Do you want to replace your kitchen sink?
There are numerous reasons to update your sink, whether you’re finishing up a kitchen remodel or have discovered a newfound love for cooking and require a more capable workspace. Consider which type of sink best suits your kitchen and personality, from traditional top-mount sinks to newer, trendier units like the low divider sink. Here are 11 kitchen sink options that you may want to try out.
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The top-mount or drop-in kitchen sink, which is the most common type, is installed from above. A hole is cut into the counter material and the sink is inserted from above using a template provided by the sink manufacturer. The rim bears the entire weight of the sink. The sink rim is then silicone-caulked to the counter. Because the sink edge forms a rim, these sinks are also known as rimmed or self-rimming sinks.
Installation does not require any special skills. However, most do-it-yourselfers can cut sink cut-outs out of laminate or even solid surface materials. Overall, the cost is low. The sink’s rim prevents you from sweeping water and debris directly into the sink from the counter. The rim adds another component to the sink that must be cleaned. Some homeowners dislike the appearance of separation between the sink and the rim.
Single-bowl sinks have a single large basin with no dividers and are ideal for small kitchens with limited counter space. These sinks take up less counter space than double-basin sinks. They make cleaning large cookware easier because they allow you to lay pots and pans flat at the bottom of the sink without worrying about debris splashing onto your counter.
Single-bowl sinks aren’t ideal for multitasking, such as cleaning and cooking at the same time. Hand-washing dishes will appear less efficient without a separate basin to rinse or dry dishes. If you can’t dry dishes in one basin, you’ll probably need to put a drying rack next to your sink. A single-basin sink makes it impossible to separate contaminated dishes (such as those used for raw meat) from other dishes. This sink is best for small families or single people.
An undermount sink is installed directly beneath the counter, resulting in a smooth transition from countertop to sink. This type of sink is adaptable to most kitchen layouts. Undermount sinks are the polar opposite of top-mount sinks in that they are attached to the counter’s bottom with special clips. Undermount sinks allow you to use a sponge to sweep countertop water and crumbs directly into the sink. Because there is no rim to get in the way, cleaning is a breeze. Many homeowners prefer a smoother appearance.
Overmount sinks are frequently of lower quality than undermount sinks. It’s important to think about the weight of the sink you choose because it’s usually installed with glue that attaches to the underside of the counter and the sink. Because of their weight, most fireclay or cast iron sinks will not work with this installation method. Though gunk does not accumulate on the surface, it does collect beneath the counter, where the sink and counter meet. Undermount sinks are typically more costly to purchase and install than overmount sinks. Undermounting your sink may limit its size.
Double-basin sinks can provide both functionality and style if you plan to hand-wash your dishes. These sinks have a divider that allows you to designate one side of your sink for dishwashing and the other for rinsing, drying, or food prep.The garbage disposal is usually installed in the secondary basin so that it is still accessible when the main basin is full of water or dishes. Double-bowl sinks can be up to four feet long, making them unsuitable for small kitchens.
Despite the fact that these sinks are frequently larger than single-bowl sinks, separate basins mean less space to wash large pots and pans. Because a sink base cabinet lacks shelves and drawers, you’ll give up even more storage space to accommodate a larger sink. A double sink’s utilitarian appearance is disliked by some homeowners. These sinks were popular before electric dishwashers became common, but this timeless design has yet to fade. Double-bowl sinks are available in a wide range of sizes, colors, and styles, making them simple to integrate into your kitchen design.
A low-divide or low-score kitchen sink has a low center divider that only rises halfway up the basin. This allows you to wash larger dishes that would not fit in a double-bowl or single-bowl sink while still being able to separate washing and rinsing. Low divider sinks are a great way to combine single and double basin sinks. When one side is partially filled with water, it functions as a double basin sink. If you need more space for large pans, simply keep filling higher until the water overflows the divider.
You can still designate one basin for cleaning and the other for rinsing or drying with a low-divide kitchen sink. This is the option for you if you want to follow the single-bowl kitchen sink trend without sacrificing the divider. You won’t be able to fill either side of your sink beyond the low divide, which is inconvenient if you require deep water. Prices for low divider sinks tend to be higher than for other types, such as single basin, double basin, and even farmhouse sinks, because not many manufacturers offer them.
Farmhouse or Apron Sink
Farmhouse sinks, also known as apron sinks, are large single basin sinks distinguished by a front wall that serves as both the front of the sink and the front of the counter. The most common installation style is with the sink level and integrated into the counters. However, apron sinks are sometimes installed “country style,” that is, on top of a cabinet or on a freestanding table (fixed against the wall) without being surrounded by counters. These large sinks make it easier to clean large casserole and baking pans.
Because there is less space between the sink and the counter’s edge, the person using the sink can move in closer to the sink, avoiding fatigue. Many people adore the “farmhouse” appearance of an apron sink. Because there is only a thin barrier between the sink and the floor, apron sinks are prone to dripping. When compared to other sink styles, it can be quite pricey.
