The kitchen sink – an unrecognized work horse in the kitchen. The number of tasks that use the kitchen sink is equal to the number of options for sinks in the marketplace. Some common options to consider are material, color, size, bowl configuration and installation method. Let’s look at the different benefits these options offer.
Material: Stainless steel, cast iron, or composite?
Stainless steel offers superior durability and works in just about every design. It can also lend itself to a more industrial look with the opportunity for a squared shape, if desired.
Cast iron offers a richness that is hard to find in other materials. It is also available in a number of glossy colors and has exceptional longevity and heat resistance.
Composite materials are extremely strong and offer rich matte colors for a more contemporary look. They are often a resin and quartz combination. They can blend beautifully to allow your countertop to take center stage.
Installation: Undermount, top mount, or apron front?
Undermount sinks offer ease of cleaning, allowing you to wipe items from the countertop right into the sink. Undermount sinks require a solid surface countertop material and you will work with your countertop fabricator to ensure a perfect fit.
Top mount sinks are the easiest to install and can be found in all materials. They are most often found in applications with laminate countertops.
Apron front sinks are also known as farmhouse sinks and contribute to the popular farmhouse aesthetic, especially when done in cast iron. There are stainless steel designs available which add a contemporary twist to the apron front look.
The size of your sink is based on your needs and the size of your sink base cabinet. Most homeowners choose the largest sink they can for their available space. Make sure you know the dimensions of your sink cabinet, so your designer can help you find the best option for your space.
Bowl configuration: this is a most certainly a matter of personal preference. You have the option of a single bowl, a double bowl, a double-equal bowl and, occasionally, a triple bowl.
With a single bowl, you will get one open workspace. This is often preferred if you need room to wash large platters and pots & pans.
With a double bowl, you can have two sink basins with one being smaller than the other. This is helpful when washing dishes to keep a “working side” and a “rinsing side” in the sink. The double-equal bowl is a variation of this and, as the name suggests, it is two basins of equal size.
A triple bowl can be useful for washing produce and not tying up the rest of your work space.
Be sure to ask your design consultant to show you these various options to help make your final selection!