The kitchen sink is one of the most multifunctional pieces in any kitchen, we usually wash the dishes in the dishwasher, but washing the dishes isn’t all what the kitchen sink can do. The missions that the kitchen sink help us to finish are uncountable, hence choosing the right kitchen sink is something we all need pay special attention to.
The first thing that you need to consider is the size; the size of the kitchen sink should match your kitchen designs and space and it also should match your needs. For example, if you use large pots, then you will need a large and deep sink, adding additional features like a drainer or a drain board will also control the size of your kitchen sink.
Speaking of the additional features; when you buy your kitchen sink, make sure to consider the number of the holes it has if you want to add any extra pieces like soap dispenser, sprayer, etc. Generally, most kitchen sinks come with four holes, but if you want to add any extra holes, you can simply do them yourself with a drill or ask an expert for help. For sure if you have a sink with more holes than you need, you can cover these extra holes with plugs.
There are two types of kitchen sinks that you can go for, the first is the self rimming sink and the other one is called undermount sink. The self rimming is very easy to install, but it may not be the safest and healthiest option to go for, because it may cause bacteria in your kitchen since it’s hard to clean. On the other hand, the undermount sink, may be harder to install, but it’s healthier than the self rimming. The choice will be up to your needs and the location in which you want to put your kitchen sink in.
Kitchen sinks come in variety of materials to choose from, so let me tell you about the different options you have, so you can make the right decision. The first material is stainless steel and of course we are all familiar with this one. It’s the most commonly used material all over the world for several reasons and being the healthiest option for kitchens is on top of the reasons.
Stainless steel is a durable material in general, but that doesn’t mean to buy a cheap sink and expect it to last forever. Investing in a good, durable and high quality stainless steel kitchen sink is the best to do to avoid any future problems like, scratches.
Always look for a high quality stainless steel kitchen sink that is easy to clean and always avoid the glossy one that looks like mirrors, the brushed or stain finished one is always a better choice. I know the glossy finished may look more attractive, but trust me by time; this glowing will disappear and turn into noting but foggy looking. What is more amazing about the stainless steel kitchen sinks is that they match with both contemporary and traditional kitchen designs, who would ask for more? If you want to avoid the noise problem, choose a stainless sink with sound absorbing pads at the bottom.
The enameled cast iron kitchen sinks are also a good choice to go for; they look stylish as they come in variety of colors to choose from. That isn’t all, they are also durable, just make sure to choose a high quality one. What makes the enameled cast iron sink even more amazing is that they are more than easy to clean and I think we all need things like that in our kitchens, right?
They also don’t leave any traces or water spots and they can keep the temperature of the hot water for longer times. Using a sink mat with cast iron sinks sounds like a good idea, because the glasses have good chances to break if they hit these sinks. The cast iron sinks are durable like I said before, but they may not stand dropping heavy objects, they may chip and unfortunately the chips can’t be repaired. They are also heavy, so make sure you have enough support for them and it’s always a better idea to consult an expert with no doubt.
You will also find some other kitchen sinks that are made of more than one material and they are called, composite sinks. The composite granite is one of them and it’s known with its durability and amazing look. It comes in variety of colors to choose from like grey, brown and black, so you have plenty of colorful options to choose from. They also don’t show any water spots or stains. Just make sure to pay attention when you use them, because they make crack if you aren’t careful enough, just like the cast iron.
If you love the white color, then the fireclay sink is the one for you. Wondering why it’s called fireclay? Because, these sinks are literally made of heated clay at high temperature. They are so durable, easy to clean and they don’t scratch or chip.
If you are looking for something that look more vintage, then the copper sink is the one you are looking for. These sinks are made of copper which means they are durable and sturdy. They don’t cause bacteria and they don’t rust, just make sure not to use any harsh chemicals when you clean them to keep them in a good shape.