A Kitchen Design Sink Buying Guide | Sink Types Compared

White Porcelain Farmhouse Sink

White Porcelain Farmhouse Sink

Stainless Steel Farmhouse Sink

If your kitchen is the heart of your home, the sink is the heart of your kitchen! Though not as glamorous as a new Wolf Range,  a sink is such a heavily used kitchen asset it needs careful consideration.

If you think about it, your kitchen sink handles a lot of chores. In fact, few features of your home are used as often. It can even be argued that when you're remodeling the kitchen, the selection of your kitchen sink is one of the most important choices you'll make. It's a decision that will affect your daily life for many years to come! We are here to help you with the many kitchen sink choices available.

Manufacturers offer sinks made using a variety of materials and in a number of different styles to fit every need. Kitchen sink materials include stainless steel, porcelain over cast iron, soapstone, and man-made materials. Kitchen sink types and styles are available to fit every need. From multi-bowl sinks, to under mounts, farmhouse sinks and more, sinks are one of the lowest-priced components of a kitchen remodel, but some high-end models can carry four-digit price tags. Fortunately, there are a number of well-made affordable models on the market.

Choosing The Right Kitchen Sink

When choosing your kitchen sink you need to consider the size of the room, how you'll use your new sink, and finally your aesthetic choices. For example, large multi-basin models can overpower a smaller kitchen.

For kitchens of less than 150 square feet, The National Kitchen & Bath Associations, an industry trade group, suggests a standard 21” single bowl sink. If your kitchen is larger you can consider adding a double or triple bowl model. Whatever size and configuration you choose, you'll need to select the type of mounting you want. This is both an aesthetic and practical decision. You'll also need to specify the number of holes you'll need in the countertop sink deck. This depends on the faucet and accessories you choose like spray hoses, soap dispensers, or garbage disposal air switches. Finally, you'll need to decide on a color. A colored sink can be a dramatic accent, but remember you'll typically pay 30% percent more for any color other than white.

Choosing Your Kitchen Sink Style

Once you've made the choice of a kitchen sink type, it's time to consider the shape and style of your new sink. Let's look at a few options.

Farmhouse Sink – Most are large single basin sinks, but they are available as a double basin. They sport a distinctive apron front which provides a really wonderful old-world vibe. Make sure that you're comfortable with this design statement since you'll be living with it for a long time.

Available in different materials, porcelain or ceramic sinks offer a wide range of color choices to fit any décor.

Rounded Sides – Many homeowners think a curved sink is easier to keep clean than one with square edges. Many new models feature angular corners near where the sink joins the countertop, but offer rounded corners near the bottom, where most of the cleanup happens. If you're looking for a sleek modern look, this style might not be right for you.

Built-In Drainboard – Great for draining dishes and drying washed vegetables, this is a wider sink and can eat up a lot of counter space. Best for a larger kitchen.

Under-mount Sinks – These sinks attach under the countertop and are great for cleaning. You can simply slide and food scraps right into the basin. It offers a sleek finished look and is perfect if your countertops are stone or quartz.

Choosing Your Kitchen Sink Material

Kitchen sinks come in a variety of different materials. Your choice depends on your needs, your personal style, and your budget.

Sink Materials include:

Stainless Steel – Classic, easy to clean stainless can be formed into any shape, is nearly indestructible and looks great in any environment.     Stainless can scratch, but can usually be buffed out if the sink is brushed stainless steel. Many manufacturers offer a wire tray placed in the bottom of the sink to prevent scratching.

Porcelain – The traditional kitchen sink material, porcelain looks authentic in a kitchen with a vintage style. If you love color the choices are practically endless. Unfortunately, porcelain can chip and metal pans can leave scuffs which can be difficult to clean.

Granite Composite – Made using granite particles and polymers, these sinks resist scratches and chips. Granite sinks are a good choice if you have hard water. It doesn't show spots. Be careful, lighter colors can stain and may require special maintenance.

Natural Stone – Soapstone is the most common choice, and a natural stone sink can exactly match your countertop giving your kitchen an authentic period look. Natural stone sinks can be costly and can scratch and chip.

Your kitchen sink can be practical or can add a pop of color and make a strong design statement. The best option is to go to the showroom and see your choices before you decide. If you're working with a kitchen designer or design-build firm, they can help you understand your options, price points, and pros and cons of different kitchen sink styles and materials. Your kitchen sink is the heart of your kitchen. Take the time to consider your lifestyle, your needs, and your budget. With a little research, you can find the perfect choice to fit your personal style and needs!

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