How Do I Choose a Kitchen Sink?
3 Things to Know When Selecting a Kitchen Sink
A sink is a very important feature in any kitchen. It’s used for a variety of purposes, including washing hands, cleaning dishes and utensils, and prepping food for a meal. If you’re building a new home or renovating an existing kitchen, it helps to research your options before selecting a new kitchen sink. Here are three things to consider when choosing a kitchen sink.
- There are many styles and configuration options to choose from. Homeowners can choose a large, single basin sink, like a farmhouse sink, that makes it easy to soak or wash large pots and pans. Single basin sinks have become deeper, wider, and more versatile in recent years. Sinks can also offer two or three basins, of equal or differing sizes. Smaller basins can be used for prep work or for a garbage disposal. While differing sizes allows for separate tasks (cleaning, preparing food), equal size basins offer design symmetry.
- Sinks come in a variety of materials. Stainless steel is very popular; it’s durable, easy to clean, and offers a classic look. Bottom grids are available to prevent scratches. Porcelain is traditional, and looks authentic in vintage style kitchens. Color choices are endless, but care is required to avoid chipping or scuffing with metal pans. Granite composite resists scratching and chipping, and doesn’t show water spots. However, lighter colors can show stains, and special maintenance may be required. Natural stone can match a countertop material; soapstone is the most common type used today. Natural stone is expensive, and can scratch and chip. Special cleaning products may be necessary.
- A variety of accessories is available to homeowners. Most are made to fit perfectly on the lip of the sink basin. Cutting boards, rinse baskets, prep bowls, colanders, knife blocks, and racks for cleaning utensils and dishcloths are very popular. Accessories are great for organizing and for centralizing prep work. For more information, please contact:
Mr. Handyman of Wheaton-Hinsdale
245 W. Roosevelt Road #69
West Chicago, IL