There are many options for kitchen sinks today. You should be able to find a sink that looks great, is durable, and doesn’t require a lot of work to maintain. One of the first decisions you need to make is how the sink will be attached to your countertop.
Some of the most common ways to mount a kitchen sink are:
- Under the counter
- Enter a moment
- surface mounted
- mosaic in
- flush mount
- black kiss
- metal frame
- wall mount
If you regularly wash large pots, pans, or bowls, you may prefer a large, extra-deep single-bowl sink.
Other kitchen sink configurations are:
- single bowl
- double bowl
- triple bowl
Another consideration is the type of faucet and accessories you will have for your sink. This will help you determine the number and size of holes you will need for the faucet, handles, spray head, and soap dispenser. Also will any or all of those items be countertop mounted? Some newer faucets are the all-in-one type where only one hole is required.
Kitchen sinks are made from a wide range of materials. The most popular and inexpensive option is the stainless steel sink.
They are easy to maintain and come in a variety of quality levels.
Concrete countertops are all the rage nowadays, with the recent advancements in color design and polishing, you can have a spectacular looking concrete countertop with the directly formed sink.
An apron sink is an undermount kitchen sink with a specific position. It is a traditional kitchen accessory often called a farmhouse sink.
Stone sinks made from granite, marble, and other hard stones will add a dramatic look and character to your kitchen. Stone sinks are more difficult to maintain and harsh on dishes.
Solid surface sinks are becoming very popular as they are permanently attached to kitchen countertops, easy to clean and resistant to scratches and stains, they do not trap dirt, mold or mildew. Another benefit is that germs and odors cannot penetrate the material.
Porcelain is a mixture of glass and fire clay, it has a beautiful shiny surface. They can break with a strong blow. They tend to be more difficult to maintain and show stains easily.
Enamel sinks are less expensive than porcelain and solid surface sinks. They are less durable as they can splinter from dropping dishes or pots and pans on them. Enamel kitchen sinks require more maintenance and keeping them clean can be a chore.
Soapstone has been used for centuries throughout the world. Placing hot pots or pans directly into the soapstone sink will not affect the surface. Soapstone is non-porous, resistant to bacteria and chemicals. Soapstone is a very durable material, but it can be scratched, usually it can be sanded.
Copper or Brass
Copper or brass sinks are expensive, durable but scratch more easily than other materials and can be damaged by hot pots and pans. Copper sinks are resistant to stains, discoloration, and germs; however, to maintain a bright, shiny finish, they should be polished and waxed regularly.