Choosing Your Kitchen Sink
If you use your kitchen much, there's no doubt you'll spend a lot of time at the sink. From food prep to cleanup, the sink plays an important role in your kitchen function. Selecting the right on means finding a sink that looks good while allowing you to use it the way you want. Here's what you need to know to make an informed choice.
Today's most popular sink material is stainless steel. It is durable, easy to clean, and virtually indestructible. Scratches can be buffed out, and the material can blend into virtually any environment, from traditional to modern.
Colorful and easy to clean, these sinks can chip or crack when a moderately heavy object is dropped on them, leaving the metal underneath susceptible to moisture. Even so, porcelain sinks used to be the standard and are still fairly popular. If you're hard on sinks, though, you may want to look at other options.
If ease of cleanup is important to you, a solid surface sink that's an integral part of a countertop is a good option. However, the material can be prone to chip as well as damage from hot pots and pans.
Made of crushed stone (usually quartz) mixed with polymers, solid surface sinks resist scratches and chips, and they don't show water spots. They typically come in at a lower price point, but the trade-off may be durability.
Kitchen sinks have been steadily growing in bowl depth, but extra deep sinks have pros and cons. While they may be good for soaking (or hiding) dirty dishes, shorter or taller people sometimes find that they can be hard on their back. Today's average sink is eight to ten inches deep, though you can find some as deep as twelve or as shallow as six inches. Check out a kitchen showroom to see what feels right to you.
Number of holes
Number of holes. If you have a particular faucet in mind, you'll want to choose a sink that has the appropriate number of holes to accommodate it.