How to Shop for a Copper Kitchen Sink

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    1. look for one that is made in the USA (if they hide where their sinks are made, run!)
    2. look for 14 gauge cold rolled copper - cold rolled is the key to strength
    3. look for rear corner drains
    4. look for a company with a long history of of independent testimonials and plenty of installed photos (not just a select few).
    5. look for a lifetime transferable warranty
    6. look for the Use and Care section on each site. My sink require little or no maintenance

Why will your hand-made in the USA copper crafted sink be less expensive than the imports in the long run? You won't ever have to replace it! Your hand-crafted kitchen, bar or bath sink will be made with a superior grade and type of Domestic Copper and handcrafted by our highly skilled metal workers. Cold Rolled Copper is 8 times harder than annealed recycled copper - like the imports use. Sadly, I have replaced dozens of imported copper sinks that have failed. Some had leaked, some had finish issues, some did not drain properly.

I offer a lifetime "Transferable" warranty on your hand-crafted sink whether it is copper, brass or stainless.
Your Rachiele™ copper kitchen sink does not need to be dried after each use. Your Rachiele™ kitchen sink is designed to drain properly. It will be exactly the size you order (our tolerance is 1/16") as compared to plus or minus 1/2" as all of the imports indicate. Your new sink will have a self healing patina unlike the unnatural finishes used on virtually all imports. No waxing needed. Extremely low maintenance - treat your Rachiele™ copper sink like a sink, not like a piece of furniture. I am not kidding here... all imports require drying after EVERY use. Wash your hands, dry the sink!
For the most part, 95% of all copper sinks you will see are imports, and are sold through companies with no ownership in the manufacturing process. You are buying from a "middleman". Their quality control is long distance.
Take a look at the second video. I dare say there is no other company that can produce a patina like this. I own my copper, brass and stainless steel sink factory and it is 3 miles from my home. We manufacture under my daily supervision using very sophisticated equipment and extremely talented metal workers. Nothing leaves here without passing my strict quality standards. No middleman here! And, by the way, when was the last time you heard of a national company with an advertising budget of $50 a month? That is our budget. We have not needed to advertise since 2008. The bulk of our business is referral and repeat business.


My kitchen sink designs, with a rear corner drain and an ergonomically correct 8" deep bowl, offer the ability to have a FULL SIZE double trash inside your sink base. (Below left photo)

Save space, save money, be comfortable, fully enjoy your kitchen for the first time! Check out our corner sinks. Single bowl corner sinks make sense!

Sadly, cracked granite around a kitchen sink has become an epidemic. I have a patented one day fix.

It is a sad testimonial that the copper sink business is reminiscent of the 1960's used car business. There is so much false or intentionally omitted information out there that it makes my head spin. Many companies intentionally do not tell you where their sinks are made and do everything possible to give the "illusion" their sinks are made in the USA. The first thing you should do is call and make sure the sink is really made in the USA. Also, ask where the copper comes from. One such company claims their copper sinks are made of 14 gauge cold rolled copper. Our customer was given the impression their sinks were made in the USA. It turns out all of their sinks are made in China! Another company claims to be made in the USA but after some investigating you will find their copper is imported. Trust your instincts. As they say... Trust, then Verify. Make sure the information is in writing either on the website - next to the sink you select or indicated on every page of the site. Another USA manufacturer mixes locally made and imported sinks on their website - very confusing. Yet another site has such microscopically small photos that you cannot see the defects in the construction. My contention is this: If you are not proud of what you sell, why the heck do you sell it? This is the ultimate misdirection found on a website: "All of our copper is domestic grade, meaning it comes directly from a supplier here in the United States of America." I am willing to bet that the copper comes from outside the US. If you see that comment, ask where the copper is actually made. Get written proof. If the sink retailers are proud of what they sell, proudly say the sink is made in Mexico, China, India, Turkey or wherever! Most importantly, ask for references that have had their copper sinks installed for over a year. Talk to them on the phone! This is another way to see how long a company has been around and whether or not they hide their registration information. Type their domain name (www.rachiele.com) at www.whois.com. If you insert our domain, you will see we have been Online since 10-25-1998, I believe we were the first copper and stainless sink company Online - by several years. You may see coppersinks.com as registered on 11-20-1999. I purchased that domain on that date. I sold it to the current owner on 5-4-2012 for quite a high dollar.

This is my site wide statement. Every copper and stainless sink we offer on our site is made in Apopka, FL using domestic virgin domestic copper and domestic stainless steel.

I can guarantee this... If you have heard that copper sinks are a pain in the neck to care for, they were not talking about mine! Your Rachiele™ sink will require little or no maintenance, no drying after each use (like the imports require) no waxing and no worries about acidic foods, abrasives or denting. My sinks are designed to be heavily used. In contrast, listen to the quality disclaimer of virtually all imported copper sinks. When you order an import, your sink could vary significantly from the size you order! "They" tell you the reason is because they are hand made. (This is metal not bread) Really? Since when does hand made mean poor quality? My copper sinks sinks are hand made; and when you order a 36" sink it measures 36", not 35 1/2" or 36 1/2". We are not baking bread folks, this is metal and it doesn't rise or shrink. When you invest in a Rachiele™ sink, you are investing in a worry free sink made in the USA. Use your Rachiele™ sink like a sink! You don't have to wax it like a car. Read why

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Our Work

What makes a Rachiele™ Custom Crafted Kitchen sink so different from all others? Watch the videos below.

