If you are in the market for a new kitchen sink, you have probably been overwhelmed by options. But this guide here is to assist you. We will discuss 5 of the factors for choosing a kitchen sink including, material, installation type, configuration, bowl depth, and location.
#1 – Sink Material
Determining the optimal sink material for your kitchen involves taking into account several factors. Aesthetics are important, but budget, durability, and ease of cleaning are also vital and need to be considered.
Fireclay and stainless steel are popular material options for sinks, but composite granite is quickly gaining popularity for its great looks, durability, and ease of cleaning. For those looking for a statement sink, material options include quartz, copper, colored stainless steel, and natural stone.
#2 – Installation Type
The class of sink installation you choose affects your kitchen’s other elements, such as the surrounding countertop and cabinetry. Installation possibilities include drop-in, undermount, integral, and apron-front.
Each installation type has pros and cons. The common drop-in method is the most budget-friendly option because it is the easiest to install and can be installed in lower-cost laminate countertops. At the higher end of the price spectrum is an integral sink, which is constructed from the same substance as the countertop and fabricated to appear seamless.
#3 – Sink Configuration
Another important factor to consider is how many bowls or sinks you need. If you primarily wash dishes by hand, you will likely prefer a double or triple-bowl sink. However, keep in mind that larger items are easier to wash in a large single-bowl sink.
If you have a larger household and cook frequently, multiple sinks may be handy. Beware that having multiple sinks and the accompanying plumbing means higher installation costs. It also requires a bigger-sized kitchen to steer clear of any traffic jams and to ensure adequate countertop space remains for cooking.
#4 – Bowl Depth
Deeper is not always better when it comes to your kitchen sink. An extremely deep sink takes up more cabinet space, especially if a garbage disposal is installed. Particularly tall or short people may find it uncomfortable to work over an extremely deep sink for extended periods. Others might find a deep sink ideal for holding dirty dishes.
#5 – Location
Like in real estate, location is everything. Ideally, when standing at your kitchen sink, you will be facing something pleasant to look at. The pleasant view could be a good view out a window or of the rest of the room.
If you set your kitchen sink under a window, try to center it under the window. You’ll want the dishwasher nearby and ideally next to the sink with room for the dishwasher door to fully open without blocking any kitchen traffic.
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