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Kitchen Sinks

The sink is one of the busiest spots in the kitchen, used for everything from prep and cleanup to food disposal. Because it wears multiple hats, you need to invest in a quality kitchen sink that will stand the test of time. Whether you prefer sleek stainless steel or a timeless white sink in cast iron, there is something out there to accommodate even the pickiest home chef. As you shop for kitchen sinks, be sure to keep the following tips in mind:

What are my mounting options for kitchen sinks?

Different kitchen sink styles call for various types of mounting and installation, which can make or break your budget. Learn about the three main designs and decide which one is right for your tastes and needs:

  • Drop-In - Also called top-mount, drop-in kitchen sinks are the easiest type to install, often meaning a lower price point.

  • Undermount - This popular design requires a more tricky install which can increase the overall price point. However, undermount kitchen sinks make for super simple cleanup and a sleek, continuous counter look, making them worth the splurge.

  • Farmhouse - Also known as apron-front, a farmhouse kitchen sink is great for those that love a deep, wide basin and the appeal of a sink as a focal point instead of hiding it behind the counter and cabinets.

What’s the best kitchen sink material?

Choosing a material is a decision based on style as much as it is on functionality. Kitchen sinks should reflect the aesthetic of the entire space, but also live up to your expectations in terms of use and maintenance. Learn about these common materials to help make an informed choice:

  • Stainless Steel - This is a great material for those going for the sleek, metal look. Stainless steel kitchen sinks are resistant to heat, stains and rust, but can get water spots, scratches and dents if you are too rough on them.

  • Copper - This is a great option for those going for a very specific look. While copper kitchen sinks have a few upsides, like looking gorgeous and being antimicrobial and long lasting, they are sensitive to heat, certain cleaning products and anything acidic, so you’ll have to take extra care with them.

  • Granite - For a more forgiving material, look for granite kitchen sinks. They are easy to keep clean, resist scratches, dents and chipping, and will not discolor like other more porous materials. You can find them in a variety of colors to suit your style.

  • Cast iron - The glossiness, simple cleanup and ability to handle high heat are what appeal to most buyers when it comes to cast iron kitchen sinks. Know that they are prone to getting scratches and chips in the top enamel layer if you aren’t careful with how you handle dishes around them.

  • Fireclay - This is a more durable option if you’re in the market for the glossy look of cast iron but don’t want the worry of chips and scratches. Fireclay kitchen sinks are actually non porous, so less susceptible to discoloration than cast iron or porcelain.

What size kitchen sink should I get?

Kitchen sink sizes can feel overwhelming to get right, but as long as you keep in mind your current or desired layout and how you actually intend to use your new fixture, it’s really not that hard. The National Kitchen & Bath Association suggests a standard 22 by 24 inch single bowl kitchen sink for spaces smaller than 150 square feet, however if you desire a specific look or functionality not covered by that size, feel free to go wild — it’s your kitchen after all! For larger spaces, you really have the freedom to choose whichever width, depth and basin size you desire, but these explanations of bowl configurations might help guide your decision:

  • Single bowl - Large pots, pans and bakeware fit best in a single basin kitchen sink since there is no divider to get in the way. You may prefer this if you do a lot of cooking and don’t have a dishwasher to throw large items into right away. If you like the idea of having separate areas to soak, wash and/or prep, however, this might not be the best option.

  • Double bowl - If you’re the sort of person who appreciates having designated zones for separate tasks, a double kitchen sink may be the way to go. With two bowls, this design allows for soaking and washing on one side and rinsing or prepping on the other. You can even use one bowl to defrost a meal while still using the other to do your dirty work.

