Kitchen  /  May 4, 2018

A Homeowner’s Guide to Kitchen Sink Styles

When choosing a kitchen sink, it’s important to take into consideration your cooking habits and preferences. For example, a deep, wide sink is helpful to those who enjoy cooking and do a lot of dishwashing and food prep, while someone who often orders out can get away with something smaller and more compact. The layout and overall design of your kitchen are important factors to think about as well. Before shopping for the perfect sink, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the most common kitchen sink designs and configurations.

Single Bowl Sinks

If you like to cook, chances are you’re going to have a lot of large pots and pans to clean. A kitchen sink with a single basin works well for maneuvering bulky pots and unwieldy pans because the bowl is generally wider, and often deeper, than a double bowl sink. Single bowl sinks are also available in smaller sizes if saving space is a priority.

Double Bowl Sinks

Due in large part to their flexibility, most homeowners prefer a sink with two basins of equal size and depth. This allows for more ease of use when washing and rinsing dishes, and dual basins enable multi-tasking that wouldn’t be possible with a single bowl. Other configurations are also available, so be sure to carefully consider what you do in your kitchen before making a purchase so you can find the right option for your situation. 

Farmhouse Sinks

Also known as an apron or apron front sink, this style has an exposed front section, and is often preferred by those who are looking for a more vintage or country feel. Farmhouse sinks generally feature a large, deep single basin, though double basins are also available. They do tend to be one of the more expensive options, taking into account not only the item itself, but also the additional cost of hiring professional handyman contractors to install it.

Drop-In Sinks

As its name implies, this type of sink is the easiest to install: simply place it into the hole cut into the counter for the sink, and the rim of the sink will settle over the surrounding countertop, supporting itself without requiring any additional reinforcement. The easy installation and affordable price make it the favored style of many. On the downside, drop-in sinks aren’t quite as fashionable or eye-catching as some other styles, and they have the tendency to collect grime where the countertop and the bottom of the rim meet.

Undermount Sinks

If you want something more attractive than a drop-in sink but less expensive than a farmhouse sink, an undermount sink is a good compromise. This type of kitchen sink is installed from below, resulting in a smooth, rimless surface that has a cleaner, sleeker, more modern appearance, and is much easier to keep clean. Keep in mind that most undermount sinks don’t have pre-cut holes for the faucet or other attachments, so you would need to cut holes into the countertop yourself to accommodate them. Installing it will also cost more due to the increased difficulty of the installation.

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