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  • Antoinette Prinsloo

Things You Should Consider Before Buying a Kitchen Sink

It could be argued that the selection of a sink is one of the most important kitchen choices you will make when renovating — and it’s a decision that will affect your daily life for many years to come. Choosing a brand-new kitchen sink is an investment that will completely change the look and functionality of your kitchen. There are some factors you should consider before taking the plunge. From the right material, to the ideal size, to the big choice between an undermount or a drop-in sink, here's everything you need to think about before buying a kitchen sink.

Use the Right Material

Stainless steel sinks are very durable, flexible and easy-to-clean material. It tends to blend into whatever environment you put it in — traditional or modern. The metal can scratch, but the marks can be buffed out of brushed stainless steel. Also, water spots can be a problem.

Porcelain sinks are This is a traditional material that looks authentic in kitchens with a vintage style. They are prone to stains and scuff marks, but don’t worry, they do come off! It just takes a little elbow grease and a cleaner that's mildly abrasive.

Granite composite sinks are made from granite particles and polymers, this material resists scratches and chips and doesn’t show spots the way stainless steel does. It does not show water spots. Lighter-coloured granite composite sinks can stain, and some special maintenance is required.

Choose a undermount or drop-in

What's the difference? As the name suggests, a drop-in sink drops into the countertop, so there is a visible lip that rests on the counter. Alternatively, an undermount sink attaches beneath the countertop, creating a seamless look. An undermount sink maximizes the available counter space, since the lip of the sink rests under the countertop. If you love a clean kitchen, this sink is for you. Cleaning a countertop with an undermount sink, however, is as easy as wiping kitchen crumbs directly into the sink.

A drop-in sink is usually a more affordable choice, but it will require some care to clean. A drop-in sink will work with any countertop, regardless if it is laminate or not. Drop-in sinks also come with a built-in drainboard (undermounts does not) which is great for draining dishes, so if you do a lot of hand washing, it’s convenient.

Farmhouse sink Aka Butler sink

A Butler sink functions like a large single sink. The difference is their distinctive apron front, which has a vintage vibe many people love. They are situated below the countertop which for people of shorter stature and kids, can be more accessible. A Butler sink makes a deliberate design statement that will be with you for a long time — which is wonderful, unless your tastes change.

Select the right size

Generally, the larger and deeper the sink, the higher the price. You also need to be realistic about how much you use your sink. If you’re not an avid cook, you can probably get away with a standard double bowl sink, but it’s always better to go bigger than smaller if you have the countertop space to accommodate it. Pay attention to the scale of the design as well. If you have a really tiny kitchen, a huge farmhouse-style sink risks overwhelming the entire room.

1 Comment

Ciel Chen
Ciel Chen
May 13, 2022

Couldn't agree more! The type of kitchen sink matters a lot. Making a right choice of it is very important. I have doubke stainless steel sinks in my kitchen and I install a stainless steel faucet and polished kitchen rag hooks together to make a coherent look.

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