Are you ready for a remodel? Shopping for a new sink can be fun, but sometimes it feels like choosing between apples and, well…apples. Both Vigo and Kraus are great lesser-known brands that make stylish, high-performance kitchen products. Plus, both companies make stainless steel sinks in the same price range.
If that wasn’t enough, their logos are the same color, and they are based in the same city! You might think it doesn’t matter which one you choose, but there are some major differences between the two. Before you start playing eenie, meenie, miney, moe with your fingers, read the rest of this review.
We break down both of these brands’ selection of kitchen sinks in terms of price, design, and construction. We’ll also touch on the company’s reputation and trustworthiness.
Is Vigo a Good Sink Brand?
Vigo is a popular mid-range option for people looking for a stylish kitchen sink with professional performance. The company manufactures meticulously designed 1-hole and 2-hole matte stone sinks and stainless steel sinks.
Vigo seems to follow the philosophy of doing fewer things better. Although they don’t have a lot of design variations, their sinks are versatile enough to fit in with any design motif—from traditional and transitional to post-modern or eclectic.
You can tell that their sinks are designed and constructed with incredible attention to detail. All of Vigo’s products are made from heavy-duty materials with a focus on minimal design aesthetics. Subtle features here and there, like slotted front undermounts, add a touch of sophistication to any kitchen.
They specialize in minimal, sophisticated, roomy farmhouse-style sinks. Seriously, you can take a bath in some of them. Vigo sinks come in 3 different basin styles, 50/50 split, 60/40 split, and single. One design concept I want to mention is their farmhouse steel sink. It sounds like an odd combination, but it strikes the perfect between traditional and modern.
The sinks are constructed from either stainless steel or concrete (matte stone). The sinks are either 16 gauge or 18 gauge, with all sinks having type 304 nickel-bearing stainless steel strainers. The matte stone is their own unique blend of non-porous scratch-resistant, stain-resistant material.
Vigo Company Origin and Reputation
The company was founded in New York in 2009, but they’ve since expanded and opened branches throughout the US. One of the reasons they have grown so quickly is due to their focus on performance and aesthetics.
Although their sinks are heavy-duty, there’s always a chance something could go wrong. All Vigo’s products are backed by a limited lifetime warranty for the finish of the product.
Almost all of Vigo’s products are cUPC certified, and the company puts a high priority on sustainable business practices. They go above and beyond environmental regulations and compliance.
|Heavy-duty construction that’s built to last||They only make farmhouse/apron front sinks|
|Large basins||Higher-end sinks can be pricey|
|Great value for the price|
|Beautiful, versatile Farmhouse style|
|Unique design features|
|Products are cUPC certified|
- EASY TO CLEAN: commercial grade finish makes sink easy to clean
- SCRATCH FREE: Feet and side bumpers on colander protect sink and countertops from scratches
- HEAVY DUTY: Resistant to scratches, chips, and impact
- WELDED MESH: Welded mesh design brings additional durability to this colander
- EASY TO CLEAN: Sink strainer and basket is removable and easy to clean
- SEAMLESS DRAINING: Engineered to support quick and complete water drainage
- STANDARD FIT: fits standard 3.5 to 4 in. draining openings to fit most kitchen sinks
- CERTIFIED SAFE: cUPC certified by IAPMO
- ✅ Matte StoneTM construction: VIGO's proprietary solid-to-the-core composite is a non-porous,...
- ✅ Reversible design: install this farmhouse kitchen sink with the detailed apron front facing...
- ✅ Kitchen set includes: Matte StoneTM farmhouse apron front/undermount sink, stainless steel...
- ✅ Dimensions: 30 in L x 18 in W x 9 5/8 in D; minimum cabinet requirement 30 in.
Is Kraus a Good Sink Brand?
So how does Kraus stack up against Vigo? Are Kraus sinks good quality? As an American-based company powered by German engineering—Kraus has quickly made a name for itself as an affordable choice for kitchen sinks. While Vigo keeps their product line lean, Kraus takes the opposite approach.
