Choosing the right sink is important in any kitchen renovation. It’s not just about what is practical, but also what is going to fit with the overall design of your kitchen. Because of that, there are a number of factors to consider when shopping around for the right kitchen sink.
It matters, obviously, in relation to your kitchen. If you have a small kitchen with not a lot of counter space, you don’t want a large sink taking up too much space. On the other hand, if you enjoy hosting lots of dinner parties, you may need a deeper sink for washing larger items like pots. Typically, a sink bowl is around 6 to 12 inches deep. If you’re worried about splashes, a sink with a deeper bowl is your best bet. The depth will also matter on the height of the average user. For instance, a shallower sink will be best for those who rope their children to help in washing the dishes.
It is also important to consider whether or not you want a single bowl or two. This will also come into play in relation to the size of your kitchen, as a single bowl is best in a small kitchen. Of course, this rule is not limited to those with small kitchens. A larger single bowl sink can be right at home in a large chef’s kitchen. However most kitchens these days have a double bowl sink to aid in washing dishes. In some cases, one bowl might be deeper than the other. It all depends on how you need to use it.
How your sink is mounted to the counter can also matter. Most are top mounted, meaning they rest on top of the counter and create a lip to seal it in place. That lip can sometimes be a nuisance, especially when you want to clean your counter. Things get stuck there. That is one of the reasons why under mounted sinks are becoming so popular. They provide a sleek, seamless look to your kitchen surface. However, they are more expensive and harder to install.
An apron sink – also called farmhouse – offers a unique style to any kitchen. When it is installed, the front side is exposed, creating an apron of sort on your lower cabinets. Some lend to a country style kitchen, while others might be sleeker for a more modern feel.
Stainless steel is the most common material for kitchen sinks. They are versatile and relatively inexpensive. However, they can be quite noisy and susceptible to scratches. Some higher end models will come with a spray coating or padding to fix this issue.
Cast iron is another popular material for kitchen sinks. The enamel finish can be quite appealing to many homeowners and is easy to clean. While they can be quite durable, the enamel can chip leading to rust underneath the surface. The high cost is also something to take into consideration.
Composite sinks are ones made of crushed quartz or granite and resin filler. This creates a very durable surface that is resistant to heat and scratches. The look is just as appealing of real quartz or granite. Fortunately the cost of one won’t break your budget as much as a granite countertop will. Plus, there are a variety of colours to choose from.
Fireclay sinks are aptly named because they are fired twice in the kiln. The first firing hardens the molded ceramic clay and the second fuses the enamel to the surface. This process increases the strength of the material, making it a very durable sink option. While it is considered stronger than cast iron, it still can chip if something is dropped on it. Fireclay is most popular in making apron sinks, but can be made in any configuration. These are also on the expensive end.
By: Meagan Dieroff