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How to Choose the Right Kitchen Sink

Whether you're remodeling or just getting a sink as a new homeowner, here's how you can narrow down your choices from all the styles and types.
09/02/2015 11:37am ET | Updated September 2, 2016
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Our kitchens are constantly being used and the sink is the first thing that will get worn-out. Naturally, it's easy to get overwhelmed by all the choices. Whether you're remodeling or just getting a sink as a new homeowner, here's how you can narrow down your choices from all the styles and types.

Sink Types or Styles

Under Mount

The key behind choosing the right kitchen sink is to evaluate your space and personal needs based on the three main types of sinks. An undermounted sink is installed below a countertop so that the sink drops down. The obvious advantage with this type of sink is that you can wipe a surface down straight into the sink. The under mounted sink is compatible with solid surface countertop materials like granite, soapstone, marble, or concrete with a wide array of durable sinks. Unfortunately, other materials such as laminate or tile counters are not stable enough to support the strength of the sink.

Top Mount or Drop In

Top Mount or Drop In sinks are installed in a hole in your countertop. There is no need for interior support. However, these kinds of sinks are usually very hard to clean.

Cost -Effective Materials

Every sink gets wear and tear, but some sinks get worn down more than others. Keep in mind that stainless steel sinks hold up better than enamel-coated cast iron sinks which often show scratches and signs of wear over time. Granite countertops work well with stainless steel sinks. Although stainless steel sinks can be noisy, homeowners can choose sound-absorption technology to reduce the amount of noise.

Integrated Sinks

These sinks have become highly popular because of their high functionality and can be made from the same countertop materials.

Number of Bowls

Knowing your space limitations will determine size and depth which in turn, will determine the number of bowls or basins. Traditionally, most kitchens feature a double-bowl sink, but a single bowl sink might be ideal for smaller kitchens giving a more functional look.

Double bowls not only give homeowners more space, but they give them the option of customizing their space. For example, if you are washing dishes including hand washing large pots, pans and baking sheets, you'll need at least one oversized sink bowl. Another option is to maximize space with an oversized bowl and/or a small sized bowl. There are also standard sizes which should be considered.

As you can see, sink size and bowl configurations are extremely important when evaluating your personal needs and the available space in your kitchen. So when thinking about the material, style, and color of your new countertops, remember to include your sink choice in the planning phase of your kitchen remodeling.