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How to Choose the Right Kitchen Sink

A Few Tips from Our Plumbing Specialists

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Your kitchen sink is arguably the most used sink the house, and deciding on the perfect style, material, and mounting can be overwhelming. Our Malvern plumbing company has a few tips on how to choose the right kitchen sink for your lifestyle and your decor.

Basins

A kitchen sink is a sink you’re going to be using quite often, so you’ll want to choose one that fits your lifestyle and your decor. First, you’ll want to decide how many basins you want your sink to have. If you cook a lot, you may want a single basin, which can make prepping food and washing large dishes very easy.

If you’re used to a two-basin sink (or you’re interested in washing dishes on one side of the sink and prepping food in the other),you can create a sink that has two basins that are sized to your liking. The most popular is a 60/40 split, with one basin being 18 inches wide and the other being 14 inches wide, but you can choose any ratio instead.

While not as popular, some homeowners prefer a three-basin sink, with the middle basin being smaller and incorporating a garbage disposal. This lets you keep the disposal away from the food and also allows you to access it while doing other things like soaking a pan.

Materials

Some common sink materials include stainless steel, cast iron, copper, and solid surface, and each has their own pros and cons.

Stainless steel is arguably the most popular choice for a kitchen sink. The material not only complements nearly any decor, but it’s also durable and easy to clean. Some homeowners shy away from stainless steel, however, because of its ability to scratch.

If you’re pretty rough with your sink (say you throw things into it), cast iron is an incredibly durable material. However, if you’re going to buy a cast iron sink for its endurance, you may not want to get one that’s enameled. Over time, the enamel can wear off and start to look old.

Copper sinks are popular because they give the kitchen a unique look and they change color over time. As the copper changes color, it also becomes more antimicrobial, which is an attractive feature for homeowners. A copper sink can be high maintenance, though, if you want to keep it shiny.

Solid surface sinks give you the opportunity for more color options and can be integrated with your counter top, however, they’re usually not as durable as materials like stainless steel or cast iron and lighter colors tend to stain.

Mountings

There are several mount options for kitchen sinks – self-rimmed, undermounted, and flush-mounted. A self-rimmed sink is the easiest to install and sits in a cutout in your countertop. However, because the edges of these sinks sit on top of your countertop, they form a lip, which makes sweeping food and debris into your sink difficult.

An undermounted sink is one that is literally mounted underneath your countertop. This makes the sink slightly less noticeable and gives you the ability to brush food and debris directly into the sink without it getting stuck on edges.

A flush-mounted sink (which can also be called a tile edge sink) is a sink that sits completely flush with your countertop. It gives your sink a very sleek and seamless look while eliminating sink edges.

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