Kraus KHF200 Series (KHF200-30, KHF200-33, KHF200-36) Review by Rickie Timmers
That divergence of opinion is just what makes the world go ’round… and gives headaches – and joy – to kitchen remodelers everywhere.
The KHF200 – whether in 30″ (KHF200-30), 33″ (KHF200-33), or 36″ (KHF200-36) size – isn’t my personal cup of tea. But I admit that opinion is little more than prejudice on my part. I’m just not partial to stainless steel and an apron sink doesn’t work for my kitchen. Looking at it more objectively, there’s no reason not to love any of these sinks.
KHF200-30 – 30 Inch Length, 10 Inch Bowl Depth
The KHF200-30 measures 29.75″ long x 20″ wide x 10″ deep. The actual bowl is a bit smaller, of course. The bowl is 27″ long x 16″ wide x 10″ deep.
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KHF200-33 – 33 Inch Length, 10 Inch Bowl Depth
The KHF200-33 is correspondingly a bit bigger: 32.9″ L x 20.75″ W x 10″ H with the bowl measuring 30″ long x 16″ wide x 10″ deep.
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KHF200-36 – 36 Inch Length, 10 Inch Bowl Depth
With an overall size of 35.9″ L X 20.75″ W x 10″ H the KHF200-36 fits 36 inches cabinets. The bowl measures 33″ L x 16″ W x 10″ H.
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It’s easy to visualize a sink of those dimensions existing in your kitchen because this model is pretty rectangular. Apron styles tend to be like that. That’s another reason they don’t get me excited personally; I’m fond of multiple curves in design. That’s one reason I love the Swanstone QZLS-3322. But anyone could have the completely opposite feeling, quite reasonably. It’s strictly a matter of personal taste.
What’s only partly a matter of taste, with an even bigger portion of practicality, is the value of stainless steel as a material. This T304 18/10 chromium/nickle, 16-gauge sink is tough stuff. Like any stainless steel it can get nicked by knives or dented by pans.
True, stainless steel doesn’t quite live up to its name without some care. Even the most stainless of steels will discolor and get filmy over time if not maintained. Some will even rust over many years, though that’s extremely unlikely with this model.
Kraus’ design and manufacturing are so good that the satin finish on their stainless steel sinks stands up superbly well. Scratch resistance is high in this series compared to less well-made models. A little daily care and the KHF200 can look new for generations.
Appearance is all improved by something else you might not typically notice: the well-rounded corners. In general, that stylistic element is utterly commonplace on stainless steel sinks (and many others, of course).
Here, the 0.75″ radius takes the commonplace and enlarges it to something a little special. The sink simply looks more stylish that way. Also, that gentle curve along the edge you stand near adds to that style in a way I personally really like.
Those curves also make keeping this sink clean and shiny easier than normal. A quick wipe is even quicker with this model. A bottom grid and strainer – included for free – help out there, too, by keeping scratches at bay.
Since the sink is stainless steel, installation is a lot easier in this case than, say, a traditional enamel-covered cast iron apron model. Some of those weigh about 150 lbs like the Kohler Whitehaven. The KHF200 models weigh between 35 and 40 lbs. Much easier to handle, even without a lot of help.
Stone Guard Undercoating – Noise Reduction
The ability to endure the normal everyday slings and arrows of use is enhanced by Kraus’ proprietary padding and Stone Guard undercoating. Far from being marketing buzzwords, this technology really ups the value of this particular manufacturer’s sink products.
The Stone Guard coating helps prevent dings that result from banging the sink with tools or moving products when rummaging underneath. It provides a thick layer of tough composite to make sure that the normal whacks from, say, a wrench just bounce off. As a nice side benefit, it also keeps the lower surface rust-free and looking new for as long as the sink lasts, i.e. effectively forever.
At the same time, the padding helps reduce noise from normal use up top. Have you ever dropped a knife into an empty sink and heard a kind of ringing sound? That’s a common, everyday event when you rinse dishes, for example. The padding underneath dampens those induced vibrations so that all you hear is a dull thud. You wouldn’t normally think about it – why should you? – but it really does make a difference.
The KHF200 isn’t for everyone. The traditional styling of an apron sink won’t be preferred by those looking for an entirely contemporary model. That farmhouse look is offset somewhat by the stainless steel but that won’t be enough to change every mind.
On the other hand, others love the look and wouldn’t have anything else. They appreciate especially the fact that you can get a traditional shape in a modern material. That difference is terrific. Something for everyone.
A stainless steel apron front is also fairly lightweight and the KHF200 is well protected by Kraus’ proprietary covering technology. That makes it easy to install yet still stands up well to everyday use. Stainless steel does, however, require a little maintenance to keep looking new. And, it can scratch more easily than some other options, so consider carefully your personal situation and style of use.