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How To Choose A Kitchen Sink

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Of all the elements of a kitchen, there are few as vital as the sink. This means that choosing the perfect kitchen sink is a priority for many homeowners. Not only does it serve as a functional workhorse as you cook, clean and go about day-to-day activities, but when chosen carefully a sink can be a stylish addition to your overall kitchen design too.

Every kitchen is different. So, there is no such thing as one perfect sink that will fit every home's needs. Understanding a bit about what type of kitchen sinks are on the market today will make it easier for you to choose one that will help you strike that balance between form and function.

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When it comes to types of kitchen sinks, there are actually three main decisions – the number of sections, mounting, and material (which we will cover in more detail below.)

In years past, the two-section sink was most popular because kitchen sinks were used for washing full loads of dishes. Today, this may not be the case, so an oversized single sink may be more practical. This offers more space for washing pots and pans or for other projects. Other options include one larger basin with a smaller side basin.

Sinks come in two different mount styles – top mount and under mount.

Granite Composite Dual Undermount Kitchen Sink
White Undermount Farmhouse Kitchen Sink With Grid And Strainer
Black Granite Composite Plastic Dual Mount Kitchen Sink
Lustrous Satin Stainless Steel Top Mount Triple Bowl Kitchen Sink
White Farmhouse Apron Kitchen Sink With Basket Strainer
Satin Stainless Steel Single Basin Farmhouse Apron Kitchen Sink With Faucet

What Are the Pros and Cons of Common Kitchen Sink Materials?

Some of the most common kitchen sink materials you'll find on the market today include stainless steel, enamel-coated cast iron, solid surfaces, and composites. Understanding the pros and cons of each of these materials may make it a little easier to choose the one that will work best in your home.

Brushed Stainless Steel Drop In Kitchen Sink With Basket Strainer
Granite Composite Farmhouse Kitchen Sink
Granite Composite Double Bowl Undermount Kitchen Sink
Matte White Stone Acrylic Double Basin Farmhouse Apron Kitchen Sink
Cast Iron Brilliant White Drop In Kitchen Sink
Copper Double Basin Farmhouse Apron Kitchen Sink With Additional Accessories
Fireclay Glazed White Farmhouse Kitchen Sink
Stone Dual Mount Bar Sink
Engineered Stone Quartz Acrylic Double Basin Drop In Kitchen Sink With Strainer
Nickel Stainless Steel Undermount Kitchen Sink
Concrete Farmhouse Apron Kitchen Sink
Brass Stainless Steel Double Basin Undermount Kitchen Sink With Faucet And Soap Dispenser
White Ceramic Farmhouse Kitchen Sink

How Do You Choose the Correct Size Sink for Your Kitchen?

The size of the sink you desire will vary depending on how you plan to use it.

Consider all of these details when choosing the best size sink for your kitchen.

Stainless Steel Undermount Element Bar Sink
Standard Granite Composite Quartz Drop in Kitchen Sink With Flange
Large Copper Aging Patina Farmhouse Apron Kitchen Sink
Large Acrylic Stone Granite Double Offset Drop in Kitchen Sink
Round Stainless Steel Undermount Bar Sink
Bamboo Gloss Farmhouse Apron Kitchen Sink

Kitchen Sink Design Tips

Once you know what you are looking for from your sink, keep in mind it still needs to function well within your kitchen as a whole. A modern style kitchen may benefit from a modern-style sink while a rustic kitchen would usually call for a more traditional option.

Antique Copper Dual Mount Bar Kitchen Sink
Recycled Copper Undermount Bar Sink
U Shaped Granite Composite Undermount Kitchen Sink
Granite Composite Quartz Double Basin Undermount Kitchen Sink With Strainers And Flange
Brushed Satin Stainless Steel Drop In Kitchen Sink
White Fireclay Center Farmhouse Kitchen Sink

As you can see, there are many considerations that must be made when choosing a kitchen sink. It is vital that you look at your kitchen as a whole and think about what functionality the sink will have in this room as you make this decision. When you do this, and you keep your own personal style desires in mind, you'll best we able to choose a kitchen sink that will have both the wowfactor you desire and that will meet the needs of you and your family for years to come.