Your Guide to Choosing a Kitchen Sink
From sink size and material to bowl depth and location, this short guide will help you navigate the many sink options out there and choose the perfect one for your kitchen.
Many factors are involved when figuring out the best sink material for your kitchen. While aesthetics are paramount, durability, cleanability and budget must also be considered.
Common sink materials include stainless steel and fire clay, however composite granite is becoming quite popular due to its handsome appearance, durability and ease of cleaning.
If you’re looking for a sink that will make a statement, consider materials like quartz, copper, natural stone or tinted stainless steel.
Type of Installation
Your sink installation type will affect other parts of your kitchen, like the surrounding cabinetry and countertop. Installation options include drop-in, undermount, integral and apron-front (available as a drop-in or undermount).
There are pros and cons to each type of installation. As the easiest to install, drop-in sinks are the most budget-friendly. They can also be installed in laminate countertops, which are lower cost.
On the high end are integral sinks, which are fabricated from the same material as the countertop and appear seamless with it.
Another factor to think about is how many sinks you require. For those who prefer washing dishes by hand, a double- or triple-bowl sink might be the best fit. That being said, sometimes larger items are easier to clean in a generous single-bowl sink.
Multiple sinks might be a good choice for large households where meals are cooked often. Just keep in mind that more sinks means more plumbing and a higher installation cost. More sinks also require a large-sized kitchen to ensure enough countertop space and avoid overcrowding.
Depth of the Bowl
Although a deeper bowl on your kitchen sink might seem better, that’s not always the case. For example, deep sinks eat up more cupboard space below. Also, tall or short people may find deep sinks uncomfortable to work over for long periods of time.
While depth is an important measurement when it comes to sinks, so is width. Sink width is measured from left to right and typically ranges from 24 to 36 inches.
Budget is a huge consideration when determining the size of your kitchen sink, but so is the size of your kitchen and where your sink is going to be located. In short, your sink should be proportional to the kitchen itself.
Location is everything. You want the person standing at the kitchen sink to have something pleasant to look at, whether it be a nice view out the window or looking inward towards the rest of the room.
When placing the sink under a window, try centering it with the window unit or one of the panes in a multipane window. Position the dishwasher nearby, if not adjacent to the sink. Make sure there is enough space for the dishwasher door to open completely without jamming up foot traffic.