Consider These Things When Choosing Kitchen Sinks
The sink is a critical kitchen feature. Whether you are upgrading or installing a new kitchen, take your time to choose the best sink. That way, you can get a durable, beautiful, and adequate sink. These factors should help you with the decision.
Sink materials determine the sink's durability, attractiveness, and maintenance. Below are common sink materials to consider.
Sinks are available in different types of metal, including stainless steel, copper, and cast iron. Each metal has its strengths and weaknesses. For example, many people find copper beautiful even though it requires more care than other materials.
Marble, which comes from natural stones, is a luxurious material for kitchen sinks. The material is extremely durable — as long as you remember to maintain it to prevent staining and scratches.
Ceramic is fired or baked clay. The material is attractive, easy to clean, and stain resistant. Ceramics are available in different variations with different appearances.
Kitchen sinks are available in different sizes for different purposes. Consider both sink depth and length when evaluating sink sizes. The ideal sink size for your kitchen depends on:
- Your physical needs and abilities
- Our kitchen size
- Your counter size
- Your preferences
- Your kitchen upgrades or accessories, such as water filters
For example, the sink must fit in your existing counter if you don't plan to remodel or replace the counter. The sink should be deep enough to hold your dishes without them piling up and reaching the faucet.
Mounting refers to how the sink connects to the counter and other accessories. For example, you can mount the sink as a drop-in, where the installer cuts a hole in the counter and drops the sink from above. The installation is straightforward and affordable, but it leaves the sink's rim above the counter and complicates sweeping things off the counter into the sink.
Another example is the undermount style, where the installer cuts a hole in the counter but attaches the sink from below. Many people consider undermount sinks attractive, but their installation process is more involved.
Sinks are available with a different number of basins, which hold water and utensils. Single-basin sinks tend to be large and suitable for large households. However, the single basin means you need another dedicated area to dry your dishes after washing.
The double-basin sink allows multipurpose sink use. For example, you can wash in one basin and dry in another or wash and rinse in one basin and dry in the other. You can also install triple-basin sinks, though they require relatively large counters.
Your local plumber can help you with the technical aspects of your decision. For example, the plumber can advise you on the durability and care of common sink materials.