures at 17 x 22 x 9, allowing it to fit 27 as well as 30 inch cabinet openings. Customers have pointed out that the sink looks great in either size and is still easy to install, regardless of the opening.
Precautions: Porcelain sinks aren’t just limited to the standard white we think of when we hear the word “porcelain”. Houzer offers seven other variations and colors in its Porcela series including slate, navy blue, black and even a lemon color. Check out their other models to make sure you’ve found the right color to match your remodel plan.
- Model Number: PCS-2500 WH
- Weight: 19 Lbs.
- Rating: 4.2/5.0
Final Thoughts on Houzer Kitchen Sinks
If you’re considering ways to keep your kitchen remodel budget on the rails, but not interested in sacrificing quality of craftsmanship when you do so, take a closer look at the Houzer sinks reviewed here.
Whether it’s the functional, yet solidly-constructed and visually-appealing stainless steel models, or the durable and clean porcelain series, or any of the other products Houzer offers, they may just have the right sink for your remodel at a price that won’t make you rethink your project.
Whatever you decide, good luck with your kitchen sink selection and your renovation!
Brett E. is the Owner of BarterDesign.co. Brett comes from a long line of craftsman and foreman, and has been involved with the construction and renovation world ever since he was a boy while working for his families construction and remodeling company. After graduating with a a degree in Interior Design, Brett is the go to guy for any interior design or remodeling questions!