Kitchen sinks with drainboards are both functional and environmentally friendly. Drainboard sinks are made up of a small basin on one side and a counter-level drainboard on the other. These smaller sinks are ideal for galley kitchens or other small spaces. Drainboard sinks are a great option if you enjoy cooking because they create a dedicated food prep section of your counter. The drainboard portion has a lip around it, which traps water and drains it quickly back to the sink. In drainboard sinks, basins are typically small. So, if you enjoy cooking and entertaining large groups of people, this sink may not be for you. If you rarely wash dishes by hand, the drainboard will be of little use to you.
Countertop drying racks are rendered obsolete by built-in drainboards. Drainboards free up both sides of twin-basin sinks by designating one basin to dry plates. Using your sink to wash and dry dishes reduces the amount of energy required to run a dishwasher. Drainboard sinks take up more counter space than standard sinks. These sinks are classified as a specialty item and are accordingly priced. While drainboard sinks are extremely efficient, their distinct design may not appeal to all homebuyers.
An overmount kitchen sink, also known as a top mount or drop-in sink, is installed into the counter, forming a lip or rim around the sink. This is a versatile option because it is simple to install and provides additional support, allowing you to use nearly any material, no matter how heavy. Overmount sinks are less expensive than undermount sinks, even with professional installation.
One thing to keep in mind is that grime and debris can get caught on the lip, making cleanup more difficult. Overmount kitchen sinks act as a barrier between the surrounding countertops and water. Mold can grow on the raised lip around an overmount sink because it collects crumbs and debris. If you need every available inch of countertop space, an overmount sink is not the best option.
Island, Bar or Prep Sink
Bar (or prep) sinks are much smaller than primary kitchen sinks and are used for either bartending or supplementary food preparation. Bar/prep sinks are almost always single basins that are no larger than 15 inches square or diameter (round). Bar sinks are typically installed in a home wet bar and are smaller and shallower than a standard kitchen sink, making them a secondary option. They are typically a single-bowl design used for prep work, beverage preparation, and easy cleanup. A bar sink is ideal for entertaining a large family or group of friends in your home bar, patio, or terrace.
Bar sinks are much smaller than full-sized traditional sinks and can be strategically placed in areas where other sinks would be difficult to use. These secondary sinks are useful for meal preparation and cleanup, especially when there are multiple chefs in the kitchen. Bar sinks are available in a variety of sizes and materials that can be customized to meet your specific requirements. A small, shallow basin may limit usage even as a secondary sink. An additional sink means additional costs that must be accounted for in your budget.
Secondary sinks allow multiple people to prepare food at the same time. If you entertain frequently and want easy access to a bar sink while preparing or cleaning up after a meal, these sinks are a great addition. Some homeowners install these sinks with good intentions, but they are rarely used. Secondary sinks can take up valuable counter space depending on your kitchen layout.
Corner sinks are double-basin sinks that are installed in a counter corner. The two basins are positioned catty-corner to one another. This is an unusual design that can be useful if you want to maximize your counter space. Corner sinks can be costly and time-consuming to install. Custom cuts in the counter will increase the total cost of installing this type of sink because most counters are seamed at the corner.
Corner sinks take up space on the counter that would otherwise be difficult to use for other purposes. These sinks are much less common than traditional sink styles and will create an eye-catching focal point in your kitchen. Corner sinks necessitate a unique installation process that includes custom cuts in your countertop. When there are more than one people around a corner sink, it quickly becomes crowded, which means you may have to forego assistance when preparing meals or washing dishes.
An integrated kitchen sink is unrivaled as a uniquely customized option that can serve as a statement piece in your kitchen. Solid surface countertop manufacturers make integrated (or integral) sinks. Integrated sinks are constructed from the same material as the counter and are fused in place at the fabricator’s shop. These sinks are built into a countertop and made of the same material – in most cases, in one piece – for a sleek and seamless appearance. The obtrusive rim is eliminated with integrated sinks. The counter flows into the sink with ease.
Undermount sinks have an under-counter seam that collects debris and mold. Integrated sinks do not have this. Many homeowners adore the appearance of integrated sinks. Integrated sinks, which are common in bathrooms, are more difficult to come by in the kitchen. These are special order items, so they are quite pricey. However, when compared to other types of kitchen sinks, this style of sink can be quite pricey. Because integrated sinks are essentially basins built into your countertop, they may incur a significant additional cost with some materials, such as marble. If the sink is damaged, it cannot be simply removed and replaced; instead, it must be repaired.
Consider your cooking habits, cleaning needs, counter space, style, and budget before making a final decision on a kitchen sink. These key factors will assist you in determining which sink is best for you and your lifestyle. Check out our collection of kitchen design ideas for more kitchen remodeling inspiration and start planning your dream kitchen. Then, call Valor Home Services to get started.