A kitchen sink can make or break a new kitchen design. Choosing a functional and attractive model that’s right for your kitchen is key. Before you go shopping, consider which type of sink will work best in your kitchen and which features are important to you. Here are five tips that will help you choose the right kitchen sink for your kitchen to remodel.
First, consider durability. Kitchen sinks come in all shapes and sizes – even undermount varieties! Stainless steel is probably the most popular material used for today’s kitchen sinks, offering a sleek, modern look, particularly when paired with stainless steel, granite, or other high-end materials. Undermount models, meanwhile, lend an elegant, sophisticated look to kitchens that aren’t drop-in. However, undermount kitchen sinks are often durable enough for medium to large-use, but they’re not dishwasher friendly.
Second, consider functionality. Do you want your new sinks to be primarily for washing dishes? If so, choose stainless steel sinks that offer extensive water-wiping and spout options so you can wash multiple utensils at once. These sinks come in a variety of shapes, such as rectangular and oval.
Also, consider practicality. Kitchen sinks come in all shapes, sizes, and types, but some are more useful than others. For example, around undermount sink might be more useful in a small to the medium-sized kitchen, where it can fit under a round countertop, and a tall round countertop may be too tall and overpowering for a solid surface sink. Some solid surface sinks have a bar sink design, which allows you to use one hand for washing dishes and the other for floating food items on top.
Third, consider the finish or color of your sink and/or bowls. There’s no point in putting money into a sink if you’re not going to use it! Your choice of finish depends on personal preference, as well as your sink’s shape, size, and purpose. A round, rectangular, or oval basin looks best with stainless steel, copper, black, copper, or brass sinks, while acrylic, porcelain, satin, or wood bowls look good in acrylic, porcelain, satin, or wood surfaces. Another factor to consider is maintenance: polished, matte, or oil-rubbed sinks require less care and maintenance, and may actually be more aesthetically pleasing. A copper bowl will need more frequent polishing to maintain its polish and shine; meanwhile, an acrylic bowl will need to be frequently polished to keep it clean and shiny.
Fourth, choose a countertop material that’s right for your needs. For example, if you want a sink that will sit flush against your countertop and won’t dent or scratch your countertop surface, acrylic is the best choice. If you’re planning on installing your sink directly over your countertop, however, you’ll probably want to purchase a stainless steel or copper mount sink. You should also consider your countertop material’s ability to hide your pipes and plumbing, which can be an issue with some types of countertops, such as slate or limestone.
Fifth, when it comes to your bathroom’s plumbing, think about whether your sink and/or plumbing fixture will be installed directly over pipes originating from your bathtub or bathroom. A kitchen sink and piping may sit directly on your tub’s rim, but your bathtub’s pipes will come into contact with your Belfast sink when you install a sink overtop of your tub. The resulting water leak could potentially damage your tub’s rim and edge. For this reason, a stainless sink and/or copper pipe installation are preferable to a sink and pipe installation over your tub’s rim. This rule applies to both vertical and horizontal installation, as overhangs inevitably will leak.
Kitchen vessel sinks are a popular option for homeowners choosing to remodel their kitchen. Vessel sinks are available in a wide range of materials, including marble, stone, and glass. Some of the more popular materials used to manufacture vessel sinks include granite and glass. Because vessel sinks are relatively expensive, many homeowners opt to install a lower-end version of a vessel sink called a vessel sink pedestal sink, which often performs the same functions as high-end sinks like kitchen islands and wine carts.