Ok, I will tell you this right from the start....if you're buying this sink as a combo kit with the faucet included, then heed the warning of so many others and forget the faucet. The faucet is admittedly junk. I didn't even install mine as a matter of fact because I had one basically identical to this beforehand and hated hated hated it. So that is the only reason I did not give the Quality rating 5 stars. The Value however is still excellent in comparison.
So, with that up front, if you're looking for a top-mount stainless steel SINK, then I HIGHLY recommend this one. I've owned stainless steel sinks and most recently a high-end deep, single-basin farm-type copper sink. This purchase is the absolute best value of similar design that you will find. Here's why:
I looked extensively at Lowe's, Home Depot, Craigslist, Ebay, and other specialty retailers, both locally and online. In my opinion, this sink by Glacier Bay is the best value out there for this style. Just comparing the steel itself, it claims 18 gauge. Even if that was misleading in some way, it is still of thicker quality than other big names I saw. Moen for instance (I believe it was Moen or Standard American) has a same-size single basin sink, but was actually 20 and 22 gauge. The 22 gauge, while I wouldn't have really paid much attention to it up front, is quite thin and I'm certain would be prone to warping or bending with heavy dishes full of water. I felt and tested the thinner sinks and feel that it would be a mistake. And if you read up on some of the reviews, yes...it appears that that's the case. Most notably, those thinner sinks are loud. So with this 18 gauge, thus far I feel it's as sturdy as the sink that it replaced, which was an older stainless steel sink from 35 years ago when steel was steel, not flimsy tinfoil.
There were notes about staining or rust with this sink. I assure you, this is stainless steel. There is ZERO signs of rust and I don't expect there will be. Rust comes as a result of certain metals, eg cast iron skillet, oxidizing from contact with water over time. This will assuredly transfer to your sink if left in there with water contact. My countertops are sadly laminate but have held up I'm guessing for the duration of the house, which is about 35 years. Here I come in and stain it within the first month with a wet cast iron skillet. Point is, it's inaccurate to say that this sink rusts. Unless there was some batch of production that was faulty, much like the warped reports of some of these sinks, then that would be an exception. But this is a nice stainless steel that I'm confident is of very good quality.
Now being that the faucet included is junk, I fortunately had a much better extended nozzle faucet I brought with me from the other house. Even if the faucet included was decent, I would have replaced it because it sits much lower to the sink, which makes for running water over vegetables or cleaning larger dishes a nuisance. So, I would highly recommend a tall faucet. They can be had at the hardware stores or go check Ikea if you have one close by. It's well worth the investment to get a GOOD ONE, not some junk that LOOKS GOOD. It'll likely be the price of this sink so keep that in consideration if money is a factor.
Regarding the faucet, mine is a single hole design. I believe it came with a three-hole cover, but I lost it I guess from the other house. No problem though, I actually am very glad I didn't have the cover. As you can see from some of the customer pics, the included faucet or any cover for that matter is prone to shift and spin if not secured super tight. In addition, there is much more areas for water to seep in if not properly silicone. So, I recommend doing as I did....buy the single hole mount faucet and then use two SCREW-TYPE stainless steel dummy caps to fill the gap, making sure to add silicone before screwing down all the way. Do not use the snap-in type caps/plugs. If one of the prongs bends or it doesn't seat all the way, you run the risk of it allowing water in.
As for mounting of the sink, it was very easy. I did as the instructions recommended which was to install the faucet before mounting. This makes for tightening the fastener easier and assuring it's tightened securely. Then, I loaded up on good quality clear silicone on the counter top where the edges will meet. I did NOT put it on the underside of the sink because the metal is beveled such that if there's a thin bead of silicone, it may not even make contact with the countertop. So to assure that it's proper sealed all the way around, glop the silicone on the countertop. I did still use the adhesive weather seal gasket included with the sink too.
When securing the sink, do not wait too long to wipe the excess silicone away. It will dry and make cleanup much more difficult. But, it's a good idea to have handy a silicone adhesive cleaner to wipe up any residual silicone that you may not even notice until you tighten the sink all the way down or you look at the sink and countertop at a certain angle. I use Krud Kutter (I think that was the name) and it seemed to do well, and was environmentally safe for those that care.
Last thing I'll mention....I never thought I'd need the two wire grates that's included with the sink. But I will assure you, they are a great addition. I leave the bottom grate in all the time as it not only leaves the larger pans up off the bottom so water can drain, but the grate also has a center hole that allows me to lift off the drain cover if I need to empty the sink of standing water. With heavy pans resting on the bottom, this makes it a lot more difficult and messy.
I'm uploading a pic of my sink setup to show you how I mounted the single-hole faucet, two dummy caps, and one soap dispenser.
This sink has been one of those purchases I'm very thankful for thus it was worth me to spend the time to give my opinion and advice on here because I hope you can appreciate it the same.
Easy to Clean, Easy to Use, Convenient, Looks Great, Good Size & Weight, Nice Design