This sink is not installed yet, but I did take it out of the box and check it out. Very nicely made. It does have the coating on the bottom mentioned in the description, and this should help to reduce noise. The stainless steel is of a very high quality. The combination of size and depth was perfect for me. You might be able to find something nearly like this at the big box hardware outlets, but most of the ones in this price range are not undermount, so overall I think this is a better value than what they carry. The box arrived with a hole punched through it, but this was harmless because it was in the area of the sunken basin. It was well packaged to prevent bending or warping and I look forward to many years of future use.