Find the perfect sink for your countertop
Not all sinks fit all countertops. If that doesn’t make it hard enough to choose one, you must also pick your material: porcelain, stainless steel, enameled cast iron, composite, or copper. Each material offers different pros and cons, so usage is the keyword.
Over the past twenty years, stainless steel has become the most popular material used for kitchen sinks. It resists scratching and staining, and it’s easy to clean. However, if you drop heavy pots or pans in it, it will dent.
Porcelain sinks are durable, and, even if you damage them, they can be easily refinished. Their affordability makes them a popular, pocket-friendly option. Porcelain sinks can stain over time, if exposed to dark colored chemicals, but a mildly abrasive cleaner will remove these stains with minimal effort.
The patina, or the natural oxidation of copper, makes it a unique choice. For people concerned about germs, copper’s natural antimicrobial properties make it a sanitary choice. It resists both bacteria and viruses.
Enameled Cast Iron
This workhorse withstands exposure to high temperatures, and it resists denting. You can choose from a wide variety of colors, which means you’ll find the perfect match for your countertops if the classic white isn’t your style.
Composite sinks are made of a composition of various highly durable materials such as granite, quartz, resin, and heavy plastic dusts. The materials vary by brand but most composite sinks are made of approximately 80% quartz or granite. They are designed to make the sink as stain, heat, impact, and scratch proof as possible. As such, they are distinctly more durable than their stainless steel or ceramic counterparts. This is a great choice if you want a color that’s not silver like the go-to stainless steel.
This trending design is the best option for those who don’t use a dishwasher. The extended front of the sink means you don’t have to bend over the countertop while scrubbing your pots and pans. This style helps relieve physical discomfort from long dish-washing marathons. Its overhanging edge protects the cabinets beneath it from water spray.
This traditional-styled sink sits inside the cut out, making it the easiest to install. The cheapest option, because it doesn’t require special construction, drop-ins are the best choice if you have a tight budget.
Relatively new to interior design, undermount sinks look sleek and modern. They offer easy cleanup, because you can brush crumbs off the counter and directly into the sink, but their undermounting does limit your size options.
Sinks take up a good bit of counterspace. Placing them in the corner means you save space. In this case, size is key because the sink must fit within the corner of the countertop.
Even with the information we gave you, we know that it’s still hard to choose what kind of sink will best fit your home. Our team of experts can help!