How do you choose the right kitchen sink? It’s not the most glamorous of places to spend your time but it’s where you spend approximately 60% of your time whilst in the kitchen. Choosing the right one can make all that time cleaning and rinsing easier and more efficient. Although it is not a technology reliant appliance it is still an important kitchen feature. There are a number of considerations to be made.
Kitchen Sinks: Materials
Kitchen sinks can be made from many different materials and the one for you will depend on how much money you wish to spend, what you use your sink for and what goes best with the design of your kitchen.
- Stainless steel is one of the most popular options. Following continued development they are now thicker and less noisy than they used to be. They are popular because they are affordable, durable, and easy to clean. However, they can become scratched and water spots can become an issue, and the cheaper sinks can sometimes make more noise when items are dropped in.
- Composite sinks are generally made of quartz, granite, or other materials mixed with an acrylic- or polyester-resin base. They offer resistance to stains and scratches, and easy care. Unfortunately they can be expensive.
- Cast-iron kitchen sinks are made from a sturdy material that is enamel fired on an iron form and can be offered in numerous colours. The sinks are hardwearing, lessen noise and vibration but can be heavy for installation.
- Vitreous china sinks were originally made for bathrooms but are now also used for kitchen sinks. The glazed clay material is hard and nonporous with a glasslike shine, but the sink material is prone to chipping.
- Solid surfacing, made from a polyester or acrylic base, is chosen for its stone like appearance and easy care. Like solid surfacing countertops, it can be susceptible to heat and dings from sharp objects.
Kitchen Sink: Styles
You are probably not aware and haven’t really thought about it before but kitchen sinks come in many options and shapes.
Undermount kitchen sinks are installed beneath the countertop. Unlike drop in sinks they don’t collect debris and grime above the counter seal. This type of sink works best with granite and solid surfacing because it’s important that the edge of the countertop be watertight.
Drop-in sinks are another common sink option. The sink is dropped into a hole in the countertop and the lip of the sink rests on the countertop.
Apron-front, or farmhouse sinks, these types of sinks have become increasingly popular and are a real focal point feature in a kitchen.
Double basins offer one basin for cleaning and one for rinsing.
Bowl depth typically ranges between 7″ – 10″ in depth. Deeper sinks allow more room for items like tall pots; however, deeper sinks can also be problematic for your posture and difficult for little ones to reach into.
Kitchen Sink: Placement
Once you’ve decided on the right sink for you where do you put it? Unless you are having a new kitchen the best place is where your old one was. Repositioning a sink can be expensive. If you are replacing your kitchen consider where the best place is to make your kitchen flow more easily. Dishwasher placement also should be considered. It’s best for the dishwasher to be on one side of the sink.
New Design Kitchens can help you select the right kitchen for you.