Pros and Cons of Copper Sinks

Pros and Cons of Copper Sinks

A kitchen sink goes through a lot in its lifetime, from food preparation and dish washing to countless other random tasks. A sink not only needs to look great – it also needs to be tough enough to withstand years of use while still adding to the visual appeal of your home.

Copper sinks accomplish all the above and may be the right choice for you depending on your budget and the goals you have for your kitchen. Here are the pros and cons of copper sinks to help determine if adding one to your household is the right move for you.

The pros of copper sinks


Copper’s natural color adds a warm, elegant feel to its surroundings. Copper sinks are available in a wide range of shades and can be made to complement essentially any kitchen space, whether alongside other materials or more copper – which is becoming increasingly popular in interior design.

Over time, copper naturally develops a beautiful patina shade, only furthering its visual appeal and the ability of copper sinks to provide a unique aesthetic to any kitchen.

Easy maintenance

Copper sinks require minimal cleaning and maintenance thanks to the natural resilience and self-cleaning capability of copper as a material. It is anti-bacterial in nature, naturally killing 99.9 percent of bacteria on its surface. Copper is even recognized by the EPA for its ability to reduce healthcare-associated infections.

Regular cleaning only requires occasional wiping with soap and water, which is another strong draw.


Copper is an extremely durable material. It won’t stain unless recklessly exposed to hazardous materials and won’t crack or break like porcelain or dent easily like stainless steel. Copper sinks are usually built with a heavier-gauge material than the steel used in stainless steel sinks. Anything 16-gauge or better is considered high-quality when it comes to copper.

In fact, copper is so tough and durable that we still often see antique copper sinks that date back 50 years or more, speaking to the long-lasting toughness and appeal of these cherished items.


In addition to their variety of shades, copper sinks are also available in a wide range of configurations to best suit your kitchen and its unique needs. Whether you need single-bowl, double-bowl, workstation, rounded, or a completely custom design, it can be created using copper.

The farmhouse design is highly popular, as well, wherein the apron is on full display in the kitchen to highlight the beautiful material of the sink rather than hiding it behind cabinetry.


Copper sinks are a bit more expensive than other options, but they do provide a significant boost to the value of your home. These are increasingly popular and desirable items, growing to attract prospective home buyers in addition to other copper appliances.

The cons of copper sinks

Natural reactivity

Many people love the natural reactivity and unpredictability of copper as a material – but it’s not for everyone. You should know before purchasing that your copper sink will go through a stage where its color is rather unbalanced before it assumes full patina. This can be a negative if you’d prefer a more consistent and predictable material like stainless steel.

Initial cost

Copper sinks may seem more costly than other cheaper materials at first, but they make up for that upfront expense with the value they provide to your home in both the short and long term. Still, the initial price can drive away buyers in need of a more economical alternative.

Professional install recommended

Copper requires professional plumbing expertise to install, making it tough for most homeowners to do on their own. Care must also be exercised during installation to avoid harming the surface of the sink or any of the surrounding cabinetry.

Add lifelong warmth to your kitchen with a copper sink from CopperSmith

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