Kitchen Sink Research Choosing the Perfect Kitchen Sinks

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We, women, spend a lot of time in the kitchen. It is essential that kitchens designed to be comfortable, pleasant, and perfect. All the aspects like storage, cabinets, hobs, chimney, and sink should be chosen wisely. Choosing the best option based on utility, comfortable, and budget is a daunting task. Today I am sharing with you how to choose the best kitchen sink and help you in easing out the choices.

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Kitchen Sink Materials

The kitchen sink comes in a lot of different materials. Some of the most popular options stainless steel, cast iron, fireclay, and granite. Glass, marble, copper, ceramic and soapstone are some of the not very popular materials.

  • Stainless steel: I like these since they are durable, cost-effective, look elegant and trendy, have multiple style options. Being the most popular option, you must be cautious about buying a gauge 16 or 18, which is the best quality. A 300 series steel is the best option to go for. They are easy to clean but can leave water stains, and some find them to be noisy.
  • Copper: Gives a classy look and is anti-bacterial. The best gauge to buy is 14-18. Copper sinks are expensive.
  • Stone: Made of granite or marble they are very heavy but durable. Proper installation is essential to avoid damages.
  • Acrylic: Acrylic sinks are low cost, lightweight, and trendy. These sinks come in a variety of designs and colors.
  • Enamel Cast Iron: Enamel coated cast iron sinks have an aesthetic appeal. These look classy and have a long life but are heavyweight. Due to their weight, it is difficult to install. They come in a variety of colors.
  • Fireclay: Fireclay sinks are not very popular and are a premium option. They do not stain or scratch and have no reaction to acids. They can easily crack as compared to other materials. These are heavyweight and require cabinets that support them. They come multiple color options white, off-white, blue and black.

Styles of Kitchen Sink

Want to choose the perfect style of the kitchen sink? Here are some aspects simplified to help determine the best sink for your home.

Single Bowl:

This comes with just one bowl. Single Bowl is a preferred choice when space is a constraint as they are available in compact sizes. These offer more space for larger sized pots, pans, and utensils. The cleaning process is quick as there are fewer edges. I recommend having these installed with a drainboard.

Double Bowl:

As you guessed it right, these come in two bowls. You get the flexibility to choose the size of the bowls or them corner fitted with one bowl on either side. Some benefits of the double bowl are, you can do multitasking, use up one sink, and still keep the other free. You can have variations in sizes of 50/50, 60/40 or 80/20.

To make your life simple here is a comparison between the two sinks.

 

FeaturesSingle Bowl SinkDouble Bowl Sink
SpaceSpacious for larger pots & pansDifficult to clean larger utensils due to less space
UtilityNot possibleMultitasking possible
CleaningEasy. Less corners to cleanMore number of corners to clean
SizeEasy to fix in compact kitchensDifficult to fit in smaller kitchens
VarietyRange of sizesFew options in configurations
CostAffordableExpensive

Under-mount Bowl:

I have come across a lot of women who cannot go to bed without cleaning their kitchens. For all those who want the ease to clean kitchens, especially after a long day under-mount, the sink is for you. The sink is installed below the kitchen platform and is supported.

The logic is to clean swipe all the kitchen waste and dirt particles. It goes off directly into the sink since there are no corners. You will require a skilled professional to install under-mount sinks. They are difficult to uninstall too. We do not plan to change our kitchen sinks very often, so the difficulty in the installation should not be a significant concern.

Top mount Bowl:

Top mount or drop-in sinks just fit on top of the kitchen counter. They are low cost, modern looking, and easy to install. These are a good option when the budget is a constraint. Top mounts come in different material options like stainless steel, cast iron or even ceramic. Difficult to clean as food particles can quickly get stuck in the corners.

I have a top mount sink, and the edges require constant cleaning.

Here’s a comparison of the two:

FeaturesUndermount SinkTop mount sink
InstallationDifficult to installEasy to install
CleaningVery easy to cleanDifficult
FaucetNo space. Have a cut in the platformSpace for faucets
AppealMore aesthetically appealingLess appealing
CostExpensiveCheaper
UninstallDifficult to uninstallEasy to uninstall

If you can slightly pull up your budget, then I recommend opting for Undermount sinks. We do not plan to change our kitchen sinks very often, so the difficulty in the installation or uninstallation should not be a significant concern.

Farmhouse:

Farmhouse sinks are stylish, elegant, beautiful, offer a lot of variety and a premium option in sinks. They are usually more comprehensive and more in-depth than our standard kitchen sinks. This makes cleaning easier. Farmhouse style kitchens come in a lot of materials like fireclay, copper, stainless steel, and granite. The fireclay is one of the most popular types of equipment in farmhouse sinks. The farmhouse does not have a countertop and does not add strain to your back while cleaning dishes. I love these sinks, and they look beautiful. You can opt for it if the budget is not a constraint.

Before finalizing the material and style, one needs to understand the utility, functionality, durability, frequency of use. Even consider the size of pots and pans used. Lastly, it has also to match the overall look of the kitchen decor.

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