They have 4 different installation types, including drop undermount, drop-in, and dual mount. You can also find options for different basin configurations, including single bowl, large bowl, left, equal bowl, double bowl, and right.
If it’s choices you are after, Kraus is chock full of it. If you are the type of person that is paralyzed with indecision because you can’t decide between the chicken burger and the chipotle chicken burger (like me), this could be a problem.
If not, then you’ve got your work cut out for you with an impressive 15 different styles, 14 different colors, and 6 different finishes to choose from.
- Stainless Steel
- Porcelain Enameled Steel
You can also find options for different basin configurations, including single bowl, large bowl, left, equal bowl, double bowl, and right. Kraus has a line of apron-front (a.k.a. farmhouse) sinks as well. Their answer to Vigo’s matte stone sink is the Standart Farmhouse Pro Kitchen SeriesTurino. They are beautiful apron-front sinks with a large basin.
Kraus has a line of apron-front (a.k.a. farmhouse) sinks as well. Their answer to Vigo’s matte stone sink is the Standart Farmhouse Pro Kitchen SeriesTurino. They are beautiful apron-front sinks that come in a range of colors, styles, and materials, which gives you a lot more design possibilities to play with.
If you are looking for something more budget-friendly, they have more affordable options in their other collections like the Pax and Standart Pro.
Kraus Company Origin and Reputation
Kraus is also based in New York, and they’ve been in the plumbing and fixture market slightly longer than Vigo since 2007. Kraus also guarantees their products with a limited lifetime warranty.
Another good thing about Kraus is that they are also ADA compliant, which means they are big on inclusive design. I like to see those kinds of initiatives from companies because it’s a good indication of a healthy, viable brand.
|Durable construction||Higher-end sinks can be pricey|
|Affordable prices||Some finishes are prone to scratches|
|Wide Variety of designs, colors, and finishes|
- Made of stainless steel | Corrosion and rust-resistant, will not fade over time | Set includes Sink,...
- Product dimensions | Overall – 32” L x 19” W x 10” D | Min cabinet size – 36” | Bowl –...
- A best-selling stainless steel sink paired with a commercial kitchen faucet for an in-demand...
- Resilient and easy to clean commercial-grade satin finish resists corrosion and rust & matches most...
- WORKSTATION SINK with integrated ledge allows you to slide custom accessories across the sink to...
- SPACIOUS SINGLE BOWL: Deep sink with tight-radius corners and offset drain creates an uninterrupted...
- HEAVY-DUTY 16 GAUGE STEEL – Made with TRU16, the thickest stainless steel on the market, this...
- ENGINEERED FOR EASY DRAINING with off-set drain gently sloped bottom and channel grooves that avoids...
- EXTRA-TOUGH CONSTRUCTION: Dent-resistant T304 stainless steel in TRU16 real 16-gauge (always 1.5mm...
- COMMERCIAL GRADE SATIN FINISH is corrosion and rust-resistant; easily wipes clean
- QUIETEST SINK: NoiseDefend soundproofing technology features extra-thick pads covering over 80% of...
- Outer Sink Dimensions: 31 ½” L x 18 3/8” W x 10” D Min. Cabinet Size: 36”. Length of...
Vigo vs. Kraus: Which Brand is Best for You?
Kraus and Vigo are direct competitors, and honestly, some of their products are a toss-up for me. Both companies have solid reputations as well, and they offer lifetime warranties on their products.
As far as durability, pricing, and craftsmanship, they are dead even. What it comes down to are style and budget. Although some of Kraus and Vigo’s products overlap, they have very different selections to offer.
On the one hand, Kraus has a much wider variety to choose from. They have certain materials, colors, and finishes that you can’t get from Vigo. On the other, Vigo’s sinks have a sophisticated aesthetic that’s hard to duplicate. Kraus gives them a run for their money, but if I were going to get a farm-style sink, I’d probably go with Vigo.
I think they are both worth exploring if you are shopping for a mid-range priced faucet with high-end style and professional performance.