Believe it or not, the kitchen sink is probably the most used spot in the kitchen! Whether you’re replacing a kitchen sink, renovating or starting fresh in a new home, selecting a new kitchen sink is an important decision. Here are the most important considerations when renovating a kitchen or selecting the perfect sink for a new home build.
If you are replacing the sink but keeping your cabinetry, determine if you will need to construct reinforcement for a heavier sink.
Think about your back when selecting a sink. If the sink is too deep you may find yourself bending over, which can lead to backaches. A sink with a depth of 8” or less is ideal for people taller than 6’2” or shorter than 5’4” to prevent bending over or straining to reach dishes.
Your kitchen sink will be working hard for you for a long time, so it makes sense to choose one with a robust finish to reduce the chance of stains, scratches and dents. The shape of the sink basin will also be a factor to consider; for example, curved corners are usually easier to clean than straight edges.
You can be assured of a quieter kitchen sink by making sure it has pads or a coating of insulation material on its underside. The lower the steel gauge, the quieter the sink.
If you or a family member use a wheelchair, or you want to make your kitchen more accessible, there are many sinks and faucets designed for greater safety, comfort and convenience. Shallow sinks, rounded corners and hands-free faucets are just three ways to upgrade your home for all abilities.
Many kitchen sinks are now 100% recyclable and some companies are using stainless steel that is produced using 70% recycled material. Look for eco-elements, such as an in-counter compost system.
Undermounted sinks are attached to the counter from below with brackets. Professional installation is recommended.
Easy-to-install and economically priced, you simply cut a hole in the countertop and drop the sink in.
Farmhouse sinks or apron sinks are also available in top-mount or undermount styles, but they have a front panel that sits flush with the cabinets.
It’s a good idea to select a faucet when you are choosing a sink. This will ensure that you know how many holes you will need to cut for the faucet, and where they will need to be. You can also make sure that the style, finish and functions suit your sink and available space.
If you like to keep on top of your dishes while preparing meals, then a double-basin sink is a smart choice. There are many configurations: a triple-basin sink, double basin with one large and one small bowl, or one oversized bowl and one standard-sized bowl. Some cooks prefer one oversized sink for handwashing large pots, pans and baking sheets.
The most popular material for kitchen sinks is stainless steel. Other top choices are sinks made with fire clay, porcelain, enamel-coated cast iron or steel, ceramic, granite, marble, quartz, composites, and solid surfaces. For a more dramatic statement, explore kitchen sinks made of copper, slate or soapstone. Each material ranges in price and has advantages and disadvantages. Narrow down the materials and determine what would be the best fit for your home.
Restaurant-style kitchen sinks are popular, but care must be taken to ensure they are in proportion with your kitchen’s design.