Besides your refrigerator, your kitchen sink gets more use than any other appliances in your kitchen. Don’t fall into the trap of choosing a sink based solely on style because there are so many other features to consider. Don’t be overwhelmed with choices; we’ve simplified the features of common sink styles to help you find your perfect match.
Undermount Sink-As the name implies, this type of sink attaches to a countertop’s underside. A perk of this type of sink is that it’s easy to clean because it sits flush with your countertops. A potential downside of undermount sinks is that they cannot be used with laminate or tile countertops because they cannot support the sink’s weight. Undermount sinks are also more expensive to install than drop-in sinks.
Drop-in Sink–This style can also be referred to as self-rimming sinks. Drop-in sinks are installed in a cut-out within a countertop and the edges are sealed off to prevent leaking and mold formation. They are appealing because they are easy to install and replace without disturbing your countertop. Because they’re typically single-piece, molded designs, there is minimal chance of leaking. Generally speaking, they are the most cost effective option. Due to the lip around the sink, a drawback to this style is that you can’t easily wipe food debris into the sink.
Farmhouse Sink-Primary characteristics of a farmhouse sink are an exposed front and a rectangular shape. They are sought after because of their vintage charm. Unlike other types of sinks that blend into your kitchen’s layout, farmhouse sinks can become a focal point in the room. By design, farmhouse sinks are installed further forward than other styles. The advantage to this is that less leaning is required when washing dishes, though because of the depth can lead to more splashing. Farmhouse sinks are an investment because they are heavy and installation can be tedious. Most require a specific type of base cabinet.
Corner Sink-This style of sink works well in small kitchen where every inch of space needs to be maximized. It allows for long, uninterrupted stretches of countertops, which can be beneficial in a tiny kitchen. On the flip side, corners in kitchens often have minimal natural light which can be irritating when you’re using your sink. Additionally, corner sinks are often smaller than other types and may not be able to house larger pots and pans.
Bar Sink- Like corner sinks, bar sinks are an excellent choice for a kitchen where counter space is at a premium. However, they are unable to accommodate a large volume of dishes. Bar sinks are usually less than 20 inches wide and work great for food prep or as a supplemental sink by a patio or in a bar.
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