There are many sinks on the market that combine durability, design, and aesthetics. Perhaps there are too many types of sinks. But you can find the perfect sink for your type of kitchen.
Here is a quick guide.
The material of a sink is its most important quality.
Stainless steel is the most common sink material. It is durable, light, resistant to stains and heat, and easy to install. However, items clashing against stainless steel produce a lot of noise, and heavy materials can dent steel.
Cast iron provides more durability. Its weight resists loud noise and chipping, though cast iron is often coated with porcelain, which does chip. However, cast iron cannot be used with abrasive cleaners, which will dissolve the enamel in cast iron.
Fireclay is more durable than cast iron, and it does not chip, stain, or etch. It is made from clay and glaze fused at very high temperatures so that it can be used with abrasive cleaners. Fireclay is rarely made, and accordingly, it is more expensive than cast iron or stainless steel.
Consider how you will use your sink, and consider how much you can afford. The advantages of a fireclay sink outweigh the cost, so consider fireclay if you can afford it.
Examine your counter space. You want a seamless look between counter and sink, easy cleanup, and support for heavy materials. You can find a design that meets all of these concerns.
A farmhouse-style sink extends over the counter edge, providing additional room for large dishes. The basin is deep, providing space but requiring you to cut out a large portion of your counter. The farmhouse style complements a rustic type of kitchen with its folksy appearance.
An under-mount sink is installed under your counter. Debris can be pushed into the sink with ease, as the sink lacks a lip or rim. As under-mount sinks are glued to the bottom of a counter, you must choose lightweight materials with this design.
A top-mount sink drops into your counter, with a lip or rim around the basin. Topmount sinks are easy to install, and its lip provides additional support for heavy materials. However, the lip may make cleanup and unclogging the drain more difficult.
Most kinds of sinks feature two basins, allowing you to multitask. If you use your sink primarily to wash large objects, consider purchasing a sink with one large basin or one oversized basin and one small basin. If you prepare food, wash dishes, and wash your hands simultaneously, purchase a three basin sink.
Every kitchen is unique. Purchase a sink that is unique. Consider what you use your sink for, how often you use it, and how much space you need, then find a design that is best for you.
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