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How to Choose a Kitchen Sink

The kitchen is the core of every home, and the sink is an essential part of it. Your ideal sink will complement your design plan, while also providing the functionality to meet your daily needs. 


Whether you are renovating a kitchen or building a new home, selecting the right kitchen sink can be a difficult decision. 


The choice of sink can have a significant impact on the construction and materials. For example, your kitchen sink will dictate the type of faucets you will need, how the plumbing will be modified, the depth of the cabinets, and what type of material the countertop should be. 


Before you make a decision on the type of kitchen sink that will fit your kitchen's design and age, it is essential to consider the architectural style of your home. 


You may feel compelled to base your decision on the appearance of the kitchen sink, as it is the centerpiece of the kitchen countertop. 


However, the right kitchen sink should look good, be functional, and fit in the space. The sink should also be suited to your cooking style and sink usage habits. 


It doesn't have to be challenging to find the right one. This guide will tell you how to find the perfect sink for your kitchen space! 



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The Basic Factors to Consider Before Choosing the Right Kitchen Sink 


Unless you're building a new kitchen, you will likely want to place your new sink in the same location as your current one. This will avoid expensive relocations of plumbing or drains. 


There are three main factors to consider when choosing the right sink for your kitchen: 


1. What type of installation is required? How will the sink be attached to the countertop? 
2. Which overall configuration/size do you need? Single or multi-bowl. 
3. Which material do you prefer for the sink? 


These basic features will allow you to narrow down your options and focus your search. These three criteria will help you decide the options available from the manufacturers that meet your needs. 


Understanding the size option of the kitchen sink 


You have many options when it comes to the size of your kitchen sink, it is important to understand your personal needs and purpose for your sink.  


Sinks can be as small as 9 inches, while larger sinks can reach up to 40 inches. If you are looking to install a sink into your kitchen island to aid in food preparation, you will likely need a smaller prep sink 24 inches long. 


Your main kitchen sink, on the other hand, will need to be more significant.  


While the most popular sizes for kitchen sinks are 33" or 30", standard sizes can measure between 24" to 36".  


This size range will cover most of the items you'll find when shopping. Sinks larger than 30 inches will usually have one large bowl. These sinks can wash larger pots and pans and are great for large families who do a lot of stovetop cooking.  


A double-bowl sink may be desired; however, they are not common under 30 inches. Sinks over 30 inches in length usually have two or more bowls.  


However, there may be single-bowl sinks available in larger sizes. A double or triple bowl sink is the best choice if you prefer to separate your food prep area from your dirty dish bowl. 


Kitchen sinks with a length greater than 36 inches are considered to be oversized. These sinks are ideal for large kitchens, such as industrial or professional, where a standard or small size kitchen sink might be lost.  


How to measure your new kitchen sink


Although you now have a rough idea about the size of your new kitchen sink, it is essential to know what will fit in your space. 


Measure the width and length of the space where the sink is currently installed. You will likely have to take out the sink to do this. 


You will also need to measure the depth of your bowls. A bowl that is significantly larger than the one you have might require modifications to your in-wall plumbing. 


It is essential to determine what size bowls will fit and whether modifications are required to your countertop, cabinetry, or plumbing. 


Take measurements of the plumbing if you plan to change from a shallow sink to a deeper one. 


The sink may not drain properly if the basin is too low, and modifications behind the wall may be necessary. For example: Reduce the pipe that connects to the wall, then, measure the length of the pipe connecting the sink drain to below the sink. 


This will give you an idea of how deep you can go. The tailpiece is the name of this pipe that should be 2 inches in length. If it is not, you can install a sink 2 inches deeper than the one you have. 


Considering the Types of Kitchen Sink Material 


When it comes to cleaning a kitchen sink, the material you choose is crucial. The durability and appearance of your sink will depend on the material you choose.  


When choosing the material for your sink, consider both its aesthetics as well as the maintenance requirements. You will want a sink that can withstand harsh chemicals and scrubbing. 


Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink 


Stainless-Steel is the most widely used material for kitchen sinks for both traditional and modern decorating styles.  


It is lightweight, affordable, durable, and low-maintenance. Stainless-steel sinks are made of 14 (thicker), 16, or 18 (thinner) gauge, 304-grade stainless-steel. 


The stainless-steel sinks (SS) are the most preferred choice for homeowners because of their compact design, durability, and ease of cleaning. Stainless-steel is resistant to corrosion and does not crack, chip, or wear out. It is also hygienic and non-porous.  


