Sinks are forced to confront dozens of unsavory and potentially damaging items during their long lives—smelly leftovers, slimy and oily foods, sharp knives, boiling water, cumbersome pots—but they must stay strong throughout it all. So as you look for a new sink, you will need to consider several factors including strength, durability, appearance, required maintenance, and cost. You should also think about how the sink will mesh with your countertops. Will the materials complement each other? Will the seams catch food and be difficult to clean? To help you whittle down your choices, today we’re exploring several popular types of kitchen sinks.
Types of Kitchen Sinks
SINGLE-BOWL. A single-bowl sink has only one basin and is available in small sizes, making it a great choice for compact kitchens. If you’re often cleaning large kitchen supplies like big bowls, baking sheets, and crock pots, you’ll enjoy the extra space a single-bowl sink can provide.
DOUBLE-BOWL. A double-bowl sink is typically a rectangular sink split into two sections. Homeowners appreciate that they can perform two tasks at once with a double-bowl sink. For example, you might use one side for soaking and one for rinsing. Or, you could place dirty dishes in one side and leave the other clear for cleaning and rinsing.
FARMHOUSE. Also known as an apron sink, farmhouse sinks are large, deep, and have an old-fashioned appeal. They typically have a large single bowl and are visible on the front of the cabinet (the sink replaces that section of the cabinet), creating a bold look. Farmhouse sinks are often found in traditional and country kitchens, but they also mesh well with modern designs if stainless steel is used. Farmhouse sinks require special cabinetry, however, and are quite expensive. You can purchase farmhouse sinks in a variety of materials including ceramic, fireclay, stainless steel, and copper.
TOPMOUNT. Also known as a drop-in design, a topmount sink is dropped into the countertop from above, so the sink’s lip will overlap the countertop. Because of their versatile design, easy installation, and affordable price, topmount sinks are a very popular choice. However, some homeowners feel that a topmount sink detracts from the counter’s sleekness. Additionally, it’s common for dirt and grime to gather around the sink’s edge, so frequent cleanings will be necessary. Topmount sinks are available in porcelain, cast iron, vitreous china, and stainless steel, amongst other materials.
UNDERMOUNT. The opposite of a topmount, undermounted sinks are installed from below the countertop. They sit below the counter, so there won’t be a raised lip detracting from the countertop’s smooth surface. When you’re cleaning your counter, you can wipe crumbs directly into an undermounted sink without worrying about the sink’s lip becoming dirty. However, undermounted sinks are expensive, and they aren’t easy to install. They are available in a variety of materials like stainless steel and copper, and they come in single-, double-, and even triple-bowl designs.
As you decide which style of sink to use in your kitchen, remember to thoroughly consider your countertop. If you’re designing or remodeling a brand new kitchen, choose your sink and countertop at the same time so that they complement each other well. Good luck!
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