I wonder how many hours per week I spend at the kitchen sink. I prepare my meals by washing all the ingredients, including fresh spices. I don't own a dishwasher, so I'm on cleanup duty, too. And when I entertain people, the sink just fills and fills until everyone goes home. Kitchen Cabinets Design advises consumers to never underestimate the importance of a good sink.
I did a roundup on some very sweet kitchen sinks in January, and we had a fun look at sink design trends last year. I thought it would make good reading to see what goes into making the right choice for a kitchen sink during restoration or home remodeling.
The folks at Demesne do a great job of outlining the choices in sink styles: Top mount sinks, Under-mounts, Tile-In, and Flush-mount.
I agree with them in that the style of the home is as important a quality to consider in a new kitchen sink as are the methods for installation, the way you use your kitchen, and the sink materials you plan to use. You can buy new, historical reproductions, used and reclaimed sinks-and the kind of faucet hardware that pulls the design together.
Get Some Advice While Remodeling Your Kitchen
Talk to sink manufacturers, retailers, and contractors before making a decision. According to Friendly Plumber thickness is a main determining factor in stainless steel sinks. Enamel-over-cast-iron sinks can be more durable than steel, providing your countertops can handle them. Many homeowners are choosing solid-surface seamless sinks that cost more than metal sinks, but they're fused to the counters and look fantastic.
Each choice comes with pluses and minuses. When you think of large families with children, think stainless. It holds up well to objects tossed devil-may-care into their basins. Solid surface sinks can chip. Polyester-acrylic composite kitchen sinks are on the more affordable end, but they're not as tough as metal.
Find the sink that best combines form and function for your family and your home. Do you need a farmhouse style sink with a deep bowl? Perhaps you should order a double-bowl sink. In a tight space, you don't need both bowls to be large. And then there's hardware. Are you a two handle sink jockey or is a single lever enough?
Think it through and look around home improvement or renovation stores. I like seeing the sinks in-person, rather than shuffle through photos on the Web. After all, I'm the one doing the dishes.