Every kitchen needs a sink, and having the right sink can make your kitchen not only beautiful, but also functional. Here are a few considerations to guide you in choosing the right sink.
Size and Basins
First, you want to consider how much space you have. The bigger the sink, the less counter space you will have. Then, consider how many basins you really need. Do you prefer one large, single basin? Or two smaller basins? One large one would allow you to soak big pans and lots of dishes, but it also limits your ability to multitask. On the other hand, two smaller basins can allow you to perform different tasks at the same time, such as soaking in one and food preparation in the other. If you choose two basins, you can choose two that are the same size (50/50) or one that is slightly larger than the other (60/40). Your choice may depend on how big your pots are and how many dishes you use in one sitting – or your choice might be purely aesthetic – it’s up to you!
If you have space to spare, you can even consider a three-basin sink (two large and one small with garbage disposal). You can use the garbage disposal independently of the sink, and have flexibility with the two other basins.
When considering materials, consider wear and tear, how you use your sink, and how it will look with your kitchen’s décor. There are many materials you can consider, but here are a few to get you started.
The most common material for sinks is stainless steel. Stainless steel is heat resistant, and is available in a variety of styles and sizes. It is very durable, and easy to clean. Stainless steel also comes in a broad range of prices. You have to be careful with the metal as it may get scratched, but the scratches can be buffed out. You can also look for sinks that have sound-absorbing pads on the bottom.
Porcelain is another commonly used material for a more vintage style. It comes in an endless choice of colors, but the caveat is that porcelain sinks can chip and scuff, so this material is more suitable for light kitchen users.
Composite granite sinks look great, are durable, and don’t show water-marks or scratches the way stainless steel sinks do. Composite granite sinks come in a variety of hues, though the lighter colored granite sinks may stain.
If you are thinking about natural stone countertops, consider installing a matching sink. Soapstone is the most common choice, but make sure you get a sample of the stone you are considering to assess how it stands up to staining.
There are many different styles to consider, and each has its pros and cons. Think about the location of the sink, the shape of the sink, accessibility, ability to be cleaned, and anything else that might make your kitchen life easier.
Farmhouse sinks are large, single basin sinks. If you have the space, double farmhouse sinks are advantageous for high volume kitchens. Rounded and curved sinks give kitchens a sleek modern style, and are easier to clean than those with square edges.
Also think about various additions that can help the work flow of your kitchen, such as built-in drain boards for draining dishes or cutting freshly washed veggies, garbage disposals, faucet sprayer attachments, sinks, racks, and easily accessible storage.
Choose wisely, as you will be living with your kitchen sink for a long time, hopefully. A well-made sink will last long and look good as long as you maintain it well.