Choosing a kitchen sink may not seem important, but it’s actually a key part of your kitchen design. A kitchen sink can blend in with the rest of your kitchen, or be a statement piece. The sink you choose can even affect your options for the surrounding cabinets. Read on to learn about the different types available.
The Single Bowl Sink
A single bowl sink has one large basin with no dividers. As dishwashers have grown in popularity, the single bowl sink has, too. That’s because there’s less need for two basins for washing and rinsing. This sink style may be preferable in smaller kitchens. The single bowl sink can also more convenient for washing large dishes such as roasting pans.
The Double Basin Sink
A double basin sink is a large sink with a divider. The two basins may be equal in size, or one may be larger than the other. They’re preferable if you still do dishes by hand on a regular basis as traditionally, one bowl can be used for hot soapy water and the other can have clear water for rinsing. Having two sink basins can be helpful for food prep and for garbage disposal, but will also take up more counter space and reduce under-counter storage.
The Undermount Sink
An undermount sink can be a single basin or double basin sink. The name simply means that your sink is mounted underneath the countertop, providing a smooth, uninterrupted surface. This style of mounting can be done with quartz countertops but not laminate countertops since the edge of the countertop will be exposed to water.
Homeowners may appreciate this style of sink for practical reasons. It’s easy to wipe crumbs right into the sink as there is no ledge to catch debris.
The Drop In Sink
A drop in sink can be a single basin or double basin sink. The name refers to the fact that a hole is cut into the countertop, then the sink is dropped in to place. It’s the ideal choice for laminate countertops as the design keeps water away from the exposed edges, preventing water damage. When purchasing your drop in sink, observe the number of holes in the sink and choose a faucet that will match – not all faucet styles will work with the drop in sink you have selected.
Homeowners may appreciate this style of sink for budgetary reasons. It’s generally the most affordable style and is easier to install if you’re doing the work yourself.
The Apron Front Sink
Also known as a farmhouse sink, this style typically has a large, deep basin with an exposed front. It’s often a feature piece and a central part of the kitchen design. Apron-front sinks can have one bowl or two basins, and while they are typically an undermount sink there are some drop-in varieties available. These sinks require special consideration when designing the cabinetry to accommodate them, so talk to your designer if this is a style you want.
Homeowners may want to consider the depth of the basin when choosing this sink. Some tall family members may find them less comfortable than a regular kitchen sink.
The options for kitchen sinks are endless. There are a variety of depths, basin sizes, basin configurations, and faucets. There are material choices to make such as stainless steel, porcelain, copper, or fireclay. Think about what you like and discuss your ideas with your kitchen designer. They’ll be able to create cabinetry and countertop layouts that accommodate the kitchen sink of your choice.