Kitchen sink recommendations?
I am thinking about replacing my kitchen sink. The current sink is a Crane brand, which appears to be enamel over steel. It is beige in color, and doesn't feel very thick (I am assuming it is not cast iron). It is 9 years old.
The current sink has a decent sized chip out of it, plus the area under the faucet is rough/worn. There are quite a few deep scratches that probably couldn't be polished out. I don't think the quality of the sink justifies a lot of work to improve it.
I am thinking about either a stainless sink or a Kohler cast iron one. I like the look of the cast iron sinks, but I don't want something that is likely to chip or is difficult to maintain.
1. I read that keeping stainless clean in areas with hard water can be difficult. Does anyone have any experience with this?
2. My current enamel/steel sink has a pretty weak finish, putting dishes under the faucet seems to damage the finish, and it has chipped (I don't remember dropping anything in it, but I may have). I don't want to get a replacement sink that is of an equally low-quality. A friend indicated that his cast iron sink was very durable, and has dropped a lot of things in it without doing any harm. Is a nice quality (Kohler) cast iron sink going to be more durable than the steel based one I currently have? Is the finish on a higher quality sink better/stronger/harder, or is the sink just heavier?
Any thoughts would be appreciated.