A kitchen renovation might be the biggest investment you’ll do for your home and if you like to cook like I do, it is THAT much more of big deal. I understand you want to make the right choices every step of the way. Here is a simple shopping guide to finding the right kitchen sink for you!
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Stainless Steel: A common choice that will work in any kitchen. I recommend a thickness of 18 or 16 gauge. A basin rack should always be used if you want to protect the bottom of your sink from scratches. For very modern kitchens, stainless steel offers the possibility of having very straight shapes.
Granite Composite: Love Blanco’s silgranit collection! Available in different colors, it’s a great way to add interest with a contrasting tone or make it look as one with your counter. For example a grey sink within a marble counter or a white sink within a white quartz countertop. Finish is a smooth matte.
Cast Iron: Also available in many different colors but the style is completely different. They are glossy so definitely add luxe to the space while looking super sturdy. Actually it’s not just a look- they will last pretty much forever. Kohler is my go to, just make sure to plan ahead for this type of sink as they don’t always keep stock of each color and might have to make it. Cast Iron is pretty heavy so you do need extra support- talk about this with your cabinet maker.
Fireclay: Usually available in white and sometimes biscuit and popular in farmhouse models. I have personally turned to cast iron as it is more resistant and has all the same options you can find in fireclay.
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When shopping for a kitchen sink it’s important to know the size of cabinet in which it will be installed. This is how they are indexed by the suppliers. Size of cabinet required depends on your type of installation.
If you have a large kitchen, consider getting a main sink as well as a smaller bar sink which can get handy when there are many cooks it the kitchen.
You will come to notice sinks come in different depths. They range around 7’’ to 10’’ deep.
Kitchen sinks are available in single or double bowl. Recently though, more and more models are coming out with a lower division which I find is an excellent best of both worlds scenario. This allows more room to wash larger pots and pans but still offers two separate spaces.
There are three different types of installation possible with a kitchen sink. Drop-in is where the sink rests on top of your counter. If your counters are wood or laminate, this is what you’ll need. Undermount is possible when using a solid surface such as quartz or marble. A hole is cut out and polished in your counter so all you see is the inside of your sink. Farmhouse is when your sink has a visible apron in the front. You need to let your cabinet maker know before production if this is the type of sink you’d like since it cuts into your cabinet doors.
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There are so many possibilities. One feature I like is when the drain is off to the side which leaves more space to work without blocking it. You might want to consider an integrated draining board especially if you’re worried about damaging your counters with drying dishes. Some sink collections include optional accessories that make a smart use of your space like an integrated cutting board or straining basket so definitely look out for these!
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