Choose a Kitchen Sink

Don't forget countertop materials, everyday needs when choosing a new kitchen sink.

There are many factors to consider when choosing a kitchen sink:  

Contemporary Black Kitchen Countertop

Contemporary Black Countertop and Kitchen Sink

Drowning in a sea of kitchen sink and faucet choices? Here's how to make sense of it all.

  • Think about the countertop first.
  • Different sink materials fit different needs.
  • Optimize your workspace with a variety of options.

Your countertop and sink need to work together.

Your installation options will depend on the countertop material you choose:

A solid surface countertop of manmade material, natural stone, concrete or wood will allow for an under-mounted sink installation. This design produces a cross-section view of the countertop and creates a clean, simple line.

Some sinks are available with "tile-in" edges. Designed to mount flush with a tiled surface, they offer a built-in, grouted sink edge.

Self-rimming, drop-in sinks work well with any countertop material but have a raised lip that may, depending on the sink material you choose, interfere with cleaning.

Apron or farmhouse sinks with exposed face panels must be planned for early in your kitchen design as they have special cabinet requirements.

What material best suits your needs?

  • There are many kitchen sink materials to choose from, including stainless-steel, enameled cast iron, fireclay, quartz silicate and solid surface.
  • A high-quality, 18-gauge stainless-steel sink will take a lot of abuse.
  • Enameled cast iron has endless options for shiny colors.
  • Solid surface or quartz silicate is better at resisting scratches.
  • Solid fireclay is just as durable, but limited in regard to color choices.

Get the most use out of your sink with a range of options. The following options can offer you flexibility and optimize your space to fit your particular needs.

Off-center faucets: Sinks with off-center faucet positions offer larger interior basin space. Consider who will be using the faucet. If choosing one with an integral pullout spray head, users should all be right- or left-handed, as added stress on the hose can lead to faucet problems when pulling out and back toward the faucet.

Rear-positioned drains: A rear-positioned drain offers more usable bowl space, and as the plumbing underneath is set further back, also adds the benefit of under-counter cabinet storage.

Extra-deep bowls: Extra-deep bowls are great for soaking larger pots and roasters, but may be troublesome for your back on a daily basis.

Accessories: Many sinks have practical accessories such as cutting boards, drain baskets, and colanders.

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