Which kitchen sink is the best for you?
Selecting the right kitchen sink is an important decision to finish off the look and feel of your kitchen. You may be thinking about all the different sink materials, how the sink will be mounted, will it be single bowl, or double bowl sink, and more.
One of the first steps is to decide which style sink basin is for you, and which one you’ll benefit from the most. Are you filling large pots, or doing any canning? Do you like to have an area for dirty dishes and one area for drying? Do water spots or scuffs bother you? What it truly comes down to, is personal preference. There is a lot to consider, but we have done some thinking for you!
1. First, let’s touch on sink material. Here are the most common options and their pros and cons:
Stainless Steel: affordable, and easy to clean and maintain. Cons – can be noisy, show water spots, and scratching.
Composite: can be more expensive, but you get a wide range of styles and you don’t need to do any yearly sealing to them. Cons – can be damaged by extreme heat.
Enamel: classic, and has a long lifespan. Cons – heavy, requires more special care and cleaning.
2. Next, you’ll need to decide how you want your sink mounted. Each style has its pros and cons:
Topmounted Sink: A top or self mounting sink is more cost effective, and much easier to install as it “sits” on the counter. Top mounting sinks generally allow for more storage under the sink, since the sink sits higher on the counter.
Cons – The “lip” that sits on the counter allows for dirt to build up overtime and can be difficult to clean. It also creates a look that is not as finished or sleek.
Undermounted Sink: More ideal for solid countertop materials like granite, quartz, or marble. This style is installed below the counter with supports to hold the sink in place. With being mounted under the counter, this type of sink allows for a more sleek design, is easier to clean up, and therefor, is more sanitary.
Cons – Harder to install, less cost effective, and can reduce storage under the sink.
3. Lastly, you’ll want to think about whether you want a double basin, or single basin sink.
Double Basin Sink: if you don’t have a dishwasher, or you like to keep clean dishes separate from dirty dishes in the sink, you’ll likely want a double basin sink. One side being used to wash and one side to rinse; this is especially good for dishes that are fragile (china or crystal) or those that are not dishwasher safe. A double basin sink can come in equal sized basins 50/50 or offset 60/40. Equal sized 50/50 is great for keeping everything symmetrical, but not so great for washing large pots or pans. An offset 60/40 is great for washing larger pots and pans, but is not for those who are fans of everything being symmetrical.
Single Basin Sink: a single bowl sink is excellent for providing a large space to do one thing. Think washing large pots or pans. Without having a divider you may also get a few extra inches of space in your sink that you will appreciate.
Which style of kitchen sink is going to benefit you the most?