A copper sink is an artisan piece much like a painting or a sculpture. The process of hammering and shaping the sink gives it an individuality, a personality that's all its own. Each sink bears the mark of its maker by the process in which it is shaped and hammered, like the signature of the artist on a painting. A copper sink is a beautiful and classic way to update your kitchen. Not only is it lovely, but it's a low maintenance fixture and naturally resistant to stains, discoloration and bacteria.
Each sink is unique, though they may appear similar. When shopping for a copper kitchen sink, you may be tantalized by a lower price, but it's important to check the gauge of the sink. The gauge of the sink means the thickness of the metal. You want a smaller number gauge because the smaller the number, the thicker the sink. Copper sinks range from 18 gauge to 14 gauge. There is some extra cost involved, but thinner sinks are prone to denting and damage. They also have an unpleasant tinny sound, though if a thinner sink is chosen, they can be fitted with hardware so that the sound isn't a problem. It's best to find a gauge that's somewhere in the middle range, a good solid piece that won't destroy your budget. It's possible to find a quality copper sink for only a few hundred dollars. On the higher end, it ranges into the thousands.