Kitchen sinks are by far the most used fixture in the kitchen. Consider how many times a day you use your kitchen sink.  There are now a wide array of choices including everything from materials to bowl configuration. This means that a lot more thought needs to go into choosing the right kitchen sink, in terms of design and functionality, for your home.

Before you buy, consider the number of sink bowls, how they are oriented, and the depth and number of holes your sink requires for fixtures and accessories.   If you are replacing a sink, make sure it fits the existing cutout. If the cabinet allows, you may be able to install a larger sink by expanding the cutout.

Size Matters

Choosing the size and configuration that best fits your space and lifestyle is important.  Kitchen sinks are available in more shapes and sizes than ever before.  The interior width of the sink’s cabinet determines the maximum dimensions for your sink.  Standard kitchen cabinets come in size increments of 3″ starting at 9″ wide (9″, 12″, 15″, 18″, 21″ 24″, etc). There are a wide range of sinks to fit most standard cabinet sizes. Be sure to measure your cabinet size before selecting a kitchen sink.

Type of Installation

In regards to installation, there are three basic ways kitchen sinks can be installed in your home:

  • Self-rimming (drop-in)
  • Undermount
  • Flush mount

Self-rimming, or drop-in sinks as they are sometimes called, are the easiest to install. These type of sinks are easily positioned into a cutout in the countertop on top of a base cabinet, supported by the flanges of the sink that overlap the cutout.

Undermount sinks are attached under the countertop. The sink either hangs from the underside of the countertop or it is supported from underneath the cabinet by the base cabinet structure.  These sinks allow you to brush items from the countertop directly into the sink without any “catch points” which can capture food particles and moisture. 

The flush-mount kitchen sink is at the same level as the countertop which allows for easy cleaning and prevents accumulation of water, food particles and dirt on the sink edges. 

Materials

By far the most popular material for kitchen sinks, stainless steel sinks are heat and stain resistant and are available in a variety of types, styles and sizes.  Composite granite sinks are good-looking, durable and don’t show water marks or scratches the way stainless steel sinks do. They come in a variety of neutral hues.  Manufactured from clay fired at an extremely high temperature, fireclay sinks are highly resistant to scratches, staining and chipping. Cleanup is easy — just dish soap on a sponge, or use a mild abrasive cleanser for tougher marks.
Cast Iron sinks have been around for some time, because they’re long lasting and attractive. And today they’re available in a wide variety of colors, styles and price ranges.  Natural stone kitchen sinks are carved out of one solid piece, either farmhouse style or small round prep sinks.  The front of a farmhouse sink can be left in its rough, natural state or it can be polished and even carved. The other option is a boxy sink fabricated from granite or other slabs — the best choice if you want to match your chosen countertop.
Before making the final decision, stop into one of our showrooms to get a feel for how a sink and faucet will function.