Tips on Kitchen Sinks

TIPS ON KITCHEN SINKS

1. Stainless Steel – The most popular choice

One of the world’s largest manufacturers of kitchen sinks reports that over 70% of sinks sold are  made of stainless steel. Stainless steel is a relative bargain and can come in a variety of installation types to better fit your kitchen’s needs.  It can achieve any number of looks, is heat- and stain-resistant (but you will have to clean up water spots), and is easy to clean. Go with a heavier gauge through good manufacturers like Franke or Kohler. Try to avoid lesser quality sinks that have a “tin-like” sound to them,since they will scratch and dent more easily.

2. Cast Iron – A Great Choice

This material will literally stand the test of time in durability and style.  COLOR IS SUCH A GREAT OPTION!  Finishes range in colors that can coordinate beautifully with your choice of countertops.  The porcelain enamel finish is what makes the cast iron kitchen friendly while giving it extra strength and stain resistance. It’s extremely easy to clean, won’t show any spots and won’t fade from the sunlight.

3. Porcelain – Tried and True Durability

This type of sink is simply an extremely durable, molded ceramic clay with porcelain enamel. While it can be more durable than cast iron, the enamel can have chipping if you roughly drop items into it. It is an expensive choice but has great style.

4. Composite – Granite

If you like the look of granite for your kitchen, a composite sink may be the way to go. It’s made of ground up granite or quartz (with granite being stronger), and mixed with resin so it’s actually more durable than solid granite. It has the same aesthetic as the real stuff, as well as a range of pleasing colors to work with your countertop – without the maintenance or durability issues.

Style Options

1. Single Bowl

Just what it sounds like, a single bowl sink gives you more room to maneuver—especially when space is limited. If you clean a lot of large items, a single bowl will make the job a lot easier, and it will be easier to clean because it lacks dividers and crevices.

2. Double Bowl

Double bowls optimize the flexibility of your kitchen sink by giving you different areas to multitask. Be aware of the type of cooking, and therefore cleaning, you do so you can match the size of the basins to your needs. Consider differing sizes in the bowls, including the depth, if you have a variety of items to clean.

3.  The Half Rise –Great Compromise Sink

This sink is the best of both above choices.  It gives you a big bowl option of a single sink while having a partition that goes up a few inches and divides the lower portion of the bowl.  This way you can have separate bodies of water as well as having the option to have one large basin when bowl is filled with water.

4. Farmhouse – Trendy but Fun!

This is the style of sink you should choose if you want to make a statement. Farmhouse sinks have a large, forward-facing decorative section that replaces part of your counter. While it began to appear in traditional or country-style homes, lately it has been used with more contemporary styles.There are also issues with retrofitting this type of sink into existing cabinetry, so proceed with good measurements and caution in installation. Note that this is a style that may be a trendy type that will date your kitchen in years to come.

4. Undermount – Preferred for Stone

Undermounts, as the name implies, seamlessly drop down from the countertop. They have a clean and modern look but are more expensive than topmounts since they have to be glued to the underside of the counter.  This type of sink can be used with any type of stone or man-made quartz, but not with tile or formica types of counters.

5. Topmount– Budget Conscious!

This is the easiest style of sink to install if you are on a budget and have chosen either a tile or formica type of counter top.  This is the type of sink people replace when going to a stone countertop.  It should be noted that this type of sink has cleaning and maintenance issues.

6. Commercial – For the Serious Chef

Whether you cook a lot, use a lot of big items or just like the style of a professional sink, this sink will certainly stand up to anything you throw at it or in it. Made with heavy-gauge steel, freestanding and extremely durable, professional sinks have lots of washing space and are very easy to clean. Choosing this option means that you often do not  have to figure out how to fit it into your counter.