When you shop for new kitchen sinks, immediately you will see a sea of choices available. That is why the kitchen section in many department stores is usually large in size, having many different types of sinks and taps to select from. It can get a little overwhelming learning the various types, but familiarizing yourself will help you find the right one for your kitchen. So, how do you know which type of kitchen sink is best for you? Find out below!
Single Basin/Bowl Sink
As its name implies, this type of kitchen sink has no divided basin. That is why it is large enough to wash big items such as baking sheets, casseroles, and large pots & pans. It is ideal for homeowners who frequently have busy cooking operations.
Single basin/bowl sinks are made from a wide variety of materials including cast iron, fireclay, granite composite, and stainless steel. Plus, when it comes to price, they are typically less expensive than the others.
Apron or Farmhouse Sink
Apron or farmhouse sinks are actually large single basin sinks. The only distinction is its front wall that forms both the front of the sink and of the counter. Just like single basin/bowl sinks, they are also ideal for washing bulky pots and pans.
Apron or farmhouse sinks come in various materials such as brass, cast iron, copper, fireclay, and even marble. Aesthetic-wise, apparently its design is based off the sinks typically found in rural homes.
Another common type of kitchen sink is the top-mount or drop-in. Also called self-rimming, it is easy to install, by simply cutting a hole in the countertop and securing it with metal clips. It can also be mounted over any type of kitchen counter and lets you enjoy maximum design flexibility. You can even do the installation on your own. No special skills required.
Top-mount/drop-in sinks are available in different materials such as ceramic, stone, engineered stones, and porcelain. They are also considered to be the least expensive option.
Undermount sinks are the opposite of top-mount/drop-in sinks, as the former is attached to the bottom of the counter using special clips. Thus, creating a continuous flow from the countertop into the sink.
This type of kitchen sink is best suited for concrete, granite, marble, or soapstone countertops. It also offers a minimalist look and can be easily cleaned. However, the installation of undermount sinks requires help from professionals. It must be properly installed and sealed to prevent leakage and from falling apart.
Double Basin/Bowl Sink
A double basin/bowl sink provides a dual purpose– washing delicate items on one side and rinsing or drying on the other side. This type is useful in households without a dishwasher. It can be of equal size or offset where one is larger than the other.
Having this type of sink, however, will be more costly than the others as you have to install plumbing for two drains.
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Which sink is the one for you?
Some other types of sink and kitchen sink taps are corner, drainboard, integrated, island, and low divider double basin. Now that you know the features of each type of sink, which do you think is right for you?