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How to Choose Your Kitchen Sink

Your kitchen sink is much more than aesthetic.

It’s the heart of the kitchen and a necessary item that you’ll use every day.

If you’ve visited a home-improvement store lately, however, you may have felt inundated with the number of choices.

Here’s a guide to choosing your kitchen sink’s configuration and style, so you can make the decision with confidence.

Configuration

The large sink

One big sink can provide lots of convenience. You’ll be able to wash the biggest of pots in the sink and prepare food easily. However, things can get complicated in the single sink. For instance, try prepping vegetables in the sink while presoaking a pan. Without the separation of two sinks, hand-washing delicate glasses can also be a challenge.

If you’re interested in one large sink, be sure to choose a basin that is up to 36 inches wide and at least 33 inches wide to accommodate tasks. You’ll also want a depth between 8 to 10 inches. With this space, you’ll have the versatility and productivity you need. You’ll also want to splurge for add-ons, like a mesh rinse basket so you can multi-task in the sink.

Two sinks, two sizes

These are usually referred to as a 60/40 sink, where one basin is larger than the other.

An 18-inch wide sink lets you do large clean-up jobs, while a 14-inch wide basin lets you accomplish prep jobs.

The dual basin sink is also ideal for hand-washing jobs: With soapy water in one and rinse-water in the other.

This is a flexible option that lets the sink pull double duty. Today’s sink manufacturers also produce sinks that provide a wide variety of ratios, not just 60/40.

Two sinks of the same size

An ideal design for homeowners seeking symmetry, you can perform any function in either sink. If you’re used to this kind of sink, you’ll feel comfortable with having two basins of the same size.

Three sinks

In this configuration, there is usually a garbage disposal in the middle that’s a smaller-sized sink, and two larger sinks on either side.

The downside of this arrangement is that you can’t swipe crumbs directly from the counter and into the garbage-disposal sink.

However, you can bypass this problem by placing a cutting board over one of the larger sinks.

Style

  • Once you’ve selected your sink based on its configuration and size, next comes style choices.
  • A farmhouse sink has an apron front and brings a vintage feel to the kitchen. Because this sink is relatively closer to the edge of the counter, it’s a great idea if you’re short or have children using the sink.
  • A rounded sink, which lacks the sharper edges where the sides and bottom of the basin forms, is easy to clean, but it doesn’t work well with a minimalist style.
  • The standard square sink. Functional and traditional, this style of sink works in lots of kitchen designs.
  • A built-in drainboard provides superior function, especially if you hand-wash a lot of dishes. But you can also use it to prep vegetables and fruit, providing a place for drying.

There are a wealth of choices for your kitchen sink. And that’s good news.

Once you whittle your way through the options, you’ll have a functional sink that works with your lifestyle and suits your kitchen’s design.