Kitchen sinks have come a long way. Today's sinks are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials, and can include a wide range of accessories, including cutting boards, utensil trays, drying racks and colanders. Homeowners are opting for large, single-basin sinks rather than double sinks to make room for bulky pots and pans. The primary sink is often accompanied by a smaller prep sink. Image courtesy of Kohler Co.
Self-Rimming Sinks: Tried and True
Available in stainless steel, porcelain and enameled cast iron, self-rimming or drop-in sinks are the most popular type of sink and the easiest to install. The sink's weight is supported by a rim that extends above the countertop surface. Durable, affordable and easy to clean, stainless steel is the most popular material for kitchen sinks. Image courtesy of Kohler Co.
Undermount Sinks: A Growing Trend
Undermount sinks, which are installed below the countertop, offer a seamless look and allow for easy countertop cleanup. This type of sink can only be used with solid-surface countertops, such as granite, marble or composite. Enameled cast iron, another popular material for kitchen sinks, is an affordable option available in a wide range of colors.
Integrated Quartz Sink: Seamless Design
Many quartz composite countertop manufacturers offer integrated kitchen sinks with their countertops, creating a sleek look and a seamless transition for easy cleanup. Image courtesy of Silestone by Cosentino North America
Porcelain Apron Sink: Country Flair
Meant to resemble sinks from historic farmhouses, apron sinks add timeless appeal to a kitchen. Apron sinks are available in a wide range of materials, including porcelain, stainless steel and copper. Design by Dave Stimmel of The Stimmel Consulting Group
Integrated Marble Sink: High-End Appeal
Like quartz composite countertops, natural stone countertops can feature seamless, integrated sinks. This kitchen's marble countertops and integrated sink add modern flair, while the seamless design makes it easy to clean. Design by Elizabeth Rosensteel
Bamboo Apron Sink: Exotic Alternative
If you want to give your kitchen a more unique appearance, look beyond typical materials like stainless steel and enameled cast iron. This bamboo apron sink is constructed from fully matured Moso bamboo with SGS-certified safe binding adhesives and a water-resistant topcoat. Image courtesy of Lenova Sinks
Prep Sinks: Functional and Stylish
More and more homeowners are supplementing their primary kitchen sinks with food preparation sinks, which are available in a variety of shapes and styles. This crescent-shaped sink is as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing, with its curved design and dual drains. Image courtesy of Native Trails, Inc.
Iron Island Sink: Industrial Design
Made of enameled cast iron, this modern island sink offers a sleek design and a strong, heat-resistant surface. Image courtesy of Kohler Co.