  • Triple bowl - If you have space, and lots of it, you can spring for a triple bowl kitchen sink. These models are similar to a double bowl style, with the addition of one smaller basin that’s great for prep work that won’t interfere with whatever you’ve got going on (soaking, drying etc) in the two larger bowls.
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Featured Reviews of Kitchen Sinks

30 in. Undermount Single Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink
Kitchen Sinks
February 21, 2018
Incredible value: This is an excellent sink at a value price. It comes with everything you need and pay extra for in premium brands. This is my first Kraus sink. I have been a Franke customer and paid 3x the price. The Kraus sink is not quite the Franke sink, but do you really need a Franke standard? The Kraus sink is nicely constructed, much better than the normal DIY store stuff. This model comes with the drain assembly and the rack. You pay extra for those with Franke. Unless. I were going for a very high end kitchen where I wanted the best all around, the Kraus is just fine. I paired this with a $3k stone countertop section, and have no regrets.
Silkie Apron-Front Kitchen Copper Sink, 33"
Kitchen Sinks
February 16, 2016
Beautiful!: I love the beautiful new sink. It'll be our focal point on our kitchen island and should look great with a bronze faucet and granite countertop! Very pleased and the price was right, too.
Stainless Steel Undermount Farmhouse 40/60 Double Bowl Kitchen Sink
Kitchen Sinks
July 26, 2017
Happy Customer: My sink was beautiful. We are still remodeling but we opened the box and it's well packaged. Even the sink was in a cloth bag to prevent scratching. They forgot the accessory kit and template for the sink but I called customer service at Houzz and they got right on the problem and it was in the mail the same day and I received it within 3 days USPS mail. I can't wait to see it installed. So happy
Melrose Granite Quartz Single Undermount Sink, Black, 33"
Kitchen Sinks
March 11, 2018
Show stopper: Love how big and beautiful this sink is. The black is a different spin than a lot of other sinks. It matches my faucet and drawer pulls and adds an edgy touch to the kitchen. The only drawback is that the water doesn't seem to flow quickly to the drain, but it's easily resolved by just rinsing the sink.
KRAUS Pax Zero-Radius 22.5" 16 Gauge Undermount Single Bowl Stainless Steel Sink
Kitchen Sinks
January 22, 2017
Beautiful...Great price: We just received our new Krauss sink. It will be installed w/ our new granite counters next week. Its as it appeared online and came if perfect condition. I will submit another review once we have had time to enjoy it!
Farmhouse Apron Single-Bowl 16-Gauge Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink, 30"
Kitchen Sinks
October 9, 2017
Beautiful Sink: The sink is beautiful and looks great in my new remodeled kitchen. We're going for a contemporary look and this sink fits in perfect. The pictures online are exactly how it looks and the quality seems great. Can't wait till its all finished so I can actually use it. We had no issues with our order and it arrived early and in plenty of time for the quartz installer to get it set.
KRAUS 36" Farmhouse 60/40 Kitchen Sink 16G Stainless Steel With Accessories
Kitchen Sinks
April 6, 2016
Farmhouse SS Sink: Haven't installed it yet, but we opened the box and it looks nice (still in packing materials so we will update review when we take it out of the box at later date) shipped quickly and came as described with extras which was a bonus over other similar sinks. Customer service phone rep very helpful in answering all of our questions prior to ordering
AKDY 25"x22"x9" Stainless Steel Top Mount Kitchen Sink Single Basin With Tray
Kitchen Sinks
December 30, 2017
great product for the price: I have had the much more expensive Blanco version of this sink. While this definitely doesn't feel or sound as heavy or expensive as the Blanco, it looks identical, and the quality of the included drain stopper is really nice. Very happy with the purchase.
AKDY 32"x18"x9" Undermount Handmade Stainless Steel Single Bowl Kitchen Sink
Kitchen Sinks
February 5, 2018
Best thing since sliced bread!: My grandmother has a single sink and I thought it was kind of odd until I washed her dishes. I was amazed at how easy washing larger items was, no more contortionist moves to clean a cookie sheet. I was sold! She ordered a new one and I bought one as well. This sink is gorgeous and well made and looks like it will outlast me. The shipping and check out were straight forward and efficient.
Kraus Pax Zero-Radius 24" 18Gauge Undermount Stainless Steel Laundry Sink
Kitchen Sinks
October 26, 2018
Undermount sink: After many delays, our new kitchen is nearly done and the sink is GORGEOUS! It was an easy install and the as soon as the installers opened the box, there were oooohs and ahhhhs! They are familiar with the Kraus brand and appreciated the quality and ease of installation. Totally awesome!

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