Stainless steel is a matter of preference more than anything. We custom built our home and also wanted to stay away from any ceramic sinks because of their lack of durability and cleaning issues. Neither my wife nor I liked stainless steel sinks because of their costs and cold look.
While looking for sinks we actually came across Corian sinks and after checking them out we immediately decided to use them. You can find info on Corian from Duponts WEB site at www.corian.com . Depending on the manufacturer you can obtain them in various colors, shapes, sizes, configurations, etc.
The two biggest things we liked about them was their durability and ability to clean. When we found one the salesman bragged about how they significantly resist scratching, scuffing and staining. He performed a weak demonstration and just about freaked when I did my own check of his claim. I pulled out a utility knife with an awl and repeated, heavily stabbed and gouged at it right in front of him without so much as a scratch. The point and other blades used just glided right off the surface. I then took a lighter out and tried to burn a stain in it and it did nothing.
Since installation, over seven years, we have beat on it, placed hot pots right off the oven in it, etc. and have had little problem with it. If a stain does appear we use a simple, and inexpensive, cleaning compound on it and stains dissapear. The only thing I have replaced so far are the cheap plastic strainers that get damaged.
They are well worth looking at and still provide the soft beauty of ceramic.