The kitchen sink is one of the busiest spots in the kitchen, so choosing a sink that fits your needs should be of high priority. Smaller, single-bowl sinks will balance out tinier kitchens and provide ample space for washing dishes; multibowl kitchens allow you to efficiently wash and dry dishes in separate bowls. Perhaps a colorful sink will add just the right aesthetic variation to a neutral kitchen. If space allows, your kitchen might be made complete with a bar sink.
When choosing a sink, keep these questions in mind:
What size sink should you choose? Large multi-basin models may be preferable, but they will overpower a small kitchen. The National Kitchen & Bath Association suggests a standard 22”x24” single bowl model for kitchens smaller than 150 square feet. Anything larger than that can accommodate double and triple bowls.
Do you need a multi-bowl sink? This all comes down to personal preference. Large, wide, single-bowl sinks provide plenty of space for washing dishes. However, if you want your dishes to dry and still use the sink, you’d have to utilize adjacent countertop space for a dish rack or drainer. Multi-bowl sinks allow you to wash dishes in one bowl and drain in the other, but the smaller individual bowls can be restrictive for washing large pots or cookie sheets.
Self-rimming sink, top-mount sink or flush sink? Self-rimming sinks (which has a molded edge that overhangs the countertop) are cheaper and easier to install, yet can be tougher to clean and require periodic caulking around the edges. Undermount sinks (which are fused to the underside of the counter) are easier to clean, sleek in style and fit seamlessly with countertops. They generally require professional installation and can be paired only with granite or solid countertops due to their weight. Flush sinks have their rims flush with the surface of the countertop; these are also easy to clean, however generally require a tile countertop for installation.
Should you go with a colored sink? This is an entirely aesthetic decision, but one that comes with a price tag. In general, colorful sinks cost 15-40 percent more than standard white.
What types of materials are available? Stainless steel sinks are a common choice due to their durability, low cost and cleaning ease. However, other options include porcelain, cast iron, composite stone, metals and other materials. Consider the overall aesthetic of your kitchen to determine which style best suits your space.
Is an extra bar sink worth it? Only if you’ll truly use it. Is there more than one cook in the house? Is your one sink constantly congested? Do you entertain often? Ask yourselves these types of questions before you make your decision. Remember, an extra sink means additional plumbing and faucet expenses.
How do you determine faucet compatibility? It’s wise to shop for sinks and faucets at the same time, since one needs to be compatible with the other. The sink needs to contain the number of holes required for the installation of your chosen faucet.
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