How To Choose A Kitchen Sink

Monday, 15 April 2024 14:00
How To Choose A Kitchen Sink

Kitchen sinks are at the center of your kitchen area. They are a vital part of the everyday preparation and clean up of food in your home. Because of this, it is important to have a kitchen sink that you enjoy beyond its utilitarian needs. While a simple kitchen sink is all that you need, why stop there? 

Your kitchen sink should be a reflection of your aesthetic, what is wrong with having something that you enjoy? To help make your decisions around picking a kitchen sink, we put together a list of things that you should consider when choosing. 

Why Choosing Your Kitchen Sink Is More Important Than You Think

Selecting a kitchen sink that aligns with your aesthetic preferences is crucial for creating a cohesive and harmonious design in your kitchen space. The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home, where functionality meets style, and the sink plays a central role in both aspects.

A well-chosen sink not only complements the overall aesthetic of your kitchen but also enhances its visual appeal. Whether your style is modern and minimalist, rustic and farmhouse-inspired, or classic and timeless, the right sink can serve as a focal point that ties the entire design together.

Additionally, investing in a sink that reflects your taste and complements other elements in your kitchen can elevate your cooking and cleaning experience, making it more enjoyable and satisfying. By carefully considering your aesthetic preferences when choosing a kitchen sink, you can create a space that looks beautiful and feels like home.

Things To Consider When Choosing Your Kitchen Sink

While aesthetics are one thing, there are plenty of intricate decisions that need to be made when choosing a kitchen sink. Choosing a kitchen sink based on aesthetics alone can be done, but it is not advised. Things such as material and size should also be considered.

1) Choose The Correct Material

Material and aesthetics go hand in hand. When it comes to kitchen sinks, there are tons of different types of materials to choose from, including: 

  • Porcelain: Porcelain sinks, also known as enamel sinks, offer timeless elegance and charm to any kitchen. They are crafted from a ceramic material coated with a layer of enamel, giving them a smooth, glossy finish that is stylish and easy to clean. Porcelain sinks are available in a variety of colors, making it easy to find one that complements your kitchen decor. 
  • Stainless Steel: Stainless steel sinks are a popular choice for modern kitchens due to their sleek appearance, durability, and affordability. Constructed from stainless steel, these sinks are resistant to rust, corrosion, and heat, making them ideal for everyday use. Stainless steel sinks are easy to clean and maintain, as they are non-porous and resistant to stains and bacteria.
  • Cast Iron: Cast iron sinks are known for their classic, vintage appeal and exceptional durability. Constructed from cast iron coated with a layer of enamel, these sinks offer a robust and long-lasting solution for busy kitchens. Cast iron sinks are highly resistant to chipping, scratching, and heat, making them ideal for heavy-duty use. 
  • Copper: Copper is known for its antimicrobial qualities that can help reduce the spread of germs. Copper is also 100% recyclable and looks beautiful, especially over time, as it develops a copper patina. While it takes more time to keep looking in tip-top shape, copper may be the best-looking material ever(in our opinions)

2) Drop-In Or Undermount

There are two main ways in which sinks are mounted, and they are fairly different. Undermount sinks attach beneath the counter to create a seamless look. They also maximize counter space since the lip of the sink is under the counter.

Drop-in sinks are a more affordable choice and easier-to-install choice. Drop-in sinks are literally “dropped in” from the top of the counter and the lip rests on top. Drop-in sinks do require a bit of extra care when cleaning, but they are a great overall choice.

3) Sizing Your Sink

The size of your sink matters quite a bit. How much space do you have, and what is your budget? Generally speaking, the larger your sink the more money it is going to cost. Additionally, your sink should fit within your workflow for when you are in the kitchen cooking. A sink that is too large can cause problems because it takes up more counter space than a small sink.

4) How Many Bowls?

If you have the money, always spring for a double bowl or more sink. Having two bowls for your sink saves you from frustration when washing and rinsing dishes. Workflow is everything when inside the kitchen, and having a sink for washing and a sink for rinsing can greatly increase the efficiency of dishwashing. 

Also, who complains about having a sink that is too big anyway?

5) Drain Placement

When selecting a kitchen sink, one often overlooked yet critical aspect is drain placement. The placement of the drain can significantly impact the functionality and usability of your sink, as well as the overall design and layout of your kitchen.

One of the primary decisions to make is whether to opt for a center drain or an offset drain. Center drains are located in the middle of the sink basin, offering symmetrical drainage and ample space for large pots and pans.

On the other hand, offset drains are positioned closer to one side of the sink, allowing for more usable space underneath the sink and better accommodating the placement of garbage disposals and plumbing fixtures.

Plumbing And Sinks Are Our Passion At Action Service Company

While there are tons of different things to consider when choosing a kitchen sink, these are some of the most important ones that we have encountered over the years as plumbing professionals. If you are in the market for a new kitchen sink and need it installed, the team at Action Service Company can help. 

Whether you are planning your spring remodel or changing up your kitchen's plumbing, give Action Service Company a call. We have been serving Statesville, Taylorsville, Salisbury, and Mooresville since 1994. Action Services has the experience you need for all your plumbing projects.