Kraus vs Elkay: Reduce Noise In Your Kitchen With A Sound Dampening Sink

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Sound-dampening stainless steel kitchen sinks help keep the noise associated with cooking, cleaning, and crafts to a minimum. This relatively new technology was specifically designed for stainless steel kitchen sinks because while this kitchen stalwart looks great and is easy to maintain, it can also be really noisy. Kraus and Elkay have earned their reputations for providing high quality, high-end sinks for the residential market. Here's how their sound-dampening efforts compare:

Kraus NoiseDefend™


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Marketed as NoiseDefend Technology, Kraus has used noise-reduction pads on more than 80 percent of the underside of their sinks. By using an extra-thick layer of rubber, running water and the clang of dishes won't echo beyond the kitchen.

Kraus has also implemented a patented foil layer that aids NoiseDefend™. This Sound Barrier Technology further reduces noise and helps prevent condensation that can ultimately damage your cabinetry.

Located in Port Washington, NY, Kraus has a team of in-house designers who recently introduced the Dex series of sinks, touted by Kraus to not just be the quietest sinks on the market but to also not clog.

Elkay Sound Guard®


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For the last 98 years, Elkay has been designing and manufacturing sinks for both the commercial and residential markets, evolving designs and features to meet the demands of savvy shoppers.

Their Sound Guard® technology is a patented sound-dampening system utilizing pads positioned on the exterior underside that reduces noise, vibration, and condensation. Additionally, Sound Guard also helps keep warm the soapy water you're using to wash dishes.

Which Sound Dampening Sink Do You Need?

Both Kraus and Elkay offer a nice line of stainless steel sinks using high-grade materials that will last for years and stand up to the use and abuse of daily life. Pricing for the most popular size — 30 to 33 inches — of single basin, under mount kitchen sinks ranges from $400 to $1,500 for Elkay and $530 to $1,100 for Kraus.

Kraus Pintura 23" Undermount 16 Gauge Enameled Stainless Steel Single Bowl Kitchen Sink

Stainless steel is one of the most dependable, durable materials, so if you're looking for a new kitchen sink, be sure to get one that is made from this enamel. With the appeal of a cast iron sink, this Kraus undermount sink is timeless and sleek. The NoiseDefend Soundproof Technology consists of a rubber padding and a protective foil layer. With the beautiful, sleek, white design and durable sound dampening feature, this is a great kitchen sink option. 

Elkay Crosstown 16 Gauge Stainless Steel Single Bowl Undermount Sink Kit 

This single bowl undermount sink kit from Elkay a great deal for a number of reasons. The stainless steel material is durable and sleek and with Sound Guard technology, it's quieter too. The single-bowl design is extra-deep, which gives you optimal space for tasks at the sink, like washing large pans or filling stockpots. Along with this zero-radius sink, you get a bottom grid too so that you can stack dishes with no issue. 


Where Kraus might make you feel more comfortable is the amount of information available about their sound-dampening technologies; the company goes into more detail about what you can expect from their efforts. Elkay is a company with an almost 100-year history and a solid reputation among homeowners and professionals alike, and that might be good enough for you.