I did a minor kitchen upgrade (new granite countertops, sink and faucet) and I chose this sink based on it's reviews online and it's great price. I actually didn't go to any showrooms to view any sinks, but did it all based off online reviews and online articles. Probably not the best way to choose a sink, but I am very satisfied with my purchase. The 16-gauge stainless steel is worth every penny and the quality, thickness and sound absorption of this sink is excellent. This is quite a large sink, you will have no problem washing large pots, pans and cookie sheets in it. The custom steel grate for the bottom is a nice feature. If you are used to a smaller sink, be prepared to have to use a sink sprayer to spray the sides and outer edges of the sink to ensure everything gets down the drain. That would be the only small drawback of this sink, but I believe it to be characteristic of any large, single bowl sink. Excellent quality, would purchase again!