Last Updated February 2020: As kitchen upgrades go, new appliances are the big ticket items, while a decorative backsplash can really brighten up the room in an otherwise tired space. But one way to get some bang for your remodeling buck is a new heavy duty kitchen sink. Whether you’re interested in the ever-more-popular farmhouse style, a classic self-rimming style or a more modern version with accessories to help with food preparation and disposal, there are plenty of options available.
Nantucket Kitchen Sink Comparison Table
Nantucket Sinks offer a variety of styles and finishes to help you get exactly what you’re looking for in your kitchen remodel. Here are a few styles to choose from, with specifics and considerations for each.
We’ve all seen something like the classic sitcom joke of a character trying to prep the Thanksgiving turkey in a kitchen sink that looks more like it belongs in the bathroom. They flounder and flip the bird, maybe even slipping on the wet kitchen floor, before finally ending up taking the turkey into the bathtub. End scene, right?
That will never be something you will have to confront with Nantucket’s time-tested self-rimming version, ZR3322. The sink merges modern style choices like a larger, one bucket sink area with quintessential stainless steel finish. The 33” x 22” opening provides more-than-adequate room for all jobs - including taking care of that turkey.
The 10” depth of the sink means there’s little chance your clothes will end up wet while scrubbing the pots and pans from dinner. And the 16 gauge stainless steel means it should be durable enough for whatever you could throw at it...or in it.
But, we all know the biggest concern associated with stainless steel, don’t we? That’s right: wear and tear. And customers report this version may suffer a similar fate regardless of how vigilant you are. Stainless steel has a tendency to scratch and stain easily, and this classic finish may be no different.
Some customers also reported the dreaded “R” word: R-U-S-T. That spells a spoiled home improvement project if you aren’t careful.
In all, the self-rimming sink from Nantucket is a roomy and spacious sink, ready to handle the heavy traffic of holidays and weekend get-togethers, but it may come with its own turkey of a problem.
Looking for a different blend of time tested and modern? How about this concept farmhouse tub with an offset drain? Much like the previous model, the ZR3218 has a large capacity for all the pots and pans, but instead of a middle drain, the innovative offset drain pushes water to one side of the basin for increased space. Allowing customers to choose either a right or left drain, frees up room underneath the sink for more storage and a better efficiency use of the sink altogether. The stainless steel design still comes with 16 gauge steel and custom coating intended to help with noise and condensation.
Finally, the sink also comes equipped with a bottom grid with bumpers and feet to avoid any scratching on the sink’s base. The grid acts as a shield for the bottom of the sink, allowing water to flow underneath, but not letting the dishes bump up against (and potentially scratch) the surface of the base. It’s a value-added feature that gets strong customer reviews.
Nantucket ZR3218-OSD Key Features:
We all know the feeling of walking to the cash register, ready to check out, and then the salesperson asks if we’d like to add on extras: an extended warranty, a specially-made (but separately sold) addition, or a store credit card. The last Nantucket model to consider seems to have all of those features, without the uncomfortable feeling of judgment and sales pitch from the salesperson.
The ZR PS 3220 is an undermount sink in a stainless steel design. Sounds familiar, right? So now, let’s talk about those add-ons. There’s the grid that fits perfectly into the contours of the corners at the sink’s base. There’s the ledges built into the top that allow for nesting the stainless steel colander and rolling mat. And, there’s the strength of the 16 gauge premium stainless steel that adds a crisp finish to the look of the multifunctional sink.
As expected, customers rave about the additions. The colander design saves room in the other part of the sink for hot pots and pans or other dishes. Use the colander for rinsing fruits and veggies or for placing utensils after your meal is done.
The rolling mat is an interesting feature. It frees up counter space while also providing a place for hot items to cool down. Normally, after baking a meatloaf or a homemade pizza, we have nowhere except the counter or stovetop to place the hot pan. But using the rolling mat feature of the ZR 3220 frees up that counter space, while also saving it from wear and tear. The same could be said for when the meal is over and you’d need to soak that pan or pizza sheet. Using the rolling mat not only looks nicer than having that pan sitting on the counter next to the sink, but it frees up that area for other post-meal pursuits.
Nantucket ZR-PS-3220 Key Features:
Final Thoughts on Nantucket Sinks
Like most things in life, the choices that homeowners make when remodeling come down to budgeting. And generally, the more you spend, the more you get.
That would seem to be the case when considering a Nantucket sink as a part of your kitchen remodeling project. The spacious and roomy 3322 is the largest of the sink, but comes with no add on features and a concern about keeping the bottom of the basin clean.
The more sleek and offset 3218 model offers more room underneath the sink and a bottom grid that would seem to remove concerns about rust and other corrosion in the base of the sink tub.
And finally, the fully-loaded 3220 design has all the bells and whistles customer seem to rave about, but it also comes at the largest expense to a remodeler’s budget.
No matter which style you choose, there are plenty of positives and a few negatives to consider before tapping that “Order” button. Good luck on your choice, and on your remodel project!