Replacing your sink is exciting ... and confusing. Decisions arise: what material for the basin, topmounted or not, farmhouse or not? Learn the basics here.
The kitchen can often be the busiest place in a home — especially during certain times of the year — so it’s important that yours functions as optimally as possible for your lifestyle. What likely gets the most use in your kitchen? The sink. Want to know how to choose a kitchen sink that has your name written all over it? From single- or double-bowl kitchen sinks to topmounted or undermounted ones, we’ve got all the basins covered. (Get it?) Whether you’re in the process of a total kitchen remodel or just weighing your sink options, here’s what you should consider when choosing a kitchen sink.
Single-Bowl vs Double-Bowl Kitchen Sink
First things first: Decide how much space you have to work with. Then, if it’s feasible, decide if upgrading from a single kitchen sink to a double kitchen sink (or one with even more dividers) would make your life easier. That is, if you don’t have a dishwasher, for example, and you spend hours each week handwashing the dishes, would it make your job easier to have one side of the sink specifically dedicated to soaking the dishes and one side for rinsing them? Bonus feature: If you prefer, you can actually purchase a multi-bowl sink with different basin depths.
The Type of Kitchen Sink
So, which kitchen sink is best? Do you consider a sink with curved corners easier to clean than one that’s square? Do you prefer the roomier basin of a D-shaped bowl with the faucet (and the drain, if you prefer) set off to the side as opposed to the center? Or do you love the vintage vibe of a farmhouse sink with its distinctive “apron” front? Once you pick out the specific style that you like, consider how it will fit with your current cabinets and countertop. For instance, the deep basin of a farmhouse sink may require some modifications to the cabinet and the plumbing components that are currently under the sink.
How the Sink is Mounted
Sinks that are “dropped in” above the counter with an overhanging “lip” are referred to as “topmount” sinks. Those that are mounted from underneath the counter are called “undermounts.” Which is better? It depends on the aesthetic you’re going for in your kitchen and whether you prefer to simply scoop spills and crumbs directly into the sink or wipe them up. The best part? Many sinks can be mounted either way.
The Material of the Bowl
From stainless steel to copper, composite to acrylic, there are many options to choose from when it comes to sink materials. According to Consumer Reports, though, you may want to stick with a stainless-steel version if you need a sink that can withstand a beating from heat, scouring and the occasional dropped knife or dish.
A sink can’t function without a faucet and drain, right? Make sure you select the faucet and drain that you prefer at the same time, to ensure your new sink has the proper holes. Also, consider whether you would like to add other extras, such as a garbage disposal, soap dispenser or hot water dispenser.
Now that you know how to choose a kitchen sink, it's time to consider all of your options. Regardless of the sink that you decide to purchase, the best part is that several of its components are likely already covered under your home warranty. How’s that for optimal kitchen functioning?