Steel sinks are very affordable and versatile. They can be mounted in various ways, including top mount, undermount, and others. High-grade stainless-steel sinks have a long lifespan and blend well with kitchen designs. 


You can also choose from various finishes, such as shiny mirror finishes or lustrous satin looks. Although steel is very easy to clean, it can become dull and scratch over time. 


Copper Kitchen Sink 


Copper sinks can be made in various thicknesses, from 20 gauge to 14 gauge, just like stainless steel (lesser the number, thicker the copper).  


A copper sink made from 99.9% pure copper is naturally antimicrobial, can kill harmful bacteria, and is completely recyclable.  


Copper has a living finish, so extra care is needed to look clean and damage-free. You can wax the sink monthly and wash with copper-specific cleaners to prevent discolouration and corrosion.  


If you want your copper sink to develop a copper patina that gives a unique look over time, you might have to use less cleaning and waxing. 


Cast Iron Kitchen Sink 


These sinks are made from solid cast iron and coated with porcelain enamel which makes them virtually indestructible. Cast-iron sinks offer long-lasting durability with sound-deadening qualities. 


Cast-iron also comes in a variety of colours and can withstand heat up to 1,000°F. They are easy to clean and can be installed in drop-in or undermount configurations. 


However, enamel can get scratched and chipped over time by dropping sharp objects.  


Fireclay Kitchen Sink 


Fireclay kitchen sinks are made from dense clay heated to a high temperature, which melts the clay and fuses it with its porcelain enamel coating.  


Fireclay sinks are another durable material that is resistant to rust and discolouration as well as fading. They are easy to clean and maintain due to their glossy, smooth finish.  


Fireclay sinks come in a variety of colours, including white, black and beige. 


Granite Composite Kitchen Sink 


Granite composite is a mixture of granite stone and acrylic resins. This high-quality material is extremely durable and low-maintenance.  


Granite composite sinks often have integrated drainboards or faucet drillings, and come in a variety of neutral colours that can be matched with your decor. 


Granite composite sinks are scratch, stain, and heat resistant to 537 degrees Fahrenheit, with a protective barrier that protects against bacteria. Granite sinks can be ordered as undermount or drop-in. 


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Picking the Right Sink Installation Method


It can be fun but a daunting task to choose a kitchen sink. There are important considerations that must be made when installing the sink.  


The size is the first. If you want to replace the sink in the same place, you will need to measure carefully, or you will need to measure the space if you plan to relocate the sink or design the kitchen from scratch. 


A kitchen sink's installation is also affected by the mounting holes that are available for fixtures. Four holes are standard on most kitchen sinks; for mounting faucets, soap dispensers, and sprayers.  


A separate hole can be used to connect a water faucet. However, some sinks do not have mounting holes, so the faucets will need to be mounted on the wall in these cases. 


Top-mount Sink vs. Undermount Sink 


There are two main types of kitchen sinks: "Top-mount" or drop-in sinks and "Undermount." The one you choose will depend on the countertop material and the type of sink material you choose. 


Top-Mount, Drop-In, or Self-Rimming Sink 


The most popular configuration is a top-mount sink. It is easy to install and works well with almost any countertop material. The sink slides into a hole in the countertop, with the edge of the rim holding it in position.  


These sinks are also called "self-rimming." Top-mount sinks can additionally be fitted with clips or screws to increase stability. In terms of price, top-mount sinks are typically less expensive than those with undermount plumbing due to their easier installation. 




  • Installation does not require any special skills. 
  • However, most DIYers can cut out sinks on laminate or solid surfaces. 
  • The overall cost is low. 




  • The sink's rim doesn't let you sweep water and debris off the counter directly into the sink. 
  • The rim is another area of the sink that must be cleaned. 
  • Many homeowners don't like the appearance of separation between sinks and rims. 



Undermount Sink 


Undermount is also a term that describes a sink that is installed from under the counter. This type of sink eliminates the rim or lip at the top and can be used with solid-surface countertops such as granite.  


Because countertop debris can easily be brushed into the sink, undermount sinks look sleeker and are easier to clean 






  • You can use a sponge to clean countertop water and crumbs into the sink. This sink is easy to clean because it doesn't have a rim. 
  • Many homeowners find a smoother appearance more appealing. 
  • Undermount sinks are higher in quality than overmount sinks most of the time.  




  • Although gunk doesn't build up on the top, it can collect under the counter where the sink meets the counter. 
  • Installing undermount sinks is usually more costly than installing overmount ones. 
  • Undermount can limit the size of your sink. 