Rachiele™ Industry Firsts

Backing into the sink design business as a 20-year veteran professional kitchen designer in 1998 gave me a unique perspective. I saw design and ergonomic improvements the "big guys" did not see. I was awarded 10 patents along with many "firsts" in the industry which many of my friends in the industry emulated in one form or another. This is a partial list. 1. The first to offer exclusively rear corner drains in single bowl sinks. 2. The first to offer a true workstation design. 3. The first to design and patent a retrofit farm sink to fit in existing cabinets. 4. The first to realize 8" deep sinks with rear corner drains was the ideal depth for most people. 5. The first single bowl corner sink. 6. The first single bowl corner workstation sink. 7. The first to offer a sponge caddy for convenient "in sink" storage. 8. The first Millennia textured stainless material 9. The first hand finished stainless allowing for easy care. 10. The first sink with two internal steps Evolution - granted three U.S. Patents. 11. The first to offer the addition of a secondary removable bowl for our single bowl workstation sinks. 12. The first to offer a strainer to fit inside the bowl to soak vegetables, etc. 13. The first to offer Copper Sinks using pure domestic 14 gauge cold rolled copper. 13. The first to offer Brass custom designed sinks (again using domestic brass). 13. The first to offer 316 L Marine Grade stainless. 14. The first to offer Brass workstation sinks. 15. The first to ship USA made handcrafted sinks worldwide in countries such as Israel, the U.K. China, Hong Kong, Guam, Egypt, Australia, Singapore, and more.
We are gratified by the fact that most sink manufacturers have followed our lead and some have followed very quickly. As I have said for years, the lead dog has the best view!

My mentors over the years taught me that if I never offered anything I would not consider the best I could offer, treat my customers the way I would like to be treated, and most importantly... love what I do, I would be successful. The thousands of referrals and repeat customers seem to substantiate their advice. I would like to single out one of many of those mentors: Ray Martino, of Modern Kitchens and Bath in Syracuse N.Y. He has now passed on, but his legacy and my thanks live on.

My father taught me my family name, Rachiele, and the reputation that goes along with it is my most valuable possession. Always try to do the right thing, even when it hurts. Focus on the positive, see the best, not the worst in people and most importantly; family is always first.

Imagine life before the smart phone. Imagine life before the television. If you are considering a double bowl design, you are going back in time! The double bowl sink and sinks with center or rear center drains were designed generations ago and they never evolved. If your cookie sheets, pots, pans and platters do not fit completely in your kitchen sink... your kitchen sink is obsolete! If you are preparing your vegetables, meats and poultry on a cutting board adjacent to your kitchen sink, your kitchen sink is obsolete.

A simple drain location change, (rear corner) combined with a single bowl design, fixes the issue with large pots, pans, platters and trays and allows you to use my kitchen sink like a double bowl kitchen sink. Wash on the right, set off on the left. My kitchen sink design has a generous slope to the drain. A Rachiele™ single bowl kitchen sink with a rear corner drain allows you to place large items (cookie sheets, platters, refrigerator shelves and more) flat down in the sink for washing and rinsing without covering the drain. None of those items will fit in a double bowl sink! Also, there is no logical reason to have a drain in the center or rear center of a kitchen sink - yet 95% of all kitchen sink manufacturers still cling to that obsolete kitchen sink design.

Our Signature Series and NexGen Workstation Kitchen Sinks are the "Smart Sinks" of the 21st Century. Small interior steps or ledges allow for a metal multi purpose grid to sit below the top of the sink adjacent to a cutting board. All food preparation is now done on top of the kitchen sink. Place items on the grid to rinse, move one at a time to the cutting board to prepare, then sweep into a bowl waiting in the sink. Imagine this... no more wiping down counter tops! All of your food preparation is done on the sink. Food preparation becomes something to look forward to. With my kitchen sink design, food prep activity has evolved from a chore to a pleasure. Clean up is just as amazing. Wash on the right, set off on the grid (the multi purpose grid also fits on the bottom) to dry. "Your life is about to get a little bit easier"




We're not the only ones excited happy about Rachiele™ Sinks...

10,800+ happy customers love their Rachiele™ Sinks. The majority of our business is driven by referrals and repeat business. Rachiele™ is the original family owned custom copper and stainless sink (and now brass) company - leading the industry for over two decades!

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We focus on quality, not quantity. While most kitchen sink, bar and bath sink companies build more sinks in a week than we do in a year, our quality and customer service leads the industry. Other custom shops build sinks as well as doing a substantial amount of sheet metal and ornamental metal work. We build and specialize in custom sinks only! We are not a sheet metal shop. All we do is build custom sinks. You are not just a number or a small part of our business. You become a respected friend and part of our family. All are manufactured in the USA in my factory in Apopka, Florida. Everything is offered direct to the public at factory direct pricing. If you are interested in faucets, hand painted lavatory sinks, and cabinet hardware, visit our sister company, TheUSAHome.com, for great prices and free shipping. Everything on that site is made in the USA.

The photographs do not do my sinks justice. Even when we send a photo of a sink just prior to shipping, our customers regularly tell us that their kitchen sink looks significantly better than they expected. This is a recent quote from a customer who just received their sink: "You're right. Way more stunning when you're there looking at the real thing."