The kitchen sink, the most important appliance
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Though not as glamorous as a new Wolf Range, a sink is such a heavily used kitchen asset and needs careful consideration.
The sink is the most important appliance in your kitchen!
If you think about it, your kitchen sink handles a lot of chores. In fact, it is the most used appliance in your kitchen. It can even be argued that when you’re remodeling the kitchen, the selection of your kitchen sink is one of the most important choices you’ll make. It’s a decision that will affect your daily life for many years to come! We are here to help you navigate the many options available for kitchen sinks.
Manufacturers offer sinks made using a variety of materials and in a number of different styles to fit every need. Materials used for kitchen sink include:
- stainless steel
- porcelain over cast iron
- man-made materials.
Kitchen sink types and styles are available to fit every need. From multi-bowl sinks, to under mounts, farmhouse sinks, and more, sinks are one of the lowest-priced components of a kitchen remodel, but some high-end models can carry four-digit price tags. Fortunately, there are a number of well-made, affordable models on the market.
Choosing The Right Kitchen Sink
When choosing your kitchen sink you need to consider the size of the room, how you’ll use your new sink, and finally your aesthetic choices. For example, large multi-basin models can overpower a smaller kitchen.
For kitchens of less than 150 square feet, The National Kitchen & Bath Associations, an industry trade group, suggests a standard 21” single bowl sink. If your kitchen is larger you can consider adding a double or triple bowl model. Whatever size and configuration you choose, you’ll need to select the type of mounting you want. This is both an aesthetic and a practical decision. You’ll also need to specify the number of holes you’ll need in the countertop sink deck. This depends on the faucet and accessories you choose like spray hoses, soap dispensers, or garbage disposal air switches. Finally, you’ll need to decide on a color. A colored sink can be a dramatic accent but remember you’ll typically pay 30% percent more for any color other than white.
Mounting options defined
Under-mount or over-mount? This is simply referring to the top edge of the sink. Will the rim sit on top of your countertops or will it be attached and glued in from underneath (under-mount)? Most homeowners today are choosing to use an under-mount sink due to the aesthetics.
However, there are 2 instances where you must choose an over-mount sink or farm style sink. If you choose laminate tops or wood tops, over-mount sinks will prevent water damage.
Choosing Your Kitchen Sink Style
Once you’ve made the choice of a kitchen sink type, it’s time to consider the shape and style of your new sink. Let’s look at a few options.
Farmhouse Sink – Most are large, single basin sinks, but they are available as a double basin. They sport a distinctive apron front which provides a really wonderful old-world vibe. Make sure that you’re comfortable with this design statement since you’ll be living with it for a long time.
Available in different materials, porcelain or ceramic sinks offer a wide range of color choices to fit any décor. Read about some of the benefits it brings to the kitchen here.
Standard under-mount sink. Standard under-mount sinks come in a variety of materials and design options including single, double, and triple bowl. Many new models feature angular corners near where the sink joins the countertop but offer rounded corners near the bottom, where most of the cleanup happens. If you’re looking for a sleek modern look, this style might not be right for you.
- Built-In Drainboard – Great for draining dishes and drying washed vegetables, this is a wider sink and can eat up a lot of counter space.
- Work Station – sinks have come along way in the last few years with the introduction of The Galley workstation. A ‘workstation’ will usually have accessories available that fit with the sink such as cutting boards and built-in strainers. Several brands offer these additional accessories and some of these sinks can be up to seven feet wide. See examples of this amazing workstation here.
Choosing Your Kitchen Sink Material
Kitchen sinks come in a variety of different materials. Your choice depends on your needs, your personal style, and your budget.
Sink Materials include:
- Stainless Steel – Classic, easy to clean stainless can be formed into any shape, is nearly indestructible, and looks great in any environment. Stainless can scratch, but can usually be buffed out if the sink is brushed stainless steel. Many manufacturers offer a wire tray placed in the bottom of the sink to prevent scratching.
- Porcelain – The traditional kitchen sink material, porcelain looks authentic in a kitchen with a vintage style. If you love color the choices are practically endless. Unfortunately, porcelain can chip and metal pans can leave scuffs which can be difficult to clean.
- Granite Composite – Made using granite particles and polymers, these sinks resist scratches and chips. Granite sinks are a good choice if you have hard water. It doesn’t show spots. Be careful, lighter colors can stain and may require special maintenance.
- Natural Stone – Soapstone is the most common choice, and a natural stone sink can exactly match your countertop giving your kitchen an authentic period look. Natural stone sinks can be costly and can scratch and chip.
Your kitchen, your choice
Your kitchen sink can be practical or can add a pop of color and make a strong design statement. The best option is to go see your choices before you decide. If you’re working with a kitchen designer they can help you understand your options, price points, and pros and cons of different kitchen sink styles and materials. Your kitchen sink is the most used appliance in your kitchen. Take the time to consider your lifestyle, your needs, and your budget. With a little research, you can find the perfect sink!
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