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.
What are the Most Popular Types of Kitchen Sinks?
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.
Top mount sinks are also called drop-in sinks. These are usually easier to install as they drop-in from the top. They have a visible rim from above.
Under mount sinks were designed more for aesthetic appeal than for their ease-of-installation. They require below-counter support anchors. However, they can provide a more elegant look and there is no rim taking up counter space.