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    Super Member May in Jersey's Avatar
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    I need a new kitchen countertop and sink and need some info. What do you have and do you like it? I really don't care for granite and was thinking of quartz or a solid acrylic. I've had a stainless steel sink for over 20 years and was pleased with it and may get one again but needed some input about other types of sinks too. How do they hold up? Was at a friend's house the other day and her acrylic sink of about 15 years is stained and looks as if the top coating was cracked. I thought acrylic was a solid peice, not something with a top coat. That's why I'm asking here as I'm sure to get lots of feedback. Thanks, May

    PS: Was all set with a kitchen counter fabricator but glad I didn't give a deposit because they just went out of business. This was the fabricator that several friends and our contractor recommend so I'm really in the dark now.

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    My mom has marble and I'll be switching to that when I can justify getting rid of my formica top. I love the way hers looks and feels.

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    I have a stainless sink... (exta deep) like it....
    just plain formica counters, dont' really like them, but all we could afford when we did it..(after the costs of the cabnets)

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    If I could replace mine, I'd go with a pretty Formica type. Wilsonart has some gorgeous ones. I like my daughter's marble for looks, but like formica for performance. Sink? A good quality stainless is fine. I do like the one deep one with one regular one side by side.

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    Mine is granite black, gray & white - it was here when we moved in 22 years ago. It is dark so it is not something that I would have picked out, but it does still look good. People are forever commenting on how good it looks. A friend of mine put in tile, it is very pretty but it has grout, and well, I don't like to clean that hard. So it just depends on what you want to do.

    Our sink is stainless steel, double sided, it is fine. Nothing to gt excited about.

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    I have granite now but if I were to re-do it, I would go with Corian (or some other solid surface acrylic). It was beautiful, cleaned up so nice, you could gently buff out scratches with a scrubby part of a sponge, the sink just needed a little bleach once in a while to get back to original color. My granite chips easily around the sink and I have a few other gripes about it.

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    My counter looks like butcher's block - I like the wood look

    My stainless steel sink has two side by side. One small and one large enough to put the roasting pan in it. We do our dishes by hand and sometimes I just use the small side.

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    I have quartz. Called Ceasarstone, Silestone, Verona or something else depending where you get it. I LOVE it! Very durable, maintenance free & looks great. After years of tile & grout (in both houses we've lived in here) it is so easy to wipe up. I went with a coordinating cast iron/porcelain sink & am very happy with that too. I had a stainless sink in another house & hated it!

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    I have Corian counters and sink. Bleach keeps the sink very white and there are no scratches from washing pots and pans.

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    Over the years and the many houses we've owned I've had everything. When we retired I wanted the easiest possible housekeeping - so I went back to Wilson Art formica. The new designs look almost like the real thing and the entire upkeep is a wet dishcloth swiped across it. It will last longer than I will live; the same is true of my stainless steel sink.

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    About the only comment I have:

    Avoid the tiny tiles like the plague.

    Go for the smoothest, most easily cleaned and maintained surface available.

    I do have an oversized double sink - and I love it!

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    I have acrylic counter to and sink. I like the way it looks, counter tops are easy to clean. The sink has not held up as well, I have to use Clorax spray for stains and Solt Scrub for pot marks. I would not consider granite, as it chips and if porous. Formica is looking better. No way will I put tile in my kitchen.

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    I have white corian, counter and double sink. I keep it clean with scrubbing bubbles or the Mr. Clean eraser. I like the look of the solid white.

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    Mine is just a normal countertop. It does the job. But I was watching some home reno shows and the cement counter tops look pretty cool. they are tinted to the colour you want.... it's just something different that not everyone has. Just some food for thought

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    I have a stainless steel sink in my kitchen and I love it. My husband wants to replace it with a white porcelain sink, but I put my foot down. The house I grew up in had a white porcelain sink and it ALWAYS looked dirty, no matter what.

    However, I wish we still had our old porcelain bathtub. We gutted both bathrooms about 5 years ago, moved walls and plumbing, replaced the one tub we had with an acrylic one, and added another acrylic tub where we used to have just a shower. I HATE the acrylic tubs. Hate, hate, hate them!

    As far as countertops, we have tile. My kitchen is all white, the countertops are red tile with white and black trim tile. It's very cheerful. I like tile because it's very easy to do (we installed it ourselves) and I don't have a problem with the grout - I spray it once a month or so with a bleach gel, leave it sit for 3-4 minutes, brush it with an old toothbrush, and wipe clean. We didn't go with granite or anything fancy, because it wouldn't have fit the style of our house (a 70's ranch).

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    When we bought this house 3 years ago, it had a porcelain sink. I *hate it*. When we get to fixing up the kitchen (we're going fixing the major problems, then the smaller ones, then rooms) porcelain is going and we're getting Stainless.

    Our counters are Corian

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    I just put in new formica counter , it looks like granite and I love it. My sink is stainless steel, is deep and is the size of a double sink, but no divider. Bought that when I was keeping grandbabies and I couldn't bathe them leaning over. They loved having their bath there. Now it's really good for large pans!

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    I have 12 x 12 porclin floor tiles on my counter an back splash, set as close together as we could get them. very little grout line, wears like Iron, hot pans from stove top to counter, no problem!.have an extra deep sink love them both only change I'd make is an under counter mount sink, no edges around sink to keep clean and just wipe anything on counter into sink. Lg tiles cost me less than $2 each/

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    You would simply be amazed at how GREAT they can make formica nowadays. Take a look. When we remodeled our kitchen in our old home, we put tile in, and wished we would have spent a little more and gotten Silestone.

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    We have 4" tiles (counter and backsplash) and a D-E-E-P brushed stainless single bowl sink. Perfect - no problems - easy cleanup and everything fits in that sink with room to spare! That's what sinks are for, dont'cha know?

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    We have a quartz countertop (Silestone from Home Depot) and I love it. The sink is an undermount composite sink in off-white. It is not as stain-resistant as the ad claims. I would not get it again but I am stuck with it, so I buy lots of Barkeeper's Friend and Softscrub cleaners.

    The other thing that went odd with the sink is that mine is extra deep - so yes, I can get large pots or buckets, or frying pans in it BUT then we also got an arched faucet and the combination makes things too tall - lots of splashing.

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    I have a big white porcelain sink with two sections, and I love it! Put in a new taller faucet set recently. Do have formica counters, and will do something different when and if we do a kitchen remodel.

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    whatever you get, do some research and make sure it is not made in China with Lead..many of them are!

    make sure it is not porous, that it is easy to upkeep, sanitary, and makes you happy!

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    We just redid our kitchen and put in Wilson Arts laminate (same as Formica) it was inexpensive compared to other products and looks good like granite without the expense and we also put in a new sink. The sink is a black graphite single basin and we LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

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    I have laminate countertops. I chose one that resembles stone. My double sink is extra deep with one side being large and the other just a very small sink. I really like the sinks because you can wash larger pans without splashing the water all over the place.

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