What to Look for When Buying a Kitchen Sink
Be sure to match the style of sink that you choose to your budget, your needs, and to the space you have available.
Form and function go hand in hand since you’ll be using the kitchen sink frequently throughout the day and you’ll be using it for a variety of purposes – washing your hands, scouring pots and pans, and doing the dishes after breakfast and dinner.
These type of sinks come with a partition which separates them into a couple of sections. The most common shape is rectangular, though D-shaped sinks that come with a curved back are also available.
Double-bowl sinks,such as those in the Classic Chef Series sinks range, are particularly functional since they allow you to perform two tasks simultaneously – soaking and rinsing.
Farmhouse sinks, also known as apron front, tend to have a deep, single bowl where the faucet is installed in the wall or countertop. The name ‘farmhouse’ is given as this choice offers a traditional look akin to the country kitchen style.
Stainless-steel sinks go well in a modern-designed kitchen, though they are relatively costly and they necessitate a special cabinet. There’s always the danger that water drips into the cabinet which can cause damage.
The topmount sink is also called self-rimming and drop-in sink. The name is given on account that the sink is set in position by dropping it into the counter from above and the lip then overlaps the countertop.
These sinks are fairly easy to install, and they work with every countertop material. Thus, they are a good choice when on a tight budget. Nevertheless, the downside is that they can detract from the appearance of a beautiful countertop, and grime tends to build up around the lip area.
The trough sink is best used as a bar or prep sink. They are long – up to 50 inches, and narrow – anything from around 8 to 14 inches. Trough sinks tend to be more on the fun side than functional and they are costly to buy.
The undermount sink is raised from below the counter as opposed to being lowered into the counter. They offer a sleek appearance and they are easy to clean as they sit a little below the counter surface. In this way, any leftovers at mealtimes are easily wiped directly into the sink, and there is no crevice or lip to catch dirt.
All the same, undermounted sinks are not only expensive to buy but also to install. They benefit most from the addition of a waterproof countertop.