What's behind our sink Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 14 models in sinks to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    This is based mainly on performance, handling, and ease of use. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
  • Stains
    Shows resistance to common bathroom items and cleaning products.
  • Abrasion
    Reflects resistance to damage from nylon and metal scouring pads.
  • Sharp impact
    70 gram pointed weight dropped from a maximum height of 20 inches
  • Heat
    Gauges resistance to damage from a hot curling iron in contact with the surface.



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Our tests have found that despite the hype, sink and faucet prices have little to do with performance. Consumer Reports' sink reviews give you honest buying advice that you can trust. We provide unbiased Ratings to help you choose the best sink for your needs and budget, and use our buying guide to learn more about sinks styles and what you need to consider.

Sink buying guide

Sink buying guide

What do you get when you pay top dollar for a kitchen or bathroom sink? Despite the hype sink prices have little to do with performance. We also found that the manufacturer isn't as important as the material.

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