Understand the different Kitchen Sink Styles 


There are many different styles of kitchen sinks, with many more options for configuration. Each has its own advantages, but there is no one-size-fits-all solution. These are some of the most popular kitchen sink styles: 


Double Basin/Bowl Sink 


Sinks with two bowls are preferred by many families: one to use hot water, the other to rinse, one to soak tough pots and pans, and one for regular washing.  


The double-bowl, the low-divide sink, is one of the most exciting new additions to double-basin sinks. It can accommodate pots with long handles and offers the benefits of two basins. 


Dual basins can be used to wash on one side and rinse or dry on the other. Double basin sinks are multipurpose and highly flexible.  


They can be used for washing, rinsing, and draining. In terms of functionality, an excellent double basin sink is hard to beat. 

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Single Basin/Bowl Sink 


A single basin is a broad category of kitchen sinks, including farmhouse (apron) and in-counter sinks. This sink does not have a divided basin. 

Single-basin sinks offer the best value and most common configuration. They can also accommodate large pots, pans, or platters that must be soaked before scrubbing. 


Farmhouse or Apron Sink 


Farmhouse sinks are typically equipped with a large, deep single-bowl and an exposed front that can also be paired with a wall-mounted faucet. 


This design is perfect for cleaning large pans, pots, and platters. The farmhouse sink is larger and more expensive than other types due to the need for special cabinetry. A deep basin will require a special base or modified cabinetry that might increase the cost. 



Drainboard Sink 


Sinks with built-in drainboards allow you to prepare vegetables and drain them without having to deal with a cluttered countertop.  


Drainboards can also be used to drain pots, pans, and utensils. Unfortunately, the drainboard can take up valuable counter space, so you lose flexibility in architecture.  



Island, Bar, or Prep Sink 


A bar, prep, or island sink is a small auxiliary sink that can make cocktails, prepare food or prevent cross-contamination. 



These small accessory sinks are typically made from stainless steel and can be found in separate kitchen areas or another room. 


Corner Sink 


Corner kitchen sinks are often L-shaped or rectangular. They are designed to maximize counter space and can be mounted in the corner of your countertop. Corner sinks allow for more flexibility in counter layouts and offer more storage under the sink. 



Although most corner kitchen sinks can be made from stainless steel, a number of other materials are also available. A drop-in or undermount installation is required for corner sinks. 


Essential Kitchen Sink Features 


The sink is the heart of the kitchen. Choosing the best kitchen sink requires proper analysis of your existing or new kitchen if you are building from scratch. Here are a few important features to consider before choosing the best kitchen sink for yourself.  



While choosing the best sink, ensure that each bowl is the right size for your needs and consider the overall size and dimensions of the sink. Larger sinks are more efficient at washing dishes, but they also can take up crucial counter space.  


This is particularly important in small kitchens. Make sure that the new sink will fit into the existing cabinets. Some of the larger sinks might need custom-sized cabinets. 


Number of Bowls  

Are you a baker who routinely uses and washes a lot of baking pans? If so, you might consider a single-bowl sink or a dual-level sink that has enough space to allow the pans to soak.  


Dual-level sinks usually have a large bowl that can be used to soak or wash dishes and a smaller sink for rinsing. Both bowls should be large enough to accommodate your kitchen needs.  


Consider two sinks if you have different kitchen responsibilities. Both can be used to prepare food and clean up. A bar sink or island sink is the best choice, which is usually a single-bowl sink. 


Strep/Straight Side Walls 


Large pots and pans can be soaked and rinsed in deeper and larger bowls. A sink with a relatively flat bottom allows for more space in the bowl, dishes, and glasses to be safely stacked. 


Off-set Drains 

The drain should be placed to the side. This creates more space underneath the sink and allows for easier stacking of dishes and glasses. Even if there is a large tray or pan in the sink, offset drains allow water to drain quickly. 



Double-bowl sinks should have a divider that is lower than the walls of the outside sink. This will allow water to flow freely between the two bowls, providing overflow protection. 



Faucet Type 


The number of holes in your sink will depend on the faucet you choose. Select the faucet you like and order the sink accordingly. You might also consider adding holes to accommodate accessories like soap dispensers or pull-out hand sprays. 


Key Takeaways 


Choosing the best kitchen sink doesn't have to be tough. You just need a little research, and you are all set! 


Before you finally decide, make sure you answer the questions given in the pointers and then refer to the guide in this article. It will help you to make a clean and informed decision. 


  • What kind of sink would suit your home's style and decor? 
  • Which functionality will you need now and in the future? 
  • What is the durability of the countertop where the sink will be placed? 
  • Are there any plumbing or construction restrictions that could affect my choice? 


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