Looks like it’s time to replace that old worn down hole in your counter called your Kitchen Sink. First consider your space limitations, you don’t want to buy something too large for your space so it looks like you have a swimming pool in your kitchen. The other direction is no good either, you should choose an ample size for all your kitchen / space requirements. After you’ve considered space, think about your cooking habits. Are you a single gal that eats out a ton or are you cooking every night for a family of 10? A single bowl sink might be the way to go if your “single” ha- get it? Or if your cooking for the Brady bunch, a double bowl sink or triple bowl sink are the way to go.
Now that you know what size sink you need by sizing up your kitchen and family, let’s talk finish. The most common by far is the Stainless Steel Sink. This sink is tried and true, it comes in a wide variety of costs, shapes and sizes. Depending on your budget you can spend very little on a good Moen Camelot Self-Rimming Double Bowl or a whole bunch on a Elkay Elite Gourmet Double Bowl Kitchen Sink.
Cast Iron Sinkswere the way all sinks were made back when my gramps was a whipper snapper. They are a little more limited in their shape then their bendy cousin the stainless but they have something the stainless doesn’t, color. Another consideration of the Cast Iron Sink is it’s weight . The kind of cast iron sink you choose with respect to installation (drop-in or undermount) will determine whether special installation hardware is necessary. If that doesn’t deter you and you only want to make one more sink purchase in you life then cast iron is for you. Good examples of good Cast Iron Sinks would be the Kohler Hartland Self-Rimming Kitchen Sink on the low end and the Kohler Staccato Self-Rimming Kitchen Sink at the high end.
The new kid on the block is the Composite Sink. More and more homeowners are choosing composite sinks for the kitchen. They look great and the granite composite has a soft leather feel. They are priced comparable to the stainless and have a more modern look to them. This is the kind of sink you would find in a trendy NY loft or your rich cousins house. There are three main categories of composite sinks: polyester/acrylic, quartz composite, and granite based.
Of all the three types, polyester/acrylic sinks are the lowest performing in terms of scratch and stain resistance, as they are made from soft materials that can cut and nick easily. On the positive side, polyester/acrylic based composites tend to have a “shiny” look, which appeals to many homeowners because they brighten up a kitchen. They are also popular because they come in a variety of colors. These composite sinks also have an affordable price for those who need to adhere to a strict budget.
Quartz composite sinks are manufactured with 70 percent quartz and 30 percent resin filler, check out the Elkay Gourmet Undermount Double Bowl Kitchen Sink. These types of sinks resist scuff, dents, and cuts for great durability while being available in tons of finishes and colors.
Granite based composite sinks like this Blanco Blancodiamond Silgranit Series Undermount Kitchen Sink are the higher end option of the three, and are made of the most scratch resistant material that is available on the market. All three types of composite sinks are available in drop in and undermount styles.
I hope you have a better understanding of the styles and finishes for kitchen sinks on the market. Take your time and do your research, this will be an investment to last a lifetime if you choose wisely OR you’ll just be throwing money “down the drain” (lol) if you choose to go the cheap route to save a few bucks. Happy Shopping!