Everything You Need to Know About Kitchen Sinks

Everything You Need to Know About Kitchen Sinks

One of the most important decisions you will be required to make during your kitchen remodel is choosing a sink. While at first glance it may appear to be an easy choice, if you don’t know what you’re looking for you may become confused by the multitude of sink configurations, styles, and materials available. Consider our breakdown of popular kitchen sink types to help determine which is right for your home and lifestyle!

Basin Basics

Single Basin

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Double Basin

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Single and double basin sinks remain the most popular sink configurations with today’s homeowners. While a single basin sink is aesthetically pleasing and makes it much easier to wash large items, it can be difficult to separate food and dishes at the same time. Double basin sinks are better for multitasking, allowing you to simultaneously prepare food and tackle cleanup tasks. In addition, some people prefer to have their garbage disposal separated from dishes. The biggest problem with double basin sinks is that their size can be limiting when dealing with larger dishes.

Mounting Options

Drop-In Sink

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Undermount Sink

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According to The Spruce, “Drop-in sinks, the most familiar type and still the most popular, are also called self-rimming or top-mount sinks. All terms mean the same thing: sinks that have a visible lip around the perimeter that rests flat on the counter. ” Conversely, undermount sinks are installed from below the countertop. While drop-in sinks are generally the most familiar to homeowners, undermount sinks have risen in popularity over the last few years. Both mounting options possess their own set of pros and cons, such as drop-in sinks tend to be more affordable and easy to install, while undermount sinks are more streamlined, allow more counter space, and make cleanup a breeze.

Popular Sink Styles

Farmhouse

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Farmhouse sinks, also referred to as apron front sinks, possess vintage appeal and work well with almost any style of kitchen. While the majority of farmhouse sinks come in single basin configurations, they are also available with double basins, a more expensive option. This classic sink style offers depth, dimension, and character. The ample space provides plenty of room for food preparation and washing big pots, trays, and other unwieldy items, making a farmhouse sink the hardest working element in the kitchen.

Prep Sink

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Prep sinks offer increased functionality and complement any kitchen with countertop space to spare. Prep sinks are typically used to prep and prepare meat or produce. It also comes in handy near a bar area and can be the perfect space for kids to wash their hands while staying out of the way.

Integrated

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Unlike drop-in or undermount sinks, integrated sinks offer a completely streamlined look. This flawless and flowing sink style transitions seamlessly from countertop to sink. Integrated sinks offer a uniform look and easy care since it’s the same material as the countertop. This style of sink is however considerably more expensive as it is a custom made option.

Sink Materials

Fireclay

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Cast Iron

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Fireclay and cast iron sinks are strikingly similar in appearance, yet are constructed from different materials. Both styles of sinks are coated in porcelain, but as the name implies, cast iron sinks are made from casting iron and fireclay sinks are made of molded clay. Cast iron sinks are the less expensive of the pair, though slightly more vulnerable to chipping.

Stainless Steel

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Stainless steel is a classic sink material that is known for being durable and easy to clean. While it can scratch over time, it is generally indestructible and a safe sink choice for any kitchen. Stainless steel sinks are available in a wide variety of styles from drop-in, undermount, and even farmhouse styles.

Composite Granite

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According to Better Homes & Gardens, “A composite granite sink is an engineered product manufactured using a mix of granite stone dust and acrylic resins molded into sink form. Composite sinks composed of quartz dust and acrylic resins are close cousins and the labels ‘composite stone’ and ‘granite sink’ are sometimes used interchangeably to describe either material.” While composite granite sinks are durable, they are susceptible to damage from harsh chemicals and tend to be more expensive than the average sink.

Natural Stone

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Natural stone sinks, such as soapstone, are a beautiful and environmentally friendly choice for your kitchen sink. Natural stone is impervious to chemicals and generally resistant to stains. Stone sinks tend to be more expensive and can accumulate chips over time.

Solid Surface

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If you’re interested in an integrated kitchen sink, solid surface countertops are a great option. These sinks offer a contemporary streamlined aesthetic and are available in a myriad of colors, styles, and configurations.

Metal

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If you like the look of stainless steel but are interested in something a little more unique, consider a kitchen sink made of hammered metal or copper. Metal sinks are the perfect focal point for any kitchen, featuring texture and a patina that will develop over time.

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