Swanstone QZLS-3322 Review by Rickie Timmers
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I concede that the name Swanstone QZLS-3322 isn’t exactly sexy. But the sink is, at least to those who find sinks alluring (like yours truly). Still, you don’t have much reason at this stage to share my feelings. Let me give you a few.
33 Inch Length, 9 & 10 Inch Bowl Depths
The Swanstone QZLS-3322 sink measures a healthy 33 inches wide by 22 inches across and offers one bowl of 10 inches deep and another of just 7 inches deep. The left bowl measures 17 1/4 inches by 18 inches by 10 inches; the right bowl is 11 inches by 15 1/4 inches by 7 inches.
Since the bowl rims and the divider are both curved, the dimensions are not exactly rectangular. For a detailed overview of all dimensions download the spec sheet here.
Personal circumstances always differ from kitchen to kitchen but I’m betting this one hits a sweet spot for many buyers. That spot is enhanced in my estimation by the low divider between the two bowls. Sitting about three inches below the top of the sink level, you have a handy way to soak those longer-than-the-bowl cookie sheets.
However, to my eye it is a little odd in that the left bowl is so much larger and deeper than the right bowl. Some will like that and others will not. I think it works well because you can soak in the larger bowl and clean/rinse in the smaller. That may not work best for everyone, I understand. Let your situation be your guide.
Something that may not seem at first glance to work for everyone is the single faucet hole provided. However, there are drillouts for up to four additional holes so you really can use this sink with a wide variety of faucet designs.
Granite Composite Material
The material – granite composite – also may or may not be to your liking. Personally, I think it’s gorgeous. By the way, granite itself is a composite containing quartz, mica, and feldspar, and traces of other compounds.
Whether you order the Bianca color (QZLS-3322-075) – an almost ivory shade – or the Granito (QZLS-3322-076) – a light shade of beige – or the Espresso (QZLS-3322-170) – a dark brown shade – or the Nero (QZLS-3322-077) – a lovely black, my favorite – it will look spectacular.
At least, at first. That is one possible problem with a granite sink. They look great when they’re first installed but some don’t repel stains very well. That’s just inherent in any sink made of porous material like stone.
Even apart from grease, carrot juice, and other well-known problematic substances, just ordinary hard water can produce spots. It does require some care to keep looking new. You’ll need to rinse those vegetable juices off right away, for example. The QZLS-3322 is about in the middle of the pack for the inherent ability to stay looking good after long use.
One trick for keeping granite sinks looking new is to purchase a spray that coats the surface. Some are terrific and others are worse than nothing at all. There are home-remedy options, too, such as a good mineral oil rub. Oil beads right up and it adds a lovely shine.
Swanstone has done a good job of pre-treating this one but a good aid can still come in handy. The company recommends, for instance, Weiman’s Granite Polish. Other treatments are possible, such as Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser. It, or similar products, are for cleaning off calcium deposits and soap scum. Then there are special sponges that are mildly abrasive to keep the surface looking good.
One thing you won’t generally have to worry about with this sink is scratching. Stainless steel and enamel-coated sinks, for example, can present a problem over the long run in that arena. This granite composite model (containing 80% quartz) is truly tough stuff. Swanstone isn’t kidding when they say this sink is indestructible. Bouncing pots off it isn’t likely to produce a dent. Knives will get dull long before they gouge the sink.
Stone sinks like this model also have very desirable thermal qualities. You can put boiling water on this surface and it will retain the heat for a long time. On the other hand, when there’s nothing in it, granite has a nice cool feel even on a hot day.
Dual-Mount Sink: Undermount or Drop-in
There is one possible drawback to a granite sink such as the Swanstone QZLS-3322 that could put off some buyers. It’s darned heavy. At 49 lbs. this sink will usually require two installers to put into place, one to hold and the other to secure. Of course, there are pros and some do-it-yourselfers that have truly beefy arms, but most buyers will find they need some help.
Apart from that, there’s nothing distinctively difficult about putting this model in place. In fact, since it can be installed either as an undermount or a drop-in it’s easier than most sinks that weigh this much.
Either way, it’s something you have to do only once and once done you never have to think about it again. And, on the upside, you certainly don’t have to worry about scratching the sink while you’re working at it.
The Swanstone QZLS-3322 has some downsides. It’s heavy and installation is not the easiest around. It’s made of granite composite (with 80% quartz), so it’s not for everyone. But it’s unbelievably tough and, to my taste, just beautiful. If you’re looking for a stone sink this one is definitely worth a long and loving look.